Xiaomi has been focussing a lot on its Redmi Note series of smartphones. To enhance its position in Indian markets, the company has launched Redmi Note 8 Pro recently. It is an updated version of Redmi Note 7 Pro, which did fantastically well in its segment.
So, making its entry in the same year as Note 7 Pro, does the Redmi Note 8 Pro go beyond its predecessor? Will it be able to establish itself as the undisputed leader in its space? Let us find that out in our review.
Redmi Note 8 Pro Summary
We find that Xiaomi has changed a lot in Redmi Note 8 Pro as compared to Note 7 Pro. We see appreciable updates in the design, an octa-core MediaTek Helio G90T processor, a much-improved camera set-up, and better battery backup and performance.
- Superior Design Quality
- Sharp and Reliable Cameras
- Enhanced HDR Display
- Terrific performance
- Heating up under stress
- Unsatisfactory Video performance
- Ads and Notifications
Redmi Note 8 Pro Price and Availability:
Redmi Note 8 Pro price in India is Rs 14,999 for 6GB/64GB variant. The phone comes in 2 other RAM and storage variants. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 6GB/128GB variant is for Rs 15,999. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 8GB/128GB variant is for Rs 17,999.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphone comes in Shadow Black, Gamma Green and Halo White colour options. The phone is now available at Amazon, Tata Cliq, Flipkart and various other online stores in India.
Redmi Note 8 Pro Specifications:
MediaTek Helio G90T
64-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 2MP + 2MP
Android 9 Pie
Redmi Note 8 Pro Design
Going by the effort Xiaomi is putting on the design front, we observed that the Redmi Note 8 Pro looks nothing like a Rs 15,000 smartphone. The gradual improvements in the design started with Redmi Note 6 Pro, and continued with Redmi Note 7 Pro. With Redmi Note 8 Pro, they take it further imparting a classy and premium feel to the phone.
A waterdrop notch is placed at the top to house the selfie camera. The earpiece is positioned just above the display and has a black finish to merge it well with the black bezel at the top. The phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back panel within the camera module itself, which was a bit uncomfortable to reach. We wish Xiaomi will do better to position the sensor beneath the camera setup instead. We also liked the AI face unlock.
Another positive is dual Gorilla Glass 5 protection and Aura Design that Xiaomi is using for a while in its phones. The smartphone not only looks elegant and expansive, but its well-curved edges add to the overall look of the smartphone.
However, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is heftier as compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The curved edges make it good for single-hand use, but the size will make a two-hand use unavoidable at certain times. The phone has 161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm dimensions and weighs 200 grams.
Redmi Note 8 Pro Display
The Redmi Note 8 Pro packs a larger 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, and a screen-to-body ratio of 84.9 per cent. It has a pixel density of 395 PPI with screen-resolution of 2340 x 1080p, while the aspect ratio remains the same as earlier. The phone’s HDR capability is a pleasant addition, although that only would apply in case of YouTube and in games like PUBG Mobile. By default, the display has a warm tint, which can though be adjusted manually in the display settings.
Redmi Note 8 Pro Camera:
The camera set-up on the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a step ahead of the ones on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. It is the first time any Redmi Note phone has come with five cameras in total. It has four on the back-side and one on the front that sits inside the Dot drop notch.
Redmi Note 8 Pro is also the first smartphone from Xiaomi and second in India to come with 64MP camera. First one is the Realme XT. The primary camera uses a 64MP image sensor, secondary has an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, third is a 2MP depth sensor and the fourth one is a 2MP macro lens. For selfies, the Redmi Note 8 Pro uses a 20MP camera.
So how does the 64MP camera performance? Is it better than the already amazing 48MP camera of the Redmi Note 7 Pro? Yes, it is, as observed by us. The Redmi Note 8 Pro has overall good picture quality with accurate colours in good lighting as well as in low-light.
The primary 64MP camera adds some level of processing to the photos in the binned 16MP mode, enhancing the contrast and saturation. The photos are quite sharp with a fast shutter response and autofocus. We used the default photo mode as it clicks great pictures with lots of details and spot-on colours. There’s a 64MP camera mode available on the camera app. Pictures clicked in the 64MP camera mode appear to be the same as photos clicked in default photo mode.
The wide-angle lens produces good results during the daytime, but is not suitable for night conditions. The Night Mode in the camera allows the camera sensor to capture more light and create a brighter result. It lets you digitally zoom in by 2X, but then, it doesn’t let you use the wide-angle lens. The macro lens rarely features in smartphones, and we also found ourselves using that mode the least.
The 20MP front camera of the Redmi Note 8 Pro also does a pretty good job. The smartphone clicks detailed selfies in good light, but in low-light, the camera tends to miss out on some details. This smartphone is good for those users, who acquire a phone only for its camera quality and front selfie camera.
Redmi Note 8 Pro Performance Software & Battery
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by MediaTek’s new gaming chipset G90T. During our review period, we found out that the smartphone has smooth performance, and the phone is good at multi-tasking features. We did everything on the same timeline watching videos, using several applications at the same time as Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, WhatsApp and others, played games, browsed the internet and so on. It did not slow down and after playing heavy games phone was working pretty smooth. But during long PUBG sessions, It gets a little warm. Still, it is not alarming.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro runs MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. At the launch of the phone, the company confirmed that the Redmi Note 8 Pro would get upgraded MIUI by the end of 2019. With MIUI 10 on board, the Redmi Note 8 Pro brings Ads and lots of pre-installed applications for users. These can though be controlled while setting up the device to disable the personalised ad recommendations and wallpaper carousal.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro packs a 4500mAh battery – which is the biggest improvement in Redmi Note 8 pro. You can use your day on your Redmi Note 8 Pro easily with a single charge. The fast charging ensures that the Redmi Note 8 Pro takes around 1.5 hours to fully charge – 0 to 100 per cent – which is a very attractive quality. And also, Redmi Note 8 Pro supports USB Type C support.
Recommending the Redmi Note 8 Pro is easy. It has a great gaming experience, good camera setup, a better performing processor, and a long battery backup. Redmi Note 8 Pro definitely is one up over the Redmi Note 7 pro.
It easily scores over its other SoCs like Snapdragon 712 and Snapdragon 730 in terms of performance, making it a reason enough to go for it. And it has a 64 mega pixel camera, which makes it unique from other Redmi Note series.
Redmi Note 8 Pro is a definite go-to phone, as it gives you everything which you want from a smartphone, and that too at a very reasonable price.