Redmi Note 8 Pro Review

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RedMi Note 8 Pro review
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The ‘Redmi’ series have always played an integral role in catapulting the ‘Mi’ brand to success thanks to ridiculously affordable prices and high-end specs. Let’s have a look at what the brand has to offer with the latest addition to the budget friendly product line.

Specifications

  • 64MP Primary Camera Lens with 8MP Ultra-Wide Lens
  • 2MP Ultra-Macro Lens and 2MP Depth Sensor for Bokeh Shots
  • 20MP Front Camera
  • Helio G90T Octa-Core Gaming Processor with ARM Mali G76 GPU
  • MIUI 10 with Android 9.0
  • 6GB RAM with 64GB Storage
  • 6.53-inch Dot Drop Full Screen FHD+ Display with HDR Support (91.4% Screen to Body Ratio)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 4500mAH Battery with 18W Fast Charging Support
  • USB Type-C Reversible Connector Port
  • Dual SIM 4G LTE Connectivity and Bluetooth 5.0 Support
  • NFC Support
  • Google Pay

What we liked

  • Incredibly affordable
  • Display is stunning for a mid-tier phone
  • Macro lens is a great addition to the camera
  • Fantastic audio
  • Dual sim functionality
  • Gaming performance is great without any lag or drop in frame rates thanks to the LiquidCool technology
  • Solid battery life

What we didn’t like

  • Phone is a little bulky and becomes even heavier when the included case is added
  • Camera performance goes down in low lighting conditions
  • Limited availability of third-party accessories
  • MIUI has come a long way but we’re still not very happy with all the included bloatware

Design

A lot of smartphone brands seem to completely disregard the design aspect of a device. Having the right ergonomics is extremely crucial in the long run as you need to be comfortable holding the device for long hours playing games or getting in touch with people.

Luckily, the Note 8 Pro packs a 4-sided 3D curved back which gives the phone that smooth little extra grip. It’s also aesthetically mesmerizing. With Corning’s flagship Gorilla Glass 5, the phone has a lesser chance of getting cracks and scratches on the screen as over the years, Corning has managed to improve the durability of the glass with each iteration.

Display

Though most phones have transitioned from the controversial notch design to a more subtle punch hole display or a pop-up module like the ones found in the One Plus 7 series, Mi decided to stick to a water-drop display to house the front camera module – to achieve an impressive 91.4% screen-to-body ratio.

Don’t get us wrong, this isn’t a major deal breaker because the display quality compensates for that with stunning visuals and color accuracy. The display is said to support HDR content which allows it to exhibit rich colors that aren’t overly saturated.

6.53 inches is perfect to view your favorite shows on Netflix on the go and we were impressed with what Mi had to offer.

The Note 8 Pro’s display is also certified by TÜV Rheinland to protect your eyes against those harmful blue lights and reducing the likeliness of visual fatigue.

Performance

Compared to the Snapdragon 710 processor found on similar phones, Mi decided to opt for a Helio G90T Octa-Core Processor which performed much better in our benchmarking tests. Thanks to the in-built liquid cool technology, gaming suffered no lags or drops in frame rates.

Overall functionality of the phone is buttery smooth and virtually lag free.

With 6GB RAM, you can have multiple apps open in the background and not have to worry about a thing as switching between apps happens in a fraction of second. So all you multi-taskers out there, this might just be your ideal phone for those who want a bang for the buck.

Camera

Mi Note 8 Pro’s versatile camera comes with an AI quad-camera setup featuring a primary 64MP ultra-high-resolution camera, a 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with a 120° field of view, a 2MP macro camera and 2MP depth sensor.

We had high hopes for the camera performance on the Note 8 Pro and it is fair to say that Mi has managed to meet most of our expectations. The camera performance great in day light. Images are crisp and not overly saturated. However, it is a different story at night where images appear to be noisy and lack that perfect sharpness.

The ultra-wide-angle lens is great to capture more detail than what a regular lens can offer. Mi included a 64MP sensor which is solid for a phone in this category. When most devices within this price point offer only a triple lens camera, Mi went one step ahead and included a macro-lens to capture shots at close range with utmost detail. These are great for shooting tiny insects or leaves.

Video capturing is alright if not great. The device supports ultra-wide angle and macro video recording apart from the standard

Battery Life

With a colossal 4500 mAh battery capacity, you can be rest assured you’re going to get through an entire day without having to plug your phone in again or even attach it to a power bank. Given the power efficiency of the G90T processor, it only makes sense for the Note 8 Pro to outperform its rivals in the battery department.

We’ve got about 9 hours of screen time broken down throughout the day with a mixed use of social media applications and a few streaming apps like YouTube and Netflix.

The fact that Mi added fast charging to the device is a huge bonus. To achieve full charge of 100% the phone took about an hour and a half with the device being on standby mode.

RedMi Note 8 Pro Music Gaming Hours

Availability and Price

The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes in three colors, Mineral Gray, Forrest Green and Pearl White. Personally, we’re a big fan of the Mineral Gray version as it looks quite elegant and stylish. Definitely got that premium look to it.

Available at all major electronic retailers at a starting price of AED 949 for the 6GB+64GB Variant and AED 1049 for the 6GB+128GB model.

Overall Verdict

It’s fair to say we were very impressed for all the functionality Mi has packed in the Note 8 Pro for the given price. It really is a steal deal. The Chinese OEM has come a long way over the years offering its customers innovation at affordable prices.

The mid-tier phone segment is booming now and with the Note 8 Pro, seems like the competition has a lot of work to do to match up to the standards of Redmi.

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