Among Xiaomi’s numerous series is the Redmi Note. The Redmi Note series is a rather popular series and each addition takes the same pattern – large screen, nice chipset, good camera, and a 4,000 mAh battery. Everything is packed into a striking body and topped with a not-so-high price tag. The Redmi Note 8 is not an exception.
Though it is released as an upgrade to the Redmi Note 7, the Note 8 retains the teardrop notch found on its predecessor. However, they do not share the panels as the Note 8 supports HDR10 and in fact, at a closer look, the teardrops are differently shaped.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Specs
- Body: Glass front, glass back, plastic frame
- Screen: 6.3-inch IPS LCD, 19.5:9, 1080p x 2340p
- Rear camera: 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide camera, 2MP macro camera and 2MP depth sensor
- Front camera: 13MP lens;
- Chipset: Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm): Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver) CPU, Adreno 610 GPU
- Memory: 32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM, 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM. eMMC
- OS: Android 9.0 (Pie), MIUI 11
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4,000 mAh battery
- Connectivity: 4G, Dual SIM, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS, microUSB 2.0; Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
- Colors: Neptune Blue, Moonlight White, Space Black, Nebula Purple, Cosmic Purple
- Misc: Fingerprint reader, stereo speakers
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The Redmi Note 8 is a beautiful 6.3 inches device release back in October 2019. Although it was announced in August along with its pro which is a little bigger than this one. The bezels are really tiny except for the base bezel which is a little thicker so as to accommodate the branding “Redmi” and the teardrop notch at the top for the selfie camera.
The front and back are made of gorilla glass 5 while the frame is made of plastic. The back is almost plain, if not for the rear camera array lined up vertically to the top-left and Redmi branded also vertically to the bottom-left. The fingerprint sensor is there as well but has been designed to be almost invincible. It comes in 5 colours which are Neptune Blue, Moonlight White, Space Black, Nebula Purple and Cosmic Purple.
Its FHD display is based on IPS LCD technology and features 1080 x 2340 display resolution and 409 pixels per inch density. I must mention here that while many displays are based on IPS LCD (In-Plane Switching Liquid Crystal Display) technology, those found on iPhones, Tecno and Infinix for example, each one may function differently from (even better than) others based on each manufacturer’s expertise.
The Redmi Note 8 runs Android 9 (Pie) with MIUI handling user interface on Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (11 nm) chip which in QUalcomm’s words “provides highly intelligent experiences for great mobile gaming, brilliant camera capabilities and remarkable, security-rich performance. …supports energy-efficient, long-lasting battery life with rapid charging via Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 technology and efficient, powerful processing via the Qualcomm® Kryo™ 260 CPU“.
The Snapdragon 665 chip comes with Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver). This is a combination of weak and strong (ultra-low power and high performance) cores to make a single processor. The Kryo 260 silver and gold are based on ARM’s Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A73 cores respectively. However, the Kryos are better than the Cortexes by not less than 20%. It also comes with the Adreno 610 GPU. Overall, you can be sure of a magnificent delivery.
With each year passing, manufacturers keep increasing storage capacities for each phone and nowadays, we barely come across new phones with 16GB internal memory. Like the Infinix Hot 9, the Redmi Note 8 has 5 different variants which are 32GB ROM + 3GB RAM, 64GB ROM + 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM + 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM + 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM + 6GB RAM. The internal memory could further be expanded by a micro SDCard through a dedicated slot.
This phone features a built-in 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery and it also sports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 which delivers up to 18W of power to the battery for quick top ups.
Another impressive feature on this phone is its rear camera setup which comprises 4 lenses in total. These include a 48MP wide lens, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. This is supported by a LED flash and is capable of recording 4k videos at 30 frames per second. See the full specifications for more details.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 sports a 13MP wide lens as it’s front camera. 1080p videos can be recorded at 60 frames per second. It supports dual nano SIM and offers GSM, HSPA and LTE bands. More details on connectivity can be seen on the specs page.
This phone is not as expensive as you might have assumed as the smallest variant which is 32GB ROM + 3GB RAM goes for USD142.87 on Aliexpress and USD154.50 on Amazon. The 128GB variant is not even up to USD200.