Here we go again with the latest Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T the European version of the popular Redmi Note 8 and the latest addition to the budget series.
The Redmi Note 8T’s sizeable 4,000mAh battery is capable of lasting all day for everyone but the heaviest users. If you find yourself running low and in a pinch, the 18W rapid charging will take you from 5% to 40% in just 30 minutes.
In fact, the Note 8T’s only real difference from the Note 8 is the presence of NFC, but since the Note 8 didn’t come out in the west, this is probably your first chance to try it.
Design and display
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T consists of a Gorilla Glass front and back, providing a comfortable and, more importantly, durable, shell. Since most smartphones at this price have plastic backs, and are therefore a little less protected, this is an impressive aspect of the phone.
The handset is quite big, and we actually had trouble reaching the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, as well as the power button and volume rocker mounted on the right. There’s also a USB-C port, which is again not a certainty at this price point, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Maybe the most telling indicator of the budget nature of the handset is the sizeable bezel around the whole phone, most apparent in the chin at the bottom which is big enough to house the ‘Redmi’ name. Because of this the device is quite a bit bigger than its screen size would suggest, which leads to the ‘hard-to-hold’ problem.
Redmi Note 8T cameras?
- Rear cameras:
- 48MP main (Samsung QW1), f/1.8, 08µ pixel size, PDAF
- 8MP ultra-wide, f/2.2
- 2MP macro, f/2.4
- 2MP depth sensor, f/2.4
- Front camera:
- 13MP, f/2.0
- 4K 30fps, Full HD 30/60fps
- Slow-motion 120fps
With an all-new, quad-camera setup, the Redmi Note 8T offers excellent versatility for the price.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T has a four-camera rear setup, lead by a 48MP main snapper and joined by an 8MP ultra-wide, a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth camera.
To have a 48MP camera in a phone at this price is a treat, and because of this pictures are pretty vibrant, at least compared to other phones in this bracket.
We found the ultra-wide snapper pretty dependable, with barely any distortion at the sides of pictures. The macro camera also seemed easy to use, although since its sensor is only 2MP the pictures weren’t breath-taking.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T specs
- Body: Gorilla Glass 5 front and back, plastic frame, splash-resistant nano-coating, 190g.
- Display: 6.3″ IPS LCD, 1080 x 2340px resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 409ppi.
- Rear camera: Primary: 48MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1/2″ sensor size, 0.8µm pixel size, PDAF. Ultra wide: 8MP, f/2.2, 1/4″, 1.12µm pixels. Macro camera: 2MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm Depth sensor:2MP; 2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps, 720p@960fps video recording.
- Front camera: 13MP, f/2.0 aperture, 1.12µm pixels. 1080p/30fps video recording.
- OS: Android 9 Pie; MIUI 10.
- Chipset: Snapdragon 665 (11nm): Octa-core (4×2.00 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver), Adreno 610 GPU.
- Memory: 3/4/6GB of RAM; 32/64/128GB storage; dedicated microSD slot.
- Battery: 4,000mAh; 18W fast charging.
- Connectivity: Dual-SIM; LTE-A, 4-Band carrier aggregation, LTE Cat-12/ Cat-13; USB-C; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; dual-band GPS; Bluetooth 4.2; FM radio; NFC.
Redmi Note 8T Price
- 3GB RAM + 32GB storage: 179€
- 4GB RAM + 64GB storage: 199€ / £169.99
- 4GB RAM + 128GB storage: 249€
Overall, the Redmi Note 8T is one of the best budget devices available in Europe and the UK. Its versatile (if occasionally unreliable) quad-camera setup separates it from the pack, but what ultimately makes it worth purchasing is that coveted NFC support. For those on a tight budget looking to make use of Google Pay, you won’t regret buying the Redmi Note 8T.