Redmi Note 8 Pro Full Review: The Mid-Range Performance Champion

Sabin Tamang 2 Nov, 2019

The Redmi lineup has been one of the most sought-after budget smartphones for years now, but with competition heating up in the segment, Xioami needs to step up its game to stay relevant. The Redmi Note 7 Pro was one hell of a device and today we are here to review the successor of Redmi Note 7 Pro i.e. The Redmi Note 8 Pro. Moreover, Note 8 Pro is one of the first devices to incorporate the brand new 64MP sensor from Samsung with native pixel-binning technology. 

Design & Build Quality

Talking about the design, it is absolutely true to say that this is by far the best design Xiaomi has ever made in its Redmi Note series. I mean just look at it. I'm loving it I have this shimmering white color that glows depending upon the angle you tilt it in and it has that good amount of heft and feels very comfortable on the hands. It is a big phone though and it's thicker than the Redmi Note 7 Pro as well. It's a glass design with frames made out of metal.

The back and front both are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 which is a welcome addition. All the buttons are on the right with the SIM tray on the left and below a type C port and a headphone jack and the speakers. The SIM tray has been sealed with rubber stuff that may protect against some accidental spills. That is a good feature to have and something I think all phones should implement. As I love the design, I would point out that the fingerprint sensor is in a very awkward position okay it's not as awkward as what Samsung did with its former flagship. But it's right below the camera array and I have mistaken the lens for the sensor many times. But with the time you get used to it at least I did. So one thing that I loved about the Redmi Note 8 Pro is the design.

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It's definitely a good upgrade from its predecessor. Now let's talk about the display which by the way is not AMOLED. I don't know about you guys but I have been expecting an AMOLED display as an upgrade from the Note 7 Pro. However, the display is one of the best-looking IPS displays. It's lively colorful and fairly bright. So I have to say that this one definitely has better displayed than the Redmi Note 7 Pro. It features a 6.53" IPS LCD, HDR support, 1080 x 2340px resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 395ppi and as you can see the bezels are pretty minimal you get a u-shape notch up top which I don't mind at all.

There's a dark mode but since it's a seedy screen there won't be any battery-saving going on like the AMOLED one. You also get gesture features in case you want. The display is bright even outdoors so you are not going to face any problems on that part. So, the overall display is very good.

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Performance & Software

Now let's talk internals and this time Xiaomi has gone for Mediatek Helio G90T (12nm) chipset which is a gamer-centric meteor chipset which is, in fact, better than QUALCOMM snapdragon 730. So, although Redmi phones are used to having Snapdragon chips it's late but I don't mind that the Mediatek Helio actually.

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Talking about the gaming performance, I have been playing games like PUBGM and asphalt and the gaming performance was smooth. All of these games run smoothly in the highest settings. I did a heating test of the phone and played games for around 2 hours and continuously measured the temperature while doing so and I had expected the phone to heat through alarming levels but it did not actually the temperature did not go beyond 40 degrees even after 5 sessions of PUBGM back-to-back followed by three sessions of Asphalt 9. So, the Redmi Note 8 Pro as of now is the best gaming performer for the price. Also, day-to-day usage has been great. I never felt any stuttering while doing my daily activities. It feels smooth as I expected it to be whether it be heavy multitasking or opening big apps. The phone handles it nicely.  

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The variant I have comes with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. You can also get it in 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. All these versions come with UFS 2.1 storage. The phone runs on MIUI 10 I even received an update right after a week of getting it. So that's nice to have and because it runs on MIUI 10.4.9 it feels different and when I say different I mean it positively. First of all, you get these all your specs listed out here like this which not only looks good but is informative too. For a general user, this version of the device has NFC which the global variant usually misses out. Here you get a lot of pre-installed Chinese apps which are well not of much use to me. Thankfully you have the option to uninstall almost all of them. Now for the experience, it was very smooth even.

Camera

So now let's talk about cameras. And I feel that cameras are becoming more and more gimmicky with every iteration of all smartphone brands. I'm not trying to target anyone here but 64 megapixels is it even necessary and there are a 2-megapixel depth sensor and this 2-megapixel macro lens and they market the phone as quite camera beast or 64 MP AI quad cameras. I mean there's a hell lot of marketing going on and sadly the consumers fall for it. Anyways let's talk about the camera specs on the Redmi Note 8 Pro. There's a primary 64-megapixel lens, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor along with a 2-megapixel macro lens.

