Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and Note 8T – I’m here today with two mid-range phones, the Redmi Note 8 and the Note 8T. They’re basically two versions of the same phone for different markets. But what makes them unique, and are they worth getting. Let’s find out in our full review.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and 8T Design
Note 8 and Note 8T our mid-range phones are going for a budget price. Each version is for a different market. There are a few small differences in design. And besides the looks, there are a few details to keep track of. The Note 8 is for Asian markets, and that’s an option for a higher 6 gigs of ram. It has a notification LED and comes with a 10-watt charger in the box. The Note 8T, on the other hand, is sold in Europe and has NFC. It comes with a faster 18-watt charger in the box, but it’s a little bit pricier. Nevertheless, both are pretty inexpensive phones, but you wouldn’t be able to tell at first glance. They are built from Gorilla Glass and have a dazzling gradient finish.
Only on close inspection would you be able to tell that the frame is made of plastic, not a more premium material. While there is no official waterproofing. There is a nano-coating on the internals. So these phones can survive a splash and while they are slippery and will wobble on a desk. Note 8 and Note 8T come with a silicone case in the box, which can remedy the situation.
Both devices have similar 6.3 inch IPS LCD screens. There’s a 1080p resolution, and a dot notch cut out for the selfie cam. Quality is pretty good here for an LCD. Blacks look beautiful, and you have excellent max brightness. The Note 8 gets up to 470 nets and up to 613 nets in auto mode in bright Sun. And the Note 8T is quite close to that. The colors on both panels look good, and if you go into the color settings, you can either make them pop or tune them to be extremely accurate. The Note 8 has a white notification LED which will let you know when you need to check your phone. However, this is missing on the Note 8T, bummer.
Waking up the phone’s is quite easy, though, with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Both are responsive and always ready for waking up and unlocking. The phones have expandable storage to the triple card slot. On top of the 32 64 or 128 gigs built-in. For your audio, there’s a single bottom-firing speaker. Which uses a sound chamber for some extra amplification. Both phones scored an excellent mark in our loudness tests, and quality is good. Though bass and higher tones are still a bit lacking. You can plug in headphones with the 3.5-millimeter jack. Though audio quality here is excellent. There is a fair amount of distortion in stereo separation that leaves more to be desired. Loudness is good, though, and you get FM radio.
At the time of this review, the Redmi Note 8 is running on Android 9pi. while Note 8T is still on MI white 10, but we expect it to catch up soon. Nevertheless, both get dark mode, it gives the dark aesthetic here menus. But since the screen is an LCD, it won’t save you any battery. Both interfaces are almost the same; there’s no app drawer. And swiping over to the left will give you access to a bunch of shortcuts. Like other Xiaomi devices, there’s an IR blaster up to the top. Once in a while, you may get a banner ad inside of one of the onboard apps. Like the file manager or the security app. but it’s rare and isn’t a big deal.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and Note 8T Specs
At the heart of both phones is the same snapdragon 665 chipset. Which is new this year and built on an 11-nanometer process. In GPU benchmarks, performance is great among the best for this price range. We saw no overheating either. However, the GPUs performance is actually a slight downgrade from the Snapdragon 660. Even though this one is more power-efficient. Still, with most games, you wouldn’t notice any problems.
Both the Redmi Note 8 and Note 8T are powered by a 4000 million power battery. Unsurprisingly when we ran our proprietary tests. They both are in the same excellent score of a hundred and eight hours. Like I mentioned before, while both phones support 18-watt quick charging, they’re bundled with different chargers. This leads to different charging times out of the box. The 10-watt charger fills 30% of the battery in half an hour while the 18-watt charger gets you up to 45% in this amount of time.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and Note 8T Camera
The Redmi Note 8 and Note 8T packed the same quad-camera setups. There’s a 48-megapixel quad Bearman cam, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide cam, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a depth sensor. The image quality from the primary camera is very good. It saves 12-megapixel images by default. And these have plenty of detail, low noise levels, and true-to-life colors. The dynamic range is wide too. We weren’t such fans of the fouette rendition, but it’s nothing too bad for this price range. There is a dedicated 48-megapixel mode, but what you get is not a real 48-megapixel image. But simply an upscaled one with no benefits whatsoever.
You do get a benefit from the fact that the sensor is so large, though. 2x zoom jostle quite good even though this is digital and not optical zoom. Portrait shots are decent if you have good lighting. In the right conditions, you can get photos with beautiful detail and good subject separation. The 8-megapixel ultra-wide snapper captures ok images. The contrast is alright, but the overall shot is soft. In dynamic range is limited. But for the price, it’s not that bad.
Unfortunately, these are far from impressive. The detail isn’t that great, the corners are soft, and the center isn’t that sharp either. At night the Redmi note eighths main cam does a great job. The noise reduction especially has set sweet spots. Between reducing a majority of the noise and leaving some fine detail intact. The night mode is quite conservative, like on other Xiaomi phones. Acting more like HDR and that it restores most clipped highlights. It also removes a bit of the noise, but the overall image isn’t much brighter. Each shot takes a few seconds, and we like the results.
low-light images from the ultra-wide are actually not that bad. They still aren’t great, but there is some usable detail. And the exposure isn’t too dark. There is no night mode here. Note 8 and Note 8T have a 13-megapixel front-facing camera with fixed focus. We were impressed here selfies are excellent with great detail. Pleasant contrasts and colors and wide dynamic range. Now under videos, video capture from the primary camera can be done in up to 4k at 30fps. Though 60fps is said to be coming in a future update.
The video quality isn’t particularly great. The dynamic range is mediocre, and detail is poor due to the aggressive noise reduction. At least you get little noise, and the contrasting colors are beautiful. You can opt for electronic stabilization, which works well to smooth out your videos. But it’s only available in 1080p. Videos from the ultra-wide camera and up to 108T at 30fps, and they also have poor detail. The color rendition is a bit different than that from the main cam.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and Note 8T Price
So that’s the Redmi Note 8 and the Note 8T. With you there phone, you get a well-balanced mid-range with a shiny build. A large and bright LCD screen. Great battery life and excellent performance. Plus those still photos you can take our pretty impressive. As far as downsides go, video recording isn’t great. In a tsunami that the Note 8 only has a 10-watt charger. But that’s reflected in the price, so it’s not so bad. Note 8 is going for around 10000 rupees and the Note 8T about 100 euros. It’s surprising how many phones you get for the money, and these are definitely worth considering.