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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Price in Kenya and Specifications.

Announced August and released September 2019, Xiaomi Note 8 Pro is one of the best under 20k smartphones if not the best, with some amazing features that are hard to come by at this it’s price. The only phone that comes close to this phone in terms of price and value for money is the Redmi Note 8, released just one month after the Pro version.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro currently retails at Ksh. 18,999 with slight price variations from store to store and also depending on the amount of storage you go for.

The phone is available in two memory variants of 6 and 8 GB with another option to choose between 64, 128 or 256 GB internal storage and a long list of colors to choose from including Black, Red, White, Deep sea Blue and Midnight Blue.

It features a 6.53 inch IPS LCD screen with a Full HD + display of 1080 x 2340 pixels. While this is the same display resolution in the Note 8, the screen is slightly bigger by 0.23 inches. The two are the only under 20k phones with Full HD + displays, the same as Tecno Camon 16 Premier and Infinix Zero 8 both 10k more expensive.

The phone has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, as well as an impressive 395 ppi pixel Density. This is a good display and you will definitely love watching movies and playing games.

In order to ensure your device remains in good condition for as long as you want it and that you don’t accidentally scratch your precious screen, Xiaomi ensured they used the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 not only in front but at the back as well. Very few under 20k phones come with such level of protection. Even the 2020 Redmi Note 9 doesn’t have a glass back.

Being a 2019 phone, the Redmi Note 8 Pro ships with Android 9.0 (pie) atop Xiaomi's own MIUI 12, but thankfully it is upgradable to Android 10. 

This was the first phone to feature the Mediatek Helio G90T processor, a mid-range chipset that is well known for it’s gaming capabilities including handling high-graphic gaming. The Octa-core processor has a top clock speed of 2.05 Hz making it rival some of the best mid-range chipsets. This is the same processor in the Infinix Zero 8 and Tecno Camon 16 Premier as well as realme 6.

Backed by 6 or 8 GB RAM, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a beast that can handle multitasking and heavy Gaming without breaking a sweat, and is a phone you’ll always be proud of.

In the camera department the phone comes with a quad rear camera setup made of a primary 64 MP lens, an 8MP ultrawide lens, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth Sensor.  Apart from impressive photo shooting you can also record upto 4K videos. This was one of the first phones to support 4K video shooting including the likes of Nokia 7.2, which still costs almost 28,000.

In front is a 20MP selfie camera that produces excellent results, the Vivo V20 being the only phone that can strongly rival it’s performance. The front camera can also record 1080p videos.

The Redmi 8 Pro comes with a 4,500 mAh non removable battery, and the 18W fast charge support is not really not something to talk much about, but I guess it’s better than the 10W in some phones or no fast charge at all. The good thing here is the US. Type-C connector that is a great plus over the old Micro-USB port.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Price in Kenya.

The phone currently sells at Ksh. 18,999 for the 6 + 128 GB.

While there are a number of phones that have almost the same specs as the Redmi Note 8 Pro or slightly better, none comes close to this phone when it comes to pricing. Surprisingly enough, the only close rivals of this phone are it’s own siblings the Redmi Note 8 going for Ksh. 17, 500 and the Redmi Note 9 retailing at Ksh. 20,499. While the three phones have almost the same specs, the Note 8 has a slightly smaller screen of 6.3 inch and a 48MP primary camera instead of the 64MP in the Pro.

The Infinix Zero 8, Tecno Camon 16 Premier and realme 6 have almost the same specs as this phone but all are much more expensive, priced at around Ksh. 28,999. Despite their prices, they still don’t have the Gorilla Glass 5 luxury like this phone and the 90 Hz refresh rate is not a justification for the price difference. 

Others could include the Xiaomi Redmi 9, Redmi 9S and Nokia 5.4 but despite their price of around Ksh. 24,999 they still don’t come very close to this phone.

Why Buy the Redmi Note 8 Pro.