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Let's move on to our normal daylight samples. The daylight photos with the main camera look nice at first, but upon closer inspection, some things need to be addressed. For example, there's visible oversharpening, and while the HDR is doing a nice job, it leaves a bit more to be desired. Some highlights look clipped, but shadows, on the other hand, are okay. Still, we would say that the daylight photos are a win as they provide plenty of detail, juicy colors without being over the top and great contrast.

Initially, I thought that there was going to be a lot of noticeable differences between the normal images and 64-megapixel images. The 64-megapixel images are a little bit just a little bit sharper than the 16-megapixel ones but other than that nothing. The 2-megapixel depth sensor does a surprisingly decent job when it comes to portraits they have better edge detection than the note 7 pro. The subject looks good and so does the background. You can even change the blur amount in portraits which is a nice feature to have.

You also get 2 x digital zoom with this one. Moving on to the wide-angle images there's a slight color shift from the normal ones. It's a little bit brighter too as compared to the normal images but the difference is not so overwhelming so it's fine. Now macro images from the 2-megapixel sensor are a pure gimmick like what I said. It lets you go a little closer to the subject compared to the normal camera but the quality is just bad. However, they seem a little bit just a little bit better than what we got on the Realme 5 Pro. These are one of the best selfies we've seen on a mid-ranger. The HDR works great, the camera produces sharp photos, and even the edge detection isn't all that bad. When introduced to low-light scenarios, the 20MP camera did pretty well.

The phone supports 4K recording at 30fps or 1080p at either 30 or 60fps. The slow-motion mode allows you to go as high as 960fps at 720p, but we are pretty sure there's some interpolation at play there since there's not nearly enough processing power in the chip to achieve those frames at that resolution.

Check out these camera samples:

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Battery

In the battery department, there's a 4500 mAh battery on the Redmi Note 8 Pro which I think makes up for the Mediatek chipset being a bit less energy efficient. Once fully charged the battery lasted me for a day on my usage. When it comes to fast charging, though, the phone didn't impress. Of course, given the price range, it's a huge advantage to support USB Power Delivery but the 18W standard can take you only so far. In 30 minutes, the phone charged from flat to 39% using a compatible PD charger with USB-C to USB-C cable. We are pretty sure that the original charger will be performing similarly.

Pros and Cons of Redmi Note 8 Pro 

Pros

  • Robust design with dual Gorilla Glass 5 panels.
  • Bright LCD panel.
  • The brand new MediaTek Helio G90T is snappy and efficient at the same time.
  • Outstanding battery life.
  • The main 64MP sensor is versatile and delivers excellent images at day and night.
  • The selfie camera is also pretty good.
  • Great video recording quality overall.
  • Supports USB PD charging, comes with USB-C to USB-C cable and appropriate charger in the box.

Cons

  • The macro and ultrawide cameras are uninspiring to say the least.
  • Video recording in 1080p leaves more to be desired.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro specs

  • Body: 161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm, 200g; plastic frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back.
  • Display: 6.53" IPS LCD, HDR support, 1080 x 2340px resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 395ppi.
  • Rear camera: Primary: 64MP, f/1.9 aperture, 1/1.7" sensor size, 0.8µm pixel size, PDAF. Ultra wide: 8MP, f/2.2, 1/4", 1.12µm pixels. Macro camera: 2MP, f/2.4, 1/5", 1.75µm Depth sensor:2MP; 2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps, 720p@960fps video recording.
  • Front camera: 20MP, f/2.0 aperture, 0.9µm pixels. 1080p/30fps video recording.
  • OS: Android 9 Pie; MIUI 10.
  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio G90T (12nm): Octa-core (2x2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G76 MC4 GPU.
  • Memory: 6GB of RAM; 64/128GB storage; shared microSD slot.
  • Battery: 4,500mAh; 18W MediaTek Pump Express and USB Power Delivery support.
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; LTE-A, 4-Band carrier aggregation, LTE Cat-12/ Cat-13; USB-C; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; dual-band GPS; Bluetooth 5.0;
  • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; single down-firing speaker; NFC; FM radio.

Final Thought

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is an upgrade over the Note 7 Pro in almost every count. Xiaomi has managed to deliver in a lot of key areas with the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The Helio G90T is plenty fast in day-to-day use, the new design looks much more premium, and the 64MP camera has a lot to offer. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t buy the Redmi Note 8 Pro considering the price. The phone is available around Rs. 29,000 in Nepal.

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