1. The Design

Finally Xiaomi re-thrilled the Indonesian smartphone market by issuing a Redmi Note 8. How not, with specifications high enough for a mainstream smartphone, the price is still included in the entry level device. Things like this that make Xiaomi call Redme Note 8 Pro as a Superstar.

The performance of this smartphone is arguably quite fast. With Snapdragon 665, all the games on Google Play can be played well, although not all can be played with the highest settings. In addition, this device is also convenient to use for editing images and videos.

The camera is also a mainstay of this one device. Its performance is similar to its predecessor, the Redmi Note 7. Unfortunately indeed, the night mode is still lacking in taking pictures with low-level lux. Even so, other cameras are still good enough to be used in daily activities.

The design of the Redmi Note 8 is almost no different from the Redmi Note 7. On the back it is claimed by Xiaomi to be made of glass with Gorilla Glass 5. The design itself is called the S-Curve holographic. The color I got was Space Black. The screen resolution owned by Redmi Note 8 is the same as Redmi Note 7, which is 2340 × 1080 which has a ratio of 19.5: 9. Just like the rear body, Redmi Note 8 uses a screen with Gorilla Glass 5. GG5 itself is claimed to be able to withstand collisions of up to 1 meter. The screen to body ratio of the Redmi Note 8 is also greater than the Redmi Note 7, which is 90%. The front screen of the Redmi Note 8 has a Dot Drop design, which is a small bangs that only contains a camera with a resolution of 13 MP. This of course only covers a small portion of the notification bar on the Redmi Note 8. However, if you don’t like the “notch”, just use the Dark Mode mode which will blacken almost all of the screen and make the bangs invisible.

On the back of the Redmi Note 8 you can find four cameras complete with LED flash. This part is quite prominent so it is quite worrying when the smartphone is placed on the table and shifted, making the glass lens can be scratched, even though using Sapphire glass. Therefore, just use the default transparent back case so that it can make the camera part does not stand out. It also found a fingerprint sensor that is quite small but responsive. On the right side can be found the power button to turn on and turn off the device and the volume up and down buttons. On the left side you can find SIM and microSD slots (not hybrid). At the top there is a second microphone and infrared sensor. At the bottom can be found 3.5mm Audio port, USB-C, speakers, and microphone. The operating system used by Redmi Note 8 is Android 9 Pie. The interface used is of course made by Xiaomi itself, namely MIUI version 10. MIUI from the beginning has eliminated the app drawer so that all icons and widgets will be incorporated on its homescreen.

2. Camera

At the time of its launch, Xiaomi talked a lot about the camera of the Redmi Note 8. Of course, this was one of the attractions for someone when buying a camera. Xiaomi is back to using the Samsung ISOCELL GM1 sensor on the Redmi Note 8 which has a resolution of up to 48 MP using Tetracell technology.

The main camera is able to capture good detail when there is enough light. Unfortunately, at night and using night mode, the results are even less good. There are some shadows that shouldn’t be there and also quite high noise in the dark parts. Hopefully Xiaomi can fix its night mode on the next firmware.

3. Battery

Our test this time uses MP4 videos that are played repeatedly. The video itself uses 1920 × 1080 resolution with H.264 codec and has 120 minutes duration. Redmi Note 8 don’t use BatteryXPRT because the battery saver algorithm is very strict on MIUI 10.

The test lasted for 13 hours 20 minutes on the unit Xiaomi Redmi Note 8. After the battery runs out and the device turns off. By using a built-in charger, charging can take about two and a half hours. By using a fast charger, charging only takes about one and a half hours.

Xiaomi sells at Rp. 1,999,000 for 3 / 32GB, Rp. 2,199,000 for 4 / 64GB and Rp. 2,799,000 for 6/128 GB. For offline sales, the price is only more expensive than Rp. 100,000 only. With prices like that, making many devices at the same price level becomes less attractive to have. And Xiaomi this time again destroyed the smartphone market price in Indonesia.

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