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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021 Smartphone

MSRP 169 USDNEX score 60%

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Product Overview

In an unexpected move, Xiaomi has brought back the popular Redmi Note 8 in a new 2021 version that keeps the original's winning form factor and camera setup while throwing in some internal upgrades.
The most obvious change is the new MediaTek Helio G85 chipset that is found in more recent devices such as the Redmi Note 9. Xiaomi promises more usability for everyday tasks and light gaming as a result.
Meanwhile, the Note 8 2021 also has upgraded Bluetooth connectivity, which now stands at Bluetooth 5.2, as well as Galileo support for GPS.
Other valuable features include the 3.5mm headphone jack, built-in FM radio, and Gorilla Glass 5 front and back, though the chassis remains plastic.
Naturally, the latest MIUI 12.5 comes as standard.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • High-quality display
  • Good battery life
  • Good camera performance
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons
  • Mediocre, low-contrast display
  • Slow microSD card reader

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 60% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Decent performance
  • Good battery life
  • High-quality display
  • Fast charging
  • Super AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate
Cons
  • Slow eMMC storage
  • Slow Wi-Fi
  • No wireless charging
  • No stereo speakers
  • Mediatek Helio G85
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C 2.0, 3.5mm headphone
Wireless Connectivity
IR, WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.2

Construction

Battery | Capacity
4000 mAh (typ)
Camera | Front
13 MP, f/2.0, 1/3.1", 1.12µm
Camera | Rear | Depth
2 MP, f/2.4
Camera | Rear | Macro
2 MP, f/2.4
Camera | Rear | Ultra-Wide
8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 1/4.0", 1.12µm
Camera | Rear | Wide
48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF
Colors
Neptune Blue, Moonlight White, Space Black
Material
Gorilla Glass 5 front and back, plastic frame
Speakers
Super linear speaker

Dimensions

Size | Depth
8.35 mm / 0.33"
Size | Height
158.3 mm / 6.23"
Size | Width
75.3 mm / 2.96"
Weight
190 g / 6.7oz

Display

Aspect Ratio
19.5:9
Brightness
500 nits
Display Diagonal
6.3 inch
Display Type
IPS
Pixel Density
409 ppi
Resolution
FHD+ 2340×1080

Function

Bluetooth Profiles
A2DP
Chipset
MediaTek Helio G85, 12nm manufacturing process
Fast Charging
18W fast charge
GPS
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
Graphics
Mali-G52 MP2 GPU
Operating System
Android 11, MIUI 12.5
Processor
Octa-core (2x2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
Sensor
Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
SIM
2x Nano 4G LTE
Tuner
FM radio
Video Recording
FHD @ 30fps

Performance

Memory | Capacity
4 GB
Memory | Type
LPDDR4X
Storage
64 or 128 GB eMMC 5.1 storage + microSD

Production

Debut
2021-05-25
Made In
China

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

gsmarena[1]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from gsmarena have found the following***:
The Redmi Note 8 2021 borrows most of its specs from the original. The main difference is a chipset swap, which is arguably more of a downgrade than anything else due to the newfound 1080p video capture limit. For right around as much, you can also get the Redmi 9T, which has stereo speakers and a bigger battery.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Super AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate
  • Good battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No stereo speakers

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 51%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Mali-G52 built into the 2021 model has some slight advantage to an Adreno 610. The 4000-mAh Li-Po battery can be completely recharged using the 22.5-Watt charger in slightly less than 2 hours. The sound quality at medium volume is attractive for this price class, even if there is hardly any bass.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality display
  • Good battery life
  • Decent performance
Cons
  • Mediatek Helio G85
  • Slow eMMC storage
  • Slow Wi-Fi

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021 review. [gsmarena]. https://www.gsmarena.com/xiaomi_redmi_note_8_2021-review-2318p6.php. Retrieved 2021-09-25.
2. ^ Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021 review: Can this questionable smartphone update be recommended?. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Xiaomi-Redmi-Note-8-2021-review-Can-this-questionable-smartphone-update-be-recommended.587511.0.html. 2021-12-19. Retrieved 2021-12-20.

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