Xiaomi India chief Manu Kumar Jain kicked off the launch event, first talking about the recent launches by the company in India, as well as its performance in the recent Amazon and Flipkart festive sales.
Jain said the first product Xiaomi is launching today is Mi Ecosystem product – Mi Air Purifier 2C. The new air purifier from the company has been designed in India and for India, Jain said. It features dual filtration technology, a True HEPA filter, 360-degree air suction, CADR of 350 cubic metres an hour, real-time air quality indicator, and DIY filter change function. It is said to filter 99.7 percent of indoor pollution.
The Mi Air Purifier 2C has been priced at Rs. 6,499 in India, and will first go on sale today via Mi.com at 4pm IST. It will next go on sale via Amazon India, Flipkart, and Mi Home from October 18. Thereafter, it will be made available via Xiaomi’s offline retail partners.
Next up, Xiaomi India COO Muralikrishan B introduced MIUI 11 in India, starting with an interesting statistic – there are 80 million monthly active users of MIUI in India. He detailed the new features MIUI 11 will be bringing, including a new minimalistic design, a Dark Mode, Always On display functionality, Dynamic Clock on the lock screen, more lock screen personalisations, a redesigned notification light, a wallpaper carousel, new dynamic wallpapers (including video wallpapers) on the Themes app, and more.
Other MIUI 11 features include thumbnails of files in the file manager for easy searching, as well as previews of documents directly within the file manager in a new document viewer. Also new is the improved To-Do functionality, with Tasks integrated into the Notes app. Another new feature is a floating calculator, as well as improved new functionalities in the calculator app.
MI Life features introduced in MIUI 11 include a step tracker, women’s health tracking, and quick replies. Other new features include natural sounds and alarms; wireless print; dual clock; new Game Turbo; Mi Share; Gallery monthly view; new Panchang, and casting. Muralikrishnan B also detailed the Mint Keyboard that has support for 25 Indic languages as well as translation/ transliteration support. There are also real-time emoji suggestions for Hinglish.
MIUI 11 will roll out in batches. The first batch will be between October 22 and October 31, where the Poco F1, Redmi K20, Redmi Y3, Redmi 7, Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7s, and Redmi Note 7 Pro getting it in this period. The second batch will be from November 4 to November 12, where the Redmi K20 Pro, Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro, Redmi 6A, Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi 5, Redmi 5A, Redmi Note 4, Redmi Y1, Redmi Y1 Lite, Redmi Y2, Redmi 4, Mi Mix 2, and Mi Max 2 will get the update.
Phase 3 of the MIUI rollout is from November 13 to November 29, where the Redmi Note 6 Pro, Redmi 7A, Redmi 8, Redmi 8A, and Redmi Note 8 will get the update. And finally, in phase four, the Redmi Note 8 Pro will get the update between December 18 and December 26.
Redmi Note 8 Pro India launch
Finally, Xiaomi’s Anuj Sharma came on stage to introduce the Redmi Note 8 Pro for India. He revealed that the Redmi Note 8 Prow will be available in Gamma Green, Halo White, and Shadow Black colour variants in India. He went on to detail the specifications of the smartphone, all of which we know from the China launch from August. You can read them below.
Redmi Note 8 Pro specifications
The Redmi Note 8 Pro was launched in China with the Mediatek Helio G90T SoC, and up to 8GB RAM. The smartphone is expected to ship with MIUI 10 based on Android Pie. The smartphone has a quad rear camera setup, with the 64-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GW1 primary sensor being the highlight. The Redmi Note 8 Pro has three rear cameras aligned vertically and the fingerprint sensor is right below these. The fourth camera is below the flash. It also features a 20-megapixel selfie camera.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro ships with a 6.53-inch full-HD+ display, a 4,500mAh battery, support for 18W fast charging, a USB Type-C port, an IR blaster, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Redmi Note 8 Pro price in India
Redmi Note 8 Pro price in India will be revealed during the event. However, its China pricing does give us some hints. Redmi Note 8 Pro price is CNY 1,399 (roughly Rs. 14,000) for the 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant. The price for 6GB RAM, 128GB storage variant costs CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs. 16,000) and the 8GB RAM, 128GB storage variant has been priced at CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 18,000).