A budget phone that packs a ton of rather expensive features, Xioami’s Redmi Note 8 has been launched into a price segment where it offers way more value for money than most of its competitors in that range.
With a 6.3-inch screen that covers most of the front and has a waterdrop notch at the top, Redmi Note 8 has an added touch of design in the form of a highlight colour running around the edges of the glass. The smartphone comes in three colours – Neptune Blue, Moonlight White, and Space Black, and each has a highlight colour complementing the body. On the backside, you’ll find that the camera strip is on one side and it sticks out a bit as well, with the rim of the camera bump feeling quite rough ( this feels a lot less rough when you use the phone cover that comes with the device).
Xiaomi has used Gorilla Glass 5 on the front as well as the back of Redmi Note 8. The power button on the right and the fingerprint sensor at the back are both comfortable, however, the volume buttons are a bit too high up on the right side to reach access easily. On the bottom side, you’ll find a USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio socket and single speaker. The Infrared emitter can be found on the top, while the left side houses the dual-SIM plus microSD card tray. A P2i coating has been used by Xiaomi to make this device splash-proof, a great feature to have in a phone in this segment.
Specifications and Software
Redmi Note 8 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, with the base variant offering 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, and the second variant offering 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage at a slightly higher price. It comes with a 6.3 inch-screen delivering full-HD+ 1080×2280 resolution. TUV Rheinland also certifies it for blue light reduction to enable better reading modes.
The device is fitted with a massive 4000mAh battery and comes with an 18W charger that facilitates fast charging. With Bluetooth 5, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac support, Redmi Note 8 has also done a great job with its single speaker that delivers clear sound quality. Both the fingerprint, as well as the face recognition processes, are quick on this device, making unlocking quite seamless.
Redmi Note 8 is equipped with a huge battery that can last you all day on moderate use that can include taking pictures and streaming videos as well. The device usually charges up to 80% on an hour’s charge.
The biggest and most appealing feature of the Redmi Note 8 is its rear quad-camera set-up that is equipped with one 48-megapixel f/1.79 camera which takes 16-megapixel shots by default and can record video at up to 4K 30fps or 1080p 60fps; another 8-megapixel f/2.2 wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, along with a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
While the MIUI’s camera app is relatively simple, the way you are required to switch between cameras isn’t the easiest of the most intuitive compared to other camera phones. The shutter button has three dots above it which correspond to 0.6X, 1X, and 2X where the first two switch between the wide-angle and primary cameras, while the 2X performs a digital zoom.
Users might face some trouble in locking focus in low light and while using Redmi Note 8’s macro camera. However, when it comes to the picture quality, it is quite impressive, the primary camera delivering crisp, bright shots with sharp detailing. The colours are pretty vivid, and some natural depth of field can be found as well.
The Redmi Note 8 is a great budget device to give you sufficient power and performance throughout the day with its reliable battery, crisp screen, quad-camera set-up and robust processor. The base variant can lag a tad bit behind when compared to the higher variant, but if space and RAM aren’t the biggest of your requirements, Redmi Note 8 can work well with your day-to-day activities.