iaomi’s Redmi series phones have always offered great value for money to consumers. They are quintessential mainstream phones: good, solid hardware paired with an attractive design and priced for affordability. But even by the Redmi Note standards, Xiaomi has managed to make the Redmi Note 8 series better. I recently reviewed the Redmi Note 8 Pro. This is a phone that looks good, clicks great pictures, and offers blazing fast performance and long-lasting battery life. In other words, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is one of the best phones you can buy under Rs 15,000. The Redmi Note 8 is almost equally good when you consider its price, and that makes it one of the best phones to buy under Rs 10,000.
Just like the Pro variant, the Note 8 also offers consumers lag-free performance, an attractive metal and glass design, long-lasting battery life and a fairly capable set of cameras.
The design of the Redmi Note 8 is inspired by the Redmi Note 7. It picks up where the predecessor left. We at India Today Tech reviewed the Redmi Note 7 that launched earlier this year. In the full review of the Note 7, I mentioned that it is one of the best looking Redmi Note from Xiaomi. The latest Redmi Note 8 is a polished version of the Redmi Note 7 as far as the design is concerned. The edges of the Note 8 are curvier when compared to the Note 7 and that makes it easy for users to hold and use the phone.
The Redmi Note 8 comes in three colour options — Neptune Blue, Space Black and Moonlight White. I’m using the Neptune Blue colour. I personally prefer phones in black or white or some other bold colours but the Neptune Blue of the Note 8 appears to be pretty decent to me. It is slightly shiny but I believe most people will like that.
The Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front and the back adds to the overall design of the smartphone. The glass body makes the affordable smartphone look expensive, classy and premium for its price. On the back, the four camera lenses add a sort of break to the design, which takes away the coherency. But not too much because overall I feel the phone looks fairly graceful neat.
The chin of the Redmi Note 8 is pretty thick but that will not cause any problem as Xiaomi has used its design tricks to hide it. The Neptune Blue colour of the Redmi Note 8 includes mix a blue and black on the chin as well as on side bezels. This not just hides the thick bezels but also makes the smartphone look appealing.
The Redmi Note 8 also has a good form factor. It is easy to use the phone with one hand, which wasn’t the case with the Note 8 Pro as it was a big phone. Another good bit about the smartphone is its lightweight. The Note 8 Pro is slightly heavy but the Note 8 weighs less and that makes it easy for the users to use the smartphone comfortably.
Screen is bright in all situations
The Redmi Note 8 comes with an LCD IPS panel that measures 6.3-inches. It offers screen resolution of 2280 x 1080p (FHD+). The screen of the Redmi Note 8 is not just big but is also bright enough in all lighting situations. I used the Redmi Note 8 to watch videos on YouTube and movies on Amazon Prime Video and play games. I also browsed social media apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on the phone. In all situations – be it in good day light and low light – the screen of Redmi Note 8 turns out to be great. The screen gets pretty bright and in turn offers great user experience. The smartphone offers great viewing angles. Keeping the bright around 50 per cent inside a room worked for me while in outdoor situations I had to scale up the brightness level to 100 per cent for good viewing experience.
Best camera phone under Rs 10,000
Similar to the Redmi Note 8 Pro the Note 8 also comes with quad rear camera setup. The Redmi Note 8 sticks to the same 48MP primary camera that was seen on the Redmi Note 7. By default the Redmi Note 8 clicks pictures in 12MP image resolution. The phone also includes an 8MP ultrawide lens, 2MP depth sensor and 2MP marco lens.
For a phone priced at Rs 9,999 the Redmi Note 8 click stunning images in good light. The phone struggles to capture detailed photos in low-light, although the Night Mode helps here. With the night mode switched on the Redmi Note 8 camera captures more light and that results in brighter and better-looking pictures in low-light situations.
In good light the main camera of the Redmi Note 8 manages to click great pictures with lots of details and spot-on colours. The default camera (12MP) mode is good enough to capture detailed pictures in good light. I rarely used the 48MP camera mode that is present separately in the camera app as the main camera served the purpose. The Redmi Note 8 also manages to click great ultra-wide shots. I personally loved the portrait and macro shots the smartphone captured. The portrait shots turns out to be great with lots of details, sharp edges, good colours and background properly blurred out. The macro lens also manages to capture good detailed pictures with accurate colours.
Normal mode and Portrait mode
The 13MP selfie camera of the Redmi Note 8 also does a great job. The camera clicks great detailed selfies. The camera app itself includes lots of filters so users don’t need to edit the selfies after they are clicked. Overall I believe I believe the Redmi Note 8 clicks Instagram worthy selfies.
Normal selfie mode and Portrait selfie mode
For a phone that is priced at Rs 9,999 it will not be wrong to say that the Redmi Note 8 is the best camera smartphone under Rs 10,000 in India right now.
Great at multitasking, but there are ads in MIUI
Similar to other departments the Redmi Note 8 is an upgraded version of the Redmi Note 7 in terms of hardware as well. The Redmi Note 7 was powered by Snapdragon 660 processor. The successor aka the Redmi Note 8 is powered by Snapdragon 665 chipset. In my time spent with the Redmi Note 8, I found that the smartphone offers smooth performance and is good at multi-tasking.
I used the phone as my primary device. In other words, I watched videos, used several applications at the same time like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, WhatsApp and others, played games, browsed the internet and so on. At no point the Redmi Note 8 lagged or showed signs of stutters. I played graphic heavy games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 on the Redmi Note 8 and both worked pretty smoothly on the device. I’m using the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model of the phone. This is the top-end model and comes with a price of Rs 12,999. There a base model of the phone as well that comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
The Redmi Note 8 runs MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. At the launch, Xiaomi confirmed that the Redmi Note 8 would get upgraded to MIUI 11 between November 13 and November 29. This means we can expect the phone to get MIUI 11 anytime. The review unit we are using is still running on MIUI 10. For now, there are no reports whether the Note 8 will get Android 10 or not.
Similar to other Xiaomi phones with MIUI 10 on board the Redmi Note 8 brings Ads – I feel the ads are slightly controlled in this one but they are there. The MIUI 10 brings features like — dark mode, game turbo, and lots of pre-installed applications — that users can delete if needed – to the smartphone.
Impressive battery life
Similar to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the younger sibling aka the Redmi Note 8 also offers great battery life. And I can say that the phone offers great battery life. The Redmi Note 8 packs a 4000mAh battery – similar to the Note 7. For me, the Redmi Note 8 lasts easily for one full day in a single charge.
The good thing about the battery department of the phone is the bundled 18W fast charger. Yes, the phone includes the 18W fast charger inside the box. It is great to a phone so aggressively price has fast charger in the box. The Redmi Note 8 takes around 1.5 hours to fully charge – 0 to 100 per cent – which is pretty impressive. The smartphone comes with USB Type C support.
Should you buy the Redmi Note 8?
Under Rs 10,000, I believe this is the phone to buy. In fact, if you’re looking for a good overall smartphone under Rs 10,000 in India right now, the Redmi Note 8 is the best option to consider. I believe the Redmi Note 8 ticks all the right boxes to get the best under RS 10,000 phone crown. The Redmi Note 8 looks premium and classy, offers impressive battery life, handles multi-tasking well, and captures stunning pictures. The smartphone is available via flash sales in the country.