Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Review : Best Note Device We Ever Have
The Redmi Note series has been very important for Xiaomi. Xiaomi’s first model was the Redmi Note 4, which was quite popular. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro has also been the main attraction in this series. Launched in February earlier this year, the Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone is equipped with impressive performance and good camera at an aggressive price. Now Xiaomi has launched Redmi Note 8 Pro, an upgraded version of Redmi Note 7 Pro.
Lets have a look into its various features and find if it’s worth buying. Read on our Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Review in detail here.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Review
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Design:
Xiaomi has changed the design of the Redmi 8 series smartphone and Redmi Note 8 Pro has also benefited from it. The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a larger 6.3-inch display compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The front panel of the phone has a waterdrop notch and the selfie camera has got a place in it.
The earpiece is positioned just above the display. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 has been used in the handset for protection. The power and volume buttons are on the right side of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. We found that the power button is well placed but for the volume button you will have to stretch your hand slightly.
There are two trays to the left of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the first SIM has a separate nano-SIM slot and the second has a separate space for the nano-SIM slot and microSD card slot. Xiaomi has given a microSD card slot specifically for the Indian market, remember that this feature is not present in the Chinese variants of Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro.
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 has been used on the back panel of Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. The grip of the phone is good in the hands, so the handset has curved edges. The camera module was placed in the middle, for the information of the people, let us know that Xiaomi has placed the fingerprint sensor in the camera module itself.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro has an LED flash to the right of the camera module and a macro camera just below it. At the bottom of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, USB Type-C port, loudspeaker and primary microphone, while IR emitter and secondary microphone have got space in the upper part of the phone. Xiaomi has given an 18 watt fast charger and a clear plastic case in the retail box.
Redmi Note 8 Pro specifications:
During Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Review, we found that Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has a 6.53-inch full-HD + (1080×2340 pixels) display, with 19.5: 9 aspect ratios.
This handset has been launched with HDR support. The phone also has no problem in outdoor use as the display is quite bright. Xiaomi has used the MediaTek Helio G90T processor in Redmi Note 8 Pro. This chipset will compete with Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor.
The Helio G90T is an octa-core processor, ARM Mali-G76 MC4 integrated GPU for graphics with a speed of 800 MHz. Xiaomi has used liquid cooling with dual pyrolytic sheets to maintain the operating temperature on this processor.
The price of Redmi Note 8 Pro starts at Rs 14,999. This price is of 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants. There are two more variants of the phone. Xiaomi’s 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variants of this phone will be sold for Rs 15,999. The price of 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variants is Rs 17,999.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro uses UFS 2.1 storage instead of EMMC 5.1, which is common in this price segment. With the help of MicroSD card it is possible to increase the storage up to 512 GB. Talking about connectivity in Redmi Note 8 Pro, Bluetooth version 5, Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, dual 4G VoLTE and four navigation systems are included.
The battery of the Redmi Note 8 Pro is 4,500 mAh. Redmi Note 8 Pro runs on MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie. Redmi Note 8 Pro comes packed with Amazon, Facebook, WPS Office, Netflix, Dailyhunt, Gaana and Opera Mini along with some Google apps.
It comes pre-installed with games like Ludo Master, Block Puzzle Guardian, Pop Shooter Blast and Dust Settle. Redmi Note 8 Pro also has GetApps App Store which gives you suggestions for new apps.
Users can also switch from traditional three-button navigation layout to swipe-based navigation if they wish. Since MediaTek Helio G90T supports dual-wake, Xiaomi has also added Amazon Alexa support with Google Assistant.
Performance and Battery Life:
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is the first smartphone to arrive in India with the new MediaTek Helio G90T processor. We have 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variants of the handset for review. The handset did not slow down even after heavy load, the handset launches apps faster. Redmi Note 8 Pro does not need to close apps in the background due to 8 GB RAM.
The fingerprint sensor given in the smartphone unlocks the phone faster. We had no problem using the phone in the outdoor because the display is bright. The loud sound comes from the speaker of the handset.
PUBG Mobile was set to High Preset and Graphics HD and Frame Rate by default, in these settings there was no problem while playing the game. The Redmi Note 8 Pro was a bit hot at the end of the gaming session. We set the graphics up to HDR and the frame rate to ultra and then the game ran without any problems.
However, after gaming for 20 minutes on these settings, the phone did become hot. The battery life of Redmi Note 8 Pro is good. In HD video loop test, a 4,500 mAh battery lasted for about 14 hours.
At the end of the day, the phone still had 40 percent battery left. With the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, there will be an 18 watt charger in the retail box, which charges 32 percent of the phone’s battery in 30 minutes and 62 percent in an hour.
Redmi Note 8 Pro cameras:
The next in Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Review, comes the camera. The Redmi Note 8 Pro’s camera has been significantly upgraded compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Redmi Note 8 Pro is the company’s first 64 megapixel camera phone, its aperture is F / 1.79 and 0.8 micron pixels. This sensor clicks 16-megapixel shots in the default mode as it uses 4-in-1 pixel binding technology.
The second is an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor with aperture F / 2.2, in addition to a 2-megapixel macro camera. The fourth sensor is a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The phone also has a 20-megapixel selfie camera on the front panel. Xiaomi has not changed the camera app of Redmi Note 8 Pro and it is the same as we have seen in many other smartphones of Xiaomi.
A button has been given in the camera app that helps you switch between the primary camera and wide-angle. The button for the switch on the macro camera is provided with the AI button above.
The top side is HDR, AI, flash and filters. The smartphone has Portrait, Night, Panorama, Pro, Short Video, Slow Motion and 64MP shooting modes in addition to the standard photo and video modes.
Photos captured from the Redmi Note 8 Pro were sharpened in daylight, as well as the details were captured well. The camera automatically enables HDR for bright scenes and it helps in getting the right exposure. The field of view came wide in pictures taken with a wide-angle camera but there was a lack of detail compared to the primary sensor.
In low-light the AI quickly detects the scene and sets the camera accordingly. At night, the detail was captured accurately in shots taken with the primary camera.
When night mode was enabled, pictures taken from the handset were bright, as well as the details were captured better. Close-up shots taken with the primary camera had good background separation and a natural bokeh effect.
Even in low light, the primary camera focuses sharply and captures shots with better detail. The detail was captured well even in shots taken using a macro camera but the resolution is only 2 megapixels.
Xiaomi has placed the macro camera under the flash. In portrait mode, the Redmi Note 8 Pro offers you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot.
The phone maintains a correct distance between the subject and the background. Colors were also accurate when shooting in portrait mode.
The single selfie camera on the phone during the daytime takes sharp shots but we found that the contrast was slightly boosted. You also get the option to take a selfie portrait and it also performs the separation correctly. There was a slight lack of detail in the selfie taken in low light.
The primary camera is capable of recording video at 4K 30fps and the selfie camera at 1080p 30fps. With the phone, you can also shoot video with the help of wide-angle camera or macro camera. Videos made during the day came stabilized but videos made in low light showed a shimmer effect.