It arrived at the end of August with the difficult task of overcoming the success of the Redmi Note 7, and the truth is that the new Redmi Note 8 Pro has started on the right foot. For yet another year, the company has pulled out of its sleeve a phone whose value for money is practically unmatched, to the point of justifying its shortcomings and drawbacks when compared to previous models in the series or terminals of the competence.
But is it really worth it? After its official arrival in Spain, our colleagues from Urban Tecno have already been able to thoroughly test the new member of the Redmi family of smartphones. They tell us the reasons to buy, or not, the new Redmi Note 8 Pro.
3 reasons to buy the Redmi Note 8 Pro
The Xiaomi Mi A3 did not make it easy for him. Still, Redmi has been able to mount a first-rate photographic system in its new reference mid-range, capable of offering results worthy of much more expensive terminals.
Made up of four sensors, the Redmi Note 8 Pro camera system is positioned as one of the most versatile that we have seen in a phone in its range. It consists of the main sensor with 64-megapixel resolution and f / 1.9, the jewel in the crown, accompanied by an 8 megapixel “Ultra Wide,” a depth sensor, and a “macro” camera that allows us to get much closer to the objects to capture.
In general, the captures made with the Redmi Note 8 are perfect in most situations, and even options such as night mode or portrait mode stand out for the final quality of the photographs.
Even though the Redmi Note 7 already had a modern and stylish design, this new generation raises the level. It adopts a somewhat more rounded body where curves are the protagonists. Of course, the glass and aluminum construction is maintained, including a Gorilla Glass 5 panel that protects your screen. ‘
The arrangement of the cameras has also changed, now centered on the rear, thus following the line of other models of the brand, such as those of the Redmi K20 series. As a negative aspect of this format, it is convenient to comment that, due to the position of the fingerprint reader located in the same module that houses the cameras, it is common to confuse the position of the sensor with that of one of the cameras.
In addition to all the above, including a rare warning in Xiaomi terminals is appreciated, such as the IP52 certification against water and dust. A function that seems to be destined to disappear: the notification LED, integrated into the “notch” in the shape of a drop of water that leads the upper part of the front.
Xiaomi continues to bet on IPS technology in its mid-range models, but that will not be a problem as long as the brand continues to use panels of the quality of this Redmi Note 8 Pro.
The terminal screen, of considerable dimensions given its 6.55-inch diagonal, offers an excellent result in terms of brightness, contrast, and color reproduction
2 reasons not to buy the Redmi Note 8 Pro
When Xiaomi confirmed that the Redmi Note 8 Pro would arrive with a processor signed by MediaTek inside, many put their hands to their heads … and it was no wonder. For yet another year, the Chinese semiconductor firm proves to still be below its main competitors in terms of efficiency and performance, resulting in an overall experience that is not as good as one might expect.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro works fine. That is clear. After all, its brain is the Helio G90T chip, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. However, the fact that this terminal is based on this platform raises doubts about how it will behave after a while, considering the result that MediaTek chips usually offer.
In short, although the Redmi Note 8 Pro has plenty of power and is capable of offering performance at the level of terminals of its level, we would have liked that Xiaomi had opted for one of the latest models of the Snapdragon 600 or 700 series from Qualcomm.
But there is one aspect in which the use of this processor does affect the current experience with the device, and that is its autonomy. With 4,000 mAh of capacity, we expected considerably more from the battery of the Redmi Note 8, especially considering the experience obtained with its older brother, the Xiaomi Mi 9T.
Reaching the end of the day will not be difficult, but do not expect to get much more out of the battery of this Redmi Note 8 Pro. Fortunately, fast charging is present, and it is as fast as you would expect from a phone launched at the end of 2019.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is one more generation of one of Xiaomi’s most balanced mobile series. This year, the new member stands out for its photographic section, screen, and design, at the cost of an autonomy that remains in the background, due in part to the – questionable – choice of a processor that I am afraid will have something to talk about, and not precisely because its good performance. Despite everything, as every year, Redmi once again places one of its phones as one of the most recommended options below 250 euros.
Sharlene Meriel is an avid gamer with a knack for technology. He has been writing about the latest technologies for the past 5 years. His contribution in technology journalism has been noteworthy. He is also a day trader with interest in the Forex market.