True to their reputation, Xiaomi has once again come up on top with a true budget phone, balancing out basic specifications with good pricing, making sure they had it right where it counts. With that, the Xiaomi Redmi 8 was born on October 2019. What makes this budget phone tick? Let’s find out.
Xiaomi Redmi 8 Screen and design
The Xiaomi Redmi 8 comes with a 6.22 inch IPS LCD capacitive screen, with a teardrop design to house the front facing camera, helping achieve a modest 81.8% screen to body ratio. Except or a small chin with the Redmi logo at the bottom, the screen achieves very minimal bezels. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass protection with 270 ppi density. The front glass blends into the hardened plastic frame which blends into the plastic back. At the middle of the back, is the dual camera bump, vertically just above the fingerprint sensor and the Redmi logo. At the bottom is a downward firing speaker, a USB-C charging port and a welcome 3.5mm headphone jack. The screen is advertised to be splash proof and said to achieve 400 nits of brightness. It weighs in at 188g and 9.4mm thick.
The Xiaomi Redmi 8 comes with the budget Snapdragon 439 SoC, supported by the octacore Cortex A53 CPU, which ramps upto1.95GHz, and the Adreno 505 GPU. The memory configuration comeswith a 3/4GB RAM and 32/64GB combination. It also has a dedicated microSD slot enabling internal memory expansion to up to 256GB. This is enough processing power for the average user and at the budget price its offered with, true budget value. it handles the ordinary tasks with ease but not very ideal for heavier tasks like gaming.
The Xiaomi Redmi 8 comes with a dual camera configuration, with the primary camera being a 12mp dual pixel wide lens, supported by a 2mp depth sensor, capable of HDR and panorama. The photos are surprisingly decent in good lighting, but may strain in either low light or over exposed conditions. It can record 1080p video at 30fps.the front acing camera is an 8mp wide sensor, HDR supported, shooting 1080p video at 30fps. The pictures are quite usable and a steal at this particular price point.
The crown of the Xiaomi Redmi 8 jewel is most definitely the battery. It has a 5000mAh non removable Li-Po battery, more than enough for single day use, even for a power user. It comes with a 10W charger but is capable of upto18W fast charging. The battery takes about 2.5hours to fill up since its pretty big, which is totally expected and accepted.
The Xiaomi Redmi 8 comes with Android 9 Pie straight of the box with MIUI 11 custom skin on top. The experience is smooth and fluid, owing to a recent MIUI redesign which makes it lighter and modern looking. Some bloatware might be visible but you may find some of the preinstalled apps quite helpful. It most certainly doesn’t feel slow nor is lag conspicuously visible.
Compared to the competition, the Xiaomi Redmi 8 is a great value gadget, offering an experience largely associated with higher priced devices. Despite the plastic build, it doesn’t feel cheap and is comfortable to hold. It comes with wireless radio and NFC capabilities. It has standby nano sim and Bluetooth 4.2. it ships in Onyx Black, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Phantom Red. This one is truly a value king
|2G||Yes, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G||Yes, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|4G||Yes, LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 40(2300), 41(2500)|
|Dimensions||156.5mm x 75.4mm x 9.4mm|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)|
|Size||6.22 inches (81.8% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, with 16M colors|
|Resolution||720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio, (270PPI)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Operating System||Android v9.0 (Pie); MIUI 9|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 (12nm)|
|Processor||Octa-core (2x1.95 GHz Cortex-A53 & 6x1.45 GHz Cortex A53)|
|Micro SD Slot||Yes, up to 512GB - dedicated slot|
|Back||Dual: 12MP,f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF + 5MP, f/2.2, 1.12µm, depth sensor|
|Features||Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama, 1080p@30fps|
|Front||Single: 8MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm|
|Alert types||Vibration, ringtones|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||4.2, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS|
|USB||v2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go|
|Radio||Yes, wireless FM radio|
Fast battery charging 18W
|COLORS||Onyx Black, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue|