Xiaomi and his rib Redmi they are focused on all price ranges in the smartphone industry, with numerous models every year. And yet there are devices in particular - belonging to the mid-range category - capable of entering the heart of Mi Fans and technology enthusiasts in general, thanks to an impeccable combination of specifications and sales price (also due to the various discounts to we are now used to, between flash offers and coupons). To date, one of the users' favorite models has been the Redmi Note 7, medium range with an 48 MP camera and now we are dealing with its successor, who tries to offer an even more complete package. Will the newcomer be able to convince thanks to his Quad Camera? Find out in our review of Redmi Note 8!
Review Redmi Note 8
Il Redmi Note 8 it comes with the usual sales package of the brand, a white cardboard on which we find the image of the device in plain sight. Inside the box we find the following equipment:
- Redmi Notes 8;
- wall charger from 5V 2A;
- USB / USB Type-C data cable;
- pin for the SIM slot;
- silicone cover;
Nothing new or particularly satisfying, but it is always pleasant when a device is accompanied by a protective cover.
Design and construction
The smartphone measures 158.3 x 75.30 x 8.35 mm for a weight of 188 grams and is covered by a protective glass with 2.5D curvature on both sides. As the Chinese company has accustomed us now, we are not faced with a particularly innovative design: frontally we have a screen with a notch drop and a slightly more pronounced chin than the rest of the frames, with Redmi's logo in the center. The earpiece is flush with the upper edge, the usual sensor and notification LED are not missing.
All around the device we have a plastic frame, with an IR sensor and the secondary microphone at the top, the volume rocker and the Power button on the right, the Dual SIM slot on the left. The lower edge houses the mini-jack input for headphones, the main microphone, the USB Type-C port and the speaker.
As for the rest of the Redmi Note 8, the look does not change compared to its predecessor. Once again we have a vertical camera at the top left and the finger scanner in the center of the body. The brand logo moves to the lower left (with vertical orientation) while the real novelty of the device is immediately hit: the Quad Camera, accompanied by the Dual LED Flash. The module step is quite pronounced and not everyone will find it pleasant.
The device lets you hold it without problems - by now we are more than used to 19.5 models: 9 - and the build quality is the usual Xiaomi / Redmi. The oleophobic treatment is not the best, both for the front panel and the rear panel (better to use the cover to avoid "fingerprints").
On board the Redmi Note 8 we have a display IPS da 6.3 inches diagonal with resolution Full HD + (2280 x 1080 pixel), 19.5 ratio: 9, 403 PPI density, 450 nit brightness and TÜV Rheinland certification. To protect the screen we find a glass panel Gorilla Glass 5.
The display is a more than acceptable solution for a mid-range of this caliber, with fairly faithful colors and good viewing angles. Brightness in direct sunlight is not the best but still acceptable. Blacks are not very intense, even if they do their best (a limit typical of such solutions). The customizations are reduced to the bone, with the possibility of changing color temperature and contrast.
Hardware and Performance
New smartphone and new processor: in this round the company has implemented the chipset Snapdragon 665, octa-core solution launched in April, realized with the LPP process a 11 nm and consists of a CPU with Kryo 260 architecture, with a maximum frequency of 2.0 GHz. Memory side - in the case of our model - we have 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB storage, expandable up to 512 GB via microSD.
The 665 Snap behaves quite worthily and the overall experience offered by the interface is fluid most of the time. There is no small slowdown or delay in the opening / closing of the app, but it is never a matter of being too insistent or stressful. The graphic part is entrusted to the GPU Adreno 610, perfect for games that do not require much effort. Even for the heavier titles, everything seems to be running smoothly (except for a few small drops), but let's remember that we are not dealing with a powerful solution or a very suitable gaming solution.
Review Redmi Note 8 - Benchmark
The arrival of the stable MIUI 11 is scheduled for November (second the Xiaomi roadmap); meanwhile the Redmi Note 8 mounts the MIUI 10.3.2.0, based on Android 9 Pie and with security patches dated August 2019. In short, if you are a fan of Xiaomi you will not find news but the usual and reliable package offered by MIUI 10.
