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Redmi Note 8 Quick Review

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Xiaomi is in the spotlight again with the new Redmi Note 8 which was launched a few weeks ago. Tuere are questions that needs answers. First, should you upgrade from the Redmi Note 7? Another one – Is worth your hard earned money? Let’s find out on this quick review.

Redmi Note 8 specs

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor
  • Adreno 610 graphics
  • 3GB/32GB internal memory
  • 4GB RAM/64GB internal storage
  • 4GB RAM/128GB internal storage
  • Expandable memory
  • 6.3-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (2340 x 1080 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Rear Cameras
    • 48MP main camera
    • 8MP ultrawide
    • 2MP macro
    • 2MP depth sensor
  • 13MP front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Scanner (rear mounted), USB Type C
  • Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 4,000 mAh battery with18W fast charging
  • Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10
  • Price
    • Php 7,990 (3GB/32GB)
    • Php 8,990 (4GB/64GB)
    • Php 9,990 (4GB/128GB)

HARDWARE

The Redmi Note 8 does look like its predecessor and the only difference we noticed is the Redmi branding at the bott.of the screen and the horizontal branding at the back. For us, the design looks generic. If you are looking for a flashy option, don’t get rhis black model and go for the white model that has gradient colors depending on where the light hits it. Don’t be fooled by the shiny look of the phone, it is just made of plastic. We prefer plastic over glass as it is more durable during accidental fall.

It is safe to say that the 6.3-inch IPS display is decent. Its bright indoors but struggles a bit outdoors. Auto brightness works fine though

Connectivity thru WiFi and 4G is also decent. Internet speeds are fairly decent too. It simply gets the job done in which buyers of this phone only wants.

SOFWARE

We admit that MIUI is not our favorite skin on top of Android. It has its own quirks but manageable. We observe pepple who buys Xiaomi phone care less of its UI as long as it works for them and they can use it easily. No app drawer here so all of your apps are on the home screen.

Xiaomi does update their phones to the latest Android version. The company already announced the list of their phones gettinf Android 10 soon and the Redmi Note 8 is included.

As for overall performance, the Snapdragon 665 gets the job done. Its good for games as long as you set your graphics to medium. Multitasking is no problem too. The chipset can handle it easily.

CAMERA

There are significant improvements on the camera. We got better details on pur photos and when the light dims down, night mode is there to help out. We love the inlcusion of a dedicated macro sensor in which you can take photos very close to your subject. Taking photos of flower petals, leaves or small insects is a joy.

BATTERY

The 4,000 mAh battery gave us the same results as the previous model. We managed to get around 8 hours of screen on time. Its easy to say that this is a two-day phone for most users.

VERDICT

The Redmi Note 8 is a phone that gets the job done. It does not have fancy desjgn, a great screen or an amazing camera but it does take photos well, you get a decent screen and a simple design with a cool white option. People will still flock at Xiaomi stores and buy one because its a decent phone for the price.

Owners of the Redmi Note 7 need not to upgrade. Its probably best to wait for the next model. Other than that, we still give our two thumbs up recommendation. We sughest you get the 4GB/64GB model as it is the best value for money among the three variants.

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