Redmi Note 8 Pro FAQ – Things to Note Before you Buy!

by: - Last updated on: September 27th, 2020

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has been on sale for a while now and if you are looking to grab one for yourself but have a few questions, we have covered possibly the smallest of doubts one might have before purchasing the smartphone. In case you are looking at the more affordable Redmi Note 8, we have compiled an FAQ for that as well. Let’s get to the questions now.

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Table of Contents:

What’s the USP of the Redmi Note 8 Pro?

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a powerful chipset mainly oriented towards gaming. The MediaTek Helio G90T is a very capable chipset, due to which the Redmi Note 8 Pro can play PUBG at the Smooth+Extreme graphics setting which gives a frame rate of 60fps. This is the only device in the Rs. 15,000 segment that offers this.

Along with performance, the Redmi Note 8 Pro also trumps every other phone in this segment in terms of cameras. The primary 64MP camera can shoot great pictures regardless of the lighting conditions and to go along with it are three additional cameras that can shoot in wide-angle as well as a dedicated macro lens.

What are some negatives of the Redmi Note 8 Pro?

While this isn’t exactly a con, the battery on the Note 8 Pro is a 4500mAh unit, but in our usage, it didn’t seem to last us as long as we would expect a phone with this kind of battery capacity to last. It might still get you through a complete day depending on your usage, but we expected slightly more.

Another con would be the fact that MIUI displays ads within the phone’s UI which can be a hindrance in the user experience. Also, the phone tends to get slightly warm on using it for an extended time outdoors under direct sunlight. Nothing alarming though.

Are there ads in the UI on the Redmi Note 8 Pro?

Yes, as we said in the previous point, the Redmi Note 8 Pro does indeed display ads throughout various parts of the UI.

How to Disable Ads on the Redmi Note 8 Pro?

We have a guide on how to disable ads on any Xiaomi/Redmi device running on MIUI and the same is applicable for the Redmi Note 8 Pro as well. Follow the guide and you can reduce ads on your phone to a bare minimum.

How powerful is the MediaTek G90T SoC?

The MediaTek G90T is a gaming-oriented chipset and performs well in both CPU and GPU intensive tasks. When compared to its Qualcomm counterparts in this segment, the G90T does better in terms of both synthetic benchmarks and real-life usage. The thermals are slightly on the higher side at times, but the raw power of the chip is certainly evident.

Are there any disadvantages of having a MediaTek chip?

There has been some stigma surrounding MediaTek chipsets in the past, but none of them are credible anymore, at least with the G90T. Yes, the phone does tend to get slightly warm on prolonged usage, but it’s surely not a deal-breaker. The overall experience of using the phone remains unaffected by the fact that the Note 8 pro uses a MediaTek chip. However, MediaTek has had a dubious history when it comes to Android updates. We hope the G90T gets some special attention.

Will the Redmi Note 8 Pro get the Android 10 update?

Yes, the Redmi Note 8 Pro will be getting MIUI 11 based on top of Android 10 in December this year.

What kind of storage does the Redmi Note 8 Pro have?

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has the faster UFS 2.1 storage unlike the EMMC on the Redmi Note 8.

What are the different variants in which the Redmi Note 8 Pro will be sold?

This year, Xiaomi has upped the RAM and storage across its smartphones and as a result, the base variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro now has 6GB of RAM with 64GB of onboard storage with the middle variant doubling the storage to 128GB, and the top-end variant having 8GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage.

Can you consume HDR content on the Redmi Note 8 Pro?

Yes, the display on the Redmi Note 8 pro is HDR10 compliant.

Does the Redmi Note 8 Pro have Widevine L1 support?

Yes, the Redmi Note 8 Pro does have Widevine L1 certification. However, it still cannot stream content in HD on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. This seems like a software issue and should be fixed soon.

Is there a headphone jack on the Redmi Note 8 Pro?

Thankfully, the Redmi Note 8 Pro still retains the beloved headphone jack. The audio output is satisfactory as well.

Does the Redmi Note 8 Pro have support for FM radio?

Yes, FM Radio is present on the device.

Does the Redmi Note 8 Pro have Gorilla Glass protection?

Both the front and back o the Redmi Note 8 Pro is protected with Gorilla Glass 5 which we appreciate.

Does the Redmi Note 8 Pro have support for Dual 4G VoLTE?

Yes, both SIM cards can run on 4G at the same time.

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Does the Redmi Note 8 Pro have external SD card support?

Yes, Xiaomi has done away with a hybrid tray (in the Chinese variant) in favor of a dedicated slot for micro SD cards (in the Indian variant). It’s a move that the Indian audience would surely appreciate.

How many Android Version Updates will the Redmi Note 8 Pro get?

