Launched from 249.90 euros, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is here to show that it is possible to make a good mid-range, without making too many sacrifices. For example, Xiaomi places the fingerprint reader on the back rather than under the screen of its smartphone, the latter uses LCD technology rather than OLED and the device does not bother to find a solution to hide its notch. The technical data sheet is very well provided. It thus faces other smartphones that don’t necessarily check all the boxes, but sometimes excel in one area.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is available in three colours: white pearl, green forest, grey mineral. We were able to test the green forest model, which is quite nice to look at. At the front, facing is a 6.53-inch slab with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. There is also a very classic drop-shaped notch on the top of the screen.
On the photo side, the Redmi Note 8 Pro does not do in the half-measure by integrating on its back 4 sensors in total. The 64-megapixel main is accompanied by an 8-megapixel sensor with ultra-wide angle, a 2-megapixel macro sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, you’ll have to do with a 20 megapixel sensor.
For the connections, we stay on the classic with a mini-jack output and a USB-C port to power the4500 mAhbattery. The technical data sheet is therefore very good for a mid-range phone, especially since there are some nice surprises as to what makes the phone work. On the processor side, we find with a MediaTek Helio G90T associated with 6 GB of RAM. For storage, you can count on a 64 or 128 GBspace, as well as a micro-SD card reader.
No nasty surprises with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. It is elegant and has a top technical data sheet. The rear side looks very premium and offers good feel in hand. On this side by the way, the grip is excellent thanks to the rear window which is curved, which makes this big phone easy to hold. The plastic frame also prevents it from slipping out of your hands.
For the fingerprint sensor, it’s a nice surprise to find it physically on the back of the device. Although many manufacturers choose to integrate it under the screen, it is more satisfying to have a sensor with relief. It is therefore safer than optical sensors under screen and remains extremely fast. Up front, the 6.5-inch screen occupies 85% of the surface area, a correct, but not extraordinary, ratio.
On the right is the usual volume control, as well as the power button. However, we have on occasion turned off the screen instead of turning down the volume. The buttons are unfortunately too close together. Of course, nothing prohibitive, it’s just a habit to get into. On the left, no control, just the drawer for one SIM card and one microSD card or two SIMs. One may regret the lack of certification against water and dust, but at this price, it is difficult to hold it against him.
Being on an IPS screen is one of Xiaomi’s sacrifices. The resolution is 1080 x 2340 pixels with a diagonal of 6.5 inches. Pixel density is up to 395 pixels per inch, suitable. Obviously, in terms of contrast, it will never compete with an OLED display, but remains wisely within the average.
For the colorimetry of the screen, it is preferable to activate the “default” color mode, which is not activated by default. This is a fairly neutral phone. For brightness, this is like the rest of the screen: correct, but no more. It is bright enough for outside and correct in a dark environment.
As far as sound is concerned, we can already point out the presence of a mini-jack plug on the Redmi Note 8 Pro, which is a real asset. It is not excellent, but offers a goodsound. On the helmet side it will not highlight the most powerful helmets, even if it really does not do badly.
For the loudspeaker, on the other hand, it doesn’t go at all. It is powerful, but when the volume is pushed beyond 70% the distortion starts to be heard. Especially since being alone and under the phone, the placement is not ideal.
Hard to do better for only 250 euros. In play, he does very well and never fails under 30 fps. To do this, it incorporates a MediaTek G90T processor, supported by 6GB of RAM. Even games like Need For Speed No Limit, which are often difficult to spin perfectly, do well.
Benchmarks confirm this feeling. On Geekbench, he gets an excellent 2552 points in Single Core and 7707 in Multi Core. On AnTuTu, he comes out with a good score of 284569 points. Finally for the pure graphics part, he gets a score of 3047 points on 3DMark, in the “sling shot” test.
The software part is one of the weaknesses of thisphone. Xiaomi is used to integrating its applications that quickly duplicate those of Google. Concerning the purely visual aspect, MIUI 10 is simple and keeps many of the basic Android features and thinking.
This is often where manufacturers make sacrifices and the photo part of the Redmi Note 8 Pro has nothing exceptional. At the rear is a quadruple back sensor consisting of the following components:
- Wide-angle: 26 mm f/1.9; 64 MP 1/1.7″ sensor (0.8 µm photosites), PDAF
- Ultra-wide angle: 13 mm f/1.9; 8 MP 1/4″ sensor (1.12 µm photosites)
- One macro sensor: f/2.4; 2 MP 1/5” sensor (photosites 1.75 µm)
- One depth sensor: f/2.4; 2 MP 1/5” sensor (photosites 1.75 µm)
At the front is a 20 megapixel sensor. But it’s not enough to offer a lot of sensors to be good at photography.
Backlighting has killed the main sensor which is unable to get out of a good picture. The image processing is really aggressive, with an HDR that smoothes the photo so much that it has no more natural. At night, the smoothing is still very present and the image lacks sharpness. The night mode has night only its name. It only increases the brightness. But it’s inevitable to move with your hands up, which results in a blurred picture.
The ultra-wide angle is no exception to the main sensor’s reproaches. With less resolution, it amplifies the problem at point that a white fringe is created at background. At night, on the other hand, does better than the main sensor thanks to its larger optics.
Finally, the macro lens has no interest on this phone. The quality of the image is so bad, that it is unthinkable to do anything with it. At night, it’s simply catastrophic.
At the front the 20 megapixel sensor for selfies is not sublimated byphoto processing. The classic mode smoothes the faces strongly but the portrait mode really makes the photo lose everything. The routing is not bad, though. In low light, the situation is the same. The smoothing becomes even more pronounced.
This is where the Redmi Note 8 Pro shines. Its 4500 mAh battery and Helio G90T processor allow it to explode endurance scores. The phone has had more than 23 hours of average daily use. If you’re an intensive user, there’s no chance it will run out of fuel after a day.
The integrated 18W charger will charge the battery in for a little more than 2 hours.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is very aggressive towards the price range it is in. It’s hard to find such good phones. We can count on the Samsung Galaxy A40 which has for him a better screen, OLED and not LCD. For the rest the Redmi Note 8 is slightly higher.
For less than 250 euros you can also count on the very good Huawei P Smart Z. It has a totally borderless, notchless screen, which adds style to the price. But once again for the rest, the Redmi Note 8 Pro outperforms the competition.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a good smartphone and undoubtedly one of the best phones for less than 250 euros. It has very good performance and superb autonomy, criteria that often condition a purchase. The photo part of it, however, hurts him a lot, especially since the problem is largely software. Nevertheless, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has no difficulty in facing the competition thanks to its mountain of qualities that make it a reference on the market.