It’s a habit of Xiaomi to set new benchmarks with its latest generation of Remi Note series. A year-old Redmi Note 7 was no different, without any doubt – thanks to its robust build quality and impressive cameras.
This year with Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro UK, Xiaomi isn’t only going to catch things up only in the photography hardware but also in all other aspects like battery and performance. Read on a complete Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Review to find out what it dishes out and how it performs in many areas.
Release Date Price
The official Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro release date UK was back somewhere in October 2019. It’s officially available on almost all major stores including Amazon UK to get your hands on. As we have mentioned in one of our earlier posts, Redmi Note 8 Pro arrives in three different variants, and price varies accordingly.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Price UK for its base variant – 6GB/64GB is £220, whereas 6GB/128GB variant set users back £255. As far as Note 8 Pro 8GB/128GB variant is concerned, it leaves a solid dent on your wallet with an eye-watering price tag £288.
|161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm (6.35 x 3.01 x 0.35 in)|
|200 g (7.05 oz)|
|Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5)|
|IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours|
|6.53 inches, 104.7 cm2|
|1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
|Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10|
|Mediatek Helio G90T (12nm)|
|Octa-core (2x2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A5|
|Mali-G76 MC4 GPU|
|6GB RAM, 8GB RAM|
|64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM Varients|
|Quad Rear Camera
64 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide)
8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5", 1.75µm (dedicated macro camera)
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5", 1.75µm, depth sensor
|LED flash, HDR, panorama|
|Single Front Camera
20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm
|Non-removable Li-Po 4500 mAh battery|
|Fast battery charging 18W
|Black, Red, Blue, White, Deep Sea Blue|
The smartphone bears a glossy Aura design outback with a quad-camera configuration – positioned vertically and there is a fingerprint scanner, placed just below it. Although the company wants to offer the finger that can reach the sensor easily to unlock the screen, it could take your index finger some time to store the location. Chances are you will overreach and touch the camera sensor, but it won’t take too much time to get used.
There is a small waterdrop-like notch on the front to sport a front-facing camera. It can also be noted that it has a chin on the bottom, which is relatively small as compared to its predecessor. The company claims to have used the feature of 91.4% screen to body ratio, using special display panel bending technology.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is loaded with a 6.53-inches IPS display with Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and a peak brightness of 500 nits. The phone offers users a good viewing experience and, most important of all, decent display legibility under direct sunlight.
The phone is the most premium and durable smartphone – thanks to a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, P2i Nano-Coating and IP52 Water and Dust Resistant Certification.
Under the Hood
Digging down inside the beast, it comprises 2.05GHz MediaTek G90T Chipset – based on a 12-nanometer and partnered with Mali-G76 MC4 GPU. The phone has Liquid Cool Technology, which makes it another mid-range phone in the market.
The phone comes in three different variants in terms of RAM and ROM, 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB, and 8GB/128GB. The whopping amount of RAM ensures smooth and silky performance, whether you launch multiple apps at once or switch between one app to another. It never shows any sign of lag or any hiccup, but it gets a little warm when playing games for a long period.
The smartphone is better connected to the Internet when playing games like PUBG Mobile with WLAN Antenna X even though your hands cover the corners of the frame (where the majority of the handsets have antenna tapes).
The integrated Amazon Alexa assistant app is another new feature for the Redmi Note 8 Pro and is claimed to be a system-level closed integration. It does work without interruption, and you can also use Google Assistant.
The phone has got 283987 scores in AnTuTu, which sounds pretty impressive, especially for a mid-range smartphone. And on Geekbench 5, on the contrary, the phone has reached 467 on a single-core test and 1524 on the multi-core test.
The phone flaunts one of the best camera hardware. It sports a quad-camera configuration with its primary 64MP camera sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensor that helps to capture portrait images.
In terms of camera performance, it captures sharp enough images in a daylight condition. The close-up images look good, and interestingly, captured images by a Macro lens are impressive as well. Taking about night mode, it is hit and miss. The phone captures fine images under street lights, but it gets fail when it comes to capturing photos in pitch darkness.
On the bright side, however, Redmi Note 8 Pro captures pretty awesome images with the flashlight on. Images in portrait mode are dazzling as Xiaomi has done a great job in making a camera application.
On the front, on the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a single 20MP selfie snapper. The camera is capable enough to take good selfies, and a wide range of photo filters offer impressive value addition to enjoy and have fun. Users can capture selfies, edit them, and share them on social media platforms.
Taking a look at software, it has the company’s own interpretation of Android 9.0 Pie OS. The users of the MIUI can quickly get used to the program, but you need some patience and learning skills if you switch from another smartphone maker to Xiaomi, as the user interface of the company is very different to that of other manufacturers.
There are many duplicate apps installed on the phone, which is quite confusing. For example, a European Redmi Note 8 Pro contains nearly all of the Google applications and services and counterparts of Xiaomi. The most popular is the Xiaomi browser and the Photos app. Both apps, at least a good Google alternative. The rest of the apps like Google Pay or Play Services, need to be added manually on the phone.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro comes loaded with a hefty 4500mAh battery, which is 500mAh more as compared to its predecessor. It’s undoubtedly, a huge bump we have seen after so many years in Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series. And, without a doubt, it lasts throughout the day even with extreme use.