Android 10 is slated to be launched in December this year. Ideally, we should see another version upgrade, which is Android 11, but nothing is confirmed as of yet. However, we will see continued support for multiple MIUI versions to come.

Does the Redmi Note 8 Pro support Google Camera or GCam Mod?

Unfortunately, Google Camera or GCam is not supported on the Redmi Note 8 Pro at the time of writing. This can be a big con for a lot of people as Google Camera tends to produce much better images than the stock camera app thanks to superior processing. Developers are working on it and we might see a port soon and when that happens, you’ll read it first here.

Can you record 4K videos on the Redmi Note 8 Pro?

Yes, you can record videos up to a resolution of 4K 30fps through the rear camera.

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Can you record slow-motion videos on the Redmi Note 8 Pro?

Yes. Slow-motion videos are supported up to 960fps.

Should I buy the Redmi Note 8 Pro or the Realme XT?

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is slightly more affordable and offers a better CPU on paper and slightly better cameras, but the Realme XT has an AMOLED display, an in-display fingerprint scanner that’s really quick and equivalent battery life but with much faster charging. At this point, it boils down to personal preference as to which of these parameters are of higher priority to you.

Should I buy the Redmi Note 8 Pro over the Poco F1?

Frankly, the only area where the Poco F1 edges past the Redmi Note 8 Pro is raw speed. The Snapdragon 845 is a mighty powerful chipset so if performance is of top-most priority to you, the Poco F1 is still a great purchase. PUBG fans, the Poco F1 is for you. However, the Redmi Note 8 Pro does better in pretty much every other area. It’s built with better materials, has better and more versatile cameras, better display with a smaller notch and equivalent battery life.

If you play a lot of PUBG, is Redmi Note 8 Pro the right choice?

Performance while playing PUBG is no doubt great on the Note 8 Pro. However, at times, we observed frame-drops at hot drops or during intense fights which can be crucial. This isn’t very regular, but if it sounds like a major issue to you, the Poco F1 or even the Realme XT can be an option.

Does the Redmi Note 8 Pro support Fast Charging?

Yes, there is an 18W charger inside the box which takes a little over two hours to completely charge the Redmi Note 8 Pro.

Does the 27W Mi adapter charge the Redmi Note 8 Pro any faster?

No, the Redmi Note 8 Pro can take in a maximum power of 18W so the 27W charger does not make any difference.

How fast is the fingerprint scanner on the Redmi Note 8 Pro?

The physical scanner on the back is extremely quick and accurate. The size of the scanner thought is slightly smaller than we would’ve wanted it to be.

Is there face unlock on the Redmi Note 8 Pro?

Yes, there is face unlock on the Note 8 Pro, but it’s software-based and isn’t the most secure implementation out there.

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Does the Redmi Note 8 Pro have Stereo Speakers?

No, there is just a single bottom-firing speaker on the Redmi Note 8 Pro.

Is there a notification LED on the Redmi Note 8 Pro?

Yes, Xiaomi has somehow managed to cram in a notification LED in the dot notch which is commendable.

Is there support for USB OTG on the Redmi Note 8 Pro?

Yes, you can use USB-C pen drives or OTG adaptors.

Is the Redmi Note 8 Pro water-resistant?

For the first time, a Redmi device has an IP52 rating but this does not mean the phone is water-resistant. It is only splash-proof so occasional raindrops won’t do any harm but don’t submerge the phone in water.

Will there be custom ROM support for Redmi Note 8 Pro?

Xiaomi has a seeding program where it sends out devices to developers from the XDA community to develop custom ROMs and kernels. They are doing the same with the Redmi Note 8 Pro as well, so expect custom ROM support very soon.

Are there any other alternatives to the Redmi Note 8 Pro?

The Realme XT is a good alternative at a slightly higher price, and Xiaomi’s own Poco F1 is also an option you can consider if you care about raw performance. The Moto G8 Plus is also present in case you want a good multimedia experience. If you are looking at tier-1 brands, the Samsung Galaxy M30s is another phone you can look at.

What is the price of Redmi Note 8 Pro in India?

The base variant of Redmi Note 8 Pro with 6GB RAM and 64 GB of storage is priced at Rs 14,999 in India. The mid-variant with 6GB RAM and 128 GB storage is priced at Rs 15,999 and finally, the top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs 17,999.

Where can I buy the Redmi Note 8 Pro in India?

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The Redmi Note 8 Pro is sold online exclusively on Amazon India as well as mi.com. You can also purchase it offline in Mi Home stores and across Mi preferred partner stores.

If there’s anything we’ve missed out, you can tweet to us @techpp or leave a comment below and we will be glad to help! You can also find our full review here which you can go through in case you plan to buy the Redmi Note 8 Pro.

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