As stated above, and explained below, there are a number of reasons why the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is a good phone to go for, and some of it’s greatest strengths include:

  • A Full HD+ display with a 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution. Many phones at this price range have HD or 720p displays, like the Vivo V20, Infinix Note 8, Infinix Note 7, Xiaomi Redmi 9c to name just but a few. All have 720p displays and none comes close to the display quality of the Redmi Note 8 or the Note 8 Pro.
  • The phone is made of  Gorilla Glass 5 both front and back, making it the second cheapest phone after the Note 8 to have such level of protection. 
  • The Redmi Note 8 features a quad-rear camera setup with a primary 64MP. Many phones at this price have a 48MP primary lens.
  • The Mediatek Helio G90T in this phone is a good mid-range processor that is much more powerful than many processors at this price range. The chipset can handle multitasking and Gaming pretty well.

What is in the Box.

Once you get your Redmi Note 8 Pro, you will find a number of items in it’s box including the phone itself, an 18W adapter, a USB-C cable and the Sim card ejection toolkit as well as a protective case. Unlike in many Smartphone packaging, this phone doesn’t come with the earphones and you will have to look for one separately.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Price in Kenya and Specifications.
Basic Info.
Released September 2019. 
Hybrid Dual Sim. 
Measures 161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm. 
Weight 200g. B
of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 both front and back with a plastic frame. 
Display.
Display Type: IPS LCD. 
Screen size 6.53 inch. D
Resolution 1080 x 2340. 
Aspect ratio 19.5:9. 
Pixel Density of 395 ppi. 
Software.
OS Android 9.0 (pie) upgradable to Android 10; MIUI 12. P
Mediatek Helio G90T (12nm).
Memory.
RAM 6 or 8 GB. 
Internal Storage: 64/128/256 GB. 
Cameras.
Rear Cameras: Quad 64MP + 8MP ultrawide lens + 2MP macro lens + 2MP depth sensor. 
Video: 4K@30fps, 1080p@60/120/720fps, 720p@960fps. S
camera: Single 20MP(wide), video 1080p@30fps.
Battery.
Non removable Li-po 4,500 mAh with 18w fast charge support. 
Connectivity.
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Wifi direct, Hotspot. 
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE. USB Type-C 2.0. Colors
Black, Red, Blue, White, Deep sea Blue, Midnight Blue, Electric Blue, Twilight Orange.

Design.

Xiaomi have been well known for their beautifully looking smartphones like the Mi Note 10 which according to me is the most beautiful phone till date.

Just like in the other Notes, Xiaomi did a good job in the design and overall finish of this phone, making it  look and feel way more expensive than it actually is. Just like Nokia phones, the Redmi Note phones have an international appeal thanks to their premium finish.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro measures 161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, making it slightly taller and thicker than the Note 8 which measures 158.3 x 75.3 x 8.4 mm. However at 8.4 mm it is still slightly slimmer than many phones including the Redmi Note 9, the and almost all Redmi Note 10 and Mi note 10 phones, with the Mi note 10 having a thickness of 9.7mm something that is largely attributed to it’s dual telephoto cameras.

The front is largely made of the 6.53 inch IPS LCD screen, with a waterdrop notch so small you might think it is a punch hole. The bezels round the phone are also very slim both at the sides, the top and the bottom of the phone.

At the Left of the notch is the notification LED, and is also so small you might not notice it at all. Directly above the notch is the earpiece, and the Sim tray is placed at the Left side just like in many phones. The volume rockers and the power button are placed at the right hand side, while at the bottom are the 3.5 mm jack port, the USB-C port and the bottom firing speaker.

Just like the front the rear of the phone is also made out of Gorilla Glass 5 and is quite appealing, safe for the rather oddly designed camera module and the fingerprint sensor that feels slightly bold. The purple/Blue color gradient is nicely balanced without one overpowering the other, giving the phone a nice warm feel.

The rectangular camera module is placed near the top left and apart from it’s odd looking curved edges it also protrudes so much that it gives the phone a wobble when placed on a flat surface. This could also lead to scratching of the camera lenses.

Display.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro features a 6.53 inch IPS LCD screen slightly bigger than the 6.3 inch in the Redmi Note 8. The Full HD + resolution of this phone is a major plus at this price tag, and the 6.53 inch screen coupled with a high resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels results in a surprisingly good pixel Density of 395 ppi. This is the same pixel density in the Redmi Note 9. 

