Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 in for review

Ivan, 18 November 2019

We're already done with the review of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro but we haven't done one of its less-expensive counterpart the Redmi Note 8. Well, it's now at the office and we've started work on it.

The vanilla 8 comes with a 6.3-inch 1080p IPS LCD, a Snapdragon 665 chip with 3GB, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery and a quad camera that delivers sees the main and ultrawide cameras being joined by macro and depth units.

The phone comes in a very plain box with a complimentary case, USB-A to USB-C cable and a 10W charger. That last bit is disappointing considering that the Realme 5 Pro, which is the Redmi Note 8's direct rival, comes with a 20W charger in the box. In fact, this is probably the reason why Europe will get the Redmi Note 8T, which only brings two changes - NFC support and a faster charger in the box.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 in for review

The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with the same accessories but its charger outputs 18W. Other things you will be losing from the Pro include the bigger 6.53-inch IPS LCD, the Helio G90T chipset, the main 64MP f/1.9 camera (replaced by a 48MP one), 20MP selfie camera (down to 13MP) and the much larger 4,500mAh battery.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 next to Redmi Note 8 Pro Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 next to Redmi Note 8 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 next to Redmi Note 8 Pro

However the Redmi Note 8 feels somewhat more manageable than its Pro counterpart. It's not compact by any measure but it also doesn't venture as deep into the truly big phone territory.

It's also a beautiful phone, especially in this Neptune Blue we have here. You'll find it shimmers under the right light. The Nebula Purple also looks enticing.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 in for review

The screen on the Redmi Note 8 is sadly not an OLED but it's a solid IPS LCD panel. While our tests will give you a more accurate idea of its performance it looks very nice in those early hours.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 in for review

The chipset of choice for the Redmi Note 8 is the Snapdragon 665 paired, in our unit, to 4GB of RAM. The Redmi Note 8 breezes through its UI but the Snapdragon 712 inside the Realme 5 Pro will always have it beat in terms of sheer performance. That phone also has an 8GB of RAM option to the Redmi Note 8's 6GB, but that's mostly a nitpick.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 in for review

The details of the Redmi Note 8 quad camera are as follows: a 48MP f/1.8 that produces 12MP regular photos, an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide (no AF), a 2MP dedicated macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front there's a 13MP selfie snapper. That last one aside, the Realme 5 Pro has the exact same setup.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 in for review

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is quite the value proposition at the moment, with a starting price of €170/INR 10,000, which is lower than the Realme 5 Pro. We're working on our full review of the Redmi Note 8 Pro to see if it can also maintain its strong on paper performance in the real life tests. Stay tuned!


Reader comments

Friend have of mine having this one He said : "Its sturdy,and strong to grip. Mostly never overheat when you have an extreme use on gaming" But still i ended up buying Note 7 over 8

Suit yourself.

  • Anonymous
  • 18 Nov 2019
  • LJF

I understand. I think I'll end up buying it because after researching and seeing various gaming and heating tests the phone is very solid and doesn't overheat like people say it does. I would consider buying the Realme X2 over this one but it isn't a...

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