The Redmi Note 8 Pro from Xiaomi comes to India. With a strong processor, high-resolution camera and stylish design, the affordable smartphone promises a lot.
Xiaomi has long since given up the image of a cheap Chinese chit in India. Instead, customers are happy about a really good price-performance ratio for Xiaomi Products and, depending on the model, also about first-class technology. The Xiaomi Redmi 8 Pro, which can be bought in Germany with Global ROM from October 8th at Amazon, for example, also promises a lot of features for little money. The device has been available in China for some time, but it does not support all of the LTE frequencies commonly used in this country. At the presentation, the manufacturer spoke of the “king of the middle class”. Big words. What’s behind it?
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro really doesn’t look like 230 Euros. It looks high-quality and chic and even at a retail price of 350 euros nobody would complain. There is a large display on the front with rather narrow edges, even under the screen there is only a few millimeters. That was completely different with the Redmi Note 7 . At the top there is an appropriately dimension drop notch for the front camera and even if the glass above the panel is straight and only minimally rounded at the edges, the smartphone with its smooth transition into the frame anodized in the housing color does anything but cheap.
The processing is flawless, the volume rocker and power button can also be optimally operated. At 161.4 × 76.4 × 8.8 millimeters and 200 grams, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is definitely not a small or light smartphone, but in view of the large touch screens and batteries, that’s okay. Except for a typical glassy model lies comfortably in the hand.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro’s touchscreen measures an impressive 6.5 inches and offers expanded Full H D resolution. With almost 400 pixels per inch, the display is sharp in everyday life. On top of that, it is rich in contrast and pleasantly intense in color. Measured 370 cd / m² are usually sufficient to ensure proper readability even outdoors. The viewing angle stability is also good enough for this, the LCD shows only slight shading with an increasingly flatter viewing angle.
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The macro camera with its 2 megapixels can be a good choice in some situations because the user can get much closer to an object, but suffers from the low resolution and the proximity to the object – for example due to shadows – can also be disadvantageous. The wide-angle optics is disappointing. It offers much less sharpness and detail than the main camera, and image noise is also visible here. It is best to leave this lens on the outside due to the large difference in quality. Instead, the good panorama function is preferable.
The front camera allows sufficiently sharp images with decent image dynamics in good light. We particularly liked the artificial bokeh, which worked amazingly low even at a high setting. This also applies to the main camera, whose sharpness is clearly higher. Videos are possible in 4K with 30 frames per second, in 1080p also with 60 fps. Slow motion videos can even be captured in memory at 960 fps. Corresponding films are a few seconds long, the change to ultra slow motion takes place automatically in the last quarter of the clip. The picture quality is decent. Although as much light as possible is required here, too, the strong image noise as in Sony’s first attempts in smartphones does not occur here. In terms of image stability and sharpness in relation to the low retail price of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, the image quality of videos is absolutely fine, but more expensive models from Samsung make both significantly better. For 4K videos, a tripod is best.
In addition to the camera, Xiaomi focused on the performance of the smartphone on the original presentation of the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The model is driven by a – as already with the camera – also a quite new chip, which in this case comes from Media. This manufacturer, which currently hardly plays a role in smartphones for Europe in contrast to a period of two or three years ago, apparently created a chip with the Helio G90T that Xiaomi could not avoid. In fact, the chipset with its Redmi note 8 two A76 and six A55 cores with up to 2.05 GHz in combination with the Mali G76-3EEMC4 graphics unit and 6 GB of RAM does an excellent job. With almost 230,000 points in Antutu, the chip clearly outperforms the mid-range competition, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, which is also not old, is clearly left behind. For better cooling – in addition to higher power consumption, the main problem with Mediatek chips – Xiaomi uses a so-called LiquidCool technology. In fact, the smartphone did not get uncomfortably hot in the test.