I’ve been waiting for the Redme Note 8 Pro Smartphone (Xiaomi – Global version) for quite a while now, ever since Banggood sent off a Bakeey cover for the Redmi Note 8 Pro phone when all I had at the time was the original Note 8 (there IS a difference – both great phones at the price but this one starts to make my Pocophone F1 look dated) and I realised I just HAD to have this improved phone which was released in September 2019 and which at the time of writing features a customised Android 9.
Having just returned from a trip to Chicago, before I start I should politely point out for the benefit of died in the wool Apple and Samsung enthusiasts I met or know over there as well as the “comms expert” at Wallmart who seemed confused by my reference to a “Chinese phone – the Pocophone F1” and refused to believe my Pocophone was unlocked (i.e. not tied to any particular cellular provider like AT&T etc) – yes, there ARE other decent phone manufacturers, no they are not all cheap and no they aren’t all spying on us 🙂 In my experience Xiaomi make pretty good phones at a very reasonable price – please bear that in mind when looking at these specs.
In the photo above I’ve shown the Note 8 Pro in the Bakeey case. Below I show the phone without any case so you can see the actual colour of my model. Available in a range of colours, the Xiaomi (pronounced something like a soft “SHOW ME”) Note 8 Pro sitting in front of me is the “grey” version (a description which fails to get across the beauty of the phone). Here’s a quick list of important features which I think are important, to start the ball rolling. If you want the full list I’ve provided links at the top but I will also go into some detail later on in this entry, no doubt adding as I go along.
- 64MP ultra-high resolution camera (total 4 cameras including ultra-wide and macro lenses).
- 6.53″FHD + dot drop display 1080×2340 px – Gorilla Glass 5, HDR
- High performance Helio G90T processor
- 4500MaH battery with 18w fast-charge
- 6GB RAM and 64GB storage (variations are available)
- Dual SIM or 1 SIM + SD
- MIUI 220.127.116.11 – Android 9(Pocophone F1 has MIUI 18.104.22.168)
- Dimensions 161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm (6.35 x 3.01 x 0.35 in)
- Weight 200 g (7.05 oz)
- Video quality – up to 4K at 30 FPS, slow motion, time-lapse
- Image quality – up to 64Mpx ultra HD, AI, HDR, 0.6x, 1x, 2x (highest resolution 9248×6936)
- 4-sided curved back
- Multifunction NFC, Bluetooth 5.0
- USB type C and 3.5mm jack
The Mi Note 8 Pro, like the Pocophone F1, has it’s rear cameras running along the centre (unlike the Mi Note 10 which has them running down one side. You have to wonder why the change).
As many of you will know, phone cameras can’t do the wide range of adjustments that some “proper” camera lenses handle so having multiple lenses seems like a sensible alternative and the Note 8 Pro has LOTS of options – more than my Pocophone F1 by some margin and THAT was (is) impressive). All that is needed now is a WORKING, reliable port of the GooglePixel camera to get 4K at 60fps – or maybe that’ll some in the PIE update.
The Note 8 Pro comes complete with an optional transparent back-case but oddly, no screen protector (I chose instead to use the Bakeey case I bought from Banggood months ago and that includes front and rear protection). I make it a rule never to use a phone without some kind of protection – it is easy to scratch any phone but nigh on impossible to un-scratch one – better safe than sorry, hence the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro full flip cover protective case (Bakeey).
Did I say I am pondering moving on the Pocophone F1 in favour of this new phone? It is midnight on a cold, miserable UK day – as soon as all of that changes I’ll be outdoors with the Note 8 Pro putting the camera lenses through their paces – as for the actual phone – well, it just works as expected – beautifully.
Note: Some of you with early experience of inexpensive Chinese phones may be hanging onto memories of unreliable GPS and/or WiFi- I’ve not seem that in years.