Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro revealed in sub-$200 shock

This morning the folks at Xiaomi revealed several new Redmi devices, including the impressive Redmi Note 8 Pro. The Redmi Note 8 Pro rolls with a 6.5-inch FHD+ display with 91.4-percent screen-to-body ratio. This device will be released with four cameras at its back: 64MP primary, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensor. If this is all sounding a bit familiar to you – no surprise there!

You may remember similar specifications from such recent smartphone releases as the OPPO Reno 2 with its 6.5-inch display and – yes – four cameras at its back. That phone opts for a pop-up camera instead of a notch, however – and other, similar smartphones include very similar specs as well. Seek out the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, for example – the closest sibling of the Redmi K20 Pro – and the OnePlus 7 Pro. We're in a smartphone market in which very similar devices are coming in from all directions, really.

Redmi Note 8 Pro rolls with a MediaTek Helio G90T processor with octa-core CPU and an ARM Mali-G76 3EEMC4 GPU. Redmi Note 8 Pro also sports what Xiaomi calls a "powerful LiquidCool system" – so we can safely assume it'll stay cool when under pressure. The display up front is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 – and the back has Gorilla Glass 5 as well. It's a very glass-heavy sort of device, really.

This device will be available in three different colors: Mineral Grey, Pearl White and Forest Green. This device will begin to be available starting on August 29 at 4:30pm China Standard Time. It'll have an open sale date of September 3 (Chinese Mainland) at 10AM (local time). Prices for this device start at RMB 1,399 for the 6GB+64GB, RMB 1,599 for 6GB+128GB version, and RMB 1,799 for 8GB+128GB version.

Chinese Yuan converted directly, here, RMB 1,399, to USD, means this smartphone's base cost is less than $200. That's the real shocker. Imagine if a similar phone were released in the USA with such a price. Cross your fingers Xiaomi brings this phone international – or releases something similar anywhere near the USA.