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Redmi Note 8T, well, beautiful and cheap but no longer exciting

The idea of ​​market Redmi, brand born of Xiaomi, is to sell affordable models in price with good specifications. After launching the Redmi Note 8 in some countries, it now comes to our hands to make the review he Redmi Note 8T, a model that incorporates NFC as the only differentiation with respect to the version without the T at the end of its name.

We find it a very interesting phone and we are eager to know if at the end of our tests we think the same and leave us the great taste that left us at the time the Redmi Note 7, terminal that we loved at the time getting almost excited .

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Redmi Note 8T, technical sheet

If you look at the Redmi Note 8T specifications, we realize that it is a terminal with enough arguments to dazzle users who buy phones in this range.

  1. Screen: 6.3 inch LCD, FullHD + resolution, 409 dpi and aspect ratio 19.5: 9.
  2. Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665.
  3. GPU: Adreno 610.
  4. RAM: 3 GB and 4 GB.
  5. Internal storage: 32, 64 and 128 GB expandable through microSD cards.
  6. Rear camera: 48 MP f / 1.79 + 8 MP (wide angle and f / 2.2) + 2 MP (macro and f / 2.4) + 2 MP (depth sensor and f / 2.4).
  7. Front camera: 13 MP f / 2.0.
  8. Connectivity: WiFi, Dual 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC.
  9. Ports and sensors: fingerprint sensor, facial sensor, USB Type C, 3.5 mm jack and infrared port.
  10. Battery: 4,000 mAh with fast charging 18W.
  11. OS: Android 9 + MIUI.
  12. Price: 185 euros approximately.

Purchase: Redmi Note 8T (Amazon)

Purchase: Redmi Note 8T (PcComponents)

Elegant design

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The Redmi Note 8T est made of glass and as is often the case in this type of material, it is quite appealing that our footprints appear marked.

Despite having almost 200 grams of weight It is not a terminal that is uncomfortable to carry in the hand, with a rounded design that gives it an elegant and consistent appearance.

Looking at the front, we see the drop type notch at the top of the screen and a fairly large bottom frame where the Redmi screenprint even fits.

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This causes us to have a somewhat more bulky terminal than your screen tells us, there are people who will find it difficult to handle it with one hand.

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On the back we have the Redmi logo on the bottom, with the fingerprint reader and the four camera sensors located above.

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This rear camera is quite protruding from the body of the smartphone, which greatly increases the chances of suffering from another scratch.

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Below we see the USB Type-C port, the multimedia speaker, the microphone and the 3.5 mm headphone jack.

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At the top we can see an infrared sensor and the noise cancellation microphone.

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On the right edge we have the typical buttons to turn off the terminal and to control its volume.

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Also, on the opposite side we have the slot to place the SIM and microSD.

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The screen approves, the sound suspends

The Redmi Note 8T has a panel 6.3 inch LCD with resolution FullHD + (2,340 x 1,080 pixels) it grants 409 pixels per inch.

It is a screen that looks good overall and enough for the range in which we are moving.

The colors are a bit dull, but both detail, brightness and viewing angles are placed at an optimal level for a phone of your category and price.

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Obviously we are not facing the best screen on the market, but it is enough for multimedia content to be seen without any problems.

When we use the phone to watch a movie or video, for example, from our YouTube channel, the screen is as important as the sound for the experience to be satisfactory.

Well, this Redmi Note 8T only has a multimedia speaker, located at the bottom of the terminal as we have mentioned before, with which we experienced a quite powerful volume with a worsening quality as we increase the volume, since a lot of distortion appears.

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The face, the best to unlock

If we want to unlock the terminal, the more modern forms of pattern, password and PIN are added, the most modern are the fingerprint reader and facial unlocking.

The fingerprint reader has behaved well at all times. Is very fast to unlock, although occasionally we are forced to make a second attempt to recognize our footprint.

In addition, something that is very Improvable is the position of the reader since it is too high and there will be users with difficulties to get to press it with one hand.

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For us the best way to unlock the Redmi Note 8T is through the facial sensor. The unlocking through our face has it worked very well, although he sins of not being excessively fast, but s extremely effective.

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There has come a time when we have only used the facial sensor to unlock the smartphone, forgetting the fingerprint reader.

Midway performance

Inside the Redmi Note 8T we have:

  1. Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 as a processor
  2. 4 GB of RAM (although there is a version with 3 GB).
  3. 64 GB of storage.
  4. Adreno 610 GPU.

The operation of the terminal In the day it has been good at all times. The usual applications that we all have on the mobile such as messaging, social networks, emails, navigation, etc., move them without problem, even having several apps in the background.

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We have not noticed no lag type nor have we suffered no application closure, which demonstrates the good work of the terminal.

When we start playing games where power is needed to have a good experience, such as Call Of Duty: Mobile, it is where it shows its lacks and costs much more.

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This does not mean that we can not play with some ease, but we have occasional loss of frames and, above all, in loading times It is where you can tell that it is below other terminals in the same range, but with more modern processors.

For all this we can not speak of a very good performance, but neither of a terminal that falls short in this section.

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In the Redmi Note 8T we have Android 9 as an operating system totally masked by MIUI, Xiaomi customization layer.

MIUI is a layer that allows the user many customization possibilities, in addition to a good number of preinstalled apps and with too much publicity.

