Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Review: The MidRanger King

Redmi Note 8 Pro

There is no doubt Redmi Note series has always been an attention grabber Redmi Note 8 Pro in not an exception. There’s no doubt, Note 8 Pro is one of the most popular device in the midrange segment. Ever since the device was announced in China We were eagerly waiting to get our hands on, So finally we have been using Redmi Note 8 Pro for almost a month now. Now I think I have used the new note enough to give you a long term review of it. So let me begin the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro review.

Redmi Note 8 Pro Full Review

I was scenes redmi has become an independent brand we are working hard on the looks as well as on this back side. So finally after a long time redmi has gone with a MediaTek chip in the Note line-up that is MediaTek Helio G90T.

Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro specifications:

  • Display: 6.53-inch IPS LCD screen, Full HD+ (2340×1080 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Rear Camera: Quad camera – (64 MP, f/1.8, Dual Pixel PDAF) + (8 MP, f/2.2 (wide-angle) + (2 MP, f/2.4, macro lens) + (2MP, f/2.4, portrait lens)
  • Front Camera: 20 MP, f/2.2
  • CPU: Helio G90T (2 x 2.27GHz Cortex A76 + 6 x 1.7GHz Cortex A55)
  • GPU:Mali G76
  • RAM: 6GB, 8 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB, 128GB; Expandable
  • OS & UI: Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10 on top
  • Sensors: Fingerprint, Gyro, accelerometer, proximity, compass
  • Battery: 4500 mAh; USB Type-C port

Design

It would be absolutely true if, I say that this is by far the best design xiaomi has ever made in its Redmi note series I mean just look at it. It speaks for itself this is truly a break from old boxy designs that Redmi used in smartphones and I’m loving it I have this gray color which 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 is 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 although I admit that it’s slippery and a fingerprint magnet.

I used it with the clear case on which helps a lot all the buttons are on the right with the SIM tray on the left and below a type C port a headphone jack and the speaker’s 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 phone should implement okay as much as I love the design both the looks and feel of it.

I would point out that the fingerprint sensor is at 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 time you get used to it at least and fingerprint works extremely fast, I have to say one thing that I loved about the Redmi Note 8 Pro is the design that is definitely a good upgrade from its predecessor.

Display

It is not an AMOLED screen I don’t know about you guys but I have been expecting an AMOLED display as an upgrade from the note 7 Pro as Realme did however the display is one of the best-looking IPS displays Xiaomi has implemented on any note it’s lively colourful and fairly bright so, I have to say that this one definitely has better displayed than the note 7 series.

It’s a 6.3 inches display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and as you can see in the picture below bezels are pretty minimal you get a dewdrop notch up top which I don’t mind at all there’s a dark mode but since it is a trand also it’s a LCD screen there won’t be any battery saving going on like the AMOLED ones you also get gesture features in case you want  the full screen experience.

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I like to go with traditional buttons but that’s totally your choice 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 it was just me having more expectations.

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Performance

The recently launched MediaTek Helio G90T is a gaming-centric processor on the cheap, at least compared to its competition Qualcomm. Helio G90T is based on the 12nm FinFET manufacturing process from TSMC. It’s a small jump over the 14nm chips but it is still more energy-efficient and more cost-effective “compared to the current 7nm and 10nm solutions”.

It packs an octa-core CPU with “2 large Cortex-A76 cores” clocked at 2.05GHz and 6 smaller, energy-efficient “Corext-A55 cores” runs at 2.0GHz. The Mali-G76 MC4 GPU takes care of graphically-intensive tasks. “The so-called HyperEngine technology” ensures smooth gameplay and also improves on connectivity by combining WiFi and LTE for more stable and faster connection. It can also connect to two WiFi routers at the same time for the same benefits.

There is almost nothing that this phone can’t handle with MediaTek Helio G90T. The performance on the device was even comparable with the previous generation flagship, which will costs you nearly double. So, this is hands down the best performing phone for the price.

Gaming-wise too, you get the best from Mali, the Mali-G76 MC4 which handles games like a breeze. The phone does not heat to a level of frustration even while intense gaming. Xiaomi says they have used double-layer cooling technology surrounding the chipset to help prevent heating, so guess that has worked.

