Redmi Note 8 Pro design
Xiaomi has changed the design of the Redmi 8 series smartphones and the Redmi Note 8 Pro has also benefited from it. Compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review), the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a larger 6.3-inch screen. There is a waterdrop notch on the front panel of the phone and the selfie camera has a place in it.
The earpiece has a place just above the screen. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 has been used on the phone for protection. The power and volume buttons are on the right side of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. We found the power button to be well placed but you do have to reach a bit for the volume buttons.
There are two trays on the left side of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, one for the Nano-SIM slot and the other for the Nano-SIM slot and a microSD card slot. Xiaomi has given a microSD card slot especially for the Indian market, remember that this feature is not present in the Chinese variant of Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro.
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 has been used on the back panel of Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. The earpiece has curved edges for a better grip on the phone. The camera module is placed in the middle, for the information of the people, we tell you that Xiaomi has placed the fingerprint sensor in the camera module itself.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro houses the LED flash on the right side of the camera module and the macro camera just below. The USB Type-C port, main speaker and microphone are located at the bottom of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, while the secondary IR emitter and microphone are located at the top of the phone. Xiaomi has provided an 18W fast charger and a transparent plastic box in the retail box.
Redmi Note 8 Pro Specifications and Software
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has a 6.53-inch Full HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) screen with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. This phone has been launched with HDR support. There was no problem using the phone outdoors as the screen is quite bright. Xiaomi has used MediaTek Helio G90T processor in Redmi Note 8 Pro.
This chipset will compete with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor. Helio G90T is an octa-core processor, for graphics, integrated ARM Mali-G76 MC4 GPU clocked at 800 MHz. To maintain the operating temperature of this processor, Xiaomi has used liquid cooling with dual pyrolytic sheets.
Redmi Note 8 Pro price starts from Rs 14,999. This price is for 6 GB of RAM and a 64 GB storage variant. There are two more variants of the phone. The 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variant of this Xiaomi phone will retail for Rs 15,999. The price of the 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variant is Rs 17,999.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro uses UFS 2.1 storage instead of eMMC 5.1, which is common in this price segment. With the help of the microSD card, it is possible to increase the storage up to 512 GB. Talking about connectivity in Redmi Note 8 Pro, Bluetooth version 5, Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, Dual 4G VoLTE and four navigation systems are included.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro battery is 4,500 mAh, apart from this, Xiaomi said that selfie cleaning speakers have been incorporated in this latest phone. The Redmi Note 8 Pro also runs MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie. Please let us know that our review unit is running on the September security patch. Like other Xiaomi smartphones, many apps will already be installed on Redmi Note 8 Pro.
Some of the Google apps on the Redmi Note 8 Pro include Amazon, Facebook, WPS Office, Netflix, Dailyhunt, Gaana, and Opera Mini. Games like Ludo Master, Block Puzzle Guardian, Pop Shooter Blast, and Dust Settle will also be pre-installed on the Xiaomi phone. Redmi Note 8 Pro also has GetApps app store which gives you suggestions for new apps.
You will also find apps like Mi Community, Mi Pay, Mi Store and Mi Credit by Xiaomi pre-installed on the device. Apps like Music and Mi Video keep sending spam notifications all day long. Users can also switch from the traditional three-button navigation layout to swipe-based navigation if they wish. Since the MediaTek Helio G90T supports dual activation, Xiaomi has also added Amazon Alexa compatibility along with Google Assistant.
Redmi Note 8 Pro performance and battery life
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is the first smartphone to arrive in India with the new MediaTek Helio G90T processor. We have 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage variant of the phone for review. The phone did not slow down even under heavy loads, launching applications quickly. Because you have 8GB of RAM on Redmi Note 8 Pro, there is no need to close background apps.
We found that the smartphone’s built-in fingerprint sensor unlocks the phone faster. We didn’t have any problems using the phone outdoors as the screen is bright. Let us tell you that the phone speaker is loud. We tried to play PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile to test the performance of the phone.
