I don’t see the need for a smartphone with mind-blowing loud speaker, but if you do, you may want to look to Xiaomi Redmi Note 8. First released in Italy in August (September for the Pro model), this mid-ranger from Xiaomi’s sub brand Redmi is rocking a 1217 ultra-linear speakers with Smart PA support.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Smartphone
Redmi Note 8 Pro

The speaker is capable of pumping over 90 dB of sound and interestingly, loud enough to make Xiaomi implement a ‘clear speaker’ function that will kick out dust gathering at the speaker port. Weird flex, but OK.

Sound is not the only thing it has to sell; imaging is quite up there too. The regular Redmi Note 8 has a quad-camera setup, featuring a 48 MP main camera, an 8 MP ultra wide-angle camera, and strangely, two 2 MP macro cameras (one boasting AF).

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Smartphone
Redmi Note 8 Pro

The Pro model, on the other hand, was the first consumer device to get a quad-camera setup with 64 MP primary camera. The 64 MP shooter is accompanied by an 8 MP ultra-wide angle camera, a 2 MP macro camera and a 2 MP depth sensor.

While clearly the two are of the same family, the design is actually quite different. Those who are irked by curved back should steer clear of the Pro model because, it has a lot of curve on the back. You should also avoid Pro model if you are not a fan of MediaTek processor because, it is rocking a MediaTek Helio G90T chip while the regular Redmi Note 8 gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chip.

You can dive into the specs of the Redmi Note 8 HERE and Redmi Note 8 Pro HERE. Both devices are available globally including several EU countries and in the U.K. Meanwhile, in China, there is a super cool World of Warcraft Edition Redmi Note 8 Pro that sells for 1,899 yuan (about US$270).

All images courtesy of Xiaomi.

Published by Mike chua

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