Redmi Note 8 review: Another great mid-range option

Whereas the Redmi Word Professional sequence is the mid-range chief for Xiaomi, the corporate has maintained a incredible tier-two possibility for customers who don’t wish to spend as a lot, however nonetheless need a number of the niceties launched by the brand new technology of {hardware}. Accompanying the Redmi Word Eight Professional, a telephone that we rated very extremely in our evaluation, is the all-new Redmi Word 8. The telephone is available in someplace between the Redmi Word 7S that it replaces, and the higher-end Redmi Word Eight Professional.

The Redmi Word sequence has virtually at all times been a simple suggestion for its best-in-class efficiency. Can the Redmi Word Eight proceed the momentum? We discover out within the Android Authority evaluation.

About this evaluation: I wrote this Redmi Word Eight evaluation after spending per week with the telephone as my major gadget. Xiaomi India provided the gadget, which was working Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10.Three on board.

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Redmi Word 8: The large image

The Redmi Word Eight enters a aggressive panorama that has various high quality choices obtainable to consumers. Between the model enchantment of Samsung, clear software program supplied by Motorola, and rising risk of Realme’s concentrate on design and specs, Xiaomi has taken massive steps ahead. Together with a quad-camera setup and fast-charging ought to actually assist the Redmi Word Eight bridge the hole. Nonetheless, the design is beginning to look a bit boring and the internals are slowing their advances. 

What’s within the field

  • Redmi Word 8
  • TPU case
  • 18W charger
  • USB-C cable
  • SIM ejector instrument

Xiaomi has stepped up its sport with in-box contents: It now throws in an 18W quick charger within the field. Moreover, you’ll discover the same old TPU case, USB-C cable, and SIM ejector instrument. It might have been good to see a pair of earphones thrown in for good measure, however you’ve in all probability received a favourite pair mendacity round anyway. 


  • 158.Three x 75.Three x 8.4mm
  • 190g
  • Gorilla Glass 5 back and front
  • Waterdrop notch
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • USB-C

The design of the Redmi Word Eight leans extra in direction of the Redmi Word 7S than the Redmi Word Eight Professional. Whereas the latter incorporates a curvy design and an expensive construct that belies its value, the Redmi Word Eight could be very a lot a mid-range smartphone so far as seems go. The whole design is an extension of the flattened-out, glass-and-metal sandwich that first debuted on the Redmi Word 7. Sure, Xiaomi’s finances portfolio can get fairly sophisticated.

Redmi Note 8 in hand with display on

The Redmi Word Eight locations its 6.3-inch show below Gorilla Glass 5, which is flanked by not-too-large bezels on three sides. Xiaomi’s choice to run a color-matched blue trim across the show space is questionable. Personally, I believe it cheapens the look of the telephone, however chances are you’ll really feel in another way. The chin on the backside is inoffensive although the Redmi branding comes throughout as a bit a lot. A small notification LED sits to the left of the waterdrop notch. The LED is only a bit too small to be noticeable from a distance, however it’s higher than not having one in any respect.

Redmi Note 8 with USB C port visible

It’s arduous to fault the development of Xiaomi units, and the Redmi Word Eight is not any exception. From the quantity rocker and energy button, to the SIM tray and USB-C port on the backside, high-quality development is obvious in all places. The buttons are stable with no wobble they usually provide near-perfect tactile suggestions. The telephone even has an IR blaster that you need to use to regulate electronics like televisions and air conditioners.

The rear panel can also be manufactured from Gorilla Glass 5 and sports activities a refined blue/purple gradient. A fingerprint scanner sits within the heart and is as quick as they arrive. The quad-camera module, nevertheless, sits manner too far above the floor glass. This causes the telephone to rock when positioned on a desk, and it’ll inevitably catch on to your pocket when sliding it in.

Redmi Note 8 showing rear gradient in hand

Total, the Redmi Word 8’s design ought to enchantment to most. Certain, it isn’t fairly as thrilling because the Redmi Word Eight Professional, however that’s a concession you need to make for a lower cost level. 


  • 6.3-inch IPS LCD show
  • 19.5:9 facet ratio
  • Full HD+ decision
  • Gorilla Glass 5

The show on the Redmi Word Eight isn’t unhealthy, however in a sea of nice panels it comes throughout as a bit underwhelming. Out of the field, the colour tuning skews too far in direction of cooler tones. This has a profound impact on how photos and movies look on the show. That mentioned, it’s straightforward to modify to a extra impartial shade profile that instantly makes content material look much more pure.

Redmi Note 8 displaying hub panel

In contrast to some competing units, such because the Moto One Macro, the Redmi Word Eight has a Full HD+ show. Stretched throughout 6.3-inches, the decision is greater than satisfactory. Icons and textual content look completely crisp and studying lengthy internet pages is a pleasurable expertise.

We measured peak brightness ranges of about 430 nits with the show set to the usual mode. That is just below Xiaomi’s claimed 450 nits peak brightness stage. The Redmi Word Eight is actually not the brightest telephone within the phase, however except you spend a number of time strolling about in direct daylight you shouldn’t face a lot of an issue.


