Design of Redmi Note 8 Pro
Xiaomi has changed the design of the Redmi 8 series smartphone and Redmi Note 8 Pro has also benefited from it. The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a larger 6.3-inch display than the Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review). The front panel of the phone has a waterdrop notch and the selfie camera has got a place in it.
The earpiece is positioned just above the display. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 has been used in the handset for protection. The power and volume buttons are on the right side of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. We found that the power button is well placed but for the volume button you will have to stretch your hand slightly.
There are two trays to the left of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the first SIM has a separate nano-SIM slot and the second has a separate space for the nano-SIM slot and microSD card slot. Xiaomi has given a microSD card slot specifically for the Indian market, remember that this feature is not present in the Chinese variants of Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro.
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 has been used on the back panel of Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. The grip of the phone is good in the hands, so the handset has curved edges. The camera module was placed in the middle, for the information of the people, let us know that Xiaomi has placed the fingerprint sensor in the camera module itself.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro has an LED flash to the right of the camera module and a macro camera just below it. At the bottom of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, USB Type-C port, loudspeaker and primary microphone, while the IR emitter and secondary microphone have got space in the upper part of the phone. Xiaomi has given an 18 watt fast charger and a clear plastic case in the retail box.
Redmi Note 8 Pro specifications and software
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has a 6.53-inch full-HD + (1080×2340 pixels) display, with 19.5: 9 aspect ratios. This handset has been launched with HDR support. The phone also has no problem in outdoor use as the display is quite bright. Xiaomi has used the MediaTek Helio G90T processor in Redmi Note 8 Pro.
This chipset will compete with Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor. The Helio G90T is an octa-core processor, ARM Mali-G76 MC4 integrated GPU for graphics with a speed of 800 MHz. Xiaomi has used liquid cooling with dual pyrolytic sheets to maintain the operating temperature on this processor.
The price of Redmi Note 8 Pro starts at Rs 14,999. This price is of 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants. There are two more variants of the phone. Xiaomi’s 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variants of this phone will be sold for Rs 15,999. The price of 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variants is Rs 17,999.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro uses UFS 2.1 storage instead of EMMC 5.1, which is common in this price segment. With the help of MicroSD card it is possible to increase the storage up to 512 GB. Talking about connectivity in Redmi Note 8 Pro, Bluetooth version 5, Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, dual 4G VoLTE and four navigation systems are included.
The battery of the Redmi Note 8 Pro is 4,500 mAh, apart from this Xiaomi said that the latest handset has selfie-cleaning speakers. Redmi Note 8 Pro also runs on MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie. Let us know that our review unit runs on the September Security Patch. Like other Xiaomi smartphones, Redmi Note 8 Pro will also get many apps installed beforehand.
Redmi Note 8 Pro includes Amazon, Facebook, WPS Office, Netflix, Dailyhunt, Gaana and Opera Mini along with some Google apps. The Xiaomi handset will also get pre-installed games like Ludo Master, Block Puzzle Guardian, Pop Shooter Blast and Dust Settle. Redmi Note 8 Pro also has GetApps App Store which gives you suggestions for new apps.
You will also get apps like Xiaomi’s Me Community, Mi Pay, Me Store and Me Credit. Apps like Music and Me Video keep sending spammy notifications throughout the day. Users can also switch from traditional three-button navigation layout to swipe-based navigation if they wish. Since MediaTek Helio G90T supports dual-wake, Xiaomi has also added Amazon Alexa support with Google Assistant.
Redmi Note 8 Pro’s performance and battery life
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is the first smartphone to arrive in India with the new MediaTek Helio G90T processor. We have 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variants of the handset for review. The handset did not slow down even after heavy load, the handset launches apps faster. Redmi Note 8 Pro does not need to close the apps in the background due to the 8 GB RAM.
We found that the fingerprint sensor given in the smartphone unlocks the phone faster. We had no problem using the phone in the outdoor because the display is bright. Explain that loud sound comes from the speaker of the handset. We tried playing PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile to check the performance of the handset.
