Redmi already confirmed that the Redmi Note 8 Pro will be powered by MediaTek’s Helio G90T processor but the Redmi Note 8 will come with a different processor entirely.
The Redmi account took to Weibo to announce that the Redmi Note 8 will be powered by the Snapdragon 665 processor. This is the same processor inside the Xiaomi CC9e and the Xiaomi Mi A3.
The 11nm chipset was announced back in April and the Xiaomi CC9e was the first phone to come with the processor. Redmi General Manager, Lu Weibing, explained why they decided to settle for the Snapdragon 665 which technically isn’t as powerful as the Snapdragon 660 with respect to core performance.
In his Weibo post, he revealed that the Snapdragon 665 is an 11nm chip which is smaller than the Snapdragon 660 which is a 14nm processor. This smaller node size translates to an increase in power efficiency. He also stated that the Snapdragon 665 also supports Vulkan 1.1 API which brings a 20% reduction in power consumption compared to Open GL ES.
The Snapdragon 665 also has a better AI Engine – the third generation Hexagon 686 DSP as against the Snapdragon 660’s Hexagon 680 DSP. There is also the Hexagon Vector Extension (HVX) which brings advanced imaging and computing power and an overall improvement in AI performance.
Mr. Weibing added that based on their test, the Redmi Note 8 takes better photos and has a better battery life than the Redmi Note 7. He ends the post with the statement that the Snapdragon 665 has “lower power consumption and higher IQ”.