The low-cost segment of the smartphone market is the most competitive with brands launching new smartphones every month. In some cases, we see smartphones launched with only minor differences to serve people with limited budgets and specific requirements. Xiaomi is such an example with many smartphones under the 15,000 Rs segment with small differences.
There are phones that prioritize CPU, RAM, Storage, battery life or camera features, and you can choose what works best for you. The Redmi Note 8 was launched in addition to the Redmi Note 8 Pro and has become an important phone in the segment under 10,000 Rs. There is also a variant of 12,999 Rupees, while the brand claims that they can make the phone a little cheaper but do not want to compromise on specifications or other aspects of the smartphone.
Design and Display
The Redmi Note 8 looks significantly different from the Redmi Note 8 Pro, which is similar to the Redmi 8 that launched some time ago. Redmi Note 8 is a beautiful cheap phone of 2019 with general specifications for the most part. The smartphone comes with a 6.3-inch screen that covers most of the front and has a water droplet-shaped groove at the top and consists of a chin thick enough to fit the brand logo. There is also a small white notification LED that is set off on the front of the device. Xiaomi has also tried to improve the design by adding a striking color that runs around the edges of the front glass. The back of the smartphone looks very different and does not resemble the Redmi Note 8 Pro or Redmi 8. The camera setting is located in one corner of the smartphone and protrudes much resulting in the smartphone being shaken awkwardly for most of the moment.
Xiaomi has built the front and back of the phone with Gorilla Glass 5 tempered glass protection and both sides have rounded edges, it is difficult to keep the device from being smudged and fingerprinted in our experience. The power button and fingerprint sensor are easily accessible even with my smaller fingers while the volume buttons are a bit too high. The lower part of the smartphone has a USB Type-C port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack with a speaker grid.
The upper side of the smartphone has an IR Blaster and the SIM tray and microSD is conveniently placed on the left. Despite the large screen size, it is not too difficult to reach all corners of the smartphone and the effects of camera collisions can be easily reduced by using the plastic case that comes in the box. The glass back of the smartphone is not too slippery and it is quite easy to get acquainted with the look of the device.
The 6.3-inch display on the Redmi Note 8 has FullHD+ resolution and has an IPS panel rated at 84% NTSC colors. The display is also TUV Rhineland certified for its ability to reduce blue light. The ability to reproduce colors and brightness is average, just by what we expect from a cheap smartphone under the price bracket of 10,000 Rs. The display on the smartphone is pleasant and the FullHD + screen is sharp but not brilliant. Smartphones are great for entertainment and most users won’t have much to complain about.
Performance and Software
The Redmi Note 8 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor commonly found on rival smartphones in this price segment. The basic variant of the smartphone comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory, the higher variant comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory at an additional cost of 3000 Rs. With price differences, the smartphone successfully targets many smartphones at various prices, from Realme 5 and Vivo U10 to Realme 3 Pro and Samsung Galaxy M30s.
Redmi Note 8 is pre-installed MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie, the smartphone can be assured of receiving the MIUI 11 update. The software comes with a lot of preloaded bloatware that can be manually uninstalled. Spam notifications and ads still appear unless you manually adjust the settings of apps like MIUI Browser and GetApps to name some apps. MIUI runs smoothly on smartphones and we do not feel any hiccups in most of our users even when performing multitasking. In the AnTuTu score, we get a result of 1.64.779 and Geekbench 5 returns a single-core score of 311 and a multi-core score of 1,321. While these results are quite price-appropriate, we can get better results on the Vivo U10 which has a lower resolution screen with the same processor.
The gaming experience wasn’t great, we ran pubg mobile games and it was set to a low default with not so great graphics but the game at least ran smoothly. The game is slightly affected by frames that are sometimes reduced when we manually recognize presets. Asphalt 9 game lags a bit and we’ve noticed the game being jerky in a few races. In general, smartphones are quite warm when playing games for long periods of time. The battery life of the smartphone is quite good and we never worry about running out of battery despite playing games, streaming videos from Netflix, and YouTube. With prolonged use, we still have about 25% battery life at the end of the day. The box comes with an 18W fast charger that charges the smartphone from 0 to 81% for about an hour.
The Redmi Note 8 comes with a Quad camera setup at the back, the main camera has a resolution of 48MP and an aperture of f / 1.8. The camera defaults to a lower resolution with pixel binning technology for better results and can shoot at 4K at 30FPS or 1080p at 60FPS> The sub 8MP wide-angle camera has an f/ 2.2 aperture. The depth sensor camera and macro camera both have 2MP resolution and get the job done. The MIUI camera app is simple, there are three dots above the shutter button to switch between 0.6x, 1x, and 2x modes. While the 0.6x and 1x buttons help switch between the main lens and the wide-angle lens, 2X mode is a software-based digital zoom mode. Switch the camera to macro mode using a separate toggle button in the viewfinder along with the flash and HDR controls.
The camera had a slight difficulty in low light conditions and in macro cameras, we had to touch the screen several times to lock the focus of the camera. The image quality is generally impressive, the main sensor gives us sharp, bright images with good detail. Subjects at long distances have a bit of noise but close-up shots are great and have good color reproducing with natural depth of field. However, when capturing bright subjects, details are sometimes lost, which is also seen in contrasting backgrounds. Shots were taken with wide-angle cameras often have unbalanced clarity and exposure, but luckily there is not much warping on the edges of the frame.
Although the camera tried to lock the focus in low light conditions, the image was quite good except for photos that were occasionally jammed and had blurry motion. Wide-angle cameras have less detail and it’s best reserved for well-lit landscapes. The macro camera on redmi Note 8 is quite good and useful for creating creative frames, the depth of field in the camera is quite good but the images captured are not of too high quality. The video mode is a good quality video at 1080p but the 4k video is pretty much-hyped and there is no noticeable stability.
The Redmi Note 8 comes with a 13MP front camera with an aperture of f / 2.0, while the skin texture is smoother and softer, the background remains sharper and more eye-catching. The selfies in low light were grainy and blurry a bit during the night but the overall image quality was pretty good.
The Redmi Note 8 starts at a very competitive price of only 9,999 Rupees for the basic variant and up to 12,999 Rupees for the more advanced variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. Xiaomi has been very attentive when choosing smartphone specifications and price, while the Vivo U10 with the same specifications can be purchased for a little but will lack the higher RAM, memory, and screen resolution offered on the Redmi Note 8. Redmi Note 8 easily performs most daily tasks without any problems and has a sharp screen for most entertainment activities. The camera on the Redmi Note 8 is also very impressive at the price in favorable lighting conditions.