Redmi Note 8 Pro Hands-On: Much Better Design Than The Redmi Note 7 Pro
Anita - Sep 06, 2019
Featuring a beautiful design and a 64-megapixel camera are two notable upgrades on the newly-launched Redmi Note 8 Pro compared to its predecessors.
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Launched earlier in the week, the Redmi Note 8 Pro immediately draws a lot of attention from users due to its much more attractive design than the Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro launched last year and its 64MP camera, making it one of the first two smartphones coming with this sensor.
The variant we use in this review is the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant in Black color. In addition to this variant, there are also two other memory variants including 6GB RAM + 64GB of storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variants.
The box of the Redmi Note 8 Pro has an eye-catching gradient finish with orange-red hues.
There is also some information about the phone on the back of the box.
The version we have is the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant.
This year, users received an attractive offering from Xiaomi when the company includes an 18W QC 3.0 fast charger in the box instead of a 10W charger on its predecessor.
As usual, the company also offers a case in the box.
I feels quite comfortable holding the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The device flaunts a 6.53-inch FHD+ display. The display quality has significantly improved compared to its predecessor.
For easy comparison, we put the Redmi Note 8 Pro (left) next to the Redmi Note 7 (right).
The bottom chin is much thinner.
Redmi Note 7 (left) vs Redmi Note 8 Pro (right)
The back is probably the biggest difference between the Pro variant and the standard version. The phone comes with a glass back finish which is curved on both sides for a firmer grip. The handset is available in 3 color options including white, black and blue.
The quad rear camera setup including a 64MP Samsung sensor is vertically arranged with a fingerprint sensor put inside the camera cluster.
The rear panel also has a "Redmi" logo at the bottom.
The back of Redmi Note 7 (left) and Redmi Note 8 Pro (right)
Notably, the camera bump of Redmi Note 8 Pro is designed to protrude quite a lot, even more than its predecessors.
We recommend that you use a case to avoid unexpected problems with this camera bump.
Regarding the camera app, it comes with many different features and shooting modes.
Another highlight is a separate 64MP shooting mode.
In the 64MP mode, the camera saves photos quite quickly, much improved compared to its predecessors when saving 48MP images.
When captured in 64MP mode, the image will have a high resolution and capacity. If you do not require much on the image detail, the normal shooting mode will be more than enough for basic use.
The phone also has its own Macro mode. But this mode does not bring anything impressive, the image quality is only at 2MP.
The bottom edge of the Redmi Note 8 Pro houses a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB-C port, a microphone, and speaker grills.
The top edge has the 2nd recording microphone and infrared sensor.
The left side has a dual-SIM slot and a microSD card slot.
Meanwhile, there are power and volume buttons on the right side.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by an Helio G90T chipset under the hood. MediaTek introduced this chipset to target mobile gamers. It is coupled with 6GB RAM/8GB RAM.
According to the score on AnTuTu benchmark, this Helio G90T chipset gained more than 225,000 points.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro has already launched in China with the starting price of CNY1,399 (roughly Rs. 14,000). Sadly, the brand already confirms that the handset will not make its way to India till October or November this year.