Is Redmi Note 8 worth buying

Redmi Note 8: mid-range cracker for 132 € (4/64 GB)

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The Redmi Note 8 really offers a lot of performance for so little money. If you absolutely need NFC, you should take the Redmi Note 8T, which is currently available for € 139 at MediaMarkt or Saturn gets

The 4/64 GB version of the "normal" Redmi Note 8 that you can get from GearBest currently for 132.27 € with the voucher GBMINOTE8321 gets. The larger memory variant with 4/128 GB is available for € 142.36 at DHGate with the voucher DBFEBAD8

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The Redmi Note series from Xiaomi or Redmi is probably the most popular smartphone series from the tech giant. While that Redmi Note 8 Pro The "normal" Redmi Note 8 seems to be more than convincing in the test, but focuses more on gaming than on battery life a no-brainer to be. Or have you changed too little here?

Technical data of the Redmi Note 8

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (T)Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Display6.3 ″ IPS LC display6.53 ″ IPS LC display (2340 x 1080p), Gorilla Glass 5
processorQualcomm Snapdragon 665 @ 2 GHzMediaTek Helio G90T Octa-Core @ 2.05 GHz
Graphics chipAdreno 610ARM Mali G76
random access memory4/6 GB6/8 GB LPDDR4X RAM
Internal memory64/128 GB64/128 GB
Main camera48 MP with ƒ / 1.79 aperture + 8 MP wide angle + 2 MP depth sensor + 2MP macro camera64 MP Samsung GW1 + 8 MP wide angle + 2 MP depth sensor + 2 MP macro camera
Front camera13 MP20 megapixels
battery pack4,000 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0 18W4,500 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0 18W
ConnectivityLTE band 1,3,5,7,8 WLAN AC,GPS / GLONASS / BDS, Bluetooth 4.2, Dual SIM, NFC on the 8TLTE band 1,3,5,7,8, WLAN AC, GPS / Galileo / GLONASS / BDS, Bluetooth 4.2, Dual SIM, NFC
FeaturesFingerprint sensor | USB Type-C | Face Unlock | Headphone jackFingerprint sensor | USB Type-C | Face Unlock | Headphone jack
operating systemMIUI 10.3, Android 9MIUI 10.3, Android 9
Dimensions / weight159.21 x 75.21 x 8.1mm / 186 g161.3 x 76 x 8.8 mm / 199 g

Redmi Note 7 or Redmi Note 8?

We have already mentioned several times here on the blog that the current mid-range models from China are very similar. If you look at the Redmi Note 8 from the front, you can only distinguish it from its predecessor based on two details. Because both have in common the 6.3 inch displaywhich takes up most of the front. In order to accommodate the front camera, it is also implemented in the eighth generation a waterdrop notchwhich is now a little more "curved" and does not have the round teardrop shape like its predecessor. Under the display, the Redmi logo attracts glances, actually you have said goodbye to such branding - at least we thought. Unfortunately, this makes the lower edge of the screen appear thicker, even if at 6 mm it is as thick as the Redmi Note 7.

At least our test device in the white colorway reminds us of the iPhone X. However, this is only due to the frame inside Aluminum lookwhich, as usual, has the power and volume button on the right and the SIM slot on the left. In the black and blue colorway, the housing frame matches the rest of the look better.

If you take a closer look at the back, you can see the main difference between the Note 7 and the Note 8: the camera. In the upper left corner, Xiaomi positions the quad camera module with the Redmi Note 8 Pro that sits centrally. Only the fingerprint sensor is located there. The Redmi lettering is in the lower left corner and runs parallel to the longest side. But do you need two brandings on your mobile phone? Not even Apple is that self-absorbed.

Processing & handling

It can now be said that the days of poorly manufactured China smartphones are over. Xiaomi is certainly one reason for this and set the bar very high early on, the Redmi Note 8 is no exception. "Soft" transitions between the frame and the two glass backs, well-milled recesses and pleasant pressure points are what make the workmanship here. However, as with the Redmi Note 8 Pro, one also has to criticize camera bump protruding far, which protrudes clearly from the case with 2 mm. This cannot be put into perspective by the supplied case, the competition from Huawei has it in the Honor 9X better resolved.

Nothing has changed in terms of ergonomics due to the same design. The Redmi Note 8 feels great in the hand, the outwardly curved housing frame fits snugly. If you've ever had a 6.3 ″ smartphone in your hand, you'll know what to expect here. You can reach both the side buttons and the fingerprint sensor really well, even with slightly smaller fingers. This also sits comfortably in the housing and is not part of the camera module as with its big brother.

Also with LC display

Since Xiaomi has generally not changed much here, it is quite possible that the same IPS LC display with the 6.3 ″ diagonal can be installed. In contrast to the Xiaomi Mi A3 Fortunately, a Full HD + display resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels in the currently popular 19.5: 9 aspect ratio. The resulting pixel density of 409 ppi, i.e. pixels per inch, is just as standard as the 1500: 1 contrast ratio of the IPS panel. In fact, the panel was tested by TÜV Rheinland.

The Redmi Note 8 of course has to deal with the Oppo Realme 3 Pro measure, which is currently # 1 of the best China smartphones under € 200. In fact, Xiaomi's new mid-range cell phone is a bit ahead here, but both panels are on a very similar level. The display of the RN8 is a bit cooler, but also slightly brighter. The contrast ratio but also the sharpness are identical in both, however, no differences can be found here even on closer inspection. In terms of functionality, the Redmi Note 8 convinces as usual: no input lags, precise inputs and support for 10-finger multi-touch.