  • Snapdragon 665 chipset
  • Four x 2.0GHz Kryo 260 Gold & Four x 1.8GHz Kryo 260 Silver
  • Adreno 610
  • 4/6GB RAM
  • 64/128GB storage
  • Devoted microSD slot

The Snapdragon 665 chipset powering the Redmi Word Eight is similar as that of the Realme 5. Efficiency doesn’t differ an excessive amount of from the Snapdragon 660 chipset that powers the Redmi Word 7S. The chipset relies on an 11nm structure, which ought to make it a bit extra frugal. The 665’s CPU is a contact slower than the 660, whereas the 665’s GPU is a tad extra highly effective. All-in-all, the efficiency beneficial properties and losses ought to even out.

The gaming efficiency is lower than stellar, and the telephone heats up very quickly.

So far as basic efficiency is anxious, the telephone is often in a position to sustain with no matter you throw at it. Leaping between apps will every now and then trigger body drop and a little bit of jitter.

The gaming expertise isn’t superb. Pushing the graphics setting in PUBG leads to noticeable lag and dropped frames. It doesn’t assist that the telephone heats up a good bit over just some minutes of gaming. The Snapdragon 66x household of chipsets are being outpaced by their successors, and it reveals right here.

We put the telephone via a typical vary of benchmarks and the outcomes have been in keeping with what we anticipated. The telephone manages a rating of 170,973 factors in AnTuTu, which is forward of each the Redmi Word 7S that it replaces and the Moto One Macro. Graphics efficiency, nevertheless, benchmarked worse than the Redmi Word 7S and particularly the Moto One Macro. 


  • 4,000mAh
  • 18W fast-charging assist
  • Quick charger included within the field
  • No wi-fi charging

Whereas we’re beginning to see 5,000mAh batteries within the entry-level phase, the 4,000mAh cell within the Redmi Word Eight is unquestionably no slouch. The telephone simply lasts a full day after which some. In my time with the telephone, I discovered it arduous to deplete the battery with heavy use, together with a number of hours streaming Spotify and YouTube, searching Reddit, and sending a dozen or so emails.

The 4,000mAh battery is now not the most important within the phase.

The larger and extra related change for end-users is assist for 18W charging. Not solely that, Xiaomi tossed a quick charger within the field. A full cost takes simply over two hours. Sadly, the telephone doesn’t embody assist for wi-fi charging, however that’s frequent at this value.

Software program

I’ve been very vocal about my disdain for the preloaded bloat on Xiaomi’s units. Sadly, it doesn’t appear to be the corporate is taking steps to tone it down. Ranging from the onboarding course of, Xiaomi pushes suggestions for a variety of apps to obtain. For the first-time person, it may be straightforward to click on subsequent and begin the obtain course of for this junk.

Even should you handle to keep away from the preliminary suggestions, there are umpteen apps included on the telephone. These vary from MIUI requirements, like a file explorer, climate app, and music app, but additionally features a bunch of video games, PayTM, Helo, and third-party music apps. A majority of those can’t be eliminated. Add to that the adverts and app suggestions strewn throughout system apps, and it shortly turns into a sub-optimal person expertise.

That’s to not say that’s the expertise is all unhealthy. There are nifty additions strewn throughout together with strong choices for customising the telephone’s interface to actually make it your personal. Apps like ShareMe make it very straightforward to switch massive information between telephones and even over to your pc. There’s a number of thought that has gone into Xiaomi’s first-party apps, now if solely they’d tone down the aggressive promoting, it will grow to be so much simpler to dwell with the software program.


  • Rear cameras:
    • 48MP important (Samsung QW1), f/1.8, 0.8-micron pixel measurement, PDAF
    • 8MP ultra-wide, f/2.2
    • 2MP macro, f/2.4
    • 2MP depth sensor, f/2.4
  • Entrance digicam:
  • 4K 30fps, Full HD 30/60fps
  • Gradual-motion 120fps

Entry-level telephones aren’t resistant to the speedy commoditization of digicam parts. Whereas the first sensor on the Redmi Word Eight is similar 48MP module of the Redmi Word 7S, this time it’s flanked by three further sensors. These embody an ultra-wide shooter, a depth sensor, in addition to a devoted macro digicam. This matches the digicam arrange of competing telephones by Realme and Motorola, and is prone to grow to be the defacto format within the phase.

Redmi Note 8 close up shot

For an entry-level gadget, the first digicam on the Redmi Word Eight does a very good job at capturing comparatively true-to-life photos. I discovered photos to be properly uncovered, and colours have been very pure trying. Pixel-peeping reveals a number of oversharpening to present the photographs a little bit of a pop. Nonetheless, particulars are fortunately not lowered to a smudge as is commonly the case.

Redmi Note 8 signboard regular camera

The telephone tends to spice up shadows in an try to drag out particulars in darker areas. This does introduce low-level noise, however to not the purpose of detracting from the picture. In truth, if all you do is share photos on social media, you in all probability gained’t discover it offensive in any respect.

