Redmi 8 Review: Best Budget Smartphone in Nepal
Xiaomi Redmi 8 has been released as a successor of the Redmi 7 series which have been the best famous budget smartphones. Similarly, recently launched Redmi 8 series that had also offered better value for money smartphones. Staying in between mid-range and entry-level specifications Redmi 8 6/64GB variants comes in just Rs. 14,999/- in Nepal. And the hardware and features it offered at this price point is phenomenal.
Overview of Redmi 8
Redmi 8 has an attractive look and beautiful design which can be seen at a first glance. It comes in three color variants: Onyx Black, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and the aura mirror design adopted by Xaomi make this device look unique. The major attractive points of the phone are 6.22-inch HD+ display, dual rear camera, 5000 mAh battery with 18W fast charging support, rear fingerprint sensor and wireless FM Radio.
Display and Design
Redmi 8 has a 6.22-inch HD+(1520X720 Pixels) IPS LCD panels. The display has a good viewing angle and color saturation. The display is not as sharp as other mid-range and flagship smartphone but for normal media consumption and casual task, it would be fine. The good thing is it has a pixel density of 270 PPI and an aspect ratio of 19:9 adapting a teardrop notch at the top, which are not usually seen in budget smartphones. The display has an 82% screen to body ratio and protected by gorilla glass 5.
The phone has a thickness of 9.4mm and has a comfortable design to handle. Both volume and power buttons reside on the right side of the device leaving left side space just for dual SIM+ MicroSD card slot. At the top, there is an Infrared port which is a nice feature to have as users can control electronic devices using a smartphone as a universal remote controller.
At the bottom of the device, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C charging port and a speaker grill is present. The rear panel of the polycarbonate panel has a dual-camera setup followed by a fingerprint scanner.
Processor and Performance
The entry-level Qualcomm is used to handle the processing threats in this device. Snapdragon 439 chipset has a total of eight cores. Four high performing 1.95GHz Cortex-A53 and four power-efficient 1.45GHz Cortex A53 chipset is adequate to handle normal daily tasks. To handle the graphical task, Adreno 505 GPU is used. But keep in mind that these processes and GPU combinations can only handle the casual tasks and lagging starts when playing high graphic-intensive games and applications. Media consumption and internet surfing have no issues at all but if you have used other high-end smartphones you will definitely notice the limitation of Processor and GPU.
There are two different variants available in the market with 3/32GB and 4/64GB RAM and Storage Option. It also supports external microSD card slots which will expand storage by up to 512GB. All these hardware are controlled by the Android 9 Pie Operating system with MiUI 9 skin on top of it.
The rear camera housing has a dual-camera setup. A primary 12MP sensor is assisted by a 2MP depth sensor. The camera can capture good quality photos compare to other entry-level smartphones. At broad daylight conditions, excellent photos will be captured by the primary 12MP sensor. The 2MP depth sensor is utilized to provide a blur effect on portrait photos. At the front, there is a single 8MP sensor embedded in teardrop notch. Regarding the video, FHD (1080p @30fps ) video can be recorded by both front and back cameras. Here are some sample photo capture by Redmi 8.
The portrait shots look great in Redmi 8, and it also captures decent bokeh shots at adequate lighting conditions. At this budget price range, the quality of photo and video capture is worth it.
Battery Capacity and Other Features
One of the best things Redmi 8 has is a bigger battery. It has a 5000 mAh battery which supports 18W fast charging. With this battery, Redmi 8 can last for about 1.5 days with medium usage in a single charge. Even being a budget phone, to have a bigger battery, fast charging, and USB type C port is an excellent point Redmi 8 included. The box only includes a 10W fast charging charger, and users have to separately buy 18W fast charger.
Talking about the connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth V4.2, FM radio, 4G, and Infrared Ports are found in the device. For secure unlocking customers can use rear-mounted fingerprint sensors and face unlocking. For better security, I prefer to use a fingerprint sensor which is a little slower compared to other devices, but face unlocking function is faster.
Specifications of Redmi 8
- Display: 6.22-inch (1520 × 720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 with Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Chipset: Snapdragon 439
- CPU: Octa-Core (4 X 1.95GHz Cortex A53 + 4X 1.45GHz Cortex A53)
- GPU: Adreno 505 GPU
- RAM: 3GB RAM with 32GB storage / 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 512GB with microSD (dedicated)
- OS: Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10
- SIM: Dual SIM (nano + nano)
- Rear Camera: 12MP rear camera with LED flash, Sony IMX363 sensor, 1.4μm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture, 6P lens, Dual PD autofocus, secondary 2MP depth camera
- Front Camera: 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size
- Security: Fingerprint sensor, Face unlock
- Dimensions: 156.48×75.41×9.4mm; Weight: 188g
- Connectivity: Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
- 5000mAh (typical) battery with 18W fast charging (10W charger inside the box)
- Colors: Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red, Onyx Black
- Price in Nepal: Rs 14,999(4/64GB)
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Price and Availability
Xiaomi Redmi 8 is available in Nepal so customers can buy this device from a retail store near them. The price of the Redmi 8 4/64GB variant is Rs. 14,999/- which will surely attract a large number of customers to purchase this device. Even though there are a large number of the device in the market only a very limited number of device offers better value for money products and Redmi 8 is among one of them. It will compete with Samsung Galaxy A20, Galaxy M20, Huawei Y6 Pro, Realme C2, etc.
Overall, there is plenty of improvement we can see in this device compared to its predecessor. One thing that I don’t like in this device is the incorporation of a slower processor than what Redmi 7 offered. Except for the processor, I like the feature and hardware offered by Xiaomi Redmi 8. Are you interested to buy this phone? let us know in a comment below.