Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro review

GSMArena team, 04 Oct 2019.

Bright LCD panel with a minimalist notch

The Redmi Note 8 Pro features an LCD panel with a small notch on the top. The panel measures 6.53" in diagonal that fits 1080 x 2340px resolution with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It's also protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and supports HDR - a rare find in this price range.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro review

It's apparent that Xiaomi didn't cut corners with this particular display as it's sufficiently bright and delivers high contrast. Our tests show that with the brightness slider cranked up, the panel will peak at 460 nits but with auto mode turned on, the screen can go as high as 640 nits. That's more than enough for sunlight legibility outdoors.

In terms of uniformity and color accuracy, however, things aren't exactly stellar. This is especially true to the latter. The default color mode returned an average dE2000 of 6.8 and a maximum of 12.7 with overblown dark blues, cyans and blue-ish whites. Unforutnatley, the "cool" color preset was even worse while the "warm" one didn't contribute much - the whites are still blue and the dark blues and cyans are over-saturated. The average dE2000 is 5.7 and the maximum is 10.6.

And as far as uniformity goes, we did notice some small halos around the lower bezel and especially around the notch at the top. Still, we can say they are hardly noticeable and a lot less prominent than the in other competing smartphones.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 0.347 460 1326
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Max Auto) 0.486 640 1317
Motorola Moto G7 Plus 0.332 473 1425
Motorola Moto G7 Plus (Max Auto) 0.469 590 1258
Realme XT 0 447
Samsung Galaxy A50 0 424
Samsung Galaxy A50 (Max Auto) 0 551
Samsung Galaxy A60 0.369 485 1314
Samsung Galaxy A60 (Max Auto) 0.498 661
Huawei P30 Lite 0.39 480 1231
Huawei P30 Lite (Max Auto) 0.413 501 1213
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 0.358 479 1338

Battery life

Having a generous 4,500 mAh battery and a rather power-efficient SoC, one would expect good battery life. However, we were even more surprised with the results. The handset got stellar results on the screen-on tests as well as on the standby and 3G talk time. The phone's overall rating is 114 hours, which puts it in top 20 in our battery ranking.

Perhaps the chipset is more efficient than we thought it was in the first place because phones with similar scores usually carry at least 5,000 mAh units.

When it comes to fast charging, though, the phone didn't impress. Of course, given the price range, it's a huge advantage to support USB Power Delivery but the 18W standard can take you only so far. In 30 minutes, the phone charged from flat to 39% using a compatible PD charger with USB-C to USB-C cable. We are pretty sure that the original charger will be performing similarly.

We tried to investigate whether the chipset also supports Quick Charge 4.0+ since MediaTek's Pump Express charging tech and Qualcomm's QC 4.0+ are based on USB Power Delivery, but we weren't able to confirm for sure. All of the compatible chargers in our office support Power Delivery and Quick Charge 4.0+ simultaneously and perhaps you won't be able to find a pure QC 4.0+ as well. One thing is for sure, though, if you are near a PD-capable charger, you can use it for quick top-ups for your Redmi Note 8 Pro.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro review

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSerDevice app. The endurance rating above denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so that our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritty. You can check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Loudspeaker

The handset has a bottom-firing loudspeaker that's a bit on the quiet side. Most of the phones nowadays achieve an Excellent score easily so "Good" in this case isn't enough in our books. You might miss a call or notification if you are in a noisy environment.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Samsung Galaxy A60 66.8 68.0 69.7 Average
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 64.8 71.2 82.2 Good
Samsung Galaxy A50 68.9 71.3 82.7 Very Good
Moto G7 Plus (Smart Audio) 70.8 72.4 84.9 Excellent
Huawei P30 Lite 71.5 73.8 83.1 Excellent
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 69.8 71.5 90.5 Excellent
Realme XT 68.9 74.3 89.8 Excellent

Audio quality

The Redmi Note 8 Pro performed brilliantly with an active amplifier, delivering the perfectly accurate output you can expect in this scenario at some of the highest volume levels we've measured. And we are not taking just its price range here - it's louder than most flagships too.

Unfortunately the clarity of the output takes a significant hit when headphones come into play - stereo crosstalk spikes a lot, intermodulation distortion comes into the picture and the frequency response gets a slight shakiness to it. Volume drops a bit, but the Redmi Note 8 Pro remains one of the loudest handsets out there, so nothing to worry there, at least.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Redmi Note 8 Pro+0.07, -0.07-93.693.90.00220.0068-91.9
Redmi Note 8 Pro (headphones)+0.26, -0.29-92.793.20.0270.413-48.5
Samsung Galaxy A60+0.04, -0.16-93.693.30.00110.010-94.1
Samsung Galaxy A60 (headphones)+0.05, -0.16-93.593.00.00310.020-69.9
Realme XT+0.08, -0.08-92.292.10.00120.0081-91.4
Realme XT (headphones)+0.50, -0.16-92.191.90.0070.363-48.9
Xiaomi Mi A3+0.02, -0.01-93.790.70.00150.0098-93.0
Xiaomi Mi A3 (headphones)+0.53, -0.22-90.688.80.00480.302-50.8

Redmi Note 8 Pro frequency response
Redmi Note 8 Pro frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

  • Henyo

I almost purchase this phone today. But I had 2nd thoughts. I will hang on for a while and read more reviews. Or anyone have recommendations for a similar price range.

  • Nas

No bro this phone is for gaming, the good choice for u is Oppo f11 pro, excelent camera and good and smooth and fast at texting and multitasking

  • gg

same,,,i leke note 8pro,,but i had MI9T in my hands and the peaker was quite loud,,,dont know how it is with 8 pro, he said normal