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review with features, price and specifications

26 mayo, 2021

At the beginning of the year, Xiaomi announced the Redmi Note 7 to inaugurate its new independent brand Redmi by Xiaomi, and soon after, the Redmi Note 7 Pro was also presented, an improved version of the previous one. Both terminals welcomed their successors last August, when the company launched the new Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro in China.

The latter, with its 64 megapixel camera and its MediaTek processor, landed in other markets within a few weeks, but it has not been until now that Xiaomi has decided to also bring the Redmi Note 8T to Europe, or what is the same, an international version of the Redmi Note 8 to which they have added NFC connectivity. The rest of the specifications, including the quadruple camera with a 48 megapixel sensor, are exactly the same as on the Redmi Note 8.

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Redmi Note 8T datasheet

XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 8T

SCREEN

6.3 inch LCD (19.5: 9)

FullHD + resolution

PROCESSOR

Snapdragon 665

GPU Adreno 610

RAM

3GB / 4GB

STORAGE

32GB / 64GB / 128GB + micro SD

SOFTWARE

Android 9 Pie + MIUI 10.3.1

REAR CAMERA

48 MP + 8 MP (wide angle) + 2 MP (macro) + 2 MP (depth)

FRONTAL CAMERA

13 MP

DRUMS

4,000 mAh + fast charge 18 W

CONNECTIVITY

Dual 4G, BT 4.2, NFC, USB-C, 3.5 mm jack

OTHERS

Infrared port, Corning Gorilla Glass 5

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

161.44 x 75.4 x 8.6 mm

199.2 g

PRICE

3 GB / 32 GB: 179 euros
4 GB / 64 GB: 199 euros
4 GB / 128 GB: 249 euros

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T 64 + 4GB Blue Color, NFC, 4000mAh Battery, [Version Española]

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T 64 + 4GB Blue Color, NFC, 4000mAh Battery, [Version Española]

Pleasant to the eye and to the touch

Redmi Note 8t Design 03

As it did with the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Xiaomi has opted for the glass construction with Gorilla Glass 5 protection both in front and behind. In hand, the new Redmi Note 8T presents a comfortable grip, firm and that does not convey the sensation of being very heavy despite touching 200 grams. And although the presence of fingerprints is unavoidable, the slim design with rounded curves and mirror finish gives it an overall elegant look.

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At the back, in addition to the fingerprint reader and the Redmi logo, we have the four main camera sensors housed in a vertical module, next to the flash. This module, located in the upper left corner, protrudes quite a bit from the body, which causes terminal to limp when we leave it on a flat surface and it increases the risk of scratching the lenses.

Redmi Note 8t Design 02

The front is dominated by the screen, which has a drop-shaped notch and relatively tight side frames, although the bottom (where the brand’s logo appears again) is still somewhat thick. The 6.3-inch FullHD + panel offers a good visualization overalleven outdoors with correct automatic brightness and optimal viewing angles for a phone in this category.

Redmi Note 8t Screen 02

It is true that the colors are somewhat dull (remember that it is an LCD), but the level of detail and brightness are more than sufficient. In this sense, in addition, we have the customization possibilities that MIUI offers us to modify the contrast or tonality to our liking, as well as a reading mode or the option of double tap to wake up.

The colors are not as vivid as on an AMOLED panel, but the level of detail and brightness are more than enough

Let’s talk now about the sound section, where the Redmi Note 8T has a single speaker at the bottom that delivers a powerful sound, although as we turn up the volume, it becomes somewhat strident. By the way, it has a jack socket next to that speaker, but the unit we tested did not have headphones, so we could not check how they sound.

Remarkable performance, outstanding autonomy

Redmi Note 8t Performance

As the brain, the Redmi Note 8T mounts the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, a processor with 11 nanometer architecture that is accompanied by the Adreno 610 GPU and that we have already seen on board the Xiaomi Mi A3. The unit that we have tested is the one that includes 4 GB of RAM (it is also available with 3 GB) and has offered us smooth performance on a day-to-day basis, with correct multitasking work, good transitions and without getting too hot. We have also not seen lag or sudden closures, except at a specific moment.

REDMI NOTE 8T

REDMI NOTE 7

XIAOMI MI A3

HUAWEI P30 LITE

SAMSUNG GALAXY A50

PROCESSOR

Snapdragon 665

Snapdragon 660

Snapdragon 665

Kirin 710

Exynos 9610

RAM

4GB

4GB

4GB

4GB

4GB

ANTUTU

170,780

142,445

140,138

131,268

146,957

PCMARK WORK

6,553

6,335

6,564

5,872

5,556

As for the operating system, it comes with MIUI in version 10.3.1 on Android 9 Pie. This means that, on the one hand, it has extensive customization options and several very practical tools, but on the other, it includes a large amount of bloatware with several duplicate apps and third-party apps. Of the 64 GB that our unit had (it is also available with 32 and 128 GB), just over 49 GB came free, although, fortunately, we can always use a micro SD card to expand it.

