This is the Redmi 8, the smartphone you may likely confuse to be the Redmi note 8 but the truth is… Both smartphones have identical names but they are just not the same.
The Redmi 8 is much younger and less powerful than the “Note” itself. Am not here to make any comparison on both phones since we already know the winner so let’ just dive in right away.
If you have been expecting to see a budget smartphone with USB-C port in Nigeria, I guess you would have to pay attention to the Redmi 8, a smartphone with an incredible feature that is outstanding.
Yes! The Redmi 8 was launch in china on October, 2019 but please, don’t underrate it, it’s got something you need. Just continue to read as I unfold her breath-taking features from the inside and out….
Launch Date: October, 2019
Display-size: 6.2 inch HD+
Resolution: 720 x 1520p
Dimension: 156.5 x 75.4 x 9.4mm
Chipset: Snapdragon 439
GPU: Adreno 505
Selfie Camera: 8MP
Rear Camera: 12MP + 2MP
Aspect Ratio: 19:9
Rear Fingerprint reader
Availability & Price
The Redmi 8 comes in Onyx black, ruby red and sapphire blue colors. It is available in online and offline stores in Nigeria and Ghana. Talking about price, the Redmi 8 is selling at a price that is affordable in Nigeria. $130(4GB, 64GB), $120 (3GB, 32GB)
Design & Display
The Redmi 8 comes with a design that has a Lustrous back with a glassy texture. You will first notice what Xiaomi calls a dot drop notch at the top which of course is where the selfie camera is.
Taking an examining look at this phone, we’ve got a microphone and IR blaster (remote control) at the top, a 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone, USB-C port and speaker are at the bottom.
There is also a triple tray (two sim + micro SD) on the left, the volume rockers and power button are on the right. You will also find a centrally place dual camera with LED flash and a fingerprint reader at the back.
On the display is a 6.2 inch HD+ IPS LCD dot drop display that is protected by a corning gorilla glass 5. It has 720 x 1520p resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. That’s not all.
The display also boost a 1500:1 contrast ratio, 88.84% screen-to-body ratio, 70.8% NTSC and 400 nit brightness. It also supports color temperature adjustment, standard mode and reading mode.
The Redmi 8 LCD screen is very rich in colors even though it is not OLED. I kind of understand why Xiaomi decided to use LCD here, the main focus is to get a long-lasting battery on a perfect screen for better performance.
Camera & Battery Life
Let’s now talk about the camera of the Redmi 8. In front we have an 8MP AI beautify selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. It has AI beautify 4.0, portrait mode, HDR, selfie timer and screen flash (substitute for a physical front-flash).
At the back is where the 12MP main and 2MP depth AI dual camera and LED flash is positioned. The camera is good for capturing photos in either portrait mode, landscape and night scenes.
Essential camera features like AI scene detection and AI beautify 4.0 are available on the main camera too. If you want to record videos, the camera can record 720p videos at 30/60fps and 1080p at 30fps.
The Redmi 8 comes with an improved 5000mAh high-capacity battery that is 25% higher than her previous gen. It has quick charge 3.0 which takes about 2 hours 20 minutes to charge from 0 – 100% when you make use of the 10W charger inside the box.
It however supports 18W charge. This means you can buy an 18W charger which is sold separately if you really want to reduce charging time in Nigeria by at least some inch.
With the Redmi 8, you can achieve up to 180.5 hours of music playback, 28 hours of calling, 17 hours of video playback and 16.5 hours of continuous navigation. You also get up to 25 days of standby and 3 days of normal use on a single charge.
Software & Specs
The Redmi 8 comes with Google Android 9.0 Pie Operating system based on MIUI 11. It is powered by a snapdragon 439 chip which runs on a 2.0GHz octa-core processor.
The storage configuration available here are of two types. The first is a 3GB RAM with 32GB ROM while the second has 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM. The Redmi 8 is splash proof, this means it can survive water splash.
The Redmi 8 can handles multi-tasking and games decently. Inside the box, you will find a TPU case, USB Type-C cable (10 W), SIM ejector tool, warranty card and user guide. There is no headphone as always inside box.
The Redmi 8 is an incredible budget smartphone that is selling at a price that won’t warrant you to break any bank in Nigeria. That’s part of the amazing part anyway but that’s not even what interest me here.
Let me tell you what interest me most:
#1 Her USB-C port
#2 Splash proof
When you throw these two features (USB-C port & Splash proof) into the budget market for smartphone in Nigeria, there are only a few smartphones to pick at the end of the day.
It’s no surprise to see Xiaomi manufactured a smartphone with USB-C port and splash proof on a budget, I wonder how they were able to achieve that and still smash a budget price.
This is the same USB-C port we have been longing to see on most budget smartphone in Nigeria especially in 2019. Well. Xiaomi have done it, we expect to see more of this in the year 2020.
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