Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Full In-Depth Review!
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Full In-Depth Review: The Most Reliable Budget Smartphone In India That’s Also Good For Gaming!
By Tech Hunt
Redmi Note 8 Pro Review!
Xiaomi has been on a roll this year with smartphone launches and the Redmi Note series got a new update two weeks ago.
The Remi Note 8 Pro was one of the smartphones launched by the company that features an all-new chipset, quad-camera setup and premium design – all for Rs 14,999.
- Design and Display
- Cameras Review
- SoC & Performance
- Big Battery Life
- Price Range
While no smartphone is perfect and every device comes with its issues, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a strong contender for being the most reliable smartphones in this category.
It offers more features than some of the premium smartphones and is now updated with features that make it a complete smartphone, let alone a budget device.
Here’s our review of the Redmi Note 8 Pro and why it’s the most reliable device you can get right now.
Design and Display
The Redmi Note 8 Pro now comes with a more streamlined and premium design than ever before. It has a glass back with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 and has a more subtle design as compared to its predecessor.
It is elegant and not too jarring as compared to other smartphones that come with flashy colours or gradient designs.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is also larger than its predecessor which may be a deal-breaker for some or an upgrade for many.
At the back, you have a camera module that houses three sensors and the fingerprint sensor.
The fingerprint sensor is right below the last camera sensor in the module and can be a bit confusing to use as you can smudge the sensor.
It takes time to get used to it as there isn’t much to differentiate between the camera sensor and the fingerprint sensor.
Ideally, we would have loved to see some distance separating them, but it seems like Xiaomi prefers a more uniform look.
At the bottom, you will now find a USB-C port which has been a long-requested feature for the Redmi Note series.
Xiaomi was using the micro-USB port for the Redmi Note series until now and this is a welcome change. For Indian audiences, Xiaomi has also included a separate microSD slot for expandable storage.
This feature is not available in the Chinese variant of the smartphone, making it an exclusive feature for Indian customers.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes in three colours i.e. Halo White, Gamma Green, and Shadow Black where the ‘Halo White’ colour is by far our favourite. The Gamma Green also looks awesome but is an acquired taste.
In the display department, the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a bigger 6.53-inch FHD+ display and has a notch at the top that houses the selfie camera.
It has a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels and a screen to body ratio of 91.4%. The display itself is good enough for casual video streaming and watching videos in general.
The display also supports HDR content which is rare to find on smartphones in this price range.
The overall brightness of the display is sufficient enough to use directly under the sun and it can go as high as 635 nits.
The panel itself peaks at 460 nits in auto mode which is more than enough for outdoor use.
In terms of colour accuracy, the display does deliver reliable contrast levels. However, the colours are not as accurate as we would like them to be.
The overall tone of the display is blue where even the white colour has a bluish hue. The cyan levels are also quite over-saturated which can be an issue for fussy people.
Apart from these minor issues, the display is reliable enough for gaming and videos as the colour accuracy issues are not too extreme.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a quad-camera setup at the back and a 20MP selfie camera in the front notch.
The primary sensor is a 64MP shooter co-developed by Xiaomi and Samsung, while other camera sensors include an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro lens.
Overall, the camera performs better than expected and takes images with some great detail especially in the 64MP mode.
We were also quite surprised by how the smartphone performed in low-light conditions while using the night mode. For a smartphone that costs less than Rs 20,000, the Redmi Note 8 Pro does an incredible job at taking pictures.
The portrait mode also has drastic improvements while the macro mode needs slight improvement to capture more detail.
The camera app also comes with cool editing tools such as replacing the background on portrait images, the sky replacement feature for landscape images and other cool filters you can play around with.
For portrait images, you can even adjust the bokeh level post taking the image or add effects such as light trails to make it more interesting.
Check out our camera samples below to see for yourself:
Soc & Performance
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the first smartphone in the series that comes with a MediaTek chipset rather than the usual Qualcomm SoC.
The MediaTek G90T is the first chipset by the company that promises good gaming performance and is clocked at 2.05GHz.
It’s a 12nm chipset which may not be as efficient when it comes to power efficiency as the 10nm chipsets by Qualcomm.
The smartphone comes with 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the model you pick. We were using the 8GB variant during our review and it performed well in all our tests.
We would have liked it to be on par with Qualcomm chipsets but unfortunately, that is not the case. The Redmi Note 8 Pro scored 495 (single-core) and 1533 (multi-core) in Geekbench 5 tests.
It may not be an impressive score when compared to flagships but is still reliable enough to use the smartphone as a daily driver.
While gaming, we recommend using the medium graphics on PUBG mobile as the smartphone will last longer and not drop any frames during gameplay.
In extreme settings, the game is still playable but you may experience some overheating issues.
Big Battery Life!
The battery size on the Redmi Note 8 Pro has also been upgraded as it now comes with a 4500mAh battery.
That enables the smartphone to last at least one full day on a single charge and up to 1.5 days with moderate use.
The battery can also be fast-charged at 18W with the bundled wall charger and takes about 1.3 hours for the same.
You can also use any power delivery charger with the Redmi Note 8 Pro and it will charge at the same pace.
The Final Say
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a good, reliable smartphone that gets the job done for power users.
There are minor issues with the smartphone that we can live with as the smartphone delivers more than its worth.
It comes with a great camera that can take incredible images and performs well when it comes to gaming and battery life.
While the design of the smartphone is premium, we would have loved to see the fingerprint sensor placement to be distinguished from the camera sensor.
Overall, if you aren’t looking to spend a lot of money on a smartphone and yet want a reliable device, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is the one you’re looking for.
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