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Xiaomi is known worldwide for its affordable smartphones with very good features. And the main role in this process was assigned to the line of affordable Redmi smartphones. Users appreciated how pleasant it is to get a smartphone much cheaper than competitors without sacrificing performance. And Russian users were no exception, quickly raising the Xiaomi Redmi smartphones to the status of excellent (if not the best) budget segment offers.
Thanks to the Gadget Page, we will have an acquaintance with one of the new products of the Redmi brand, which is respectably sensational and very promising. This is a Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphone. The name itself actively hints that the device should be large and differ in advanced capabilities.
It remains only to find out how justified its name is and how well it fulfills the tasks assigned to it. First, pay attention to the technical characteristics of the model.
Yes, you can’t call a compact new device, although it is not huge. The case is medium in size, but the mass of 200 g seems large. The device is built on the basis of a modern central processor and has a fairly large amount of memory, and the number of cameras here is quite modern.
Packaging and equipment
The packaging is made of thick white cardboard with a typical construct. the main part and the lid. The quality of the materials used does not raise any questions. Yes, and the assembly is made accurately and efficiently. The lid is tightly fixed in place, creating a safe space for the smartphone and protecting it from damage during transportation.
On the front side, the device itself is shown from the front and back sides. The name of the smartphone is also indicated here. Although Redmi is now a separate brand, there was a place for the Xiaomi brand logo.
On one of the side faces you can see a sticker with identification information, as well as information about color modification and memory sizes. Based on this information, a smartphone with color is located inside "Mineral gray", while the cover shows a white smartphone. Using the same packaging for smartphones of different colors, the manufacturer was able to save.
The delivery set is quite typical for modern smartphones and includes only a basic set of accessories. So, in the box we found a power adapter with a European plug and a USB Type C cable. They are located in separate sections and are equipped with their own packaging.
In accordance with the latest trends, the manufacturer also provided a protective silicone case. It is made translucent, black with a glossy surface. Even getting dirty, such a cover maintains a decent appearance and perfectly protects the entire case from any damage.
- Power adapter;
- USB Type C cable;
- Silicone protective case;
- Key-clip for removing the slot for SIM-cards and memory cards;
On the issue of packaging and packaging did not happen any discoveries. But the high quality of workmanship was preserved. The contents are well protected and will not suffer in any way during transportation. But the factory seal stickers did not appear. This is quite typical for many Chinese manufacturers, but it still remains not the most logical solution. The mass appearance of protective covers in the standard delivery set pleases. Indeed, the addition of a completely inexpensive accessory immediately eliminates the need for a large number of users to immediately look for a protective case immediately after purchase in order to keep their smartphone intact.
Appearance and design
The manufacturer did not come up with anything innovative and applied the classic monoblock form factor with a touch screen, without any additional moving parts and mechanisms. The case itself is made of glass and plastic. The front and back panels are made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Three color options are available. Classic white and gray, as well as dark green.
A drop-shaped protrusion is located in the upper part of the display, in which the front camera has found its place. Here, it was possible to place a notification LED indicator, and a speaker speaker grill is provided at the junction of the glass panel with the side frame.
The ends are joined together by a single plastic frame with a rounded profile. The material successfully imitates metal and during operation is practically indistinguishable from it. Glass panels are precisely fitted to the frame; there are practically no gaps.
The upper bound received significantly fewer elements. Here you can see only the hole for an additional microphone and an infrared port for controlling household appliances. At the top of the left side you can see the slot for SIM-cards and memory cards.
The back side is covered with a glass panel with rounded edges. They smoothly pass into the side frame, creating a feeling of a monolithic design.
Where we are used to seeing the Xiaomi company logo, the Redmi logo now flaunts. However, the mention of the Chinese company itself is still present, only the font has become smaller.
For testing, we got an option with a blue-gray color. There are no fashionable gradient overflows, but the light is beautifully scattered across the lid, creating a pattern of a large number of individual streaks of light.
In the upper part of the lid are the main camera lenses and a fingerprint scanner. They are shared "islet"located along the axis of the housing. Nearby we can see the LED flash and another auxiliary module of the main camera.
