Redmi is Xiaomi’s budget phone brand. While its phones always have astonishingly affordable costs, they also come with decent features. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is likely the best example of this.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the best model in the Redmi Note 8 series, yet there isn’t much in common between the phones other than the user interface. The Note 8 Pro, despite being more advanced than a few other Redmi phones, is still very affordable.
Redmi Note 10’s price in Tunisia is 759 TND (6GB RAM & 128GB Storage).
Design and display
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro resembles the Realme X2 Pro in appearance, so if you’ve seen that phone, you’ve seen this one. It’s a large, sturdy phone that’s also somewhat thick.
In the upper middle of the back, there’s a vertical camera hump that also houses a fingerprint sensor (which looks like one of the lenses at first glance). Aside from that, there’s another lens on the side. The device has a volume rocker and power button on the right-hand edge and a USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom.
This phone’s back is made of glass, which is unusual at this price point because most phones have plastic backs.
The 6.53-inch screen, split up by a teardrop notch at the top, contributes to the Redmi Note 8 Pro’s size. This has a 1080 x 2340 LCD, which is the display technology we’d expect in a phone this budget, and while the colors aren’t great, the high resolution helps compensate.
While a large display is useful for watching content, social networking, and other things, some users may sometimes find it challenging to reach the fingerprint scanner because of its massive size.
Camera and battery life
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro boasts a 64-megapixel primary camera, one of its main selling points, but it also has an 8-megapixel ultra-wide, a 2-megapixel macro, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
When used in a well-lit area, the 64MP camera produces decent-looking photos, so if you enjoy capturing natural scenes or being outside in any form, this could be an excellent tool for you. However, low-light shooting (including night mode) produces noisy images because the pixel resolution is small.
As the name implies, the ultra-wide snapper captures images that are… well, quite wide. Pictures appear reasonable; however, there seems to be some distortion at the edges of images, perhaps more so than on comparable handsets with distortion-canceling software.
The closeup and depth-sensing cameras aren’t handy, as you’d expect from 2MP sensors.
There’s a 20MP selfie camera on the front, a high-res snapper for a budget phone.
If you’re a compulsive selfie taker on a budget, this could be a good phone for you.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a 4,500mAh battery, which is good, but many inexpensive phones have large batteries.
Expect the phone to last at least a day on a full charge, with the possibility of getting you halfway through the second day before you need to recharge it.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro supports 18W fast charging, which is about average for a phone at this price point.
Features and specifications
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro comes preloaded with Android 9 Pie, but it can be upgraded to Android 10 with Xiaomi’s MIUI 11 on top.
This is primarily an aesthetic difference, but it’s worth noting that the phone comes with many bloatware apps that you’ll likely delete right away, including Opera, a web browser app that’s superfluous now that you have Chrome, and the Mi Community and Mi Store apps, which few people will use.
The chipset in question is a MediaTek Helio G90T, which isn’t precisely top-of-the-line (MediaTek is known for making mid-range and budget phone internals). Still, you could do a lot worse for the money, especially considering it’s one of the company’s better chipsets.
Given the inexpensive price point, the fact that there is 6GB of RAM here is remarkable since many other phones at this price point would only have 4GB.
The phone doesn’t feel sluggish or slow while sliding between home screens and menus, which is significantly different from the Redmi Note 8T.
It’s also worth mentioning that the Redmi Note 8 Pro can snap many 64MP photos in rapid succession without slowing down, freezing, or crashing, indicating that there’s some good optimization going on here.
In many aspects, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro could be one of the greatest phones at its price, as it could easily pass for a mid-ranger. Indeed, as we mentioned previously in this review, it shares many similarities with the Realme X2 Pro, which costs a lot more.
Sure, the phone is a little bigger than we’d like, which may turn some people off. There’s a little more bloatware than we’d like, but a simple delete spree should take care of that.
Although the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is priced in the ‘budget phone’ category, several of its features, such as the 64MP main camera, large battery, and FHD+ display, make it feel more like a good mid-ranger. The 3.5mm headphone jack and microSD card support are also great features, possibly enough to compensate for some flaws such as bloatware, the inclusion of some unneeded cameras, and a hefty design.
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