Software

The Redmi Note 8 Pro runs on the Android Pie currently, although you can download Android 10 that is currently in Beta testing. The MIUI 10.3 is what the phone runs on currently, and it is one of the first device to get the latest MIUI 11 so apart from a few changes here and there, you are going to get a typical MIUI experience. If you don’t like MIUI launcher you can install the Poco launcher 2.0 and set as default and there is an app drawer as well.

But the good thing is, even though MIUI 10 is a pretty heavy custom skin, it is well optimized in the Note 8 Pro, so it does not slow down or bring lags to the device. The transitions in the UI are pretty smooth and eye catchy. As already mentioned, there are welcome features in the UI like a dark mode.

However, to be honest, I am not a big fan of MIUI, especially because of those annoying ads, but Xiaomi is not showing any ads in Chinese variant, but you never know with Xiaomi.

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 PUBG 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 the variant I have comes with 6 GB RAM and 64gb storage you can also get it in 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage and 8 GB RAM and 128 GB all these three versions come with LPDDR 4x RAM and UFS 2.1 storage.

Cameras

Quad-camera on the back sounds very impressive on specs sheet, especially at this price range, isn’t it? In reality, however, things aren’t as they seem on paper because one of the cameras is used for depth sensing while the other 2MP sensor is used for macro photography, so there’s no telephoto lens either.

Anyway, the other 2 sensors are the standard 64MP Samsung sensor plus an 8MP unit coupled with an ultra-wide lens. The 64MP sensor is new to the scene and should be a significant upgrade to the popular 48MP option in the last year or so. It’s a large 1/1.7″ sensor with 0.8µm pixels, and the lens has f/1.9 aperture. Native pixel-binning is here to play, so the image output is 16MP.

The ultra-wide camera is 8MP with f/2.2 aperture, and it’s 1/4″ big, 1.12µm pixels with no autofocus feature, though. The Dedicated macro lens is 2MP f/2.4 aperture and rather big 1.7µm pixels.

And finally, the front-facing camera sitting on the notch is 20MP with f/2.0 lens, that click sharp images.

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64 Megapixel

The daylight photos with the main camera look nice at first, but if you do a closer inspection, some things need to be addressed. For example, there’s visible software 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, punchy colors without being over the top and great contrast.

At night, the performance of the main camera in the standard Photo mode isn’t stellar, but it’s comparable to its rivals. Images appear bit soft, but the dynamic range is rather good capturing enough detail in the highlights and shadows without noticeable noise. Colors are punchy, and the contrast is also pleasant.

Switching on the Night mode allowed the camera to capture more detail in the shadows, while the highlights are the same. Best of all, the level of “resolved detail becomes noticeably higher” – the photos are sharper and sensor captures more detail.

There’s an overall appeal of the Night photos by the Redmi Note 8 Pro which made us appreciate it more than other competing solutions. “It improves on key areas of the image without going overboard and make it look unnatural”.

Also you can install Google camera on Redmi Note 8 Pro and take you photography on next level.

Micro

We took the macro camera for a short spin too, but the results aren’t impressive by any means. Our initial expectation was that the “macro lens would probably be obsolete with the presence of the large 64MP sensor” that can capture lots of details. Also, the main 64MP sensor is capable of capturing more light.

Yes, the macro lens allows you to get close to the subject and get everything in focus, but the results would be pretty much the same if you crop out the center of the photo from the primary camera and cut out the blur. That’s what you get when shooting with such a large sensor. The detail you get from the main 64MP camera is unrivaled, though.

Portrait

Portraits are good producers natural skin tone, wide dynamic range, and enough detail. Sometimes edge detection fails in more complex scenes. We would say it delivers better than we expected from a phone with a dedicated depth sensor.

Front camera

These are one of the best selfies we’ve seen on a midranger. The HDR mode works great, the camera produces sharp photos, and even the edge detection is almost perfect in most of the situation. When introduced to low-light scenarios, the 20MP camera did pretty well.

Video Recording

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.

Battery

Now it has become like a tradition to Xiaomi keeping 4,000 mAh batteries on their smartphones but this one break the tradition finally redmi has upgraded and their redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by huge 4,500 mAh battery.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is supported by 27-watt fast charging. But you get the 18W fast charger inside the box. The phone took me 1 hour and 40 minutes to get fully charged and a fully charged battery can last you for a good one and a half-day.

I was quite impressed by the battery life because even though the battery upgrade is not that big. I liked how the phone shuts down the background processes properly to give a good battery life.

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