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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Review
Written by Hassan Abbas

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Review: Redmi from Xiaomi has recently been extended to include the latest Redmi Note 8 series. After utilizing and testing the Redmi Note 8 that sits under Note 8 Pro, in terms of pricing as well as specs, here are our detailed thoughts. Make sure Note’s name might be misleading at first as there is no stylus within the phone.

Begin with hardware, Redmi Note 8 having a Snapdragon 665 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. Also, it comes with a glass design and 4 / Quad rear cameras. The quad-camera brings attention to the phone especially at this price but does the Redmi Note 8 succeed in other fundamental departments? Let’s discuss it!

Redmi Note 8 Specs:

Here’s are Redmi Note 8 tech specs:

  • Network: (GSM / FDD / TDD / WCDMA)
  • Display: 6.3’’ Display (2340 x 1080 PPI)
  • Processor: Snapdragon 665
  • OS: Android 9.0, MIUI 10.0
  • Camera Rear: 48MP ultra-high-resolution primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 2MP macro camera, 2MP macro camera
  • Camera Front: 32 MP, f/2.0 aperture
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C, Bluetooth and 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Memory: 4GB RAM + 128GB Storage
  • Dimension: 158.3 x 75.3 x 8.35 mm
  • Battery: 4,000mAh

Redmi Note 8 Review: Exterior and Design

Certainly, we see brands give up premium external materials for better internal hardware but that isn’t true for Redmi Note 8. The phone comes in glass and if that wasn’t enough, it is Gorilla Glass 5. The back glass is available in different colors finishes, Space Black, Peacock Blue, and Moonlight White. Our unit reached in the Moonlight White end which we absolutely love. It is fine but has great depth. Also, there is a large camera bump that houses 4 rear cameras. The bump itself protrudes quite heavily, however. For the fingerprint sensor, it is placed right at the center and has a very minimal boundary around it.

The front camera is pretty standard. In addition to the front earpiece and front camera, Redmi Note 8 also has a notification LED light under the speaker. Also, there is a Redmi silver logo adding a unique finish.

Xiaomi has a gloss plastic that has a curve that is directed outwards hence enabling for a good grip. However, this grip doesn’t completely overcome the slippery gloss finish. On the left side, there is a long volume rocker is the power button. You can also power on the phone directly by the fingerprint, you can’t using the power button much. On the bottom, there is a USB Type-C port, main speaker and headphone jack. The speaker is quite above average.

Redmi Note 8 Review: Internal Hardware and Performance


Redmi Note 8 has a 6.4-inch display that has minimal bezels. The chin is also quite reduced for a completely immersive experience.
Also, the panel is FHD+ and IPS LCD. The color reproduction is great for what it is and seeing angles as well. However, brightness is on the dimmer side for outdoor usage.

Processor, Storage, and RAM

Let’s talk about the storage, Redmi Note 8 with Snapdragon’s octa-core 665 processor. The processor is a complete solution.

Xiaomi has Redmi Note 8 with a base 128GB storage configuration and a 4GB RAM. Also, if you feel the need for expanding, Note 8 supports MicroSD card expansion that too with a dedicated slot.


Recently large-sized batteries, especially in budget and mid-range phones. Redmi Note 8 comes with a 4,000 mAh module.

Redmi Note 8 Review: Camera

Xiaomi has 4 different camera modules on Redmi Note 8. While it may look like a “gimmick” but we found the versatility to be quite useful! Starting with the main lens and might be the one using the most, 48MP module with f/1.8 aperture. The detail sharpness is definitely much higher than other competing, lower-MP cameras out there. Also, the software processes each photo quite well to give out a great image.

For the other 3 lenses, there is an ultra-wide 8MP f/2.2 lens and two 2MP f/2.4 sensors. One of the 2MP modules is for depth sensing while others are there for close-up macros. With the overall Quad setup, you get amazing sharpness along with the ability to shoot ultra-wide shots.

Redmi Note 8 Review: Software

Xiaomi has MIUI 10 Android Pie on Redmi Note 8. MIUI 11 based on Android 10 to reach later this year. The software focuses on vibrant colors and curved shapes. The best thing that sets MIUI apart from other skins is its customization choices. But it full-scale system themes to layouts to navigation gestures. Xiaomi ensures MIUI conforms extremely well to each user’s needs. Bonus functions including system-wide Dark Mode make the experience even more fun.

Using the performance aspect, MIUI 10 is quite optimized. Also, this performance is delivered without taking a large toll on battery life which is key for customers in this price range.


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

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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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