Xiaomi announces another 64-megapixel phone, because that's something now

Xiaomi has announced the latest entry in its phenomenally popular Redmi Note series and, just like the Redmi Note 7 earlier this year announced a stream of 48-megapixel phone camera & # 39; s, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is one of the first with a 64-megapixel sensor. Realme semi-unveiled his XT a few days ago with the same sensor, but Xiaomi has now made a full announcement, so feel free to argue about who really was the first.


Why would you want a 64-megapixel camera? Well, just like with 48-megapixel telephones, it's generally not possible to shoot at full resolution. Both sensor designs use 0.8 μm pixels that are grouped in four for better light sensitivity that is supposedly equivalent to 1.6 μm pixels. Using this technique, a 48-megapixel camera produces 12-megapixel images, while the GW1 64-megapixel sensor from Samsung gives you a usable resolution of 16 megapixels. It is also physically larger, so it will generally catch more light.

In some situations, such as extremely bright light, you may want to shoot in 1: 1 64-megapixel mode, but the 16-megapixel mode is more useful. Realme has provided examples of 64-megapixel images that indeed resolve a lot of detail in certain parts of the image, although the processing elsewhere is quite harsh.

Redmi Note 8.

Either way, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has its selling point and the rest of the phone is a typical efficient offering from Xiaomi. There is a 6.55-inch 1080p screen with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a quad-camera setup including that 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide and two supporting 2-megapixel sensors together with a 20-megapixel selfie camera . The Note 8 Pro uses MediaTeks gaming-oriented Helio G90T processor in combination with 6 or 8 GB RAM and 64 or 128 GB storage.

The non-Pro Note 8 now has a 6.3-inch 1080p screen, Snapdragon 665 processor, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a quad-camera arrangement that interchanges the 64-megapixel sensor for a 48-megapixel component. The selfie camera has a resolution of 13 megapixels and there is a battery of 4000 mAh that can charge up to 18 W. In general, it is a fairly modest update of the Note 7.

That is reflected in the pricing, where the Note 8 starts with the same Rs. 9,999 (~ $ 140) price point as its predecessor. The price of the Note 8 Pro is also unchanged at Rs. 13,999 (~ $ 195). Both phones are first launched in India.

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