BY : AYO ESAN
Global technology leader, Xiaomi Monday in Lagos, Nigeria formally launched its four new devices – Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 8, Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A following these devices’ debut in China.
Speaking at the launching which took place at Radisson BLU, Hotel Ikeja, Lagos, the Marketing Director of Xiaomi, Habeeb Somoye said as the brand’s first-ever 64MP camera smartphone, Redmi Note 8 Pro features a quad camera set-up with a powerful Liquid Cool system which makes it an ideal companion for photographers, gamers and anyone seeking an accessible flagship-quality experience.
He said to capture dazzling photos with the 64MP quad camera ,
Redmi Note 8 Pro touts not just three, but four high quality shooters, pioneering a new wave of quad camera smartphones.
“Its ultra-high resolution 64MP primary camera captures stunning photos that can print images up to 3.26 meters tall. It also uses 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel to capture more light for bright night shots”, he said.
“Meanwhile, an 8MP ultra-wide angle camera with a 120° field of view, a 2MP macro camera and 2MP depth sensor come together to create Redmi’s most versatile camera .
“Better yet, the 20MP front camera’s built-in AI technology lets users put their best face forward through detailed portrait selfies, scene detection and face unlock”, he further said.
He said for enhanced durability, the device also leverages IP52 splash-proof technology, offering effective protection against rain and sweat.
Redmi Note 8 Pro, Somoye further said is powered by the latest MediaTek Helio G90T processor, “an octa-core CPU clocked up to 2.05GHz for extended everyday use, adding that the Arm Mali-G76 3EEMC4 GPU enables the ultimate gaming experience, with a max frequency of 800MHz and AI power up to 1TMACs.
“The device also features LiquidCool – the Redmi Note series’ first ever LiquidCool technology – to facilitate high-speed, hassle-free gaming without overheating.
” To top it off, Redmi Note 8 Pro is equipped with an additional WiFi X antenna for a more reliable internet connection, as well as 1217SLS speakers and a Smart PA for improved gaming audio”, he said.
He also said that Rodmi 8 Pro has capacity 4500mAh battery which ensures top-notch performance
“Redmi Note 8 Pro packs an impressive 4500 mAh battery – the Redmi Note series highest power capacity to date. It’s also equipped with an array of features including power saving mode and intelligent brightness adjustment to help users maximize battery capacity.
“Moreover, Redmi Note 8 Pro offers 18W Type-C fast charging, multifunctional NFC, an IR blaster and a 3.5mm headphone jack”, Somoye explained.
He said Redmi Note 8 Pro which will be in mineral Gray, Pearl White and Forest Green will starting from November 4th, 2019 be available from across the phone stores nationwide.
Speaking on Redmi Note 8, Somoye said it is a photography powerhouse, sporting a quad camera setup on the rear.
” Its 48MP ultra high-resolution primary camera features a ½-inch sensor with an f/1.79 aperture and 79.4° field of view. Meanwhile, its 8MP ultra-wide camera with 120° field of view, 2MP macro lens, and 2MP depth sensor join forces to capture stunning images at any distance.
“On the front, Redmi Note 8 boasts a 13MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture and built-in AI technology that helps users take a perfect selfie, every time. The front camera also includes a panorama selfie feature — a first for the Redmi Note series — that can capture group images without cropping anyone out”.
He said Redmi Note 8 is equipped with a 6.3” Dot Drop Display with 2.5D curved glass design adding that, it offers an incredibly immersive FHD+ visual experience that achieves an impressive 90% screen-to-body ratio.
“The TÜV Rheinland-certified display offers a comfortable viewing experience by filtering out blue light and helping protect users from prolonged eye strain.
” Users can expect upgraded durability as the devices also tout Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 protection — front and back — safeguarding against accidental falls and general wear and tear. Besides, Redmi Note 8 is also covered in a special nano-coating to make the device splash-resistant”, he said.
Somoye said Redmi Note 8 is available in Space Black, Neptune Blue, and Moonlight White adding that, it runs on the powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 665 chipset.
“The chipset enhances overall user experience through its advanced AI technology, and improvements in power-efficiency ensure peak performance that will last all day.
” In addition, Redmi Note 8 boasts high-capacity 4,000mAh battery and offers up to 18W charging over USB Type-C. The unique self-cleaning speaker function also expels dust and debris through low-frequency sonic pulses — another testament to Xiaomi’s dedication towards providing high-quality products”.
He said the product will be available in 3GB + 32GB, 4GB + 64GB, and 4GB + 128GB.
Somoye said: “Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A with a 6.22-inch (15.8cm) HD+ Dot Drop display, feature an aspect ratio of 19:9, promising an immersive experience and overall ergonomics.
“Wrapped in glass-like materials, Redmi 8 provides a premium hands-on feel with a polished and glossy surface, while Redmi 8A comes in a fine, textured matt finish with excellent grip and at the same time, reducing fingerprint residues to a minimum.
“With a 5000mAh high-capacity two-day battery, both Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A come with support for 18W fast charging support on the Type-C port (10W fast charger inside the box), and Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 439 octa-core chipset as processor. Each model offers a 2+1 dual SIM slot with dedicated microSD card support that allows storage expansion up to 512GB.
Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A both feature a 12MP camera, perfect for day-to-day snapshots. Redmi 8 also comes with a secondary 2MP camera – the dual camera setup offers depth sensing better portrait photos. On the front, both devices sport an 8MP selfie camera and both the front and rear cameras are capable of taking AI Portrait mode shots”.
He said Xiaomi’s relentless focus on quality means that Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A come protected with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5, while its nano-coating makes the smartphone splash resistant.
“These two devices also retain the popular feature which allows users to playback FM radio without the need of connecting their earphones. Redmi 8 even offers a convenient IR blaster for remote controlling compatible household electronics”, he said.
Xiaomi Marketing Director said Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A will be available in Nigeria all phone stores nationwide from November 4th, 2019.
He said Redmi 8 comes in Onxy Black, Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue in 3GB+32GB variant and 4GB+64GB variant while Redmi 8A will be available in Midnight Black, Sunset Red and Ocean Blue.
The launching of the four devices was witnessed by a huge crowd comprise of media, mi-fan representatives , security agencies, entertainers and distributors.