4 Differences between Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021 and the original REDMI Note 8

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Xiaomi has decided to launch an update of one of its most successful smartphones in recent years, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8, to celebrate the 25 million units sold. Thus we arrive at the Redmi Note 8 2021 which, although it may seem, is not an exact copy of its predecessor. Exist several key differences between the two terminals and in this guide we will explain what they are.

It must be said that, for the moment, the price of this version 2021 is not known, which could also mean a difference between the two protagonists. Leaving this detail aside, these are the differences you should take into consideration when choosing between the Xiaomi Redmi Note of 2019 and that of 2021.



These are the main differences between the original Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and that of 2021.

A more powerful and current processor

This is the main difference with which Xiaomi defends the Redmi Note 8 update. And it is that the new version changes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor for a more powerful one, the MediaTek Helio G85. As G points out, it's a game-focused chip that will have no problem running your favorite games.

This Helio G85, also present in the Redmi Note 9, has significantly higher performance compared to the Snapdragon 665, insured by the same Chinese manufacturer.

More limited memory configurations

Another difference between the two Redmi Note 8 is evident when choosing the memory configuration. While in the 2019 terminal you could choose between 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of storage, in the update presented in 2021 only 4 GB of RAM is available, while the 64 or 128 GB of memory are kept internal. Obviously in both cases it is expandable with a microSD card.



Latest operating system ready to use

Obviously, the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 arrives with the operating system MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11, the most modern version of the level of customization created by Xiaomi. On the other hand there is the Xiaomi Redmi Note of 2019, which has MIUI 10 on Android 9 and whose update to MIUI 12.5 does not yet have a date.


Small details on connectivity

Finally, while it is not as important as the previous differences, it is worth mentioning that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 from 2021 comes with Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, while its predecessor has Bluetooth 5.0.

And this is all. As you can see, there aren't many differences between Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 of 2019 and 2021 in addition to the integration of a more powerful processor. It retains the same design that catapulted it to fame, as well as a screen, camera system and battery. If you had the old Redmi Note 8 and it's time to renew it, updating it is a good option if you want to do it with little money.


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