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Review: Redmi Note 8 Pro

Review: Redmi Note 8 Pro continues the path started by its predecessors. It offers a lot for a relatively reasonable price.
4.6/5 - (13 votes)

Xiaomi has created the budget Redmi line with less demanding customers in mind. Better processors or AMOLED screens have been reserved for the Mi line . However, it quickly turned out that the Redmi Note series models are also able to satisfy more demanding people, offering quite a lot for an incredibly attractive price. From high-end smartphones, for example, mini-jack inputs for headphones or slots for memory cards have started to disappear, and in Notes we can find them all the time. In addition, we always have a capacious battery, good optics (we could often find identical matrices in phones twice as expensive) and very good quality. The only thing missing so far is the NFC module. In our country, the mobile payment market is very developed, so many people resigned from Redmi phones because they could not pay with them contactless. However, the manufacturer saw market needs and Redmi Note 8 Pro was equipped with NFC . It also has a large battery, headphone jack, and a memory card slot. The main camera matrix has an impressive 64 MP, more than flagship phones, which sounds very good for marketing purposes, but as you know, the number of pixels does not determine the quality of photos. The processor may be a bit worrying – that is, the unit of the Taiwanese MediaTek, not the American Qualcomm. This is the Helio G90T , which on paper and in benchmarks is comparable to the efficient Snapdragon 730 .

Key features

Performance

Display

HDR Display with 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution

Camera

Battery

Design 

The phone can hardly be called original, but it is also difficult to fault it. Stylistic changes compared to the predecessor, i.e. Redmi Note 7 , are visible . This applies mainly to the back – the cameras have been moved from the left to the center – which is similar to the solutions from Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro . Just below them there is a small fingerprint reader. Stylistically, it looks very nice, but initially I was concerned about the practicality of this solution. I wasn’t sure if I would hit the camera lens by accident. As it turned out – my doubts were completely unfounded – first, the reader lies in a delicate hollow, so it’s easy to feel it, and second – in the perfect place, the finger always hit it exactly. Unfortunately, the whole combo of lenses and the reader protrudes above the surface quite significantly and even if we put the phone in a case that we find in the set, it will still be exposed to scratches when putting it on the back. The frames are plastic, the back and front of the phone are covered with Gorilla Glass 5. There is an infrared LED on the upper edge, so we can easily turn the smartphone into a remote control for home devices, the appropriate Pilot Mi application is already installed. The left side is a hybrid tray for two SIM cards. The bottom is intended for headphones, USB-C and a loudspeaker, the left edge is two buttons – on and volume control. The back of the device is slightly rounded on the sides, thanks to which, despite its size, it is not too bad in the hand, although of course the glass backs make it very slippery. This ailment can be cured by wearing a case, but then the phone loses a lot of its charm. Fingerprints are collected to a moderate extent, many smartphones are fingerprinted more. The dimensions of the device are 161.30 x 76.40 x 8.79 mm and the weight is 199.80 grams.

The display

The IPS screen has grown slightly compared to its predecessor – now it has a diagonal of 6.5 instead of 6.3 inches, which with the same resolution (1080 x 2340) results in a slightly smaller number of pixels per inch – 395 instead of 409. Still, it is very good as for its class display, in addition supporting HDR. Of course, it will work better in autumn than in summer – because the visibility in full sun is not its strongest point, but it is a feature of all IPSs. Fortunately, there are no light breakthroughs on the top or bottom edge, as happens with this type of unit. When we look at the screen at an angle, slight color degradation is visible. We can “pull them up” by selecting one of the three settings (default, warm, cool) and choosing automatic, increased or standard contrast. There is also a reading mode in the settings. 

At the top of the screen we have a small “notch” with a selfie camera and a notification LED hidden. On its left side, notification icons appear, not for a moment, but until we remove them ourselves. This is quite a progress compared to its predecessor.

Specification 

There are two variants of Redmi Note 8 Pro . The version with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of built-in memory costs PLN 1199 , the version with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB of built-in memory. In both, it was decided to use the Taiwanese MediaTek processor – Helio G90T . This move causes the most controversy and uncertainty among potential users who have more confidence in American Qualcomm’s Snapdragons . Is there anything to be afraid of? Helio G90T is an efficient SoC, the manufacturer praises it as a system for gaming smartphones. It is made of two Cortex-A76 cores clocked up to 2.05 GHz, six energy-saving Cortex-A55 coresand ARM Mali-G76 graphics . The result in AnTuTu Benchmark is 226073 points, which places the phone higher than, for example, the Huawei P20 Pro . Unfortunately, despite repeated attempts, we did not manage to run the Geekbench 5 benchmark , there were no problems with AndroBench .

How does the processor work in games? There are no problems, even with the more demanding ones. Asphalt 8 , Asphalt Xtreme , PUBG – the gameplay on the big screen was smooth, pleasant, without losing frames. The manufacturer boasts of the use of LiquidCool technology, i.e. a special heat dissipation system, so that the processor can maintain maximum performance even during longer gameplay, and a dual WiFi antenna to prevent signal blocking caused by horizontal hand positioning while playing.

In everyday use, Redmi Note 8 Pro also works great. Bookmarks are kept in memory for a long time, applications launch quickly, the phone is responsive and nothing to complain about.

The most important news, however, is that in the Redmi line phone we will finally find NFC . Until now, due to this lack, many people deleted them from the list of potential purchases. Now we can think of Note 8 Pro as a device that can fully replace a much more expensive smartphone – we will finally use it for very popular and convenient contactless payments. Just remember to select “mobile wallet with HCE” in the NFC settings .