We have the gesture Full Screen, the Second Space and the possibility of Cloning the Apps. Within the Settings dedicated to the Display we find the reading mode (to avoid eye fatigue) and the Dark Theme. Also present is the Digital Wellness, which allows you to monitor the usage time of the device, and the Face Unlock. In short, MIUI is a proprietary UI full of features and utilities, but still quick. Lovers of Pure Android they will turn up their noses but in the end the game is just that: everyone has their own tastes.
Compared to the previous model the Redmi Note 8 raises the pitch from a photographic point of view, introducing a Quad Camera. We have a Samsung main sensor from 48 MP (f/1.79) accompanied by an ultrawide goal from 8 MP (f/2.2), a macro sensor from 2 MP (f/2.4) and a module dedicated to depth of field (2 MP, f/2.4), with PDAF autofocus and a Dual LED Flash. Definitely a big step forward, but one that does not actually materialize in real improvement.
The images taken with the device offer balanced colors and a good level of detail. Sometimes there are some phenomena of overexposure, but these are sporadic cases and with a good hand (and a wise use of HDR) you will be able to make acceptable shots. The macro sensor offers the possibility to indulge and the same is true for the telephoto lens that makes up the photo module. Also good for Portrait mode, with the subject in the foreground precisely cut out.
In the evening the quality of the details drops drastically and the background noise becomes more insistent; however Xiaomi's night mode does its duty, saving the situation in various cases.
Frontally, set in the drip notch, we have a selfie camera from 13 MP (f/2.0). The shots taken with good lighting satisfy - also from a social point of view - while with the fall of darkness the quality tends to decrease not a little. The device is able to record video in 4K to 30 fps: even in this case the quality is good, also thanks to the performance of electronic stabilization.
The Redmi Note 8 is equipped with a battery from 4000 mAh - once again overlaps with its predecessor - which allows you to arrive at the end of the day without problems. On average we reached the 5 hours and minutes 30 of display turned on, even if with a little more care (and maybe a few games less) it is possible to overcome the 6 hours of display on.
Charging takes just over 2 hours with the supplied charger (from 5V 2A). However, we remind you that the device supports the Quick Charge 3.0 fast charge (from 18W) so that, with the right charger, you can shorten the charging time.
Connectivity and audio
As we've become accustomed for a long time with the vast majority of smartphones, the Redmi Note 8 offers a slot dual SIM with connectivity LTE (4G +). A praise for choosing to use a trolley with three slots, so you can take advantage of a microSD without giving up one of the two SIMs. With regard to network connectivity we found no anomalies, the device has the 20 band and the volume of the audio on call is decent.
The connectivity package offers the 802.11 Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band and the Bluetooth 5.0, but unfortunately there is no NFC support. Satellite navigation via GPS / A-GPS / Glonass / Beidou went as expected even if at the first start it was necessary to perform a calibration to avoid defects in the positioning.
Headphone sound (both wired and TWS models) leaves you satisfied, while the speaker in the lower right corner of the perimeter frame is not exactly a top. The volume is adequate even if there are some distortions here and there.
Review Redmi Note 8 - Price and conclusions
We have come to the conclusion of the review of Redmi Note 8 and as usual the moment of final considerations has arrived. Let's start by answering immediately the most important question: is the new mid-range of the Chinese brand or is it not a best buy? The answer is not as simple as it seems, as we are faced more with an upgrade of his predecessor than a real unpublished model. The Quad Camera offers a few more possibilities in the shots - thanks to the introduction of the macro sensor - and the updated hardware compartment offers good performances (without making people scream to the miracle).
Overall the Redmi Note 8 it's a great smartphone and a worthy representative of the mid-range, able to offer so many features to a price really convenient. Are you looking for a new smartphone but don't want to spend a fortune? Do you want reliability and quality but are you ready to accept some compromises? Then as usual, Xiaomi and Redmi are a guarantee. If we then put in the list also the possibility of buying the device from the GearBest store at approx 160€... then you can launch on it without hesitation!
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