Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 offers arguably the best value deal in the sub-10k price category which makes it a primary option for a lot of consumers looking for a good lower mid-range smartphone. If you have read multiple reviews (ours is coming soon) but still have some minute details you want to get clarified, this FAQ should help you. If you are looking for a similar article for the big brother, the Redmi Note 8 Pro, you can find it here. Let’s get to the questions now.
What’s the USP (unique selling point) of the Redmi Note 8?
The Redmi Note 8 offers a complete package for a starting price under Rs. 10,000. It has a capable chip, a large Full-HD+ display, quad cameras, glass build, and a large 4000mAh battery to go along, something which defines the Note series from Redmi. If you are looking for the perfect value-for-money device in this price bracket that does it all, the Redmi Note 8 is for you. If you are looking for more power, then you can look at the Pro variant.
What are some negatives of the Redmi Note 8?
Unless you nit-pick, there aren’t any major cons of the Redmi Note 8. For the price, it gets almost everything right. The “almost” is due to the fact that MIUI displays ads in the UI which can be an annoyance while using the phone.
Are there ads in the UI on the Redmi Note 8?
As stated in the previous point, yes, MIUI does show ads throughout the UI which hinders the experience of using the device.
How to Disable Ads on Redmi Note 8?
You can disable almost all the ads within the UI by following our guide which is applicable to any device running on MIUI.
How powerful is the Snapdragon 665 SoC?
The Snapdragon 665 is an update to the already powerful Snapdragon 660 from last year, so the Redmi Note 8 is going to perform well in day-to-day tasks without any hitches. Gaming might not be the strongest suit of this chipset, but it handles it pretty well and probably does the best job at it in this segment.
Will the Redmi Note 8 get the Android 10 update?
Yes, the Redmi Note 8 will be getting the Android 10 update with MIUI 11 by the end of the year. The tentative date is between November 13th to 29th.
What kind of storage does the Redmi Note 8 has?
The Redmi Note 8 has standard EMMC storage, no UFS 2.1, unlike the Pro counterpart.
What are the different variants in which the Redmi Note 8 will be sold (in India)?
The Redmi Note 8 will be sold in two variants in India – 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage is the base variant, with the higher variant having 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage.
Can you consume HDR content on the Redmi Note 8?
No, the display on the Redmi Note 8 does not support HDR content.
Does the Redmi Note 8 has Widevine L1 support?
Yes, Widevine L1 certification is present, but at the time of writing, we weren’t able to play any HD content on Amazon Prime Video or Netflix. This is mostly a software issue and should be fixed via an update.
Is there a headphone jack on the Redmi Note 8?
Yes, the Redmi Note 8 does retain a headphone jack and the output is quite good.
Does the Redmi Note 8 has support for FM radio?
Yes, the FM radio app is in-built.
Does the Redmi Note 8 has Gorilla Glass protection?
Both the front and rear of the Redmi Note 8 have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection which is quite commendable for a phone costing less than Rs 10,000.
Does the Redmi Note 8 has support for Dual 4G VoLTE?
Yes, both SIM cards can run on 4G simultaneously.
How many Android Version Updates will the Redmi Note 8 get?
Android 10 should be coming out soon, but we have no confirmation about future versions of Android coming to the Redmi Note 8. Xiaomi does have a reputation for supporting its devices for a longer duration than most other OEMs.
Does the Redmi Note 8 support Google Camera or GCam Mod?
Yes, the Redmi Note 8 has support for Google Camera or GCam mod, unlike the Redmi Note 8 Pro which misses out due to a MediaTek chip. We will have a detailed guide about Redmi Note 8 Gcam support very soon. Stay tuned.
Can you record 4K videos on the Redmi Note 8?
Yes, you can record videos in up to 4K at 30fps using the rear camera.
Can you record slow-motion videos on the Redmi Note 8?
Slow-motion videos up to 240fps are supported.
Should you buy the Redmi Note 8 or the Realme 5?
This is one of the most common questions we have received till now. Both phones offer very similar specifications at a similar price too. The Redmi Note 8, however, has a Full-HD+ display compared to HD+ on the Realme 5. Both have quad cameras on the rear and both have the Snapdragon 665 chipset under the hood. While the Redmi Note 8 has a better display, the Realme 5 has a 5000mAh battery compared to the 4000mAh on the Redmi Note 8. The Note 8 has a glass back compared to plastic on the Realme 5. Depending on these parameters, you can choose which one is more important to you.
If you play a lot of PUBG, is Redmi Note 8 the right choice?
For under Rs. 10,000, the Redmi Note 8 seems like the perfect option if you play a lot of PUBG. You, of course, can’t expect 60fps or a completely stutter-free experience at this price, but the Redmi Note 8 gives you a constant 30fps which is good.
Does the Redmi Note 8 support Fast Charging?
Yes, there is an 18W charger within the box with charges the phone completely in a little under 2 hours.
Does the 27W Mi adapter charge the Redmi Note 8 any faster?
No, the 27W charger does not make any difference as the maximum input power that the Redmi Note 8 can take in is 18W.
How fast is the fingerprint scanner on the Redmi Note 8?
The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is fast and accurate, nothing to complain about in this regard.
Is there face unlock on the Redmi Note 8?
Yes, there is a software-based implementation that isn’t as secure as the fingerprint scanner, so we would suggest using the latter.
Does the Redmi Note 8 has Stereo Speakers?
No, the Redmi Note 8 has a single downward-firing speaker.
Is there a notification LED on the Redmi Note 8?
Yes, there is a tiny LED on the top bezel on the left-hand side which lights up while charging.
Is there support for USB OTG on the Redmi Note 8?
Yes, USB OTG is supported.
Does the Redmi Note 8 has external SD card support?
Just like the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the Indian variant of the Redmi Note 8 too has a dedicated slot for a Micro SD card.
Is the Redmi Note 8 water-resistant?
The Redmi Note 8 has no IP rating. However, it has a P2i nano-coating that helps with splash-resistance.
Will there be custom ROM support for Redmi Note 8?
Going by the track record of previous Xiaomi devices (especially the Redmi Note series), the Redmi Note 8 will have plenty of support from the custom ROM community.
Are there any other alternatives to the Redmi Note 8?
The Realme 5 and Vivo U10 are the alternatives you can consider. Both of them have the same chipset but differ in other parameters such as display resolution, battery capacity, software, build quality, etc. The Redmi Note 8 has an upper hand in terms of display and build quality, whereas the Vivo U10 and Realme 5 have bigger capacity batteries. Cameras overall are also better on the Redmi Note 8.
What is the price of Redmi Note 8 in India?
The base variant of Redmi Note 8 with 4GB RAM and 64 GB of storage is priced at Rs 9,999 in India. The top-end variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs 12,999.
Where can I buy the Redmi Note 8 in India?
If there’s anything we have missed out, you can tweet to us @techpp or leave a comment below and we will be glad to help! Stay tuned for our full review of Redmi Note 8 which should be coming very soon.