The phone memory can be expanded with a memory card, although then we have to give up one SIM card. Note 8 Pro supports two WiFi ranges – 2.4 and 5 GHz, and Bluetooth is version 5.0. The set of sensors includes accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, light strength sensor and fingerprint reader. The GPS module is supported by A-GPS , GLONASS and Beidou . The phone works well as a navigation device, although it sometimes takes a moment to determine the starting position.

The fingerprint reader is lightning fast and is at the top level, as is our face recognition to unlock the phone. In this area, Note 8 Pro can embarrass many flagships.  

The audio equalizer works only on headphones “on the cable” and the sound is pleasant to the ear, sufficient in the most popular everyday scenarios (bus, tram, bicycle, gym). FM radio is a nice and less and less common accessory.

The quality of phone calls is at a very good level.

Operating system work

Redmi Note 8 Pro comes to us with Android 9 and the MIUI Global overlay in version 10.4.2 . We have described its extensive capabilities on GSMONLINE many times. A nice bonus is the ability to turn on “dark mode” which causes the “settings” to be displayed on a black background. We can clone applications, block access to them, create a business or private “second space”. We also have gestures (pulled from the side edges), which we will replace the traditional system buttons displayed on the screen.

We can wake the screen with a double hit or by simply picking up the phone, we also find a widget to dim it, so we practically do not have to reach for the power button.

In the settings we also find “Digital balance”, where we can trace the way and time of using the phone.

The big advantage is the improved display of notifications – you no longer need to remove the top bar to see if something has happened. Unfortunately, the downside is their flow – when using two phones at the same time, I must say that on Note 8 Pro I received notifications from, for example, YouTube or Facebook several minutes later than on the other device. It did not help either to add selected applications to the autostart, or to save them in the battery settings as running without restrictions. This is an area that Xiaomi developers should still work on.

Generally, however, if someone prefers pure Android, he keeps his distance from MIUI devices , and if someone is a fan of this overlay, he will either be able to cope with it or are already used to its disabilities. So what he will find in Redmi Note 8 Pro will not be a surprise to him.

Camera and picture results

Redmi Note 8 Pro has four cameras on the back, which basically does not happen in this price range. One of them is used for depth detection, the other for macro photos (both have 2 MP), in addition to them we have a 64 MP main Samsung quad pixel lenswith 1.9 light and the second, 8 MP wide angle. The tele lens is missing and the 2x zoom is done digitally. Photos from the main lens are saved in 16 MP, although in the camera application we have the option to choose the resolution of 64 MP. They are a bit more detailed, but the difference is not great. We have slow-motion (960 FPS), short video, portrait, night mode, panorama and pro at our disposal. At the top, we can turn on the LED, HDR , AI , Macro mode, filters and beautification and enter the next settings.

 

We have a lot of possibilities, the question is what is the quality of the photos? Pictures from the main camera in good and medium lighting conditions look very good. We have a lot of details, nice sharpness, natural, unsaturated colors (although sometimes more “juiciness” would be needed) and great contrast. I can not fault the automatic HDRwhich perfectly draws out the shadows. The photo quality deteriorates when switching to wide angle. Here, on closer inspection, we notice a decrease in detail, especially at the edges of the frames, even in good light. Still, the photos will be suitable for social media, and it deserves praise to keep the color almost identical to the photos from the main camera. The digital zoom is of good quality, which is certainly due to the high resolution of the main sensor. Night shots with a longer exposure time are also good for their class. The macro lens allows for an exceptionally close approach to the photographed object, but the photos themselves are of medium quality, usually soft, sometimes a frame section from a photo taken at maximum resolution looks better. Portrait mode is good,

Generally, you can shoot very nice photos with this phone and I was very pleased with it.

Sample pictures:

Battery life

The battery has a capacity of 4500 mAh. I promised myself a lot from it and I was not disappointed. Two days of work away from the charger were standard for me, there were two and a half days with the working time on the screen in the range of 5 to 7 hours. Thanks to the quick charging of Quick Charge 4+, we are able to fill this powerful cell in about 1.5 hours. There is no inductive charging.

Redmi Note 8 Pro – Conclusion

Redmi Note 8 Pro continues the path started by its predecessors. It offers a lot for a relatively reasonable price. When buying it, we do not have to make any compromises (maybe apart from water resistance), and sometimes we get more (large battery, memory card, infrared diode, mini-jack input for headphones) than in flagship phones several times more expensive. However, attention should be paid to the software, Xiaomi phonessometimes require a lot of patience in bringing them to a state where everything happens as we want, not the manufacturer. Especially people less familiar with technology and electronics may have a problem with this. In smartphones, such a competition does not have to be performed. For people who appreciate the simplicity of Note 8 Pro. It will probably not be the best address, as well as for those who want to have the highest quality display. Although the IPS panel is of good quality, it is still IPS – AMOLEDS offer us more intense colors and better visibility in worse conditions. However, this model should be appreciated for its performance ( you do not have to be afraid of the MediaTek processor ), excellent battery and nice photos. In combination with the attractive price, it is difficult not to recommend Redmi Note 8 Pro .

Who is Redmi Note 8 Pro for

People looking for an efficient device at a low price

Brand and software lovers

Who is not Redmi Note 8 Pro

Pure Andoid followers

People who like small phones

Advantages of Redmi Note 8 Pro

Very good workmanship

Fast fingerprint reader

Memory card slot

NFC module

Large battery and long working time

Fast charging

Large screen of good quality

Mini-jack output for headphones

Notification LED

Infrared LED

Very good performance

A set of lenses for great possibilities and good quality

IP 52 waterproof standard

Good price

Disadvantages of Redmi Note 8 Pro

Plastic frame

Slippery housing

Long delays in receiving notifications

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