Xiaomi Redmi 8 Review: All You Need to Know

Written by Hassan Abbas

Xiaomi Redmi 8 Review: Redmi 8 is a brand new Android phone from Xiaomi. Now, Xiaomi is back again with another cheap Android phone the new Redmi 8. As it hasn’t been a complete year since Redmi 7 initially released but does the new phone make enough improvements to justify that? Let’s discuss in our complete Xiaomi Redmi 8 review ahead.

Redmi name from Xiaomi, or more aptly put, value-focused phones. New Redmi 8 builds on this and tries to hit a sweet spot of entry-level pricing having 2019 hardware pack in a clean design. Also, more and more choices available, Redmi 8 faces tough competition.

Let’s view the tech specs for Xiaomi Redmi 8:

  • Network: (GSM / FDD / TDD / WCDMA)
  • Display: 6.22-inch Display (1520 x 720)
  • Processor: Snapdragon 439
  • OS: Android 9.0, MIUI 11
  • Camera Rear:  12MP + 2MP
  • Camera Front: 8MP, f/2.0
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C, Bluetooth 4.2 and 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Memory: 3GB RAM + 32GB storage / 6GB RAM + 64GB Storage
  • Dimension: 156.5×75.4×9.4mm
  • Battery: 5,000mAh

Redmi 8 Review: Exterior and Design

With entry-level phones, customers can’t focus primarily on internals but if a phone offers a great design on top of it, the deal is pretty much sealed. For Redmi 8, it begins with the standard box/bar shape but adds a Lil curvature to it.

For color choices, we get our unit in Onyx Black that is the dimmest choice available. The other two options include Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue. Both variants come with a complex gloss finish on the back that reflects light in quite a unique fashion

Redmi 8 has this unique design element that makes it easily identifiable. The dual cameras and the fingerprint sensor both move to the center enclosed in this black painted curved-rectangle having Redmi written within it. The black color of the area is the same in all color choices. Truly, it gives Redmi 8 a unique look and one that hasn’t specifically done before.

Besides from this cluster, Xiaomi has also moved the safety & manufacturing information from the bottom towards the center. The text is now printed in horizontal orientation besides vertical. Before we move on, it is important to convey the fingerprint sensor is quite accurate and fast just like we have to come to expect from a 2019 device.

Redmi 8 doesn’t have a border between the front and the rear. Besides, the plastic back wraps towards the front to meet with the glass. It makes a seamless rear grip. For each side, you get all your physical buttons on the left just like on other Xiaomi phones. The power button under the volume rocker. The right edge is where you get your SIM tray and on the bottom, you can get a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C connector, microphone cut-out, and a single speaker.

Redmi 8 Review: Internal Hardware and Performance


One amazing feature that Xiaomi marketed heavily is the front display on the Redmi 8. Features least bezels, the selfie-camera notch has been rounded off to give a more amazing look. If we refer to Dot-Drop display, the notch is quite modest and disappears quickly when you view content on the phone.

The display panel is IPS LCD, having a diagonal size of 6.22 inches and runs at a resolution of 1520 x 720. The colors are good and sharpness is enough. The pixel density is on the lower end and you can check individual pixels if you look close enough.

Processor, Storage, and RAM:

For Redmi 8, the Snapdragon’s 439 processor comes with either 3GB RAM along with 32GB storage or 64GB storage with 4GB RAM. Our unit was the higher-end variant.

Besides the processor, however, RAM has gotten an upgrade from 2GB to 3GB for the base model. The MicroSD expansion is available for storage, both 32GB and 64GB choices are sufficient.


Xiaomi’s Redmi 8 whopping 5,000mAh battery module. Our phone ran a 14-hour screen-on time streaming a YouTube video. It means average use can easily be a complete two-day phone.

Xiaomi has joined Quick Charge 3.0 18W to the phone having faster battery charging times.

Redmi 8 Review: Camera

Redmi 8 comes with a dual rear camera system having the main lens rated at 12MP and a secondary 2MP depth-info lens. From the phone, we were able to collect some nice shots. While low-light performance is okay, it doesn’t have Night Mode. Also, the secondary lens could have been a wide-angle one instead of depth-sensing.

The front camera is good having AI portrait mode which is a nice addition.

Redmi 8 Review: Software

Another part of the complete Xiaomi experience is its software. Currently, Redmi 8 is based on Android 9 Pie which is not the latest Android revision

MIUI 11 is welcome elegance to Xiaomi’s popular MIUI skin. With the new software, there are loads of new functionality and design improvements. The phone supports Dark Mode also there is built-in Game Turbo for a better gaming experience. Users can also expect the same level of customization choices found on older versions of MIUI.

You can read more about MIUI 11 on the official website.

Xiaomi Redmi 8 Review Conclusion:

Here is all about Xiaomi Redmi 8. For further queries and questions let us know in the comment section below!

Till then! Keep Smiling 🙂

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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