Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 – 4GB RAM/64GB

$185.00

Black/Blue/Green
Another great mid-range option.
While the Redmi Note Pro series is the mid-range leader for Xiaomi, the company has maintained a fantastic tier-two option for users who don’t want to spend as much, but still want some of the niceties introduced by the new generation of hardware. Accompanying the Redmi Note 8 Pro, a phone that we rated very highly in our review, is the all-new Redmi Note 8. The phone comes in somewhere between the Redmi Note 7S that it replaces, and the higher-end Redmi Note 8 Pro.
The Redmi Note series has almost always been an easy recommendation for its best-in-class performance. Can the Redmi Note 8 continue the momentum? We find out in the Android Authority review.
Update: February 4, 2020: The review has been updated to reflect the competition and value for money. It also mentions the software updates that have followed through since the review was first published. Xiaomi has stepped up its game with in-box contents: It now throws in an 18W fast charger in the box. Additionally, you’ll find the usual TPU case, USB-C cable, and SIM ejector tool. It would have been nice to see a pair of earphones thrown in for good measure, but you’ve probably got a favorite pair lying around anyway.
SKU: M1908C3JH Category:

Description

Design: The design of the Redmi Note 8 leans more towards the Redmi Note 7S than the Redmi Note 8 Pro. While the latter incorporates a curvy design and a luxurious build that belies its price, the Redmi Note 8 is very much a mid-range smartphone as far as looks go. The entire design is an extension of the flattened-out, glass-and-metal sandwich that first debuted on the Redmi Note 7. Yes, Xiaomi’s budget portfolio can get quite complicated.
The Redmi Note 8 places its 6.3-inch display under Gorilla Glass 5, which is flanked by not-too-large bezels on three sides. Xiaomi’s decision to run a color-matched blue trim around the display area is questionable. Personally, I think it cheapens the look of the phone, but you may feel differently. The chin at the bottom is inoffensive even though the Redmi branding comes across as a bit much. A small notification LED sits to the left of the waterdrop notch. The LED is just a bit too small to be noticeable from a distance, but it is better than not having one at all.
The display on the Redmi Note 8 isn’t bad, but in a sea of great panels it comes across as a bit underwhelming. Out of the box, the color tuning skews too far towards cooler tones. This has a profound effect on how images and videos look on the display. That said, it is easy to switch to a more neutral color profile that immediately makes content look a lot more natural
The Snapdragon 665 chipset powering the Redmi Note 8 is the same as that of the Realme 5. Performance doesn’t differ too much from the Snapdragon 660 chipset that powers the Redmi Note 7S. The chipset is based on an 11nm architecture, which should make it a bit more frugal. The 665’s CPU is a touch slower than the 660, while the 665’s GPU is a tad more powerful. All-in-all, the performance gains and losses should even out.

Additional information

Weight 0.42 lbs
Dimensions 6.23 × 2.97 × 0.33 in
SPECIFICATIONS:

NETWORK Technology
GSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2019, August
Status Available. Released 2019, September
BODY Dimensions 158.3 x 75.3 x 8.4 mm (6.23 x 2.96 x 0.33 in)
Weight 190 (6.70 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.3 inches, 97.4 cm2 (~81.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
PLATFORM OS Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 11
Chipset Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
GPU Adreno 610
MEMORY Card slot microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Internal 32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM, 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
eMMC
MAIN CAMERA Quad 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro), 1/5.0", 1.75µm
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5.0", 1.75µm, depth sensor
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps; gyro-EIS
SELFIE CAMERA Single 13 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1/3.1", 1.12µm
Features HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Infrared port Yes
Radio FM radio
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 18W
MISC Colors Neptune Blue, Moonlight White, Space Black, Nebula Purple, Cosmic Purple
Models M1908C3JH, M1908C3JG, M1908C3JI
SAR 0.26 W/kg (head) 1.00 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.19 W/kg (head) 1.09 W/kg (body)
Price $ 134.79 / € 149.90 / £ 126.99 / ₹ 9,999
TESTS Performance AnTuTu: 141915 (v7), 161572 (v8)
GeekBench: 5590 (v4.4), 1339 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 5.9fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
Display Contrast ratio: 1521:1 (nominal)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 78dB / Noise 72dB / Ring 81dB
Audio quality Noise -94.0dB / Crosstalk -93.3dB

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