Do Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro support 5G network?

BySophia Windsor 2019-12-30 24266

As the successor of Redmi Note 7 series, the newly released Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro have become one of the hottest smartphones on the market. They impress us lot by offering attractive specs at an affordable price. With the development of 5G, many users asked us if the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro support 5G network. In this guide, we will give you a clear answer and explanation.

Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro 

Do Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro support 5G network?

It’s a pity that both Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro don’t support 5G network. But why? Just keep on reading the following explanation.

Why don’t the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro support 5G network?

Whether a phone supports 5G network largely depends on what processor it adopts. Most of old processors like Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Snapdragon 675, Snapdragon 730, Snapdragon 845, MediaTek Helio G90, etc., don’t have the built-in 5G modem, so they surely don’t support 5G network.


As we know, the Redmi Note 8 is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chip, while the Redmi Note 8 pro is powered by MediaTek Helio G90T chip. Both of the two processors are not equipped with 5G modem, so the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 pro also don’t support 5G network.


Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro 

Why don’t Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro adopt 5G processor?

There are many reasons for Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro don’t adopt 5G processor.


First of all, it’s related to the cost and market position. As both Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro are mid-range smartphones, and the Redmi series feature offering best value for money. However, most 5G phones belong to high-end flagship of a smartphone brand, such as Huawei Mate 20X 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, etc. In addition, the 5G phones are usually more expensive than 4G phones. Therefore, it’s understandable that Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro don’t offer 5G support.  


Secondly, it’s about practicability. This year is just the beginning of the 5G network, and many countries and areas haven’t been covered by 5G network, so most of users cannot use the 5G network even they have a 5G phone. In such case, a 5G phone cannot bring any practical advantages for users, on the contrary, it will increase users’ cost.


Thirdly, it has something to do with the hardware. The Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro were released in August. At that time, there are no mid-range 5G processors. So they cannot offer 5G feature even the smartphone manufacturers want.


However, recently, the Qualcomm company has released the mid-range 5G chip - Snapdragon 765 and 765G, so there will be more and more mid-range 5G phones in the near future.


These are the main reasons why the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro don’t support 5G network.


Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro​ 


Therefore, don’t feel confused and disappointed. For most users, the 5G network support may be just an impractical feature. Forget the 5G feature, the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro offer almost everything you want, including powerful processor, fast charging, excellent camera performance, affordable price, etc.    


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