Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T Test: Mega Bargain with Quad Cam

Mid-range processor, huge display, quad camera, plenty of memory and stylish glass design – is even more than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T in the test for less than 200 euros?

Actually, Xiaomi told us during an editorial visit that the Redmi series, which is so successful in Asia, will probably not be on the market in Europe – and a little later, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T reaches us. True to the old Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer attributed quote "what I am interested in my gossip of yesterday" the Redmi series obviously so comes to Germany – and indeed with a technology package that has it all. Fortunately, the manufacturer did not forget about design.

At first glance, the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T looks like its predecessor, especially as both models are largely the same size. Only a few innovations can be seen in the 8-series model, such as the Redmi logo under the display. Does not matter, the device is stylish, well processed on top of that. Uneven gaps do not exist, the two buttons on the right side of the case can be optimally used thanks to crisp key stroke and proper pressure point. The transitions from the plastic frame anodised in housing color to the two glass sides with Gorilla Glass 5 are homogeneous and largely soft. Only pedants will feel a slight edge. Overall, the device is surprisingly good in the hand, despite its size. Only the weight is relatively high at almost 200 grams.

Simple but elegant design

Despite its low price, Xiaomi uses scratch-resistant glass on the front and rear of the Redmi Note 8T, which is often different in the price range below 200 euros. Then prevails plastic, which is less high quality. Unfortunately, the manufacturer lets the quad-cam of the smartphone on the back protrude quite far – almost 2 millimeters are even with good will a bit much. Lying on the back, the device quickly mutates on a table to the wobbly dachshund. That can not even compensate for the enclosed protective cover with camera cutout. On the other hand, we find the slight color gradient of our test model from dark to slightly lighter blue quite nice. But this is a fairly simple course without iridescent color games or similar bells and whistles – but you can not expect that for the low price of the Note 8T.

The IPS LCD of the Note 8T is a proud 6.3 inches tall and offers a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels. This gives the smartphone an image sharpness of over 400 PPI (pixels per inch) – a very good value. Even with the other relevant points of the display, the Redmi Note 8T is no nakedness. Thus, the model comes to a brightness of 400 cd / m² measured, shows neat color saturation and contrasts and the viewing angle stability shows no appreciable changes except for slight shading with increasingly flatter viewing angle. The screen of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is really good – not only, but especially because of the low price of the smartphone.

Little edge thanks to drop notch

Entry price, entry-level processor? Not at Xiaomi. Rather, the Redmi Note 8T comes with the midrange chip Snapdragon 665, whose eight cores clock up to 2 GHz. Depending on the version, there are 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory or 4 GB of RAM and 64 or even 128 GB of internal memory. This is in all cases a lot of memory for the called money, which may still be extended by micro-SD. Impressive: Not too long ago, the largest memory configuration was even good for top devices from some manufacturers. Even with the rest, users have to compromise little. Although the modern USB-C port provides only 2.0 speed and Bluetooth is limited to version 4.2, but LTE is available with Cat. 12 – which allows a rapid 600 Mbit / s in the downstream. In addition, there is a 3.5-millimeter connector, NFC, WLAN ac, dual-SIM capability (in addition to micro-SD), a fast and reliable fingerprint sensor on the back and even an FM radio. Overall, it is hard to believe how extensive the equipment of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is in relation to the price.

Android 10 is currently not available on the cheap smartphone, but Xiaomi chose Android 9 instead. Above lies the user interface MIUI, to which users who are confronted for the first time have to get used to it for a while. But that should not put any technically savvy user through any problems, especially since the new MIUI 11 version looks cleaner than older versions. The promised app drawer is not yet there, he should follow by update. Who does not want to invest such a training period, from the usually excellent price-performance ratio of Xiaomi is, should have a look at the models like the Xiaomi Mi A3 or the Mi A2 (review). The models are already a bit older, but rely on Android One and thus on the original Google user interface. This also makes the security patch more up-to-date – our review sample is from October 2019.

Quad camera – that sounds impressive. In our eyes, the camera of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is more of a triple cam, and even the third lens is a great source of arguments because of its low resolution. Does not matter, because the main camera with its 48 megapixels and f / 1.75 aperture sounds good on paper at least and an additional ultra-wide-angle lens is basically great, even if Xiaomi sets here to only 8 megapixels and f / 2.2. The third real camera is responsible for macro shooting, but relies on only 2 megapixels and an aperture of f / 2.4. Experience has shown that this is a bit less – just like a fourth camera exclusively responsible for depth of field, which is technically not necessary for the 8T note – the pixel phones were the best proof in the past. The front camera with 13 megapixels makes chic shots and the artificial bokeh seems quite natural – because at least the fourth camera has paid off, contrary to expectations.

Quad or triple cam?

But the results in everyday life are more important than the pure technical data. And they can be seen. Although the main camera does not approach the quality of high-priced smartphones in terms of image sharpness, it is still very passable in relation to the price. We liked the dynamic of the picture and the colors, which are intensely, but still sufficiently naturally banned in the memory. However, with the AI ​​turned on, colors are even more emphasized. For this, image noise is limited and who wants to have it sharper, may take full 48-megapixel shots. In normal photo mode, the images are only 12 megapixels thanks to pixel binning. The ultra wide-angle shots fall in the sharpness once more, but in good light, still in order. As expected, macro shots disappointed us: instead of taking 2-megapixel shots, users can calm down to double magnification and walk away from the object a little further. Qualitatively, such recordings are still ahead of those with the macro lens.

In bad light, noise quickly creeps in, but with the main camera, this still works fine. Ultra-wide-angle and macro camera then make visible due to the poorer aperture again worse pictures. We liked videos that are also possible in 4K / 30, but especially in Full HD have amazingly good image stabilization. Overall, the camera of the Redmi Note 8T is the retail price of the smartphone more than adequate.

4000 mAh are a hefty value, not so long ago were appropriately equipped smartphones rather chubby than slim. Xiaomi packs in his current Redmi model just as a power donor, but the model is quite well proportioned. Only the weight of almost 200 grams gives a hint that this is not a short-tempered, but expensive high-end model. In the test, the smartphone turns instead as a perennial companion, which makes a charging interval of two days appear realistic. Unfortunately our test device did not want to complete our typical battery test (Battery Test by PCmark) in time for the test release, we submit the result. Matching the price range, the Redmi Note 8T does not have a wireless charging system, but fast charging with 18 watts. This takes just over an hour in the test.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is available in the three colors white, gray and blue, as well as in the memory configurations 3/32, 4/64 and 4/128 GB. The price for the nominally weakest equipment variant begins at the time of testing at 156 euros.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T 32GB moonshadow gray

3/32 GB

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T 64GB moonshadow gray

4/64 GB

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T 128GB starscape blue

4/128 GB

Normally manufacturers with increasing popularity and popularity slowly but surely more expensive. This is not (yet) the case with Xiaomi. With the Redmi Note 8T, the company is bringing a device to Germany that does not have to hide either in terms of quality or performance and still calls for a record-breaking low price. True weaknesses, the device does not have on the credit side, however, are a great display, a fast mid-range chipset, on request, a lot of memory, quite a chic design and a strapping battery. The camera can also convince overall – and not only for the price. If you do not access, it is your own fault.

Similarly good was the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (review), the Honor 9X (review) convinced. The best smartphones in 2019 we have summarized here.


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