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Does Redmi Note 8 with flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC sound interesting; here's what Xiaomi thinks

Redmi Product Director Wang Teng asked whether the company should replace the processor on Redmi Note 8 with Snapdragon 865 SoC. Here's what happened next.

  • Updated: April 24, 2020 11:18 AM IST
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Redmi Note 8 is one of the best smartphones in the market right now. Since it is a budget smartphone, it comes with budget hardware as well. So, what if you could put a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC inside the device. Well, Redmi Product Director Wang Teng is toying around with the idea. He posted the message on Weibo yesterday asking whether Redmi customers would like to get the processor of Redmi Note 8 replaced with Snapdragon 865 for RMB 2,698 (around Rs 29,100). Also Read - Redmi 10X may launch with Helio G85 SoC: Check leaked price and specifications

A lot of Redmi customers in China were sold on the idea and offered overwhelming response. Most of them said they would like such a smartphone. In other words, a Redmi Note 8 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 is an instant hit among Chinese customers. However, it is easier said than done. Wang Teng went on to explain that even if they replace the processor of Redmi Note 8 with Snapdragon 865, the company won’t sell it for RMB 2,699. He estimates the right price for such a device would be RMB 2,499 (around Rs 27,000). Also Read - Xiaomi, Redmi bootloader unlocking won’t void your warranty, but here’s what will

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He also added that this product is not compatible with flagship specifications. The idea behind this exercise was not particularly to replace the processor of Redmi Note 8. It was instead meant to show how Redmi reached the price point of K30 Pro flagship smartphone. He explained that Redmi K30 Pro adheres to the cost performance, reports MyDrivers. Teng added that the company makes reservations even if any aspect of the device adds to the cost and affects user experience. Also Read - Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 key specifications spotted on TENAA: Check details

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Redmi K30 Pro, which is a 5G smartphone powered by Snapdragon 865 chipset, is available starting at RMB 2,999 (around Rs 32,400) in China. Ahead of the launch, Lu Weibing, General Manager of Redmi brand, said the company is looking at a real flagship. He explained that the company is not just putting Snapdragon 865 to compete in the flagship space. Weibing further added the smartphone will be a performance flagship for young people who want the latest technology.

In terms of specifications, the Redmi K30 Pro comes equipped with a 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display. It offers a full screen experience thanks to the 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, it runs MIUI 11 based on Android 10. There is 6GB or 8GB of RAM and option for either 128GB or 256GB internal storage. It has a 64-megapixel + 5-megapixel + 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel quad rear camera setup. There is a 4,700mAh battery, 33W fast charging and in-display fingerprint sensor.

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  • Published Date: April 24, 2020 11:17 AM IST
  • Updated Date: April 24, 2020 11:18 AM IST