Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T Smartphone Review

We put the budget-friendly Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T to the test with its 48MP quad rear camera, 13MP AI selfie camera and tools such as aperture adjustment, portrait filters and HDR.


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1/80 sec | f/4.5 | 15.0 mm | ISO 200
 

Quick Verdict

For a smartphone that's priced at under £200, The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T has a lot to like, including a spec list you'd expect to see on a smartphone that's priced a lot higher than this one. Does the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T stand out for its design? Not really, it looks like any other smartphone released nowadays but the price might make you look twice. 

+ Pros

  • Good screen 
  • Good image quality 
  • Quad-camera
  • Plenty of storage
  • Excellent price 

- Cons

  • A bit wide to hold easily 
  • Chunky bezels 
  • Digital zoom isn't great
  • Lacking a telephoto lens 
 

 

Xiaomi is, perhaps, a brand of smartphone you've not heard of but they've actually been producing reasonably priced smartphones for some time now. However, they don't always reach the European or UK smartphone market so choices have been limited. One such example of this is the 8 line-up as the Note 8T is the first smartphone in this range to reach our shores. 

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is a very budget-friendly smartphone, prices start at just £125 on Amazon UK, but with a camera set-up and build-quality you'd expect to find on much more expensive camera phones. So far, so good, but there must be a catch, right? Let's find out as we put the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T smartphone to the test. 

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T Features

1/80 sec | f/4.5 | 15.0 mm | ISO 200
 

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T features a quad-camera set-up on the rear with a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide camera, 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The dewdrop selfie 13MP AI selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture sits at the top of a 6.3" display that's constructed from Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (as is the back of the smartphone). The front camera also includes a panorama selfie feature - a first for the Redmi Note series - that can capture group images without cropping anyone out.

Additionally, the Redmi Note 8T is covered in a special nano-coating to make the device splash-resistant and it has a 4000mAh battery, 18W charging over USB Type-C, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset and NFC. 

On test is the 4GB RAM/64GB ROM version in Moonshadow Grey which is priced at £168 on Amazon UK. Black and white (which is more like a gradient of white, blue and purple) versions are also available. 

Key Features

  • 6.3" 19.5:9 FHD+ Dot Drop display (1080x2340)
  • 48MP quad-camera setup with macro lens
  • 13MP front camera with Panorama Selfie
  • Octa-core 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • 3GB + 32GB, 4GB + 64GB and 4GB + 128GB variants
  • Dual SIM + dedicated microSD slot (expandable up to 256GB)
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Supports multifunctional NFC
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, front and back
  • Splash-proof nano-coating
  • 161.44 x 75.40 x 8.60mm, 200g

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T Handling

 

Smartphones all look quite alike now with familiar designs that aren't anything groundbreaking but why fix something that isn't broken? The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is no different with a long-ish body, rounded corners/edges and reasonable bezels. However, the chin is bigger than we're used to seeing of late and the rear camera does jut out quite a bit so the smartphone doesn't sit flat when placed on a surface. The dewdrop selfie camera is small enough that it's not distracting and the volume/power buttons along with the USB-C port (nice to see at this price point) and headphone socket are all where you expect them to be. 

For some reason, perhaps it's the wide sides, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T isn't as comfortable to hold or operate one-handed as other smartphones are and its overall size is bigger than you might first think when you see that it has a 6.3" display. 

Looking at the screen, it's LCD so the quality doesn't match more expensive smartphones but turn up the brightness level and it's OK. Colours can be a little muted but generally accurate. 

 

 

Gorilla Glass is used front and back which is a big tick for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T as most smartphones at this price point tend to offer a plastic rear construction. It does mean that fingerprints are a pain but this is an issue for all smartphones with glass backs and sticking a case on will fix this. 

On the back is a quad-camera with the 48MP main camera taking the headline followed by an 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor for capturing photos bursting with bokeh. There's no telephoto zoom but you can forgive this in a smartphone that's available for under £200. You can use digital zoom (up to 8x) but it's not something we really recommend so just stick to the macro lens for close-ups. 

The 13MP, f/2.0 selfie camera is neatly tucked away into a dewdrop design and will capture video at 1080p whereas the rear camera shoots in 4K. 

Camera Specs:

  • 48MP, f/1.8 26mm (wide), PDAF
  • 8MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
  • 2MP f/2.4 (macro)
  • 2MP f/2.4 (depth sensor)
  • Selfie Camera: 13MP f/2.0 (wide)
  • Video: 4K (rear only) and HD - 2160p at 30fps,1080p at 30/60/120fps and 720p at 960fps
  • Modes: Night, 48M, Portrait (beauty/bokeh/filter effects), Macro, HDR, AI, Panorama, Pro, Short Video, Video, Slow Motion

 

 

Another big plus for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is the number of features built into the camera app as it's on par with mid-range as well as premium smartphones. Some of the modes built-in include Pro, panorama, Night, portrait, 48M (for 48MP shots instead of 12MP using the familiar 4-in-1 pixel technology), video and slow motion. Plus, you can shoot in HDR, ask for AI help, capture macro images and apply filters/beauty options to scenes. One slight annoyance is that a watermark with the smartphone's name is applied automatically and you have to go into the camera options to switch this off! Something we only discovered once we'd been out capturing photos and returned to the office. We know it's not a massive negative, but it is annoying. 

Away from the camera, splash-resistance is a nice feature as is 18W fast-charging.

The benchmarking stats for Geekbench and AnTuTu are: 166211 for AnTuTu and 312 (single) / 1370 (multi-core) on Geekbench v5.1.0.

Battery life - The 4000mAh battery is decent considering the price of the device. 


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Comments


5 Mar 2020 1:11PM
Very interesting !
Now it would be quite instructive to review the OPPO A9 2020 as it seems to be pretty close to this XIAOMI
Many thanks in advance !!!
Sincerely

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