Redmi Note 8 Pro Review In 10 Points: The Best Flagship Budget Smartphone?
Redmi Note 8 Pro is here, and it brought in a massive price war in the market. 64MP camera, top gaming chip, quad cameras, big display, glass body and much more. It’s the best you can get at this price, and Xiaomi India has again hit the bull’s eye with perfection.
Redmi Note 8 Pro will definitely disrupt the budget smartphone market.
Redmi Note 8 Pro seems to have everything you would need on a entry-level flagship, and probably that makes it the best smartphone in this price range with the set of top-end features and benefits.
Here’s our Redmi Note 8 Pro full review decoding every feature and function.
Display & Build
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. There’s a rear mounted fingerprint sensor below the camera system stacked vertically.
Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 6.53-inch Full HD+ screen offering an immersive 91.94 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The display is quite vibrant with minimal bezels on the sides with a little chin down under.
It’s a notched display with very thin bezels and a slight 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 smartphone has very thin bezels. Redmi have done a great job in terms of the overall screen experience.
Redmi Note 8 Pro would be an apt choice for content consumption given the massive screen size. It’s quite vibrant with minimal bezels on the sides with a little chin down under, but could be a slightly big for someone with small hands.
Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with the new MediaTek Helio G90T processor and will support Blackshark’s gaming controller that will sell separately. 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.
Performance & Gaming
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 in HQ graphics and HDR.
There won’t be any noticeable difference in daily use given the memory-heavy apps or continued social media use.
Redmi Note 8 Pro will do a great job when it comes to extended gaming and extensive multitasking. There are different models to choose from with upto 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and offered with 6GB and 8GB of RAM along with 64GB and 128GB of internal storage. Additional storage supported.
Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with MIUI 10 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 little upgrade over the current generation.
You will notice the subtle differences on the notification toggle and some changes in the settings menu.
But again, the MIUI is loaded with irritating system and in-mobile ads. Their latest edition of the MIUI software is coming by end of December, and it does look fresh and sorted.
You can disable the in-system ads, but the notification ads from browser and other pre-installed Mi apps can’t be disabled. MIUI is more battery efficient compared to other Android-based operating systems.
MIUI 11 & New Features
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Up front, Note 8 Pro has a 13MP selfie sensor hidden inside the new V-shaped notch. 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.
The selfies shot by the front sensors colours were a bit overdone and slightly artificial, but in overall, the front camera did a good job, be it wide shots or low light shots.
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, smartphones can easily shoot up for a whole day without being charged. The smartphone ships with the 18W fast charger inside the box.
Pricing & Availability
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.
Both the new Redmi Note 8 smartphones will go on sale starting on October 21. Both the latest Redmi Note 8 smartphones: Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro will be available via Amazon India, Mi.com and Mi Home Stores.
Redmi Note 8 Pro Review: The Best Budget Flagship?
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, everything at an unbelievable starting price of just Rs 14,999.
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.
Redmi Note 8 Pro ticks all the boxes right. It will deliver solid gaming and day to day performance with the new 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.