Regarding biometric authentication systems, it has fingerprint reader and facial recognition. The first is reliable, accurate and relatively fast, while the second is somewhat slow, but we can also qualify it as effective (except when there is a lack of light, which shows some problems to recognize the face).

The Redmi Note 8T has a 4,000 mAh battery that, in our tests, has exceeded 7 hours of screen on a full charge

And autonomy? In this section, the new Redmi Note 8T has a 4,000 mAh battery that, during our tests, has allowed us reach the end of the day without problems and has exceeded 7 hours of screen with a full charge, reaching 8 hours in some cases.

Redmi Note 8t Battery

That battery is recharged through the USB-C port and is supports 18W fast charge, but unfortunately, we could not test the 18W charger that comes standard because our unit did not have it.

Four highly versatile cameras

Redmi Note 8t Photo

The photographic equipment is one of the highlights of this new terminal, as Xiaomi has equipped it with nothing less than four lenses on the rear camera: a 48 MP main sensor, an 8 MP ultra wide angle (120 degrees), a 2 MP macro and a 2 MP depth sensor. To this we must add a 13 MP front camera, the effective support of artificial intelligence and the camera app that Xiaomi has accustomed us to, intuitive and with direct access to the main functions and shooting modes.

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In practice, the rear camera behaves correctly in favorable light conditions and offers us results with a somewhat high saturation without reaching excess, remarkable level of detail and good dynamic range, to the point that the activation of the HDR is hardly noticeable. AF is fast and effective.

Redmi Note 8t Dia Photo mode with AI on
Redmi Note 8t Hdr Photo mode with HDR off (left) vs. Photo mode with HDR on (right)

Wide angle and macro increase the versatility of the equipment, but reduce the quality of the images considerably and, in our opinion, it would have been preferable to opt for a telephoto lens. Regarding the Portrait mode, it offers us the possibility of applying filters and a beautifier, in addition to adjust background blur (We do not recommend taking it to the extreme because it is somewhat artificial).

Redmi Note 8t Zoom From left Right: 0.6X – 1X – 2X (all in Photo mode)
Redmi Note 8t Portrait Photo mode (left) vs. Portrait mode with maximum blur (right)

At night, shooting in Photo mode, the camera delivers, without much fanfare, but with obvious loss of detail and noise. However, the Redmi Note 8T proposes us a dedicated Night mode that improves those results, obtaining information from dark areas and slightly reducing noise. For a mobile of this category, we were pleasantly surprised.

Redmi Note 8t Night Night mode
Redmi Note 8t Night 02 Photo mode (left) vs. Night Mode (right)

The front camera, meanwhile, also has HDR, artificial intelligence, filters, various beauty settings and a Portrait mode where You can also adjust the background blur (although in this case, it is done through software). The daytime results are acceptable, have a correct focus and provide a good level of detail, although it tends to overexpose the skies, especially in Portrait mode.

Redmi Note 8t Selfie Day Photo mode with AI on
Redmi Note 8t Selfie Photo mode (left) vs. Portrait mode (right)

At night, the presence of noise increases considerably, but, as long as there is artificial light (from a streetlight or a lamp, for example), the results are better than expected for a mobile of this price. If the lighting is poor, the flash on screen can help us save the scene, but it should not be overused.

Redmi Note 8t Selfie Night

Redmi Note 8T, the opinion of Xataka Android

Redmi Note 8t Final

The Redmi Note 8T behaves so solvent in any of the sections: it offers a good view of the screen, an optimal performance in the day-to-day, an autonomy that will not leave us lying at the end of the day and cameras that, in addition to giving a lot of game, provide satisfactory results in most scenes . Do you have room for improvement? Yes, but very little considering its price range.

Xiaomi’s catalog is increasingly full of mobiles that differ little from each other and that, in most cases, compete with each other

It is true that Android purists will see in MIUI a very custom layer with lots of bloatware (and advertising), but even this has its positive side, as we will find in it several tools and adjustments that can be useful to us. And that without forgetting some additions such as the micro SD slot, the dual SIM function, the NFC, the infrared port, the headphone jack, the TÜV Rheinland certification …

In short, we are facing a very balanced terminal both in terms of performance and price (the 4GB / 64GB variant that we have tested costs 199 euros), in which few things are missed and which is postulated as a worthy heir to the successful Redmi Note 7. The problem? Xiaomi’s catalog is increasingly full of mobiles that differ little from each other and that, in most cases, compete with each other.

8.4

Design8.5

Screen8.0

Performance8.5

Camera8.5

software8.0

Autonomy9.0

In favor

  • Behavior of the cameras in this price range.