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Redmi Note 8 Pro Review

Redmi Note 8 Pro Review
Redmi Note 8 Pro Review

Like all of the Redmi phones, Redmi Note 8 Pro is also packing a lot of features for a low price. But in such a crowded smartphone market are they enough to make this device stand out ? We are now going to present the Redmi Note 8 Pro full review.


Redmi Note 8 Pro Insight

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a pretty affordable phone. It has a huge battery, a new gaming centric chipset and an impressive-looking quad camera setup. The phone is built from Gorilla Glass though Xiaomi has opted to make the frame from plastic not metal, probably for budget reasons. The finish is quite glossy and the glass is not entirely flat. The subtle curves add a nice aesthetic.

Our model phone is in the conservative mineral gray but there are also more eye-catching forest green and pearl white options. One strange detail is that the rear mounted fingerprint scanner sits on the camera bump itself right below the cameras. It is lightning fast and we have not had a miss-read yet but if you are not careful it is quite easy to accidentally smudge the ultra-white camera with your finger.

The phone is actually rather heavy may be because of the large battery. It is also quite tall and slippery, so not the best device for one-handed use. As you might have expected there isn't any official waterproofing on this phone but thanks to a special coating and rubber seal which can handle some light splashes.


Redmi Note 8 Pro Display

The Redmi Note 8 Pro’s screen is a tall IPS LCD with a 1080p resolution at 6.5 inches. It is a bit larger than the previous Models. It brings a familiar design bezel wise and the selfie cam is housed within a small water drop style notch at the top. The display looks nice. Though it's not an AMOLED, there is good contrast for an LCD and high brightness up to 460 nits with a manual slider and there is a boost to 640 in auto mode. When it's sunny out, colors are not the most accurate however with whites tending toward bluish senses in LCD. We didn't expect an always-on display but there is a notification LED that can give you a heads up to check your messages. Besides, using the fingerprint reader you can quickly unlock the phone, but with facial recognition and the lift to wake function, it is not as secure as the fingerprint scanner.


Redmi Note 8 Pro Sound

Though Redmi Note 8 Pro’s loudspeaker is located at the bottom near the USB-C port, it scored a good rating in our loudness tests. Loudness is okay but a bit quieter than some of the competitors, otherwise sound is pretty decent. Headphones can be plugged into the 3.5 millimetre jack and the output has plenty of volume however it leaves more to be desired as far as stereo separation goes and there is some measured distortion.


Redmi Note 8 Pro Storage

You can opt for 64 or 128 gigs of storage. If you need even more room for your multimedia and apps, it is expandable through microSD and there is NFC on this phone too.


Redmi Note 8 Pro User Interface

The Redmi Note 8 Pro's user interface is the latest version of Xiaomi Mi Android 9 Pie. One of the main differences from stock Android is that here your apps are all kept on the home screen. There's no option for an app drawer. You can navigate with the default navigation keys or use gestures and the layout is nothing new here it all feels quite Intuitive. There is a dark mode you can enable which turns all of your system menu black. Though it looks cool but it won't save your power since the screen is an LCD.

You have a lot of control over your notifications for individual apps. You can enable or disable them not only for the lock screen or the notification shade but also the red badges that appear on your app icons.


Redmi Note 8 Pro Internal Hardware

Redmi Note 8 Pro has an IR blaster which means that you can use the phone as a remote control for compatible appliances and devices. There is game turbo mode which will optimize the phone for better gaming performance.

Let's see what's under the hood. It brings a brand new 12 nanometer Mediatek Helio G9 TT chipset which is supposed to be more powerful than his predecessors. While still being energy efficient in combined CPU and GPU benchmarks, the Redmi Note 8 Pro tops all of its competitors.
The phone runs quite cool thanks to its internal vapor chamber and we were able to push this device pretty hard with benchmarks and games without thermal throttling powering.


Redmi Note 8 Pro Battery

The Note 8 Pro has a large 4,500 million power battery and together with the power efficient chipset it provides outstanding battery life. In our proprietary battery tests, the phone earned a 114 hour endurance rating. One of the best scores we've seen. Charging speed isn't quite as stellar. The Note 8 Pro supports quick charge 4.0 and 18 watt charger got us from 0 to 39 percent in half an hour, not too bad, but nothing special.


Redmi Note 8 Pro Camera

Now let's talk about the cameras. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is one of the first phones with a sixty four megapixel quad bayar main camera. You also get an 8 megapixel ultra-white cam, a 2 megapixel camera for macro shots and a depth sensor. Daylight photos with a main camera come out in 16 megapixels and they have plenty of detail, great contrast and vibrant colors. There are some issues though. There is visible over sharpening and dynamic range could be better with some clipped highlights here and there.

You have the option to shoot in the full 64. Just remember that the file size is much larger. Even though there is no telephoto camera the phone's 2x digital zoom is actually pretty decent. Sadly the results from the ultra-wide camera are not great. Of course this gives you a wider field of view which you may want for your composition but these turned out soft and low in detail. The dynamic range is worse than on the main cam portraits are taken with the main camera and they have natural skin tones, wide dynamic range and decent detail. However, the edge detection is not always on points and we expected better from a phone with a dedicated depth sensor. Here are some close-up shots we took with the macro camera:

Redmi Note 8 Pro Macro Camera Sample Image
Redmi Note 8 Pro Macro Macro Camera Sample Image

Redmi Note 8 Pro Main and Macro Camera Comparison
Redmi Note 8 Pro Main and Macro Camera Image Comparison

Redmi Note 8 Pro Camera Sample Image in Low Light
Redmi Note 8 Pro Camera Sample Image in Low Light

Redmi Note 8 Pro Camera Sample Image in Night Mode
Redmi Note 8 Pro camera sample in night mode

The main benefit is that you can get quite close to focus on the subject. But since the lens is not very bright, you can often get a better quality result just by cropping an image from the main camera. At night, the main camera’s performance isn't stellar but it's alright. Images are soft but dynamic range is decent and noise is kept in check. You also get punchy colors and nice contrast. Switching to the dedicated night mode will give you a sharper more detailed image and dynamic range is improved in the shadows. It gives you a better result overall without going overboard or looking unnatural.


Selfie Cam

Let's move on to the 20 megapixel F 2.0 selfie cam. Although focus is fixed, it does an excellent job producing some of the best selfies we've seen on a mid-range phones. They are sharp and detailed and the HDR works great. The Redmi Note 8 Pro can record video from the main cam and up to 4k at 30fps and these look pretty good. Though with high contrast and saturation there is no stabilization in 4k either but 1080p videos are electronically stabilized. You can record with the ultra-wide camera only in 1080p and the results are nothing special.


Final Words

For 250 Euros you get a nice looking glass design, outstanding battery life, class-leading performance, a bright LCD screen, a great main camera and an excellent selfie cam. Of course Xiaomi had to make some compromises here and there in the most noticeable places. Quad camera setup sounds exciting but honestly besides the main cam, the other three cameras are not so impressive or even useful. If you are looking for an OLED screen, you can find it in the Realme XT for around the same price but that one is not available globally.

Overall there is just not a whole lot to complain about here, the Redmi Note 8 Pro delivers standout features in an affordable package and it earns our full recommendation.

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Redmi Note 8 Pro Full Specifications

Redmi Note 8 Pro Specifications

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