PUBG Mobile was set to High Preset and Graphics HD and Frame Rate High by default, in these settings there was no problem while playing the game. We watched the game for 36 minutes and found 12 percent battery consumption. The Redmi Note 8 Pro was a bit hot at the end of the gaming session. We set the graphics up to HDR and the frame rate to Ultra and then the game ran without any problems.
However, after gaming for 20 minutes on these settings, the phone did become hot. The battery life of Redmi Note 8 Pro is good. In our HD video loop test, a 4,500 mAh battery lasted for about 14 hours. In our usage, we saw active WhatsApp account, some camera samples, playing PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile.
At the end of the day, the phone still had 40 percent battery left. Along with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, there will be an 18 W charger in the retail box, which charges 32 percent of the phone’s battery in 30 minutes and 62 percent in an hour.
Redmi Note 8 Pro cameras
The Redmi Note 8 Pro’s camera has been significantly upgraded compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Redmi Note 8 Pro is the company’s first 64 megapixel camera phone, its aperture is F / 1.79 and 0.8 micron pixels. This sensor clicks 16-megapixel shots in the default mode as it uses 4-in-1 pixel binding technology.
The second is an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, its aperture is F / 2.2, in addition to a 2-megapixel macro camera. The fourth sensor is a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The phone also has a 20-megapixel selfie camera on the front panel. Xiaomi has not changed the camera app of Redmi Note 8 Pro and it is the same as we have seen in many other smartphones of Xiaomi.
A button has been provided in the camera app with the help of which you can switch between the primary camera and wide-angle. The button for the switch on the macro camera is provided with the AI button above. The top side is HDR, AI, flash and filters. The smartphone has Portrait, Night, Panorama, Pro, Short Video, Slow Motion and 64MP shooting modes in addition to standard photo and video modes.
Photos captured from the Redmi Note 8 Pro were sharpened in daylight, as well as the details were captured well. The camera automatically enables HDR for bright scenes and it helps in getting the right exposure. The field of view came wide in pictures taken with a wide-angle camera but there was a lack of detail compared to the primary sensor.
In low-light the AI quickly detects the scene and sets the camera accordingly. At night, the details were captured accurately in shots taken with the primary camera. When night mode was enabled, pictures taken from the handset were bright, as well as the details were captured better. Close-up shots taken with the primary camera had good background separation and a natural bokeh effect.
In low light, the primary camera focuses sharply and captures shots with better detail. The detail was captured well even in shots taken using the macro camera but the resolution is only 2 megapixels. Xiaomi has placed the macro camera under the flash. In portrait mode, the Redmi Note 8 Pro offers you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot.
The phone maintains a correct distance between the subject and the background. Colors were also accurate when shooting in portrait mode. The single selfie camera on the phone during the daytime takes sharp shots but we found that the contrast was slightly boosted. You also get the option to take a selfie portrait and it also performs the separation correctly. There was a slight lack of detail in the selfie taken in low light.
The primary camera is capable of recording video at 4K 30fps and the selfie camera at 1080p 30fps. If you want, you can also shoot video with the help of wide-angle camera or macro camera. Videos made during the day came stabilized but videos made in low light showed a shimmer effect.
In the upgrade version of Redmi Note 7 Pro, Xiaomi has given powerful hardware in Redmi Note 8 Pro which is not usually seen in this price segment. The MediaTek Helio G90T processor also takes care of your gaming needs. In terms of performance, it also outperforms the Snapdragon 712 and Snapdragon 730 processors.
Xiaomi has also upgraded the camera hardware to compete with other smartphones such as Realme 5 Pro and Realme XT (Review). Let us know that Realme 5 Pro and Reality XT also come with good camera performance. Overall, the Redmi Note 8 Pro qualifies as an upgrade of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone. Redmi Note 8 Pro is a good option for those who are thinking of buying a user gaming device.