MIUI with many setting options

You can now get something in the display settings more setting options than in previous generations. The color temperature of the panel can be adjusted using the color palette, and there are three default settings for the contrast ratio. Also the Dark mode is already integrated here, but it only makes sense optically. Since it is an LC display, the black pixels are also illuminated and not only the bright pixels, as is the case with an AMOLED, which means that the energy-saving effect is eliminated. In addition, there is a reading mode, automatic brightness and the option to bring the cell phone out of standby with a “double tap”.

Fortunately, you can now do the Hide notch at the top of the screenif you like. The setting can be found under "Full-Screen Display" at the top. This is now also the case with the global versions.

Well-optimized performance as usual

The normal Redmi Note 8 is with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 fitted. This CPU can also be found e.g. in theXiaomi Mi A3 its place, but is only a slight upgrade to the SD 660 from its predecessor, theRedmi Note 7. But that is actually not unusual, that tooRedmi Note 5 and theRedmi Note 6 Pro used the same CPU. The performance is still more than sufficient for all everyday applications, the clock frequency of 2.2 GHz will ensure that. Thanks to the 14 nm manufacturing technology, the processor is also relatively energy efficient. The Adreno 610 GPU is used for graphics applications.

Here, too, the Redmi Note 8 has to deal with the Realme 3 Pro measure which has the better cards with the SD 710 on the data sheet. You don't notice that much in practice, Xiaomi has done a great job here and once again turned the Redmi Note 8 into a very high-performance mobile phone. Apps often open even faster than the competition, there are no problems with multitasking and I have not yet noticed any notable delays. Fortunately, this speed runs through the entire system, regardless of whether it is unlocking or releasing the camera.

Therefore, gaming is also easy, smaller games are not a problem at all and even more demanding games such as PUBG can be played very smoothly on medium settings and with minimal lag on high settings. They confirm this to us Benchmark results. They are actually exactly the same as with that Xiaomi Mi A3 with the same CPU, but not necessarily better (except for PCMark) than that Redmi Note 7 with the theoretically somewhat weaker Snapdragon 660. Nevertheless: Benchmarks are not everything and should only serve as a guide.

Four cameras for less than € 200!

The innovation and the highlight of the new Redmi Note smartphone is the camera. Xiaomi simply has the number of sensors on the back doubledinstead of two you get here four sensors directly. The main sensor is the same 48 megapixel Samsung GM-1 sensor with a ƒ / 1.79 aperture, which is also located in the predecessor. Big brother that Redmi Note 8 Pro, appears with the 64 megapixel Samsung sensor. However, both share the remaining three sensors: 8 megapixel ultra wide-angle camera with 120 ° recording angle and ƒ / 2.2 aperture, 2 megapixel macro camera and 2 megapixel depth sensor for portraits. So we just get here two different focal lengths or three different "functions".

In fact, there is no noticeable further development compared to the Redmi Note 7, after all, it is the same hardware. Nevertheless: We still get in the price range good to very good recordingsthat can shine with a beautiful, if somewhat cool, color profile. The sharpness is also at a good level, but a loss of detail can be seen when zooming in. The outdoor shots offer beautiful, saturated colors, this is where Xiaomi's good photo software comes into its own. The autofocus works quickly and reliably, the camera app is typically MIUI and not quite as overloaded as the competition.

The 48 megapixel mode does not give me the clear advantage here either. In retrospect, you can zoom in a little further, but unfortunately there are not many more details. Unfortunately, this increases the file size so much that you should really consider whether to activate it.

The ultra wide angle camera

2019 is probably the year of the ultra-wide-angle camera, which replaces the zoom camera that had previously become increasingly important and which the Note 8 also dispenses with entirely. With the 8 megapixel resolution you get a sufficient resolution that brings the usual "fish eye" effect across well. For this you have to live with a loss of detail at the edges of the image, here it gets grainy relatively quickly. After all: the Distortion Correction works properly. Probably the same sensor is installed here as in that one Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite, just that Xiaomi Mi 9 has got a better sensor with 16 MP resolution so far.

Portrait shots

Even if you might not suspect it, one of the greatest strengths of Xiaomi's cameras are Portrait shots. The Edge detection is exemplary and does not have to hide from industry giants like Apple, even in a smartphone for less than € 200. The bokeh is much more natural than, for example, with Huawei and Honor and is currently among the top 3 with Realme. Here you benefit from the additional 2 megapixel depth sensorwhich collects additional image information when taking portraits.

In the end, the photos look exactly the same as in normal mode, only that the foreground (person or object) is clearly separated from the background. The pictures feel a bit darker, but that's only minimal. The objects also appear a little sharper due to the bokeh effect. What's cool about it is that you can Can adjust aperture both before and after the photo and can save it.

Macro shots

My personal highlight was already with the Redmi Note 8 Pro Macro camera. Even if the 2 megapixel resolution is unfortunately very low, the effect comes into its own. You can get close to objects, there is a minimum focus limit of 2 cm. You give a lot of details for that, but it's still fun to just try it out a bit. This is more than enough for WhatsApp and Instagram, but unfortunately not for a printout.

Front camera

Selfie fans will also get their money's worth with the Redmi Note 8. The 13 megapixel resolution ensures a lot of details and a high degree of sharpness, even if you don't necessarily want to zoom in all the time. In terms of sharpness and focus, it can also compete with an iPhone 11, although Apple's color profile is a good bit more natural here.