Redmi Note 8 Pro in for review

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The Redmi Note line has always offered a great balance between affordable pricing and solid performance and that continues with the brand new Redmi Note 8 Pro. This year brings the first time in a while that Xiaomi goes with a Mediatek chipset. In this case, this is the all-new gaming-centric Helio G90T SoC.

Elsewhere, the display has grown to 6.53-inches and comes with slimmer bezels, both the front and rear camera are upgraded and the battery is now 4,500 mAh. Let’s take a look at the key features of the Redmi Note 8 Pro ahead of our full review.

Redmi Note 8 Pro in for review

Our review unit comes in the sleek gray color though the phone comes in two other arguably better-looking colors – green and pearl white. Regardless of the color, the design certainly feels up a notch compared to last year’s model. The curves around the back are more pronounced which makes the phone easier to hold. The slimmer bezels also give the device a more modern feel and the larger screen is great for media consumption. While we’re talking about the screen it’s still an IPS panel with FHD+ resolution and a waterdrop notch for the 20MP selfie cam.

Redmi Note 8 Pro in for review

Going around the back we see the new quad-camera setup headlined by the 64MP F/1.8 Samsung Isocell GW1 main shooter. Keeping it company is an 8MP F/2.2 ultrawide lens alongside two 2MP sensors for macro photography and depth sensing. Tucked below you’ll find the fingerprint reader.

Redmi Note 8 Pro in for review

Under the hood we have the aforementioned Mediatek Helio G90T chipset paired with 6/8 GB RAM and 64/128GB storage. This is our first encounter with Mediatek’s new dedicated gaming SoC and we are eager to see how it compares to the competition. We did a quick run of Antutu 7 to see where it stacks up compared to some other phones we’ve tested.

AnTuTu 7

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Pocophone F1
  • Google Pixel 3
  • Redmi Note 8 Pro
  • Realme XT
  • Realme 5 Pro
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Google Pixel 3a XL
  • Xiaomi Mi A3
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

The 4,500 mAh battery comes with 18W fast charging support and can be topped up via the Type-C port. Other extras include a headphone jack, IR port and FM radio.

Stay tuned for the full review coming next week.

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