Redmi Note 8 Review: Best Budget Phone for the Price

Redmi Note 8 Review: It has been some time since Shiomi sub-brand Redmi released its Note 8 series in China and India. In the end, Shiomi Redmi released Note 8  in Nepal for aggressive pricing. Some Redmi is the successor of the Note 8   Note 7 series’ most successful mid-ranger.

Redmi Note 8 Review & Specifications

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Redmi Note 8 Specifications

 

Redmi Note 8 Specifications

Display:6.3-inch IPS LCD screen (2340×1080 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
Rear Camera:Quad camera – (48 MP, f/1.8, Dual Pixel PDAF) + (8 MP, f/2.2 (wide-angle) + (2 MP, f/2.4, macro lens) + (2MP, f/2.4, portrait lens)
Front Camera:13 MP, f/2.2
CPU:Octa-core Snapdragon 665 (4 x 2.0GHz Kryo 260 + 4 x 1.8GHz Kryo 260)
GPU:Adreno 610
RAM:4 GB, 6GB
Storage:64 GB, 128GB; Expandable
OS & UI:Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10 on top
Sensors:Fingerprint, Gyro, accelerometer, proximity, compass
Battery:4000 mAh; USB Type-C port

Body design

The Note 8 is the best design by Shiomi in its Redmi Note series. This is a break from Shiomi’s boxed designs on smartphones and its gorgeous. You’ve curled up again this time and it feels comfortable on the hands too.

It’s a bigger phone and it’s thicker than the Note 7. It is a glass design with a metal frame. Both the rear and front are protected by Gorilla Glass 5. Although I agree that it is slippery, I use it with a very clear case, which helps a lot. – Redmi Note 8 Review

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Redmi Note 8 Body design

All the buttons are on the left with the SIM tray on the right and the Type C port, headphone jack and speaker underneath. The SIM tray is sealed with rubber tools, which can prevent some accidental spill. This is a good feature and for some people, I think it should run on all phones.

As much as I love the design, I have to point out that the fingerprint sensor is in a very awkward position. But, over time, you get used to it, at least I did.

Display

The Redmi Note 8  features a 6.3-inch FullHD + IPS LCD with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. This display is one of the best looking IPS displays, it is powerful, it is colourful and very bright. So, I would say it outperforms the Note 7.

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Redmi Note 8 Display

The bezel is so small and you get a U-shaped line-up, which I don’t like at all. Additionally, you get the gesture feature when you want a full-screen experience. I like to go traditional with the buttons, but this is entirely your choice. – Redmi Note 8 Review

The outside of the display is also shiny, so you should have no problems with that part. However, we hope that Shiomi will use AMOLED panels in its future iterations, as the OLED display has better contrast ratios and paired colours than the IPS.

Performance

Some Redmi Note 8  features the new Snapdragon 665 chipset. It is a gaming-centric midtier chipset and gets a major upgrade from the Note 7  Snapdragon 660. I play on-demand games like Pubzi, Fortnite and Asphalt. These games run smoothly in most settings with no lag and stuttering.

I tested the phone heating and played the game for about two hours and constantly measured the temperature while doing so. And I expected the phone to heat up dangerously high, but it didn’t. In fact, after 5 sessions of PUBG the temperature did not return to 40 degrees, then 3 sessions of asphalt 9. Needless to say, the Redmi Note 8  is by far the best gaming performer at this price point.

Also, very useful for the day. I have never been stuttering when it comes to my daily tasks. I like it. Whether it’s heavy multi-tasking or just opening a large app, the phone handles everything nicely.

Software

For software experience, it is currently running on MIUI 10 (the unit we have). However, Shiomi should release the MIUI 11 update before the end of 2019. Everything from transformation to application loading is fast and fast. However, MIUI is repetitive compared to others, thanks to the 6GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 665 chipset as you navigate through it. And we don’t even have advertising problems with parts of the UI, so Shiomi seems to be taking care of it.

Camera

The rear of the Redmi Note 8  has a quad-camera setup. There are basic 48MP f / 1.8 Samsung GW1 lens, 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, 2MP depth sensor and 2MP macro lens. – Redmi Note 8 Review

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Redmi Note 8 Camera

And first of all, there are no improvements in Note 7  compared to the cameras on the Note 7. And to my surprise, I found that most of the pictures on the Note 7  were better. Note 7  has good dynamic range and exposure balance and sometimes good colours.

I compared the Note 8  with RealMe 5  and didn’t find a clear winner. Sometimes the Realme 5  works well with colours and details, and sometimes the Note 8  works well. But the dynamic range in the 5  is better. Details-wise, I don’t have a side difference.

Then I moved to 48 MP images. At first, I thought there would be a big difference between normal and 48MP images, however, 48MP images are slightly faster than 13MP images when zoomed in, but that’s not the case.

