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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Review

With Large Appealing Display and Four Cameras at Attractive Price

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.

Redmi Note 8 Pro

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.

Specifications

BODY
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)
DISPLAY
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
6.53 inches, 104.7 cm2
1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
PLATFORM
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
MEMORY
6GB RAM, 8GB RAM
64GB, 128GB
64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM Varients
CAMERA
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
BATTERY
Non-removable Li-Po 4500 mAh battery
Fast battery charging 18W
COLOURS
Black, Red, Blue, White, Deep Sea Blue

Design

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.

Redmi Note 8 Pro colours

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.

Display

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.

xiaomi mi note 8 pro uk

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.

Camera

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.

mi note 8 pro price uk

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.

MIUI 11

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.

mi note 8 pro uk

Battery

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.

Review overview

Design8
Display8.5
Software8
Performance9
Camera9.5
Battery8
Value for Money9

The Pros

  • Elegant and Glossy Design
  • Vivid and Bright Display
  • Outstanding Camera Performance
  • Enough Battery to Last a Whole Day

The Cons

  • Become Hot While Gaming
  • Doesn’t Support HD Streaming
  • Hybrid SIM Card Slot for Memory Card and SIM Card

Summary

8.6The latest and greatest Redmi Note 8 Pro with many mind-boggling features on-board, is leading the chart of mid-range devices. It’s too hard to find a phone like Redmi Note 8 Pro under £220 in the UK. The phone has a marvellous and premium glossy design and display on the front, and as for its camera, it’s outstanding enough to capture images with a lot of details. The long-lasting battery, on the other hand, seems to be enough too to last a whole day with even heavy usage, and excitingly, fast charging feature is a good value-addition when you run out of juice. Altogether, finding any other phone with the same features and the same price tag in other rival brands looks impossible. What do you say?

Victoria Parkle
the authorVictoria Parkle
Victoria Parkle loves writing about the latest and greatest smartphones as well as all the latest news related to technology. She is enlightening the readers with more than 5 years of experience in writing. And when she doesn't write, she can be found listening to music and watching science fiction movies.

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