We’re already done with the review of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro but we haven’t done one of its less-expensive counterpart the Redmi Note 8. Well, it’s now at the office and we’ve started work on it.
The vanilla 8 comes with a 6.3-inch 1080p IPS LCD, a Snapdragon 665 chip with 3GB, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery and a quad camera that delivers sees the main and ultrawide cameras being joined by macro and depth units.
The phone comes in a very plain box with a complimentary case, USB-A to USB-C cable and a 10W charger. That last bit is disappointing considering that the Realme 5 Pro, which is the Redmi Note 8’s direct rival, comes with a 20W charger in the box. In fact, this is probably the reason why Europe will get the Redmi Note 8T, which only brings two changes – NFC support and a faster charger in the box.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with the same accessories but its charger outputs 18W. Other things you will be losing from the Pro include the bigger 6.53-inch IPS LCD, the Helio G90T chipset, the main 64MP f/1.9 camera (replaced by a 48MP one), 20MP selfie camera (down to 13MP) and the much larger 4,500mAh battery.
However the Redmi Note 8 feels somewhat more manageable than its Pro counterpart. It’s not compact by any measure but it also doesn’t venture as deep into the truly big phone territory.
It’s also a beautiful phone, especially in this Neptune Blue we have here. You’ll find it shimmers under the right light. The Nebula Purple also looks enticing.
The screen on the Redmi Note 8 is sadly not an OLED but it’s a solid IPS LCD panel. While our tests will give you a more accurate idea of its performance it looks very nice in those early hours.
The chipset of choice for the Redmi Note 8 is the Snapdragon 665 paired, in our unit, to 4GB of RAM. The Redmi Note 8 breezes through its UI but the Snapdragon 712 inside the Realme 5 Pro will always have it beat in terms of sheer performance. That phone also has an 8GB of RAM option to the Redmi Note 8’s 6GB, but that’s mostly a nitpick.
The details of the Redmi Note 8 quad camera are as follows: a 48MP f/1.8 that produces 12MP regular photos, an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide (no AF), a 2MP dedicated macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front there’s a 13MP selfie snapper. That last one aside, the Realme 5 Pro has the exact same setup.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is quite the value proposition at the moment, with a starting price of €170/INR 10,000, which is lower than the Realme 5 Pro. We’re working on our full review of the Redmi Note 8 Pro to see if it can also maintain its strong on paper performance in the real life tests. Stay tuned!