Let’s Unbox the Redmi Note 8 Pro!
One of the best phones when it comes to giving you the most value for your money had to the Redmi Note 7 Pro. For its price tag, it pretty much crossed everything on the list in terms of its spec sheets and features. Well, the folks over at Xiaomi Philippines just launched the newest iteration of the Redmi Note series in the country and it looks like we have another bang-for-your-buck phone just in time for the Ber months.
What’s inside the Box?
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes in a white box with the image of the phone in front of it; a strong departure from the packaging that we saw from its past iteration. We’ll be unboxing the variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which comes in Mineral Gray.
The unboxing experience was pretty straightforward with the usual suspects that come along with the phone. You have the documentation, a black jelly case, the SIM ejector tool, charger, and the USB-C cable.
Hitting Above Par — Once Again
Now, we all know that you’re getting your money’s worth with the Redmi series, but the Redmi Note 8 Pro screams quality with its build quality and design as well.
The phone is actually sandwiched by glass panels to give a bit of luxe and we’ve been hearing that both the front and back are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to make sure it lasts through everyday wear and tear plus the occasional boo-boo as well. The frame is made of polycarbonate plastic though so there is a bit of compromise though but not really worth considering taking a point off if we actually used a point-based system.
The Mineral Grey that our review unit comes makes the phone utilitarian but we’ve seen other color variants of the phone that look absolutely stunning and ups the premium-ness of the device despite it being a device that costs less than Php 15,000.
For a tour of the button and port layout. You have the volume rocker on the right side of the phone with the power button below it.
Access to the SIM tray can be found on the left. It’s a hybrid slot so you’ll have to choose between a secondary number or more storage.
On the top are a microphone plus an IR blaster.
Lastly, on the bottom, you’ll find the headphone jack, USB-C port, and the speaker grille.
In front, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a display that measures in at 6.53-inches and, as mentioned earlier, it’s protected by Gorilla Glass 5. It has an IPS LCD panel at Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2340 pixels) at an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a pixel density of 395 PPI. The surprising bit about this display is that it actually supports HDR content, which has been pretty much unheard of for offerings that aren’t considered in the flagship tier.
The bezels on the side of the screen aren’t too bad either with a minimal chin on the bottom as well. You do have that waterdrop or dewdrop notch on top but it’s quite small and has just been made to fit the front camera of the phone, which is at 20-megapixels with an aperture of f/2.0.
Since we’ve delved into the camera department, you’ve got a total of four shooters on the back of the Redmi Note 8 Pro.
You have a whopping 64-megapixel main camera at f/1.9, an 8MP wide-angle camera at f/2.2, a 2MP camera for macro photography, and 2MP depth sensor. It’s a first for me to hold a phone with a 64-megapixel main shooter so I’m pretty curious to see how the resulting images look. I’ll give you a glimpse of what the shooters can do very soon so stay tuned.
The fingerprint scanner of the device is part fo the camera array. Initially, I was worried that smudging the other cameras might be a problem but because of its placement on the bottom that’s less likely to happen.
Under the hood of the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a MediaTek Helio G90T processor, which is another first for me. MediaTek claims that this processor is capable of giving users a flagship-level gaming experience and, after trying out NBA 2K20 with the settings maxed out, I’m going to have to agree but we’ll let the number do the talking with a gaming review on our YouTube channel soon.
To keep the device going, the phone is equipped with a 4500mAh battery that typically lasts a day and a half to two days with moderate use but, again, we’ll see how the new chipset is in terms of power management while we put it through the wringer. You’ve also got Android Pie 9.0 out of the box with MIUI 10 on top of it.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is priced at 11,490 for the variant that I have with me to review, which is the 6/64 configuration. You can max out the storage to 128GB for a bit more cash at Php 12,990, which is the variant that I suggest getting since it really isn’t much of a stretch for your budget.