The smartphone received a classic design for most modern smartphones. However, today most of them are similar to each other. Among the positive aspects, we note the good build quality of the case and the presence of protection against ingress of dust and moisture into the case. There are no backlashes or gaps between the elements. The use of uniform colors helped to create a strict and stylish look for the smartphone, and managed to add attractiveness to it thanks to interesting light scattering in the form of separate thin strips.
An IPS display with a diagonal of 6.53 inches and a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels is used. The pixel density is 395 ppi. Repeating the contours of the case, the display received rounded corners and the same thickness of the frames on top and sides. The lower frame is slightly wider.
Even in sunny weather, the image does not fade, readability is maintained at a high level. In favor of this is the use of the necessary filters.
The image is perceived as contrasting and natural with a good range of shades.
White color has a pronounced bluish tint, manifesting unnecessarily "cold" color temperature. However, this does not affect the overall color rendering.
Black also has a bluish tint when viewed at a right angle and a little pinkish when viewed at an angle.
Using a colorimeter, we measured the brightness of the display backlight and tested the quality of the factory color calibration calibration.
High contrast ratios are achieved by a solid margin of brightness and almost zero brightness of the black field backlight. This is a very good result for an IPS display.
Charts most accurately repeat each other and are located at a minimum distance from the reference indicator.
Here, the graphs are also encouraging stability and a small distance from the reference indicator.
The color temperature exceeds the standard by quite typical 1500 K. The classic situation for modern screens.
The color range turned out to be slightly wider than the generally accepted RGB space. The extension of the range of shades is observed at the tops of red and green shades.
The points of the gray wedge are lined up at a small distance from the delta. Spurious shades may be present, but will not create tangible problems or discomfort for the user.
If necessary, you can slightly adjust the display settings to achieve the most comfortable color rendering.
The manufacturer used a display with a typical set of parameters. Average by modern standards, the display sizes go well with Full HD resolution, which provides good image detail. There are no complaints about color reproduction. Although there is a certain tendency to cool shades, this does not affect the overall experience of use.
Hardware platform and performance
Novelty equipped with modern SoC. The MediaTek Helio G90T CPU is installed here. This is an eight-core solution made by 12 nm process technology. The distribution of eight cores is carried out according to the formula 2 6. Two Cortex-A76 cores can operate at frequencies up to 2.05 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores with a maximum clock frequency of 2.00 GHz. The graphics processor Mali-G76MC4 with a frequency of up to 800 MHz is responsible for processing graphics.
This processor is positioned as a gaming solution and includes some distinctive features. So, it supports working with displays at 90 Hz and received a video core with an increased frequency.
The amount of RAM is 6 GB. a relevant indicator for a modern and productive smartphone. Modifications with 8 GB are also provided.
Potentially, our hero has good input and should do a good job with a variety of tasks. However, he is the first representative of devices built on the processor of this model and therefore it is especially interesting to evaluate its capabilities. First of all, we turn to the test results using various benchmark applications.
As you can see, the level of performance was quite high. This allows our hero to quickly cope with a variety of tasks. During the testing process, not even the slightest slowdown was observed.
Successfully copes with the new processor and games. Even when choosing high graphics settings, performance in modern and demanding games does not significantly decrease.
Productive processors usually require an appropriate cooling system and this is no exception. In the case of Redmi Note 8 Pro, the presence of a liquid cooling system is stated for the best heat dissipation from the processor and dissipation through the case.
We will carry out a number of stress tests and evaluate the effectiveness of this solution.
As you can see, during prolonged operation under load, the temperature slightly exceeds the mark of 40 degrees. This is a positive result, especially considering the stability of the smartphone throughout the tests. Tactilely, the case only gets a little warmer, but you can’t even call it hot.
It turns out that the work of engineers in the development of a new processor and its optimization, as well as the choice of the cooling system used, paid off.
In general, there were no complaints about this processor. This is a stable and productive solution that has a solid supply of computing power and copes well with the load. At the same time, he is pleased with the lack of pronounced throttling and a tendency to heat.
Software and firmware
For testing, we got the Global version with the MIUI Global 10.4.5 operating system. It is based on Google Android 9. This version of the software is equipped with all necessary Google services and will not require the user "finishing" in manual mode.
At the time of testing, no updates were found.
The system interface is familiar to most users. It is a stylish and functional interface with many different settings. A separate application menu is not provided here, all the shortcuts are located on the desktops.
