HANDS ON: XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 8 PRO REVIEW

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Introduction

Back in March 2021, Redmi announced that it sold over 25 million units of the original Redmi note 8 globally. & to celebrate the milestone, in May the company introduced a refreshed version of the Redmi chú ý 8, dubbed Redmi lưu ý 8 2021.

Xiaomi clearly meant to lớn keep this all popular device in circulation, but the reality of chipset shortages across all industries meant that the chipset had khổng lồ be swapped khổng lồ keep the mã sản phẩm afloat.

The swap of the Snapdragon 665 chipset with a MediaTek Helio G85 represents a side-grade at best, since it does bump up the công nghệ bluetooth radio to công nghệ bluetooth không dây 5.2, but at the same time limits đoạn clip capture lớn FullHD, instead of 4K. You also get an extra splash-resistant coating compared to lớn the original model.

The Redmi lưu ý 8 2021 can no longer be had with 6GB of RAM either, just 3GB or 4GB, but, on the flip side, its entry-level storage has been bumped up lớn 64GB, instead of 32GB.

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The màu sắc options are now fewer too - Moonlight White, Space Black và the Neptune blue we have on our reviews unit. Nebula Purple & Cosmic Purple are no longer options.

Xiaomi Redmi chú ý 8 2021 specs at a glance:

Body: 158.3x75.3x8.4mm, 190g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame.Display: 6.30" IPS LCD, 500 nits (typ), 1080x2340px resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 409ppi.Chipset: MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm): Octa-core (2x2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 và 6x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G52 MC2.Memory: 64GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM; eMMC 5.1; microSDXC (dedicated slot).OS/Software: app android 11, MIUI 12.5.Rear camera: Wide (main): 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2, 120-degree, 1/4.0", 1.12µm; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.

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Front camera: 13 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1/3.1", 1.12µm.Video capture: Rear camera: 1080p
30/120fps; gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p
30fps.Battery: 4000mAh; Fast charging 18W.Misc: Fingerprint reader (rear-mounted); FM radio; Infrared port; 3.5mm jack.

Other than that, the Redmi note 8 2021 is essentially the same as its 2019 predecessor both on the outside and in all of its other specs & hardware. The camera setup is the same, so are the display và the battery. Also identical - the price tag, which is probably the biggest bummer of all, since all of the specs changes could have been stomached alongside a nice price drop.

Even so, prices change, & the Redmi lưu ý 8 2021 could still become a viable budget opting at the right MSRP. Let"s dive in and see how the changes have affected the new Redmi lưu ý 8 2021.

Unboxing

The retail box for the Redmi note 8 2021 unsurprisingly looks quite similar lớn that of the regular Redmi chú ý 8. A few different text placements and a different wallpaper printed on the box are pretty much the only distinguishing features. The box itself is a standard two-piece affair - nice & thick cardboard all around.

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In terms of included accessories, you get a nice & thick transparent TPU case so you can confidently start using the phone straight away.

There is a notable value add-in the included 22.5W Quick Charge 3+ charger included in the box. This is an upgrade from the 10W charger that came with the original Redmi cảnh báo 8. It is still a USB Type-A unit and there is a relatively short Type-A khổng lồ Type-C cable in the box as well.

Depending on your region, some units will come with a factory-applied screen protector. Và while it may not be the most premium piece of shielding, it"s still very much appreciated.