Redmi Note 8 Pro Launched In India: 10 Things You Must Know Before You Buy
Here’s a detailed analysis of all the features and functions of the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The new Redmi midrange killer is making news everywhere, and you need to read this if you wish or plan to buy Redmi Note 8 Pro now, or in the future.
Xiaomi India has unveiled the much-awaited Redmi Note 8 Pro in the country, set to disrupt the budget smartphone market once again.
The company is again being very aggressive about its pricing, and Note 8 Pro seems to have everything you would need on a entry-level flagship. Redmi Note 8 Pro is probably the best smartphone in this price range.
- 1 Premium Glass Design With Rain Resistance
- 2 Small Notch, Thin Chin And Almost Zero Bezels
- 3 The Top-End Gaming Hardware
- 4 Specially Dedicated Gaming Device
- 5 Multiple Models To Choose From
- 6 The All New MIUI 11
- 7 MIUI 11 & New Features
- 8 The Quad Rear Camera Setup Powered By 64MP Samsung GW1 Sensor
- 9 Redmi Note 8 Pro Camera Performance: The Best?
- 10 Qualcomm QC 3.0 18W & 4,500mAh Battery
- 11 Pricing & Availability: The New 15,000 King?
- 12 Redmi Note 8 Pro Verdict: The New Budget Flagship Beast?
Premium Glass Design With Rain Resistance
Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a high-quality glass sandwich body, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It does feel premium. The glass sandwich built is backed by some of the striking colour schemes and hues.
Most importantly, the smartphone feels very premium in hand.
The overall ergonomics are perfect, sturdy, premium and they feel good to be held. It’s not water-resistant, but Note 8 Pro comes with splash resistance, so it’s safe against rain and accidental splashes.
Small Notch, Thin Chin And Almost Zero Bezels
Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 6.53-inch Full HD+ screen offering an immersive 91.94 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It has a physical fingerprint sensor. The display is quite vibrant with minimal bezels on the sides with a little chin down under.
The notch has got smaller on Note 8 Pro, and it’s turned into a V-shape, an upgrade over the U-shaped notch on Redmi Note 7 Pro.
The Top-End Gaming Hardware
Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with the new MediaTek Helio G90T processor. The smartphone can be doubled as a gaming device. The new MediaTek octa-core Helio G90T chip can clocked at up to 2.05GHz.
G90T uses ARM Cortex-A76 power cores and Cortex-A55 efficiency cores coupled with Mali G76 GPU with clock speeds of up to 800MHz for graphics.
The MediaTek chip has a special HyperEngine that will help the device to boost up mobile gaming experience.
Redmi Note 8 Pro scored 284872 on AnTuTu, making it one of the best smartphones in the range. Note 8 Pro with the MediaTek Helio G90T chipset has been claimed to be ‘designed for gamers’ by the company.
Specially Dedicated Gaming Device
Redmi Note 8 Pro with Helio G90T can optimize the networking engine to offer 50 percent faster response time from the server. Additionally, there’s a Dual Wi-Fi connection support letting the smartphone to simultaneously connect with two Wi-Fi bands or two routers at a time.
In terms of daily performance, Redmi Note 8 Pro both can run almost all tasks and high-end games without any hiccups.
Note 8 Pro will a great job when it comes to extended gaming and extensive multitasking.
Multiple Models To Choose From
There are different models of the newly launched Redmi Note 8 Pro to choose from. Xiaomi India is offering multiple storage variants with upto 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and offered with 6GB and 8GB of RAM along with 64GB and 128GB of internal storage.
All the devices support additional storage via an external microSD card.
The All New MIUI 11
Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with the latest MIUI 11 based on the same Android 9 Pie. The newly improved UI does offer some refreshing features compared to the previous OS with an easy-to-use overall structure and few tweaks. It’s a big upgrade over the current generation.
You will notice the subtle differences on the notification toggle and some changes in the settings menu.
MIUI 11 has a new minimalistic design with features as Dark Mode, Always On Display, Dynamic Clock and more. MIUI 11 also includes lock screen personalisations, a redesigned notification light, a wallpaper carousel and new dynamic wallpapers.
MIUI 11 & New Features
MIUI 11 has different new features including thumbnails of files in the file manager for easy searching, previews of documents directly within the file manager, all new document viewer, upgraded To-Do functionality, Tasks Integration, floating calculator and more.