The largest number of user complaints about the modern MIUI interface is obsessive advertising, which can be found literally at every step. There were many opponents to this situation, and this is understandable.
Immediately after launch, you can see a whole set of pre-installed third-party applications. All this allows the manufacturer to reduce the final cost of the device for the client.
Such advertising is called recommendations and may be disabled. But this will have to be done in every application. it is inconvenient, long and looks like a mockery in relation to the user. For example, to disable ads in the folders on the desktop, you need to open the menu for changing its name and disable recommendations. Fortunately, numerous user dissatisfaction was taken into account by the manufacturer and in MIUI 11 all such advertising can be turned off in the settings in one go. This is much more convenient than looking for the settings for each application separately.
The notification panel and quick settings are traditionally combined into one menu, accessible by swipe from top to bottom. Here is the scale for adjusting the brightness of the backlight.
In the menu of running applications, you can activate the split-screen mode or run several built-in optimization modes. So, you can open the built-in antivirus menu or run regular means of cleaning up unnecessary files.
In the settings you can find various means of optimizing the interface for the requests of a particular user. For example, you can choose between control using touch buttons or gestures, as well as configure the location of the keys themselves.
The LED indicator can only be used during charging or activated to indicate incoming notifications.
It is hardly possible to tell something new about the interface of one of the most popular and massive manufacturers of smartphones. Nevertheless, it is worth noting the good optimization and thoughtfulness of the interface. Our hero showed his best side also in the matter of stability and smoothness of work. The main gripe to this shell is quite obvious. the abundance of advertising built into the interface. Its presence creates a feeling of disrespect for the manufacturer in relation to users. Fortunately, in the new version this situation will lead to an acceptable state of affairs.
The list of user authentication tools is fairly standard. It includes a fingerprint scanner and facial recognition system.
The fingerprint scanner is located on the back cover. By modern standards, this arrangement can be perceived as obsolete and crowded out by sub-screen scanners. However, we are talking about a representative of relatively inexpensive devices and the manufacturer was forced to look for ways to save.
And it is better to let the scanner be installed on the surface of the case, but it is functioning properly and quickly, rather than medium-quality sub-screen. Here you can recall some models of affordable Samsung smartphones, in which the location of the scanner under the screen actually deprived users of the ability to use it due to poor quality and stability.
Using a fingerprint, you can protect your smartphone completely, as well as individual applications or data.
Although the scanner is used here classic, the trends correspond to the presence of an unlock system on the face. This feature allows you to quickly unlock your smartphone in automatic mode, without performing additional actions. However, the reliability of this method is significantly lower, as the manufacturer warns.
There were no complaints about the speed and stability of this function. However, given the use of the classic front camera, it is worth considering the risk of malfunctions in low light.
In the settings, you can further adjust the operation of the face recognition system. For example, you can set it to automatically work when the display is activated, or to display detailed notifications only when the owner is looking at the display.
The Antutu Video Tester app helped with a list of supported video formats.
As you can see, the list is not the most impressive. However, it includes all the necessary and popular formats. At the same time, the smartphone’s performance margin is enough to use video decoding software in third-party applications if you need to play a video file that is not supported at the hardware level.
Using an external sound card ASUS Xonar U7 with a signal-to-noise ratio for recording 113 dB, we tested the sound quality in the headphones. The signal level during calibration was 1.2 dB.
Positive test results are also confirmed by subjective feelings. Not noticeable is any lack of frequency range or spurious noise. Throughout the volume range, sound quality remains unchanged.
The delivery set does not provide for any headset, but the manufacturer did not limit the choice of accessories. the case has an independent AUX audio connector.
Wireless interfaces and communications
Novelty has the support of all relevant communications. Redmi Note 8 Pro is able to work with mobile communications in the GSM, WCDMA and LTE bands. 5G technology is not provided here, but it is unlikely that anyone will experience this inconvenience.
Both SIM cards are installed in a common slot. The user will need to choose between using a second SIM or memory card. It is also worth paying attention to the rubber seal of the slot. this will protect the case from moisture.
In the conditions of Moscow and the nearest Moscow region, there were no complaints about the quality of communication. the connection was kept stable and without unexpected "failures" communication.
