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Have you ever expected Quad-Camera for such price? | Redmi Note 8

Hello Guys, today, we are going to review the best-unexpected Quad-camera smartphone by Xiaomi. The brand new Redmi Note 8, which just costs about ₹10,000 only. And it brings many more latest and powerful features with itself. So let's get started with it.

Redmi Note 8

The first thing we noticed about the Redmi Note 8 is that it doesn't fit in with the design style that Xiaomi has come up with for the rest of the current generation lineup, like the Redmi 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro. The front has a waterdrop notch, and in what we consider a strange touch, our Neptune Blue demo unit had a streak of blue running around the screen on all sides except the top. We found this distracting, and frankly, not at all appealing. We hope that the Space Black and Moonlight White options look soberer in person.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 smartphone runs on the Android v9.0 (Pie) operating system. The phone is powered by Octa-core (2 GHz, Quad-core, Kryo 260 + 1.8 GHz, Quad-core, Kryo 260) processor. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Chipset. It has 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 smartphone has an IPS LCD display. It measures 158.3 mm x 75.3 mm x 8.3 mm and weighs 188 grams. The screen has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and 395 PPI pixel density. It has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a screen-to-body ratio of 85.08 %. On the front camera, the buyers get a 13 MP Front Camera and on the rear, there's a 48+8+2+2 MP camera with features like Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus. It is backed by a 4000 mAh battery. Connectivity features in the smartphone include WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Volte, and more.

: Design :
Previous entries in the Redmi series were not really known for having standout designs. They favored function over form, with the Redmi Note series often featuring utilitarian-looking metal-clad designs and other phones in the series featuring cheap-feeling plastic builds. It was really the hardware inside them that mattered more than the outer looks. With the launch of the Redmi Note 7 earlier this year, this philosophy changed a bit. While providing decent bang for the buck was still the main priority, Xiaomi also gave quite a bit more thought into the design of their smartphones.

The Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro featured what Xiaomi called an “Aurora Glass” design, using nano-texturing underneath the phone’s Gorilla Glass 5 back in order to add cool-looking reflections and gradients, shining different hues and tones depending on the angle you look at the phone as well as the way the light shines on it, similar to what you can find on higher-end smartphones. This year has been the year of the gradient, eye-candy smartphones, with phones like the Galaxy Note 10 in Aura Glow leading the charge. The Redmi Note 7 simply helped bring this growing trend to the lower end of the smartphone spectrum.

Redmi Note 8 Pro Aura Design

The camera module also holds the phone’s rear-mounted fingerprint sensor similar to the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S9, a location which I’m not really a fan of—it’s right below the cameras, and I often end up smudging the camera lens while trying to unlock the smartphone. It’s also fairly small, which definitely doesn’t help to this case, and that, combined with the color and the position, might make you mistake it for another camera lens at first sight. Other phones in this range, like the Xiaomi Mi A3 and the Mi 9T/Redmi K20, have started to feature an in-display fingerprint scanner, so the Redmi Note 8 Pro is keeping things conservative here, which is definitely not a bad thing as there are still several phones out there that don’t even have one, to begin with. I should mention, however, that the fingerprint sensor here is really, really fast: one quick tap is usually enough to unlock the phone. This serves to compensate the time you waste trying to look for the sensor itself in the first place.

: Camera :
Xiaomi is selling the Redmi Note 8's camera as its main selling point, just like they did with its predecessor. The phone boasts an impressive quad-camera setup and carries the honor of being the company’s first device with a 48MP camera (yet far from having the camera with the biggest pixel count as that honor goes to the 108MP main sensor in the Xiaomi Mi MIX Alpha and Mi CC9 Pro/Mi Note 10). The main sensor is the 48MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 lens and the camera setup is accompanied by 3 more sensors: an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor for wide-angle pics, a 2MP depth sensor that helps out with portrait mode/bokeh shots, and another 2MP sensor which is a dedicated macro lens for taking super close-up pics.

Redmi Note 8 Pro Camera

This makes up for a splendid camera experience for the price, but the whole experience feels very gimmicky at times. In my honest opinion, the quad-camera setup in this phone serves better as a marketing term than anything else. While yes, the fact that the phone has four cameras opens up a wide number of features and enhancements, most of the weight of the Redmi Note 8's camera prowess falls on the shoulders of the main 48MP sensor, with the 2MP depth sensor helping out with portrait shots and the ultra-wide-angle lens and the macro lens serving as cool toys you’re probably going to get bored with after a while.

This camera setup supports features like 4K recording at 30fps, 1080p recording at 60fps and 720p super slow-mo recording at an impressive 960fps. Additionally, the front-facing camera is a 20MP unit with support for AI-based portrait mode and 1080p recording at 30fps.

: Performance :
The Redmi Note 8 Pro’s hardware is the reason why I often call the phone a “risky” take on a mid-range smartphone. The Redmi Note 7 Pro featured a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, which provided truly outstanding performance for the price, but in the case of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the company opted instead for an octa-core MediaTek Helio G90T for the phone’s brains. Xiaomi is no stranger to using MediaTek system-on-chips, with recent phones like the Xiaomi Mi Play and the Redmi 6A having featured MediaTek processors (Helio P35 and Helio A22 respectively). But the Redmi Note line, in particular, has not featured a MediaTek-powered entry since the Redmi Note 4 with an Helio X20—which also received a (wildly more popular) Snapdragon 625-powered model in certain regions.

I’m sure I don’t have to mention why MediaTek phones are so unpopular, especially among the enthusiast community. But in case you’re out of the loop, MTK devices normally have had poor developer support thanks to a notable lack of kernel sources and documentation for a vast majority of these phones, making ROM development impossible. Additionally, MediaTek devices are often lacking in performance and other aspects, at least compared to their Qualcomm and Samsung competitors. And the fact that most cheap, crappy Chinese phones are powered by MediaTek SoCs has also tarnished their brand quite a bit in the eyes of end-users. The sole fact that the Redmi Note 8 Pro was powered by the Helio G90T was reason enough for a lot of people to immediately write out the phone from their list of options.

Redmi Note 8 Pro Processor

Nonetheless, Xiaomi is fairly confident in this processor and this phone’s might — so much, in fact, that they’re actually using the Helio G90T globally and advertising it as a selling point. They have also released kernel sources for the phone, which means that modding and development should not be much of a problem compared to other MediaTek devices. In fact, there’s even an unofficial build of TWRP over at our forums. I’ve personally had mixed experiences with MediaTek in the past, so I was both very skeptical and very excited to try out this phone. And truth be told, I was actually very surprised by the way this phone performed, and in quite a pleasant way.

: Our  Verdicts :
The Redmi Note 8 is a very good smartphone that falls just short of excellence. A lot of it has to do with the sheer amount of competition in the market. Now that consumers have umpteen options that deliver on features, hardware, and design, the Redmi Note 8 isn’t quite the standout device that the line-up stood once embodied.

That said, as long as you can live with the quirks of MIUI, the hardware is reliable and delivers all-day battery life, reasonably good performance, and a camera that is just as good as, if not better than, the competition.

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