MI Life has also been introduced with MIUI 11 including a step tracker, women’s health tracking and quick replies.
Added features include natural sounds for alarms, wireless print, dual clock, new Game Turbo, Mi Share, Gallery monthly view, new Panchang, casting, Mint Keyboard with support for 25 Indic languages and real-time emoji suggestions for Hinglish.
The Quad Rear Camera Setup Powered By 64MP Samsung GW1 Sensor
Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a quad camera system at the back, the first for any Redmi smartphone. Note 8 Pro comes with the 64MP camera. The Redmi smartphone features a primary 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor with f/1.7 aperture, 2MP depth sensor, 8MP Ultra Wide lens and 2cm Macro lens.
The 64MP Samsung GW1 1/1.72? sensor can create shots 1.6 micron individual pixel size using image sensing technology via Tetracell to produce 16-megapixel images in low-light.
The Samsung’s 64MP GW1 sensor uses 4-in-1 pixel merging technology to merge four 0.8 micron pixels into a single 1.6-micron pixel to offer detailed images in low light conditions. It can shoot raw 64MP photos with the main sensor.
Up front, Note 8 Pro has a 13MP selfie sensor. The selfies have a lot of details and it supports multiple shooting modes and filters to enhance selfies. The AI-powered modes do a good job in terms of capturing details.
Redmi Note 8 Pro Camera Performance: The Best?
The rear four camera setup has multiple sensors for multiple purposes. Note 8 Pro can take good detailed and sharp pictures in bright light with accurate colours. In poorly lit conditions, the device manages to click decent photos with almost accurate details and colours.
We are yet to test the camera in-depth, but the initial results are very impressive.
The dynamic range on the Note 8 Pro is good and it captures quite accurate details and produce good colours.
Coming to the front shooter, the colours were a bit overdone and slightly artificial, but in overall, the front camera does a good job, be it wide shots or low light shots.
The HDR works fine, and the ultra-wide lens work fine. The macro lens and portrait sensor does their job decently.
The camera interface is quite minimal and it’s loaded with AI-powered modes to enhance the overall photography. AI works on both sides to adjust to the particular lighting and adjust the filters. In all, all thee three do good and make use of their respective lenses to take up some great shots.
Qualcomm QC 3.0 18W & 4,500mAh Battery
Redmi Note 8 Pro houses a newly renovated and larger 4,500 mAh battery backed by AI smart optimization to extend the phone’s battery to last longer supporting 18W fast charging technology. The charge time may vary from 100 to 110 minutes.
Coming to how it performs, the new Redmi device can easily last more than a day on heavy usage, and even a day and a half on moderate use.
With continuous video playback, gaming and performing multi-tasking processes, the Redmi smartphone can easily shoot up for a whole day without being charged. The smartphone ships with the 18W fast charger inside the box.
Pricing & Availability: The New 15,000 King?
Redmi Note 8 Pro will be available in Gamma Green, Halo White, and Shadow Black colour variants in India. Note 8 Pro, the base model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage will be available for Rs 14,999. The 6GB RAM with 128GB storage model will cost you Rs 15,999.
There is also a top-end 8GB RAM and 128GB storage configuration which will set you back by Rs 17,999.
Redmi Note 8 Pro Verdict: The New Budget Flagship Beast?
Redmi Note 8 Pro pretty much packs in everything you want on a good budget smartphone. With some excellent features on-board, it does stand on a good spot to be the best in the range again. Also, we expect the price to be very affordable as well.
The 64MP powered quad camera system is going to be the biggest USP on Note 8 Pro, and they certainly do make a good choice considering some of the departments as performance, cameras, display and battery.
Most importantly, Xiaomi has focused on the gaming department, and Note 8 Pro with G90T have a good chance to be the best smartphone in the range.
In all, the smartphone packs in a solid performance backed by a good processor, big display, a large battery and finally the four cameras for different occasions with the much talked-about 64MP Samsung lens backing it up.
In all, Redmi Note 8 Pro ticks all the boxes right. It will deliver solid gaming and day to day performance with the new Helio G90T, a perfectly designed display with a slight chin, the brand new quad camera technology powered by the 64MP sensor, larger battery, fast charging and much more.