It’s time for the NFC module with support for Google Pay to settle in the Redmi budget line. Let this lineup have to become not so budgetary for this. In any case, we rejoice in the presence of a complete contactless payment system.
For stable operation of the Wi-Fi connection, a special X-shaped antenna is used, which provides the same high-quality signal in any position of the smartphone.
Navigation is carried out by GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou satellites. Testing was carried out in the mode of determining the location of all sources.
The first launch takes about 10-15 seconds. A large number of satellites are detected and connected. Further, there are no difficulties with the use of geolocation.
The capacity of the internal memory can be 64 or 128 GB. If necessary, the amount of available memory can be expanded using a microSD memory card. True, it is installed in a hybrid slot and will have to abandon the use of a second SIM.
We got a 64 GB version for testing. In general, this is a typical indicator for modern devices of this class.
The speed of the file system can be estimated using the test results in the AndroBench application.
The capacity of the built-in battery is 4500 mAh. The indicator is typical for modern smartphones, although we also know models with larger batteries. Familiarity with the new processor also implies a refinement of its capabilities in the matter of energy conservation.
Very positive results of stability tests give hope for high-quality optimization and low power consumption, and as a result. good autonomy.
First, let’s look at the test results in synthetic applications.
Also, the GeekBench 4 application allowed us to evaluate the stability of energy consumption. Here you can pay attention to the ability of the new items to maintain full performance up to shutdown, as well as the uniform discharge of the battery.
The MIUI shell provides standard means of monitoring energy consumption and automatic energy saving parameters.
The standard cover provides for a special valve that closes the charging connector. This solution may create some inconvenience when connecting the cable, but it will provide additional protection for the connector from moisture and dirt.
In modern smartphones, the desire to improve autonomy is carried out in several directions. In particular, manufacturers are striving to introduce the fastest possible charging. In this case, the package includes a power adapter with an output current of 18 watts.
The work of the developers brought the desired results. the novelty feels rather well away from the charger. With an average activity, the use of energy reserves is guaranteed to be enough for the whole day, or even longer. Of course, long-term work with maximum load will significantly accelerate the charge, but here the Redmi Note 8 Pro does not stand out too fast need for recharging.
Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a main camera of four modules. Three of them are located vertically in the center, and the fourth is next to the LED flash. The main module protrudes significantly from the housing and is additionally encircled by a frame to protect against mashing.
It would seem that the cover is designed to level out the protrusion of the camera. But even its thickness is not enough to even the back of the device in a single plane.
The main module has a resolution of 64 megapixels and a classic lens with a viewing angle of 79 degrees. The aperture ratio of optics is f / 1.89. Super Pixel technology, combining four neighboring pixels into one, is provided for the highest quality images. The result was a decrease in shooting resolution to more familiar indicators, but better quality shooting was provided.
The second module with a resolution of 8 megapixels and an ultra-wide angle lens is designed for panoramic shooting. The lens aperture is f / 2.2, the viewing angle is 120 degrees.
You can compare the difference in their work on two pictures taken from one position.
Separate 2 megapixel modules for macro photography and frame depth estimation are also provided.
Thanks to the high resolution of the main module, it was possible to realize a 10x digital zoom without a noticeable decrease in frame detail.
To achieve the most efficient operation of cameras, artificial intelligence technologies are used.
The front module is single with a resolution of 20 megapixels. The lens has an aperture of f / 2.0. It also uses artificial intelligence technology.
The proprietary camera application is familiar in terms of interface and has all the necessary functionality.
In addition to automatic modes with presets, a full mode of manual settings is provided. Experienced users will be able to get the highest quality pictures or achieve special effects.
It is best to evaluate the quality of the cameras using sample shots, they are presented below.
Redmi Note 8 Pro Camera Test
Example shot of the front camera:
Examples of images of the main camera (daytime):
Examples of images of the main camera (night):
The cameras are pleased with high-quality images with good detail and nice color reproduction, both in the daytime and in low light conditions. The frames are bright and clear, with lots of small details. Yes, among the flagships it is not difficult to find more advanced cameras that can receive high-quality images in more difficult conditions, but here we are talking about an affordable smartphone and for its price category it is a very good result.
