Xiaomi launched Redmi 8 to capture the budget phone market as it faces tougher competition with Realme. Realme increased its selling of the device for more than 500% in the second quarter of 2019. So Xiaomi started to rework on the design to have a go in India with budget phones.
In Redmi 8 the processor is a little bit on slower side, but the design and features have improved a lot. The phone build quality is good and The Redmi 8 comes with a 6.22-inch HD+ IPS LCD display with pixels resolution of 720 x 1520 (pixel density of 270 PPI) and provided with a waterdrop notch. The front display of the device is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 Octa-core (2×1.95 GHz Cortex-A53 + 6×1.45 GHz Cortex A53) processor and Aderno 505 for GPU. It comes with two variants 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB. It is powered by 5000mAh battery and support for 18W fast charging, though only a 10W charger is included in the box. Battery stands for two days without any issues.
The Redmi 8 has dedicated dual-SIM slots, as well as one for a microSD card and comes with the splash resistant.
Coming on to the cameras it features a 12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor of f/1.8 aperture primary camera paired with a 2 MP depth sensor at the back to enable portrait mode. It has 8 MP front camera available for a selfie. A fingerprint sensor can also be found on the rear. Highlights in the images are very poor and Auto-focus has some issues with focusing. Video recording maxes out at 1080p and 30fps video and it looks fine in broad daylight. A fingerprint sensor can also be found on the back along with the cameras.
Redmi 8 is running the Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10 but MIUI software is also full of bloatware and ads.
Storage can be expandable upto 512 GB with an external microSD card. A USB Type-C port handles charging and data transfer efficiently and it comes with the popular IR blaster at the top.
The Redmi 8 smartphone comes in three different color variants such as Onyx Black, Ruby Red, and Sapphire Blue.
Sensors included in this phone are an accelerometer, proximity, and compass. The smartphone has a wireless FM radio as well, along with a built-in antenna so that you can use it over the speaker.
Finally a good budget phone at this price, but confused why Xiaomi downgraded the processor from snapdragon 632 as we saw on Redmi 7 to Snapdragon 439 for general work its fine. But for gaming it won’t provide the much enjoyable experience there will be definite frame drops noticeably while playing heavy games such as PUBG. Camera performance is also a disappointing one. You can buy this phone for design, not for performance at this price range.