The Note 8 Pro has a good grip owing to the curved corners. The width of the phone is also just enough to use it one-handed. However, it is quite heftier than the Note 7 Pro. We received the white colour variant for review and it looks quite premium. Gorilla Glass 5 is present on both the front and the back and you get a transparent case out of the box. It doesn’t come with a pre-applied screen guard, though. As far as smartphone build and design is concerned, the Redmi Note 8 Pro feels durable and premium.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with an amazing glass back which makes the device look premium. The smartphone is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both front and back and hence you don’t have to worry if it accidentally falls out from your hand. The back doesn’t attract fingerprints and the Aura Design on the Redmi Note 8 Pro looks beautiful. It comes in three new colors and we got the Gamma Green variant to play around with. The device is Splash Proof and comes with P2I nano-coating which protects it from everyday splashes and spills.
The smartphone weighs 200g and if you are planning to switch from a Redmi Note 7 Pro it will take you some time to get used to it as it feels a little heavy. The sides of the device come in a metallic finish and you still get a headphone jack on the bottom. The camera setup is placed in the middle of the device and the 2 MP Macro lens is placed separately next to it. The camera setup bulges out which makes the phone wobble when it is lying on a flat surface. The physical fingerprint scanner works perfectly and unlocks your device within a second.
The Indian variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 2+1 SIM card slot which means that you can finally expand your storage using a MicroSD card and use dual SIM Cards along with it. It’s great to see that Xiaomi actually listened to what its customers were demanding and finally ditched the Hybrid slot with the Redmi Note 8 Pro.
The left side of the Redmi Note 8 Pro sports two trays: one has only a Nano-SIM slot while the other has the second Nano-SIM slot and a dedicated microSD card slot. Xiaomi has specifically added the microSD card slot for the Indian market, as the Chinese version of this phone lacks this feature.
Features such as Screen Recorder, App Lock, FM Radio and Themes are present on the device. In addition to that, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with Alexa Built-in and we had a fun time playing around with her. It works well and you can use her to get your tasks done. Ask her to play some music, ask her to tell you some news or some jokes and it’ll be there on your screen.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro has received a significant bump in terms of camera hardware compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review). Xiaomi has effectively doubled the number of cameras compared to its predecessor. The Redmi Note 8 Pro packs a 64-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.79 aperture and 0.8-micron pixels. This sensor takes 16-megapixel shots in the default mode as is does 4-in-1 pixel binning.
The second sensor in the array is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a 120-degree field of view. Xiaomi has also added a 2-megapixel macro camera. The fourth sensor is a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, this phone has a 20-megapixel selfie shooter
At the top, there are icons for HDR, AI, the flash, and filters. The smartphone has Portrait, Night, Panorama, Pro, Short video, Slow motion, and 64MP shooting modes, apart from the standard Photo and Video modes.
The rear camera comes with modes like AI Portrait mode, Night mode, Burst mode, Pro mode, and Panorama mode. The AI Scene detection on the device works well and the camera automatically optimizes its settings according to the conditions in which you are shooting. The Primary sensor does its job well and the images you get have a high amount of details. The colors are produced well and you get amazing bright images in your final output. The ultra-wide lens isn’t that great but for the price, it comes at it does the job right.
When it comes to the selfies, the 20 MP snapper on the Redmi Note 8 Pro is amazing. You get crisp selfies and the edge detection in portrait mode is on point. The front camera comes with features like Panorama selfie, Palm Shutter, Selfie timer, AI Portrait mode and more. We took some shots with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro and you can have a look at the images below.
It’s the first time that a Redmi Note smartphone boasts of battery capacity more than the usual 4,000mAh. The Note 8 Pro comes with a 4,500mAh battery but if you think that extends the battery life longer than the Redmi Note 7 Pro, you’ll be left disappointed. In fact, the battery life is just as good as its predecessor, despite the higher capacity. The reason for that is the MediaTek Helio G90T. It’s based on a larger manufacturing process, and as such, tends to consume more power than the Snapdragon 675 in the Redmi Note 7 Pro.