The regular 13 MP images from Note 8  are good. However, they differ in some scenarios in terms of dynamic range. The colours look good, but the floral pictures lose detail. However, human subjects have good skin. So overall, I don’t mind the pictures to say the least. You also get 2X digital zoom with this and the images are good. – Redmi Note 8 Review

Speaking of portraits, the 2MP depth sensor does a good job. They have better edge detection than the Note 7. The theme looks great and the theme itself. You can also change the amount of blur in the portrait, which is a nice feature.

Wide Angle Pictures have a slight colour change compared to normal images. This is fine since the normal images are a bit darker than wide angles but the difference is not so huge.

Now gross images from 2MP sensors with RealMe devices as I said recently is a pure gimmick. This allows you to go a little closer to the subject than a regular camera, but the quality is poor. However, they do feel a bit better, which is a bit better than what we found on the Realme 5.

Selfies are great with a 13MP front camera. You will get a natural skin tone and a nice detail note. The red is happening in the pictures, which some may not like, but it is purely a personal preference.

Portrait selfies are also good. You can’t change the opacity in a portrait like the rear cameras here. But the blur is good. There is little to complain about because this software works here.

However, nighttime shots are outrageous. Compared to the Note 7, the typical night-time images are dark and without detail. – Redmi Note 8 Review

With Night Mode On, things have improved a bit, but again, it works just fine on the Note 7.

Video-wise, this is the standard you get. The best stabilization you can get is 1080p at 30 fps and 4K, videos are very unstable. More interestingly, video can also be recorded through a macro lens, which may be good news for some people but the quality is so poor that you don’t want to record with it.

Battery & Connectivity:

Now this time, Shiomi increased the battery section slightly. The Redmi Note 8  has 4,000 mAh, which I think is slightly less power efficient for the chipset (based on the Snapdragon 660 11Nm vs. Snapdragon 665 11Nm). Once fully charged, the battery lasted one day of my use.

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Battery & Connectivity

The day I got so much, the battery endurance was a bit low and I had to charge in the evening. This only happens when you play a lot of sports. Otherwise in normal use, the battery will give you a day. You get an 18-watt fast charger inside the box, which takes 0–100% juice in two hours. – Redmi Note 8 Review

Additional features:

Now, as I already mentioned, you have a fingerprint sensor. And even though it seems to me to be awkward, it unlocks the device very fast. You also have the Face Unlock option, which is very fast but I would like to use a fingerprint sensor to close it. – Redmi Note 8 Review

There is also an IR blaster, so if you lose your TV remote, the Note 8 will serve your purpose. And this is useful because almost all companies are sad to get rid of it.

Some didn’t even get rid of the LED notification light. Okay, it only shines in one colour, as it always does with other Shiomi phones, but the mere addition makes me happy for some reason.

In terms of call quality and network reception, I have no problems. 5GHZ is WiFi support, most phones are still overlooked, so it’s fine. Going to the speakers, the single firing bottom speaker is great. It is moderately loud and does not deform at high volumes. – Redmi Note 8 Review

Redmi Note 8 Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Excellent Performance
  • Great Design
  • Good Cameras
  • Good Battery Life

Cons:

  • No AMOLED display
  • No in-display fingerprint sensor

Redmi Note 8 Overview

The Note 8 has a 6.3″  LCD screen with 1080p resolution and a small notch at the top.

The Redmi Note 8 runs on a Snapdragon 665 processor with an octa-core chipset based on an 11Nm process. It has eight cryo 260 cores. Also, this is the chipset used in the Vanilla Mi A3.

Running on camera now, there’s a quad-cam setup on the back. The primary camera is a 48 MP module with Samsung Isole GM2 sensor. Apart from this, there is an 8MP Ultra Wide Lens, 2MP Macro Camera and 2MP Depth Sensor. The display upfront is still a notch. And it has a 13MP selfie shooter. Besides, the device is powered by a 4000 mAh battery with 18W Quick Charge support. – Redmi Note 8 Review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Price in Nepal [updated 2020]

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 price in Nepal starts from Rs. 19,999 for the base 4+64GB variant. Similarly, the 6+128GB version costs Rs. 23,999.

Xiaomi Model VariantPrice in Nepal
Redmi Note 8 (4/64GB)Rs. 19,999
Redmi Note 8 (6/128GB)Rs. 23,999

Conclusion

Finally, the Redmi Note 8 is a balanced midrange phone with excellent performance, great design and good cameras. It does not have an AMOLED display and an in-display fingerprint sensor, which Vivo and Samsung offer at this price. However, its IPS panel and rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensors are very good so I think they are not an absolute necessity.

Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro – Full Specifications & Review

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