Prior to the Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro, Xiaomi has launched a sub 8,000 INR phone for the budget market. It is the Redmi 8 which is the successor to the previous Redmi 7 launched at a similar price. Now if you are strictly on a budget, then is this the phone you should purchase? Let’s have a look at the pros, cons and quick review of this device to give you a better idea.
Redmi 8 Pros
1. Design and build quality
Design on the back panel is an Aura mirror design which gives different patterns when light hits it from different angles. It is a hefty device with good grip to it. It also comes with nano-coating which makes this device splash-proof, this is a rarity in this price segment. Redmi 8 is available in three colour variants, blue, red and black.
2. Huge Battery
There was a time when only a few devices came with a 4,000 mAh battery and were considered battery powerhouses. Now 4,000 mAh is quite mainstream so Xiaomi here has gone an extra mile to go with a 5,000 mAh battery. This together with MIUI, which is very battery efficient, offers an excellent screen on time on this device. This device will easily get you through more than a day on a single full charge. The fact that the processor inside is quite less powerful, makes the battery performance on this device a handful. Moreover, the Redmi 8 comes with support for 18W fast-charging.
3. Type C port
Sub 10,000 INR phones normally resort to a micro USB port but here the Redmi 8 comes with a Type-C USB port, which makes it more future proof. Type-C at this price point is rare despite the huge number of devices available in the market.
4. AI dual rear cameras
On the rear side of the Redmi 8, we see a dual-camera setup with a 12MP primary sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. These come with AI portrait mode, AI scene detection and much more. The 12MP Sony IMX 363 Sensor is capable of clicking some life-like images.
Redmi 8 Cons
1. Average camera performance
Even though the hardware is there, the camera software on the Redmi 8 lets it down. The images do not come out much sharp, and it suffers from a fair bit of lack in details. The portrait mode is not accurate all the time and if the camera is not your priority on the device, then you can consider this. However you should know that you are still getting an average camera which could get better in the future with further updates.
2. Below average CPU performance
The Snapdragon 439 is under the hood here which is extremely low-end even at this price point where there are phones with a similar price tag but better processors. Gaming will not be pleasant at all in this device and with time the phone might even slow down during normal application usage.
Should You Buy the Redmi 8 Smartphone?
So all in all if you want a big battery phone with a good design and display then you can consider buying Redmi 8 smartphone but you will have to make compromises in the camera department of this device. The base 3GB variant starts at Rs 7,999 and the 4GB variant starts at Rs 8,999. However, this price tag will stay intact only for the first fifty lakh units sold. Post that we will see a hike in the price tag. Both of these variants will be available for purchase on Flipkart starting from October 12.
Snapdragon 439 (12 nm)