The Redmi Note 8 Pro is an “Almost Perfect” Phone at its price
After getting a massive success in the budget segment, or you can say due to its competitors like Realme, Redmi is taking no time in harvesting and launching a new smartphone in nearly every second month in India. This time at a launch event in Delhi, the company upgraded its Redmi Note series by launching Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro. Moreover, the phone maker also announced MIUI 11 at the same event.
To be honest, Redmi’s Note series is one of the best series from the company. I still remember when the company launched its Redmi Note 3. Yeah, I suggested that device to everyone. I also used that device for more than 3 Years. It had some great specs that time like a fingerprint scanner, a 16 MP rear camera, and a 4000mAh battery. I know the fact that Redmi Note 4’s 13 MP camera used to take better shots than RN3.
Well, we are here not to discuss archaic devices but to discuss Redmi Note 8 Pro. So, Let’s take a look at the Redmi Note 8 Pro Specs –
Body – Front/Backglass + Aluminum frame (Gorilla Glass 5)
Battery – 4,500mAh with 18W fast charger
You must have heard good elements about the device everywhere, but you need to understand that like every smartphone, Redmi Note 8 Pro is not the perfect phone. Also, Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with some features that Indian buyers will doubt.
ALEXA INSTEAD OF GOOGLE ASSISTANT
Redmi Note 8 Pro is the first smartphone in the country to come with Amazon’s Alexa. Because till now, we are used to talking with Google Assistant, Alexa is new to us. It may create some trouble for regular google assistant users but, If you are the person who doesn’t use these Personal AI Assistants much, Alexa is not going to be a big deal for you. If you are not familiar with Alexa. Here is short info –
Alexa is a virtual assistant which is developed by Amazon. It is capable of doing voice interaction, music playback, setting alarms, and providing weather, traffic, sports, and other real-time information, such as news.
In short, Alexa is just like Google Assistant. We can say a brother from another mother, xD.
MEDIATEK SOC INSTEAD OF QUALCOMM SNAPDRAGON
Qualcomm has gained a really good image in nations like India, where every second smartphone generally comes with a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SOC. It’s like Qualcomm has become a signature, especially in the budget segment, since we are used to hearing about Snapdragon processors in every other phone. I know that Mediatek also makes good processors, and Helio G90T is one of them.
To understand this better, you can read our comparison between Mediatek Helio G90T and Snapdragon 730 Here.
If I have to explain why Indians think Mediatek SOCs are not good, you have to travel back in time when companies used to prefer old Mediatek processors because of their low price. And because of the cheap processors, phones used to get bad reviews, and by hearing lots of awful reviews, again and again, we made a mindset that MediaTek processors aren’t as good as Qualcomm’s processors.
BAD PLACEMENT OF FINGERPRINT SCANNER
Redmi Note 8 Pro is going to give a tough fight to its competitor Realme XT. Both devices come with the same rear camera setup, but Realme has upgraded its fingerprint scanner and placed it under the display. On the other hand, Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with an old fashioned rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. If I talk about the placement of the fingerprint scanner on Redmi Note 8 Pro, it is in the camera module itself and looks weird.
When I used the device for the first time and tried to unlock the device with a fingerprint scanner, it felt really strange. I mean till now, not only in Redmi phones but in other smartphones as well, fingerprint scanners are placed beneath the surface of the rear panel. And this is not the first time that the company did something like this as Samsung Galaxy Note 8 also came with weird fingerprint scanner placement.
IPS LCD PANEL INSTEAD OF AMOLED
To survive in the market, Redmi has to understand the market and should launch a smartphone by Keeping in mind its competition & what they’re doing. Realme XT is a tough competitor for Redmi Note 8 Pro & both devices have some similar specs like both phones support fast charging, come with Gorilla Glass 5, & more.
But Realme XT has a slightly better panel, It has an AMOLED panel, whereas Redmi Note 8 Pro has an IPS LCD panel.
Well, we know that Redmi Note 8 Pro is a good device and will give a tough fight to the smartphones that comes in the same price bracket. But, with good specs, Redmi Note 8 Pro lacks some features too. Here we tried to explain all the points. If you have any questions regarding this article, you can comment below.