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We have a file explorer, an application of MIUI's own time, an own browser, a notes app or third-party applications such as Netflix, Amazon, Facebook and AliExpress.

The sensation every time we test a terminal with MIUI is that we are facing one of the best layers of customization that exists today and that shows in its fluid operation, without lag, without stoppages in transitions and with great customization possibilities, as we mentioned above.

It is a smartphone that It comes very well served in connectivity Since it is Dual 4G, it has Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi, NFC, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack and infrared port.

Enough cameras

On the back of the terminal we have 4 sensors:

  1. Main sensor: 48 megapixels (Samsung S5KGM1), focal opening 1.79, ISOCELL and a pixel size of 0.80 m.
  2. Wide angle sensor: 8 megapixels (Omnivision OV8856), focal aperture 2.2, PureCel and 1.12 m.
  3. Macro sensor: 2 megapixels (Omnivision OV02A10), CMOS, f / 2.4 and a pixel size of 1.75 m.
  4. Depth sensor: 2 megapixels (Omnivision OV02A10), CMOS, aperture f / 2.4 and 1.75 m pixel size.

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The photos of this Redmi Note 8T are not spectacular, but they are enough for most users who are not looking for professional photos.

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The colors they are quite spectacular since they are slightly oversaturated and overexposed, getting the detail is not compromised and is at a good level.

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Something we have noticed is that, in some occasional snapshot, the shaded areas are clearer than they really are, which generates some noise. This is caused by image processing and not by the sensors themselves.

To the wide angle sensor of 8 megapixels is the same as the main one since it also Overload the colors. Even so, it behaves better than we expected in most situations, although it loses some detail in the dark or shaded areas.

The fort of the macro camera it's not the detail, but we still liked how it unfolds in indoor or low light areas.

The photos with the bokeh effect have seemed quite decent with a rather natural blur and a cut within the expected range in this range.

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When the light fades and we have to take pictures, the loss of detail and noise are evident From the first moment. If we activate the night mode we managed to improve the result of photos with more brightness and limiting noise a bit in them, which makes it highly advisable to use this mode.

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The Redmi Note 8T can record video in 4K at 30 fps or 1080p at 60 fps. In this section we have not found any surprise, the recording is correct and the stabilization of the image, despite not being the best, we can not complain in excess.

The front camera is 13 megapixels (Omnivision OV13855), PureCel type, with focal aperture 2.0 and 1.12 m pxel size.

All those lovers of selfies who intend to buy the Redmi Note 8T will find a camera with colors, detail and sharpness to be able to make some sufficient self-portraits, but without bragging.

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If we use the Portrait mode we get a more or less correct trimming for the range we are in and a rather light blur.

The camera application of the Redmi Note 8T is the one we already know of other Xiaomi, with several filters and operating modes among which we have:

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  1. Photo: It is the automatic mode to launch photographs.
  2. 48M: having activated this mode we will launch photographs with the 48 megapixels of the main sensor. If this mode is not active, the photos with this sensor are limited to 12 megapixels with a wider pxel to capture more light.
  3. Portrait: It is the way to take photos with blur.
  4. Night: if we activate it we will improve our photos at night.
  5. Panoramic: We can take pictures with panoramic system to cover more photo scenario.
  6. Pro: This is the mode for those users who have more photographic knowledge and intend to improve the photos with the modification of certain parameters manually, such as white balance, ISO, focus, focal aperture or lens.
  7. Video: where we are going to record our videos (we can choose its quality).
  8. Short video: Limit the video recording time to 15 seconds.
  9. Slow motion: It is where we can choose between recording videos at 120 fps or 240 fps.

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Autonomous in the average

The Redmi Note 8T's battery is 4,000 mAh with fast charge 18 W.

Using the terminal for what we all do every day, such as checking emails, watching social networks, browsing, a photo and some YouTube video with the brightness around 70%, the mobile has resisted between 6 and 6:30 hours of active screen.

This implies that in this type of use any user can reach the end of the day without any problems.

When the use becomes more demanding playing a lot or using powerful apps on a regular basis, it will make us arrive at the end of the day very fair or even having to load the terminal before the end of the day. As you can see, they are simply correct results And nothing spectacular.

If we load the terminal from 0, get 100% in about 2 hours. In this section he returns to not having sensational results, but s within the average of his range.

He Redmi Note 8T, which we just did the review, it is a good terminal for the range in which it is located, but without being clearly the best, as in previous generations, since competition is growing and fiercer.

Another thing is if we talk about the price, which is around 185 euros, since in this sense few brands can keep up with Xiaomi.

Purchase: Redmi Note 8T (Amazon)

Purchase: Redmi Note 8T (PcComponents)

Even so, there is no quantitative leap in Redmi Note 7 compared to previous generations. The Redmi Note 8T is good, beautiful and cheap but does not thrill in the same way as its predecessor.

Strengths of Redmi Note 8T

  1. It shows very well built.
  2. Good behavior of the rear camera in general.
  3. Facial unlocking is very effective.
  4. We love talking about a phone from China without any absence in connectivity.

Weak points of the Redmi Note 8T

  1. Too many apps preinstalled and with advertising.
  2. Disappointing sound
  3. Position of the fingerprint sensor much better.

Our valuation

  1. Design: 8
  2. Screen: 7
  3. Hardware: 7
  4. Autonomous: 7
  5. Software: 8
  6. Price: 9
  7. Overall score: 7.7

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