PUBG Mobile defaulted to High preset and HD graphics and frame rate were set to High, there was no problem playing the game with this setting. We played the game for 36 minutes and found that it was consuming 12 percent of the battery. The Redmi Note 8 Pro was slightly warm towards the end of the gaming session. We set the graphics to HDR and the frame rate to Ultra and then the game ran smoothly.
However, the phone got hot after playing for 20 minutes with these settings. Redmi Note 8 Pro’s battery life is good. The 4,500 mAh battery lasted about 14 hours in our HD video loop test. Active WhatsApp account in our use, some camera samples, playing PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile.
At the end of the day, the phone still had 40 percent battery left. An 18-watt charger will be available in the retail box with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, which charges the phone’s battery to 32 percent in 30 minutes and 62 percent in an hour.
Redmi Note 8 Pro cameras
Compared with Redmi Note 7 Pro, the camera of Redmi Note 8 Pro has been upgraded a lot. Redmi Note 8 Pro is the company’s first 64-megapixel camera phone, its aperture is F/1.79 and 0.8 micron pixels. This sensor clicks 16-megapixel shots in default mode as it uses 4-in-1 pixel binning technology.
The second is an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, its aperture is F/2.2, apart from this a 2-megapixel macro camera will also be available. The fourth sensor is a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The phone also has a 20-megapixel selfie camera on the front panel. Xiaomi has not changed the camera app on the Redmi Note 8 Pro and it is similar to what we have seen on many other Xiaomi smartphones.
A button has been provided in the camera application, with the help of which you can switch between the main and wide-angle cameras. The button to turn on the macro camera is together with the AI button at the top. On the plus side is HDR, AI, flash, and filters. In addition to the standard photo and video modes, the smartphone has Portrait, Night, Panorama, Pro, Short Video, Slow Motion and 64MP shooting modes.
In daylight, images taken from the Redmi Note 8 Pro were sharp and details were captured well too. The camera automatically enables HDR for bright scenes and this helps to get the correct exposure. The field of view was wide on images taken with the wide-angle camera, but detail was lacking compared to the main sensor.
In low light conditions, the AI identifies the scene faster and sets the camera accordingly. Details were captured correctly in shots taken with the main camera at night. When night mode is enabled, pictures taken with the phone look bright and details are better captured. Close-ups taken with the main camera had good background separation and a natural bokeh effect.
Even in low light, the main camera focuses quickly and captures highly detailed shots. Even shots taken with the macro camera captured decent detail, but the resolution is only 2-megapixel. Xiaomi has placed the macro camera under the flash. In portrait mode, the Redmi Note 8 Pro gives you the option to set the blur level before taking a photo.
The phone maintains the proper distance between the subject and the background. Colors were also accurate when shooting in portrait mode. During the day, the phone’s only selfie camera takes sharp photos, but we found the contrast increased slightly. You also have the option to take a selfie portrait and it does the separation properly as well. There was a slight lack of detail in selfies taken in low light.
The main camera is capable of 4K 30fps video recording and the selfie camera is capable of 1080p 30fps video recording. If you want, you can also record videos with the help of a wide angle camera or a macro camera. The videos made during the day were stabilized but the shimmer effect was seen in the video made in low light.
Xiaomi has provided powerful hardware in Redmi Note 8 Pro, an upgrade version of Redmi Note 7 Pro, which is not usually seen in this price segment. The MediaTek Helio G90T processor also takes care of your gaming needs. In terms of performance, it even beats the Snapdragon 712 and Snapdragon 730 processors.
Xiaomi has also upgraded the camera hardware to compete with other smartphones like the Realme 5 Pro and Realme XT (Review). Let us tell you that Realme 5 Pro and Realme XT also come with good camera performance. Overall, the Redmi Note 8 Pro qualifies as an upgrade to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a good option for users who are looking to purchase a gaming device.<!–