According to Redmi's official Weibo account, the Redmi Note 8 will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 665 chipset. The key development follows recent reports which confirmed that its sibling variant, the Redmi Note 8 Pro, would be fueled by MediaTek's newest gaming-focused SoC, the Helio G90T processor.
The confirmation of the Redmi Note 8's chipset now places the upcoming smartphone alongside the recently-released Xiaomi Mi A3 and the Xiaomi Mi CC9e which also bank on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 665, with the latter being the first one to come with the processor.
Redmi's latest Weibo post also mentions how the Snapdragon 665 sports an 11nm chip which is smaller than the Snapdragon 660's 14nm processor. Consequently, if a chipset features a smaller node, there is an increase in power efficiency. The post also revealed that the Snapdragon 665 boasts of Vulkan 1.1 API which brings about a 20% reduction in power consumption when compared to Open GL ES.
The Snapdragon 665 also features a better AI engine, which is technically the third-generation Hexagon 686 DSP. In contrast, the Snapdragon 660 comes with a Hexagon 680 DSP. The chipset is also equipped with the Hexagon Vector Extension (HVX) which brings advanced imaging and computing power, besides its overall improvement in the phone's AI performance. As it is, the Redmi Note 8 will take better photos and work on a better battery more efficiently than the Redmi Note 7.
The justification surrounding the key features of the Snapdragon 665 was elaborated by Redmi's General Manager Lu Weibing himself who explained why Xiaomi's sub-brand decided to go with the chipset, which although relatively newer, isn't as powerful as the Snapdragon 660 relative to its core performance. The Snapdragon 660 powers the forthcoming phone's predecessor, the Redmi Note 7.
The successor of the Redmi Note 7 is also expected to feature vital upgrades. The Redmi Note 8 is tipped to come with a triple-camera setup on its rear with a 64MP sensor as its main camera module, a revamped design on its back panel akin to the Redmi K20 series, and a higher screen-to-body ratio than the Redmi Note 7. The Redmi Note 8 is also speculated to be equipped with a larger battery capacity.
The Redmi Note 8, along with the Redmi Note 8 Pro, is scheduled to be unveiled on August 29, 2019 in China.
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