Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T review: a great and affordable smartphone with NFC
After the Redmi Note 8 went on sale a similar model, but with a slightly different name – Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T – the Chinese company launched in the markets of Europe. Despite the letter “T” appearing in the name, in general, it is the same device, but with NFC support.
Can this model stand out with something special among its budget competitors? For review, I was provided with a Redmi Note 8T with an MIUI Global 10.3.1 processor. A version designed for the European market, equipped with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory for storage, there is also a model with 4 GB and 64 GB of memory, respectively.
Characteristics Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
|Display||6.3-inch IPS LCD with 19.5: 9 aspect ratio, Full HD + resolution (2340 × 1080), 88.3% screen with Gorilla Glass 5|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (4 × 2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold and 4 × 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)|
|ROM||32/64/128 GB expandable via microSD up to 256 GB|
|Cameras||Basic: 48-MP main (Samsung QW1), f / 1.8, 26 mm, 0.8 microns, PDAF + 8-MP ultra-wide, f / 2.2 + 2-MP macro, f / 2.4 + 2 -MP depth sensor, f / 2.4. Shooting 4 k-video at 30 fps, Full HD-video at a speed of 30/60 frames and slow-motion at a speed of 120 frames per second. |
Front: 13-MP, f / 2.0, 0.9-micron, Full HD video at 30 fps.
|Battery||4000 mAh, 18 W, Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging and support for USB-PD, USB-C|
|IP rating||No, spray protection nanocoating|
|Sensors||Approaches, external lighting on the screen, accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, Vibro motor, IR blaster|
|Communication and Connections||LTE FDD: B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B20 / B28 |
LTE TDD: B38 / B40 WCDMA: B1 / B2 / B4 / B5 / B8 GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8
Wi-Fi ( 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz): 802.11a / b / g / n / ac
Wi-Fi Direct / Wi-Fi Display
|Dimensions and Weight||161.1 × 75.4 × 8.6 mm, 200 g|
Features and differences
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is the latest model in Xiaomi’s Redmi line. The phone combines good performance, four customizable cameras, long battery life, the ability to expand the memory using a microSD card and fast charging. All this from about $200.
However, the main difference between this model is NFC support. But, if you do not belong to the category of people using NFC, then you can choose another, more suitable model for yourself, based on your needs. For example, Redmi Note 7 with the same performance, but without an ultra-wide lens, and it will cost you less.
Design and appearance
Externally, Redmi Note 8T is similar to Note 7. Its front glass panel is curved with a small drop-shaped notch on top, the frame on the sides is metal, in addition, both panels are covered with Gorilla Glass 5 protective glass. The volume rocker and power button are pressed easily and are very convenient for use.
The only thing that I didn’t like in the design was that the camera module protrudes strongly beyond the body, which is why the lenses are scratched and when you put the phone on a hard surface, it staggers. On the back of the Redmi Note 8T is also a capacitive fingerprint scanner. During testing, he worked flawlessly. Definitely, this is a more reliable identification option than a reader on the screen.
On the bottom of the device, you will find a USB-C port, a speaker and a 3.5 mm jack for headphones, the presence of the latter will please those who have not switched to Bluetooth headphones. This model is sold in three colors – Starscape Blue (blue), Moonshadow Gray (black * gray) and Moonlight White (white).
The 6.3-inch panel of Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is made using IPS TFT technology, has a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels and 409 PPI. The minimum and maximum brightness of a good level, although, of course, visibility in the sun will not be too comfortable. The selfie camera is hidden in a drop-shaped neckline.
In the settings you will find a reading mode that changes the color temperature of the display to a warmer one, we can also set the schedule for turning it on and off. It is possible to adjust the contrast (automatic, enhanced and standard) and colors (default, warm). A nice addition is a dark mode, which changes the appearance of the phone interface. This is the solution that we usually find on AMOLED screens, not IPS.
Redmi Note 8T Cameras
The phone boasts a new four-camera system. On the back, there is a 48-megapixel main lens, the same as in Note 7. In standard mode, pictures taken with a 48-megapixel lens have a resolution of 12-megapixel. However, with this camera, you can get an image with a resolution of 8000 × 6000 pixels, although at the same time it will have excessive sharpness.
In my opinion, the standard model in low light gives the best result, and the photos were taken in this case weigh much less. The presence of an ultra-wide lens can not but rejoice, but a macro camera, which has a resolution of only 2 MP, gives very mediocre results.
Since Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T does not have a special telephoto lens, a depth sensor is used for portrait mode, which I did not like. The phone hardly distinguished the background from the object, and in low light, the frames were not of the best quality.
The operation of the front camera is not satisfactory, well, except that the bokeh effect does not precisely determine the edges every time. Selfie lovers will appreciate the panoramic selfie mode. With it, you can easily accommodate a large number of friends in the frame.
