How much does the Redmi 8 cost? You’ll be able to pick it up for around Rs.25,000 island-wide. Considering its price, I think its features are really good. When it first released, it was more expensive.
The handset looks and feels good. There is a metallic effect on its rear– you’d think it was actually made from metal. This isn’t the case; its build is plastic. The plastic on it doesn’t feel cheap, thankfully.
It weighs 188 grams. We’re fans of mobiles with weight, as they feel the most premium. The device is not thin. Its width along with the weight make it feel a bit brick-like. The following are its dimensions: 156.5 mm x 75.4 mm x 9.4 mm.
The Redmi comes with expandable storage. You’ll have to buy the microSD card separately of course. Not only will you find a microSD slot, but there would be a 3.5 mm headphone jack too. It also has a fingerprint sensor. It is on its rear and is easy to reach.
The mobile is big. Its screen stretches 6.22 inches across. Its sides were curved well. Your palms won’t feel sore when holding the handset for a while.
What colours can you pick it up in? Onyx Black, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Phantom Red. The metallic effect wouldn’t be on the Onyx Black choice.
The panel on its front is IPS LCD. If you’ve read our reviews before, you’d know that it’s not the most vibrant. However, the Redmi device is affordable, so it’s no surprise that its display isn’t the most vibrant.
Its display is somewhat bright, though. It is 400 nits – 500 is considered the gold standard.
As its front is so big, immersing in whatever you’re watching would be easy.
The Redmi 8 isn’t sharp. Its 720 x 1520-pixel resolution isn’t enough for its 6.22-inch screen.
That being said, there’s not much bezel action going on. Its screen-to-body ratio is an impressive 81.8%.
Don’t worry about scratching its front. Xiaomi placed Gorilla Glass 5.
Out of the box, it runs Android 9. You’ll be able to upgrade its systems to Android 10. Yes, updating it to Android 11 can be done as well. The OS would be run through MIUI – Xiaomi’s proprietary UI. It’s customizable. But its heavy themes can be sluggish.
I’m not a fan of the chipset housed. It is the Snapdragon 439. It’s super basic, so don’t get heavy handed. The RAM it comes with is 3 or 4 GB. If you pick the 4 GB option up, its systems would be the snappiest.
How much ROM do you get? You’ll be able to pick it up with 32 or 64 GB of space. Whichever option you choose, you’ll be able to expand its storage. Just remember that you’ll have to buy the microSD card separately.
There is a large 5,000 mAh battery inside. The phone’s width is thick, so this was expected. The Redmi 8 would last over a day. You can extend this with its battery saving modes of course. Know that you can’t remove its battery, however.
To charge the device, an 18 W fast charger would have to be used. It would have to be plugged inside of its USB-C port. It takes over 2 hours to fully charge. If you’re expecting reverse charging, or even wireless charging, get ready to be disappointed.
Here’s the deal:
Its primary and selfie cameras aren’t the best. Let’s talk about the set-up on its rear first. It consists a 12 MP primary lens along with a 2 MP secondar depth sensor. The photographs would be far from colour accurate, especially in low-light.
Speaking of low-light shots, they would also be grainy. The handset comes with an LED sensor to help with taking pictures in dim settings.
There isn’t an LED sensor on its front. Its selfie camera houses a single shooter, which is an 8 MP lens.