Comparison with competitors
The segment of affordable smartphones is very popular in the Russian market, and Xiaomi has always been able to offer smartphones with very competitive characteristics. Let’s see how it was possible to do this now.
At a similar cost, copies from the official deliveries of the Vivo V17 Neo smartphone are offered. Although smartphones of this brand are not so widespread, they can be a very interesting option for purchase.
There are many differences. So, the smartphone received an AMOLED display with a slightly smaller diagonal, and is also based on a different processor. The memory formula is 6,128.
The resolution of the main camera is lower, and the modules themselves are smaller. But the resolution of the front module is much higher. In general, Vivo pays significant attention to the quality of front cameras, not forgetting about the main one. You can install a memory card without refusing to use a second SIM. With a similar battery capacity, the mass of the case was significantly less.
Characteristics of the display are almost the same as the previous competitor, only slightly different in diagonal. It uses a proprietary processor by Samsung. The amount of RAM coincides with our hero, and the main memory is 128 GB. The main camera received modules with a slightly lower resolution, the front camera. on the contrary. Traditionally, for smartphones of this brand, we rejoice in the presence of a separate slot for a memory card. a good proof that, if desired, the space for this slot can still be found. But the battery capacity is more modest. 4,000 mAh.
It is based on the Qualcomm processor, which is slightly behind in performance from our hero. These prices are relevant for the minimum memory version. 6 64. The display is slightly smaller in diagonal, but has the same resolution and is based on the AMOLED matrix. The resolution of the front camera is higher, but the main one is more modest in resolution of the main module and has one less. The battery capacity is more modest. 4 030 mAh. Nevertheless, the device is quite comparable with our hero and can compete with him. Although it can not be called a complete analogue.
With its introduction, Redmi Note 8 Pro made some noise among users. And there were many reasons for this, because the declared characteristics are very interesting. The novelty has all the trending technologies and among the competitors it seems to be a very good option.
Among the strengths, we highlight a high-quality case with basic protection against moisture and dust. This will protect him in everyday life. The rejection of a sub-screen fingerprint scanner made it possible to slightly reduce the cost without sacrificing the speed of the sensor.
The use of the latest processor optimized for games made it possible to provide a high level of performance, and the developed cooling system provided "cold" character even when working under maximum load. The availability of several options for memory volumes will allow everyone to find the optimal ratio of cost and resources. A quick charge will help if necessary, prompt replenishment of energy. This allows you to make your smartphone more convenient, although there is no need to complain about autonomy.
Special mention worthy of the camera. The main module is composed of as many as four modules with different purposes. There is a main one with ultra-high resolution and a standard lens width, as well as an ultra-wide-angle lens of the second module for panoramic shooting. Separately, modules for macro photography and frame depth estimation are provided. The work of each of them is automated and allows you to achieve the highest quality images in most operating conditions. Shooting in low light conditions showed the smartphone’s ability to achieve high-quality and fairly bright frames even in difficult night shooting conditions.
But is everything so rosy? Much has already been said about the abundance of advertising in the latest versions of the MIUI shell and so far it has not gone away. precisely, it can be turned off, but you will have to do this in each paragraph and application separately. MIUI 11 promised to add the general function of disabling all advertising in one motion, but so far the user has to hunt for ways to eliminate advertising in each of its specific manifestations. All this causes not only discomfort, but also a feeling of disrespect for the user from the manufacturer. There were questions about the overall dimensions. Although the protruding cameras usually don’t bother me personally, here their height turned out to be quite outstanding. Even the complete case is not able to level them with the total area. And the mass of 200 g seemed overestimated in comparison with similar smartphones. And this is taking into account the use of a plastic frame, albeit successfully imitating metal.
So, the smartphone turned out to be interesting and well equipped. However, Xiaomi remained Xiaomi, even if the manufacturer allocated Redmi as a separate brand.
Pros of Redmi Note 8 Pro:
- High-quality housing with dust and moisture protection;
- Thorough calibration of the color rendition of the display;
- Good level of performance;
- Good autonomy;
- Quality cameras;
- Competitive cost.
Cons of the smartphone:
- Big mass.
May not arrange:
- An abundance of advertising without the ability to quickly turn off (at the time of testing).
The Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphone is provided for testing on the Gadget Page.