The main camera of the Redmi Note 8T can shoot video in 4K resolution (30 frames per second), and Full HD (30/60 fps). Given the cost of the phone, the video quality is not bad, if you do not pay attention to excessive sharpness.
The cameras have a convenient and easy to use application. True, when you switch from one to another or to night mode, it feels that there is non-flagship performance. But, on the other hand, the camera has a pro-mode that allows you to control the sensor.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T smartphone runs on Android Pie with Xiaomi MIUI 10 custom overlay. MIUI is a lot like iOS. Here you will not find the application box, and the forms of the icons do not have a single shape. The only thing I don’t like about MIUI is the availability of pre-installed applications and a lot of advertising.
If you are looking for an alternative to Redmi Note 8T for about the same money, but always with the Android One operating system, then several options are available on the market. For example, Xiaomi Mi A3 has the same universal camera, runs on Android One, but it does not have NFC. There is also the Moto G7 Power with the Android One and NFC operating systems, although the device does not have a 48MP camera, only a 12MP lens.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T phone runs on Qualcomm’s eight-core processor – Snapdragon 665 (4 × Kryo 260 Gold, 2 GHz + 4 × Kryo 260 Silver, 1.8 GHz). The device has 3 GB (in the test version) or 4 GB of RAM. The amount of internal memory is 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB, depending on the version. In AnTuTu Benchmark, this chipset scored 162 779 points.
During testing, the device basically worked without failures, although from time to time small lags of the interface or animation were noticeable. In this class, theoretically, the device has the right to this, however, in my subjective opinion, smartphones with pure Android, available for similar or a little more money, work more smoothly. With 3 GB of RAM, the device can save 3.4 tabs in memory without rebooting.
The new Redmi Note 8T easily handles simple games and is slightly worse with more demanding ones. The “Game Acceleration” mode helps here, and, for example, PUBG went without problems for me.
Sound and multimedia
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T has one speaker, located on the bottom edge, sounds surprisingly clean and loud. You won’t miss a single call, thanks to the high volume of the converter, when watching YouTube videos and music videos will be a pleasant experience.
After connecting the headphones through the 3.5 mm jack, we have at our disposal a number of settings for sound, known from other Xiaomi smartphones. The quality through the headphones is pretty nice.
Communication and Security
The fingerprint scanner in Redmi Note 8T, as I already wrote, works without reservation, and the face recognition system also copes well with the task. After activating the “Raise to wake up” option in the display settings, the phone will automatically begin to light up the screen when the camera detects our face even in the dark and transfers us directly to the desktop. Everything works smoothly, at a very high level, and most importantly, conveniently.
GPS also does not have any reservations when the cherry on the cake will be – NFC. I am glad that Xiaomi noticed the growing popularity of contactless payments in our country and decided to add this module to the device, costing less than 15 thousand. Payment also works without reservation.
WiFi is dual-band here, although Bluetooth version 4.2, instead of 5.0, and the location is carried out using A-GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou. The set of sensors includes accelerometer, proximity sensor, light, magnetometer, gyroscope, and gravity, there is also an FM radio.
Autonomy Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Redmi Note 8T is equipped with a 4000 mAh battery, which lasts for a whole working day. Recharge the device through a quick 18 W charge. It took me 30 minutes to charge the device from 5 to 40%, after an hour the level reached 80%. Usually, by the end of the day, I had at least 30% of the battery power left.
However, competitive gadgets already offer models with a similar price and large energy-intensive batteries, which last for two days or more.
Xiaomi produces so many phones that it has long been competing with itself in certain price ranges. After the U.S. sanctions imposed on Huawei and Honor, Xiaomi only won – after all, only Motorola and Samsung remained on the battlefield. The addition of NFC significantly increased the chances of the Chinese company to win, because this was not enough in Xiaomi Redmi phones.
Redmi Note 8T, in principle, does not disappoint anywhere, and if I complained about something, it would be a bit rude interface work. But perhaps a quick update will fix some of the bugs. However, good battery life, photo quality, audio, a decent display and workmanship combined with an attractive price will make the Note 8T another hit in the budget smartphone market.
Is it worth buying?
Redmi Note 8T is a great phone for a reasonable price. The presence of NFC support, which makes it possible to use Google Pay, four customizable cameras and a battery, make it an attractive offer for any user.
- Attractive price.
- High-quality workmanship.
- Autonomy on a single charge.
- Fast fingerprint scanner.
- Effective face unlocks system.
- The ability to install two SIM cards and a memory card.
- IR blaster for remote control of devices.
- The average quality of photos and videos.
- Protruding module with camera lenses.
- Notifications appear momentarily and disappear.