One of the most successful models of the line-up, the Redmi Note 8, is getting a refreshed version for 2021.

The new Redmi Note 8 2021 is essentially the same as the first Note 8 that came out in late 2019. This one now has a MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core processor versus the Snapdragon 665 chip of the 1-and-a-half-year old model.


It also runs on the newer Android 11 operating system out of the box, with the brand’s MIUI 12.5 interface. It also has a splash-resistant nano-coating. Albeit, the video recording was downgraded to 1080p @ 30fps from 4K @ 30fps. The 6GB RAM option is also gone.

The rest of the specs is essentially the same. There’s the compact 6.3-inch FHD+ screen, a quad-camera setup on the back, a 4,000mah battery, and 18W charging. The shiny glass-like design and vertical camera layout were also untouched.


Official price and availability details are yet to be announced, so stay tuned for that. If you want a newer Xiaomi device with the same Helio G85 processor, you can check the Redmi Note 9 that’s available in the Philippines.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021 Specs

  • Android 11, MIUI 12.5
  • Dual SIM
  • 6.3-inch FHD+ IPS display, 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~409ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • Mali-G52 MP2 GPU
  • 64GB/128GB eMMC 5.1 internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 13-megapixel front camera, f/2.0
  • 48-megapixel (ISOCELL GW2, f/1.8) + 8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (macro) + 2-megapixel (depth sensor) rear cameras, PDAF, LED flash
  • Rear-moutned fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
  • Headphone jack
  • 1217 super linear speakers
  • Water splash coating
  • HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • FM Radio
  • USB Type-C
  • Dimensions: 158.3 x 75.3 x 8.35mm
  • Weight: 190g
  • Colors: Neptune Blue, Moonlight White, Space Black
  • 4,000mAh non-removable battery, 18W fast charging, 22.5W charger included

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