Xiaomi has launched a number of impressive smartphones this year, including the Redmi 7, Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi K20. And it didn't stop there, Xiaomi just introduced a new member, Redmi Note 8 Pro, a smartphone that is promising and capable of toppling the Redmi Note 7 Pro in my heart.
True to its name, Note 8 Pro is the successor of Redmi Note 7 Pro. After using the Note 8 Pro for a few days, I can say that this is a great upgrade compared to the Note 7 Pro. Design, performance, screen, camera, battery. Redmi Note 8 Pro is a marked improvement over.
It seems that Xiaomi has started to design its phones seriously. All new Xiaomi phones have an attractive design. If you recall, from Redmi Note 6 Pro and earlier, all Note series phones from Xiaomi looked monotonous and boring. And the Redmi Note 7 Pro has changed everything. Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a notched screen design, Gorilla Glass 5 glass, which is really one of the most beautiful Note phones. And now, the design of the new Redmi Note 8 Pro is even more premium because it is inspired by the Redmi K20.
Redmi Note 8 Pro has a premium, luxurious design, a design often found in expensive products. And it comes from the Gorilla Glass 5 experience on both sides and the Aura Design that Xiaomi is using recently on its phones. I really like the design of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, which not only looks elegant and premium, but because of the curved edges that add to its appeal.
However, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is quite large, which definitely requires two hands to use most of the time. The camera assembly is also somewhat more prominent than what we have seen on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The phone includes a fingerprint sensor on the back, located together with the camera cluster. I feel the fingerprint sensor should be placed outside the camera cluster setup for easier access. With this phone, I mainly use the AI face unlock feature.
Currently, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has three color options – Halo White, Gamma Green and Shadow Black.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is equipped with a screen that is almost equivalent to that of the more expensive Redmi K20 Pro. Over the past few days, I've used the phone in all lighting cases – day and night. The Note 8 Pro's screen provides a versatile experience and offers excellent visibility in all lighting conditions. In good lighting conditions, 40% of screen brightness is sufficient, while outdoor conditions are about 80%.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a larger screen than the Note 7 Pro. It has the largest screen ever in the Redmi Note series. The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a 6.53-inch FHD + screen with a 2340 x 1080p screen resolution and a 91.4% screen-to-body ratio. Similar to Redmi Note 7 Pro, Note 8 Pro also comes with a mole design, but it is much different and much better. For users who don't like to design notes, you can go to Settings and turn it off.
I tried playing games, watching videos on YouTube and movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and browsing the acebook and Twitter apps on the Redmi Note 8 Pro. In all situations, the screen of the Redmi Note 8 Pro seems to be great, really nothing to complain about.
For the first time, a Redmi Note phone has a total of five cameras – four on the back and one on the front inside the mole. The main camera uses a 64MP image sensor, the second is an 8MP ultra wide-angle lens, the third is a 2MP depth sensor, and the fourth is a 2MP macro lens. For selfies, the Redmi Note 8 Pro uses a 20MP camera.
Redmi Note 8 Pro for detailed images with accurate colors in good lighting conditions as well as in low light conditions. If the scene is too dark, there's Night Mode that lets the camera sensor capture more light and produce a brighter picture. I mainly use the default shooting mode because it adds great images with lots of colors and highlights. There is a 64MP camera mode on the camera app, but the image quality is not much different from the default shooting mode.
I have tried some macro photos with the Redmi Note 8 Pro and believe this is one thing it needs to improve. Macro photos taken with the Redmi Note 8 Pro tend to miss details and colors. It is possible that Xiaomi may push for software upgrades to improve macro photography for its smartphones.
The 20MP front camera of Redmi Note 8 Pro also does quite well with selfies. Detailed shots in good light but in low light, the camera tends to miss out on some details. For users who prefer to use filters on photos, Xiaomi offers a lot in the camera app itself, so there's no need to install any third-party editing apps.
Performance and battery
This is an aspect that some consumers doubt about the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Why? That's due to the chipset the company is using inside the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Because this time, the company has chosen a MediaTek chip, not a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, precisely MediaTek's new G90T gaming chipset. Redmi Note 8 Pro is provided with three configurations – 6 GB RAM – 64 GB ROM, 6 GB RAM – 128 GB ROM, and 8 GB RAM – 128 GB ROM. I am using the most advanced model of the phone with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal memory. MicroSD card slot allows users to expand the storage space up to 512GB.
So how does the MediaTek G90T chip work? During the period of experiencing Redmi Note 8 Pro as my main machine, I found that the phone offered smooth performance, performing well in multi-tasking. I watched videos, used several apps at the same time like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, WhatsApp and other apps, played games, browsed the internet, etc. There is no time when the Redmi Note 8 Pro is lagging or showing signs of freezing. I played graphics-heavy games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 on the Redmi Note 8 Pro and both worked quite smoothly. However, when playing PUBG for a long time, the phone will get a little warm.
Redmi Note 8 Pro runs MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie. When it launched the phone, the company confirmed that the Redmi Note 8 Pro will be upgraded to MIUI by the end of 2019. With MIUI 10 on the device, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has dark mode, turbo games and lots of installed applications. available that the user can delete if needed. Sadly, Note 8 Pro doesn't have an app drawer like on the Redmi K20 Pro.
One of the best things about the Redmi Note 8 Pro is its battery. The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a 4500mAh battery – this is the largest ever in the Redmi Note. The Redmi Note 8 Pro lasts easily for a day on a single charge. Another appreciated point is the included 18W fast charger. The Redmi Note 8 Pro takes about 1.5 hours to fully charge from 0 to 100 percent – quite impressive. Similar to the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Redmi Note 8 Pro also supports USB Type C.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro offers a premium and classy design, offering strong performance, long battery life and great photos in any situation. I believe that this can become a national phone in the near future.
Great battery life
Macro photos are not excellent
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