Test] Xiaomi Redmi Note 8t, a Good Smartphone for Less Than 200 Euros

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After the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Xiaomi proposes its intermediate version: the Redmi Note 8T. On paper, the Chinese manufacturer tried to mix the best of these two previous versions in a smartphone for less than 20 euros. We tested it!


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Successor of the popular Redmi Note 7, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is between the basic Redmi Note 8 model and its Pro version, the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The Chinese manufacturer keeps the entry-level status of its smartphone and improves some performances on this model, compared to the Redmi Note 8: more photo module, more powerful processor and more immersive screen. Despite a few shadows in the picture, the Redmi Note 8T is a rather interesting entry-level smartphone and we tested it.

Xiaomi offers us a slightly improved version of its Redmi Note 8 with the Note 8T. In terms of design, nothing very original: we stay on the same Xiaomi look. Here we have a 6.3-inch screen with a 2340 x 1080 FHD resolution, a drop-shaped notch and a fairly thick chin where the Redmi logo fits. On the back, there is a Gorilla Glass 5 back that, not surprisingly, shows fingerprints. And beware of smooth surfaces, even slightly sloping ones, because Note 8T slips! Its rounded edges are pleasant to hold and the thinness of the phone allows a good grip. In terms of weight, we’re not on an ultra-light smartphone (190g), but we’ve seen heavier and that’s okay.

Also on the back, the Redmi Note 8T has a fingerprint sensor. It is placed a little too high and does not fall naturally under the finger, we would also have preferred it to be slightly larger. In other words, this sensor is fast and unlocks the phone without having to go through it 4 times. Next to this sensor is the photo module which contains 4 different lenses. This is a change from the basic model, the Redmi Note 8, which was only equipped with two photo lenses. We’ll develop the picture further down in this test.

On the right-hand edge, Note 8T has two buttons. The locking device falls perfectly under the finger, unlike the sound device, which is placed too high, even though the fingerprint sensor is located too high, as is the case with the fingerprint sensor. For a left-handed person it’s OK, but for a right-handed person like me it’s a bit more complicated to reach the top of the knob to increase the sound. Same if you want to take a screenshot (lock + bottom volume), you have to do it either with your left hand or with both hands, as on most smartphones today. The Redmi Note 8T also benefits from facial recognition, via its front sensor, to unlock the device: it is efficient and quickly recognizes our face, we didn’t have any snags with it.

As far as connectivity is concerned, Note 8T has a USB-C port, a dual nano-SIM port + a micro SD port, as well as a 3.5mm jack. For sound, here we have a single speaker located on the bottom edge of the phone. The disadvantage of this location is that when you hold the camera in a landscape, the palm of your hand obstructs the sound coming out. We also note the presence of an NFC chip for payments with Google Pay for example.

Performance

On the performance side, Note 8T features the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 665 octa-core processor, Adreno™ 610 GPU, supported by 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. The Redmi Note 8T is also available in a 128GB storage version. It runs on Android 9.0 Pie, with Xiaomi’s MIUI 11 interface. The Redmi Note 8T proves to be quite efficient, if one does not ask too much of it either, as it tends to row when there are too many open applications in the background. On the whole, it’s not a racehorse, but for this range of phones it’s still really correct and suitable.

On the other hand, we played PUBG which starts by default with “Fluid” graphics and a “Low” frame rate. We can’t switch to “HD” graphics mode, so we stayed in “Fluid” but with a “High” frame rate: the Note 8T is doing well and, even if it gets a bit hot after a while, doesn’t slow down.

Photo side

As on its Pro version, the Redmi 8T is equipped with a 4-camera module at the rear. So we’ve got:

  • One 48MP main camera with AI and f/1.75 aperture
  • An 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle lens
  • A 2MP f/2.4 macro camera
  • One camera for the depth 2MP f/2.4

There are also several modes that add to its different lenses: portrait mode, night mode, AI mode, macro mode. This last one is moreover somewhat disappointing: by using the 2 Mpx sensor, one realizes that the rendering is not smooth and the colors are badly rendered. You get even better results by taking a picture with the 48MP sensor and zooming in on the rendering afterwards.

Macro mode

Macro mode

48MP mode

48 Mpx mode

Same for the night mode: there is little difference between a shot captured with the 48MP and another captured with the night mode. While the latter still reproduces quite well what we see with the naked eye, we can see a lot of grain, particularly because of the “pixel binning” technology.

With 48 Mpx mode

With the 48 Mpx mode

With the night mode

With night mode

With the 48 Mpx mode

With the 48 Mpx mode

With the night mode

With night mode

As far as the portrait mode is concerned, we are rather satisfied with the result! Whether via the 13MP front or rear photo sensor, Note 8T manages to deflect the subject correctly and maintains its light exposure well.



Finally, and not surprisingly, wide-angle mode is not perfect either, as it tends to distort the edges of the picture even with distortion correction enabled.

On the video side, with the rear lens, the Redmi Note 8T is capable of recording up to 4K, but in 30 FPS. To record at 60 FPS, it uses Full HD 1080p quality. With the front sensor, the phone offers only two quality options: 1080p at 30 FPS or 720p at 30 FPS.

Autonomy

Xiaomi has equipped its Redmi Note 8T with a rather comfortable 4000 mAh battery and is supplied with an 18W USB-C charger: it took a total of 1h40 for the phone to be fully recharged. With regular use, the autonomy of Note 8T allowed us to last a full day plus one night on standby, which is not bad. Note that the basic Redmi Note 8 is equipped with a 5000 mAh battery and 4900 mAh for the Pro model.

Where to buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T?

Available in France for a few weeks at 199 euros, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is also available at GeekMall from 169 euros!

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