Redmi Note 8 ultra wide angleRedmi Word Eight commonplace digicam Redmi Word Eight extremely huge angle

Redmi Note 8 standard camera

The ultra-wide digicam is among the greatest that I’ve seen on entry-level {hardware}. There isn’t a drastic distinction within the shade tuning between the first and ultra-wide sensor. Just like the common digicam, the ultra-wide sensor additionally oversharpens photos. This offers closing outcomes an phantasm of together with extra element than truly exists. Darker sections are comparatively low on particulars, however this tends to be the case with mid-range {hardware}. The Redmi Word Eight is unquestionably among the finest performers in its value class.

Redmi Note 8 macro mode leaf

A macro digicam is the newest addition. This digicam, meant for close-ups, allows you to get as shut as 2cm out of your topic. Whereas the sensor doesn’t have the decision to seize a number of element, it means that you can get inventive and shoot attention-grabbing angles. That mentioned, I’m left questioning whether or not cropping in from the total 48MP picture may present related, if not higher, outcomes.

Redmi Note 8 macro mode flower low light

Much more attention-grabbing is the truth that the macro sensor works moderately properly indoors and different restricted gentle circumstances. Suppose capturing eyes, flowers, textures, and also you get an concept of what you are able to do with the macro digicam.

Due to the devoted depth sensor, bokeh detection isn’t unhealthy in any respect. I give the telephone bonus factors for working properly with objects, too. 4K video recording at 30fps reveals indicators of additional sharpening, similar to the photographs and I noticed a little bit of spotlight clipping as properly.

Individuals usually take selfies with their smartphone cameras, and the Redmi Word Eight captures natural-looking photographs with adequate element.

You may check out full decision Redmi Word Eight picture samples on the hyperlink.


  • Headphone jack
  • No aptX assist

Headphone audio from the Redmi Word Eight veers between satisfactory and good. Even with high quality headphones, there’s a noticeable hiss within the background. Music sounds heat with an emphasis on bass. It isn’t probably the most impartial presentation, however must be ok for listening to music whereas commuting. 

The one loudspeaker isn’t the loudest round, however it’s serviceable for listening to podcasts and alarms. Simply don’t crank it as much as play music — there’s not a lot of backside finish right here and the highs can sound a bit too shrill. 


  Redmi Word 8
Show 6.Three inches-inch IPS LCD, 19.5:9 facet ratio,
Waterdrop notch,
Full HD+ (1,080 x 2,340) decision,
81.7% screen-to-body ratio
Gorilla Glass 5
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
(4×2.Zero GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.Eight GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
Adreno 610
RAM/Storage 4GB + 64GB
6GB + 128GB
microSD enlargement
Digicam Rear cameras:
48MP important (Samsung QW1), f/1.8, 26mm, 0.8-micron pixel measurement, PDAF

8MP ultra-wide, f/2.2

2MP macro, f/2.4

2MP depth sensor, f/2.4

4K video at 30fps, Full HD video at 30/60fps and slo-mo at 120fps

Entrance digicam:
13MP, f/2.0, 0.9-micron pixel measurement, Full HD video at 30fps

Battery 4,000mAh
18W charging
Fast Cost 4.Zero and USB-PD assist
Dimensions 158.Three x 75.Three x 8.Four mm
Weight 190g
Colours Neptune Blue, Moonlight White, Area Black
Biometrics Capacitive fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Sensors Proximity sensor, In-screen ambient gentle sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital compass, Vibration motor, IR blaster
Headphone jack Sure
Connectivity LTE FDD: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20/B28
LTE TDD: B38/B40
WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B8
GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8
Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz): 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Direct/Wi-Fi Show
Bluetooth 5.0

Worth for cash

  • Redmi Word 8 — 4GB RAM, 64GB storage: Rs. 9,999, ~$141
  • Redmi Word 8 — 6GB RAM, 128GB storage: Rs. 12,999, ~$183

Up until a number of quarters in the past, the Redmi Word Eight was an unchallenged competitor within the entry to mid-range smartphone phase. Since then, manufacturers reminiscent of Realme, Samsung and Motorola have made a renewed focus within the house.

Realme, particularly, is following Xiaomi’s mannequin of bringing high-end specs to a finances value level. It actually helps that the corporate’s merchandise ship the products so far as efficiency, design, and imaging capabilities are involved. The Realme 5 is a direct competitor to the Redmi Word Eight and presents a bigger battery and a flashier design at the same value level. The Redmi Word 8, nevertheless, trounces it in imaging prowess.

The Motorola Moto One Macro is another choice. Whereas it gained’t stun you with its imaging functionality, you do get a clear, near-stock construct of Android, which is interesting to a number of customers.

Redmi Word Eight evaluation: The decision

Redmi Note 8 rear gradient and camera module

The Redmi Word Eight is an excellent smartphone that falls simply in need of excellence. A variety of it has to do with the sheer quantity of competitors out there. Now that customers have umpteen choices that ship on options, {hardware}, and design, the Redmi Word Eight isn’t fairly the standout gadget that the line-up stood as soon as embodied.

That mentioned, so long as you possibly can dwell with the quirks of MIUI, the {hardware} is dependable and delivers all-day battery life, moderately good efficiency, and a digicam that’s simply pretty much as good as, if not higher than, the competitors.

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