Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 pro – 6GB RAM/128GB


As usual, the new leader of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series is a fantastic bang-for-the-buck phone and will compete strongly with the Realme XT – choosing between the 2 will be down to your preference – the Note 8 Pro will deliver slightly faster performance, longer battery life, and slightly better camera – on the other hand, the Realme XT will deliver a better (OLED) display, under-display fingerprint reader, and faster 20W VOOC charging – you won’t go wrong with either really
The Redmi Note series has become ubiquitous to high performance and good cameras, all under Rs 15,000. While there’s no telling if this price barrier will be breached next time, Xiaomi managed to pack in even more fire power and four cameras with the new Note 8 Pro without increasing the price of the entry variant. It’s the second Redmi Note Pro smartphone to launch in 2019 in India. If Realme and Samsung indeed put a dent in Xiaomi’s top spot in the Indian market, the Note 8 Pro is the company’s answer to snatch it back. But with so many options now in the mid-range segment, is the Redmi Note 8 Pro the best mid-range smartphone to buy right now?
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  • Very good build quality and premium glass sandwich design, similar to its predecessor, the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Uses Gorilla Glass 5, front and back
  • The camera bump on the rear is on the big side
  • Hefty for the screen size, at 200g
  • It’s slippery like glass backs tend to be, so using a case is recommended
  • Good quality, bright 6.53 inch IPS panel, with very good sunlight legibility
  • Supports HDR – a rare find in this price range
  • MIUI is one of the more refined and smooth Android skins around, and has a number of add-on features and a lot of customizability
  • It’s not as clean and minimalistic as stock Android though – in the default setup you will get both plenty of bloatware, and ads in the UI
  • Excellent, best-in-class performance with the powerful Helio G90T on board – that performs around the same level as last year’s flagship Snapdragon 845 – the Redmi Note 8 Pro sails through anything you throw at it – this is essentially a top-end gaming phone on the cheap – and it has a significant edge in benchmarks over it’s main competitor, the Realme XT, that packs the Snapdragon 712
  • The Note 8 Pro once again delivers some superlative camera performance for the price bracket (as the Note Pro series has done for a few years now) – especially from the main 64MP camera
  • The quad camera setup on the rear includes a 64MP primary camera + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP depth sensor + 2MP macro lens
  • The main 64MP sensor is versatile and delivers excellent images at day and night
  • It is also capable of some surprisingly good 2x (digital) zoom photos eliminating the need of a cheap telephoto lens
  • The 20MP selfie camera is also pretty good
  • Great video recording quality overall
  • Overall, this is now the best camera phone under INR 20k, with a slight edge over the other great camera phone of this price bracket, the Realme XT, with clearer low-light photos, and slightly sharper images
  • The macro and ultra-wide cameras are uninspiring – for high quality photos you will want to stick to the main camera
  • Video recording in 1080p could have been a bit better
  • Excellent headphone audio
  • Weak-ish mono speaker – while okay, it isn’t very loud or crisp.

Additional information

Weight 0.45 lbs
Dimensions 6.35 × 3.01 × 0.35 in

NETWORK Technology
LAUNCH Announced 2019, August
Status Available. Released 2019, September
BODY Dimensions 161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm (6.35 x 3.01 x 0.35 in)
Weight 200 g (7.05 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.53 inches, 104.7 cm2 (~84.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
500 nits max brightness
PLATFORM OS Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10
Chipset Mediatek Helio G90T (12nm)
CPU Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPU Mali-G76 MC4
MEMORY Card slot microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
UFS 2.1
MAIN CAMERA Quad 64 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/1.7", 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, 720p@960fps, gyro-EIS
SELFIE CAMERA Single 20 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1/3", 0.9µm
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 5.0, A2DP, LE
Infrared port Yes
Radio FM radio, recording
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 4500 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 18W
MISC Colors Black, Red, Blue, White, Deep Sea Blue, Midnight Blue, Electric Blue, Twilight Orange
Models 2015105, M1906G7I, M1906G7G
SAR 1.15 W/kg (head) 1.18 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 1.00 W/kg (head) 1.47 W/kg (body)
Price $ 182.99 / € 219.90 / £ 126.99 / ₹ 14,999
TESTS Performance AnTuTu: 224759 (v7), 279355 (v8)
GeekBench: 6999 (v4.4), 1622 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 14fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
Display Contrast ratio: 1326:1 (nominal)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 64dB / Noise 71dB / Ring 82dB
Audio quality Noise -93.6dB / Crosstalk -91.9dB
Battery life
Endurance rating 114h


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