The high pixel density results in a more pleasant viewing experience with crisp and detailed images, texts and icons making this phone an ideal device for watching movies and gaming as well as online streaming.

With a maximum brightness of 450 nits, the phone’s display is bright enough to be used outdoors, but won’t be that good in direct sunlight. However we don’t expect anything different from similarly priced phones.

The Redmi Note 8 was the first phone to feature the Mediatek Helio G90T processor, and it’s impressive performance saw the chipset later adopted in a number of mid-range phones including the Tecno Camon 16 Premier, Infinix Zero 8 and realme 6, all of which have almost the same specs as this phone. 

The 12 nm fabricated chipset has a gaming accelerated GPU that delivers good performance even in Graphic intensive gaming, and it’s CPU cores are well optimized for multitasking making this phone ideal for anyone who likes using their phone as a computing device or for heavy Gaming.

Being a 2019 phone, the Redmi Note 8 comes with Android 9.0 (pie) atop the MIUI 12 skin. While the Android 9 is a good OS though slightly old, the phone was planned to receive Android 10 update.

Just like many OS skins, the MIUI user interface comes with a lot of bloatware in the name of preloaded apps most of which cannot be uninstalled, and the numerous pop up ads totally ruins the user experience. This is the same issue with Infinix and Tecno phones, and we wish Xiaomi would have been slightly different.

Unlike the Redmi Note 8 that is available in a wide range of storage options, the Note 8 Pro is only available in three variants of 6/64, 6/128 and 8/128 GB Variants, and the Golden rule here is that bigger is better, if you can manage the pricing. 

Cameras.

Cameras are still considered a key marketing feature in smartphones, and many phones now come with more than three cameras. Most camera arrangements are made of a primary camera that does most of the work, an ultra-wide lens for increased field of view, a telephoto lens for optical zoom, a depth sensor for increased details and a macro lens for close up photos.

Of all these, the telephoto lens is not usually found in many budget phones die to it’s technical aspects which raises pricing, and the depth sensor is usually interchanged with the macro lens in most cases.

Considering that many of the secondary lenses have very low resolutions (usually below 5Mp), their performances are not that quite noticeable and therefore I usually give much emphasis on the primary camera, and let others do what manufactures intent them to-marketing.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has a total of 5 cameras, four at the back and one in front. The Quad-rear camera setup is made of a primary 64MP lens supported by an 8MP ultrawide lens, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The 64 MP primary camera is more than enough for your photo needs, and are even good enough to be printed out on a photo paper. The pictures are crisp, sharp and full of color and detail. quite . The 8MP ultrawide lens also surprisingly does a good job, and despite the increased field of view it still produces decent photos that can almost rival those of the primary lens. 

The cameras can also shoot videos of upto 4K resolution, and considering that this is a 2019 phone we must give it to Xiaomi for including such high camera specs that we’re beginning to start seeing them now.

The selfie camera is a single 20MP wide lens, and just like the rear camera it also does a good job and you will love how your selfies look on your social media platforms.

Battery.

The phone comes with a non removable 4,500 mAh battery slightly bigger than the 4,000 mAh in the Note 8, but the slightly bigger screen and the Helio G90T processor are going to always but this battery at a high strain. Thankfully the 18W charger that comes with the phone will speed up the charging period slightly. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Commonly Asked Questions.

1. Is Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Waterproof?

This phone has no IP rating, and therefore is not waterproof. Therefore you should be careful with your phone near water or any liquid for that matter. The plus here is that the phone comes with Gorilla Glass 5 both in front and back, and you won’t have to worry about screen scratches.

2. Does Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro have a fingerprint scanner?

As mentioned earlier, the Redmi Note 8 has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that you can use to unlock your phone. You can also try the inbuilt face unlock feature on the phone if you don’t want to use the fingerprint scanner.

3. How much is the Redmi Note 8 Pro in Kenya? 

The Redmi Note 8 is currently retailing a Ksh. 18,999 for the 6+64GB memory variant on Jumia Kenya, and is also available on many stores both online and traditional retail stores countrywide.



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