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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T: Premium entry-level class in the test

In addition to its flagship Mi Note 10, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi also presented the Redmi Note 8T, a smartphone for less than 200 euros, in Madrid in November. In the meantime, such a pricing can already be described as an entry-level range. However, the Redmi Note 8T also puts many specifications of the upper middle class on paper - a good sign that Xiaomi wants to create a price-performance hit here. You can read in the following review whether the device with its quad camera and large battery with fast charging feature can keep what it promises.

First impression: design and display

For the test we received the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T in the color "Moonlight White" (white). Other color options are Moonshadow Gray and Starscape Blue. The back is always in the said colors. The white color is not a uniformity, but shimmers slightly turquoise and purple in places depending on the incidence of light. That looks really chic and classy. The silver-colored housing frame made of aluminum supports the premium look. In this regard, the smartphone looks "more expensive" than 200 euros. The 6.3-inch display of the Redmi Note 8T
Image: teltarif.de When you look at the display, however, the rather wide bezels reveal that, depending on the price, you have to start making compromises somewhere. The lower area is quite wide and is decorated with the "Redmi" lettering. It becomes narrower at the top, the front camera is integrated in the middle, almost as a classic element in the form of a water drop notch. The margins are clearly visible, but they are okay. The viewing angle stability of the display
Image: teltarif.de The LCD panel with Gorilla Glass 5 measures 6.3 inches diagonally and has a maximum resolution of 2340 pixels by 1080 pixels. We are surprised by the display. We determined a brightness value of 614 cd / m², which is above average. This makes it even brighter than the much more expensive Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (RRP: 549 euros) and even comes close to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the Apple iPhone XS. The DeltaE value, with which the color fastness is measured, also convinced us. With a value of 4.62, the Redmi Note 8T is not far from last place in our top 10 list of smartphones with the best color representation in 2019. The reflective back of the white color variant
Image: teltarif.de Overall, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T has dimensions of 161.4 mm by 75.4 mm by 8.6 mm and a weight of 199.2 grams. The smartphone is valuable, compact and light enough in the hand . The quad camera on the back, which is arranged vertically at the top left, protrudes a little far out of the case, which is why the Redmi Note 8T is rather wobbly on a flat surface. A protective cover can help, but not the one included in the scope of delivery. This does not quite close with the camera, which is why the module continues to cause a slight wobble. The power button is easily accessible on the right side of the case and the volume rocker is directly above it.

Performance, software and battery

The Snapdragon 665 from Qualcomm is a mid-range model that was presented this year. That sounds promising at first. The CPU is supported by 4 GB of RAM. In the AnTuTu benchmark test, we determined a total value of 167 355. If you look at the AnTuTu ranking of Android devices, it would join devices such as the Honor 8X and the Redmi Note 8, for example. Power button and volume rocker
Image: teltarif.de In our own browser benchmark, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T was also able to convince with a score of 152. That's surprisingly good. In this discipline, it is even better than the upper-class model Samsung Galaxy S10 with a measured value of 148. In the practical test of opening apps, switching back and forth and browsing, the Xiaomi phone did not make any notable mistakes. The operation could be a little smoother, but the pre-installed Android Pie (an update to Android 10 is to follow) and Xiaomi's user interface MIUI Global 11.0.1 do a good job. Incidentally, it is commendable that Xiaomi has also brought the new user interface to the Redmi Note 8T. The new functions were presented during the Madrid event. However, it should be noted that not all features of the new MIUI version on the Mi Note 10 also land on devices such as the Redmi Note 8T. For example, there is no inactivity display on the Redmi Note 8T.

Gaming test and battery performance

Part of the practice test is also examining the gaming performance. In the settings menu under "Special Features" there is a "Game Turbo" option. There you can add games and optimize the experience. We tried that out with The Elder Scrolls: Blades - an elaborate game for the mobile gamer that uses a lot of hardware. However, this is where the smartphone reaches its limits. The graphical representation is okay, the game is also playable, but not particularly fluid. Jack socket, USB-C connection and mono speaker
Image: teltarif.de The battery capacity is unusually generous 4000 mAh. The power storage can be quickly recharged with 18 watts, which is definitely a special feature for the price range of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T. The battery lasted around nine and a half hours in our test. That is an acceptable value.

Telephony, sound and connectivity

We rate the quality of telephony as positive, even if it could well be a bit louder. The mono speaker, which is located in the lower housing frame, produces a usable sound at about medium volume. It is enough to listen to a little music in the background, but we do not recommend turning the control fully up. Real dual SIM mobile phone: two nano SIM cards and a microSD can be used in parallel
Image: teltarif.de In addition to the loudspeaker, a USB-C connection and a classic jack socket are integrated. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T supports dual SIM. It is very nice that this is a real dual SIM and not a hybrid slot: In addition to two nano SIM cards, a microSD card can also be inserted to increase the internal storage capacity of 64 GB by up to 256 GB to expand. Other important connectivity features are the faster WLAN-ac support and NFC for mobile payments at point-of-sale terminals.

The Redmi Note 8T can be unlocked using the fingerprint sensor on the back and face recognition. Both methods performed their jobs reliably and at a reasonable speed in the test. The fingerprint sensor on the back of the case can also be easily reached with the index finger of the right hand, as in our case.

Camera, test images and conclusion

The quad camera for a comparatively cheap smartphone is special. The Redmi Note 8T applies with a 48-megapixel main camera (aperture: f / 1.8), the megapixels of which are generated using pixel binning, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera (aperture: f / 2.2), a 2-megapixel Macro camera (aperture: f / 2.4) and a 2 megapixel depth sensor (aperture: f / 2.4). The 13-megapixel front camera snaps with an f / 2.0 aperture. The quad camera of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Image: teltarif.de If there is sufficient light under laboratory conditions, the camera produces a very good result in automatic mode. Colors are displayed naturally and sufficiently strong. Many details can also be seen. Image noise is only noticeable in individual areas when you zoom in. But that is criticism on a high level. In poor light, however, the image noise increases sharply and swallows important details such as the flower stalks on the test rose.

However, it is positive that the color squares can be easily differentiated from one another. This applies above all to keeping the brown and black color squares apart. In some cases, smartphone cameras in higher price regions have to struggle a lot more. The night mode does its best, but it can't keep up with the automatic setting. Image areas are brightened, which benefits the representation of the color squares, but these are marked by shadows. There is still a lot of picture noise, details are still swallowed up. The card slot is located in the left housing frame
Image: teltarif.de Aside from the test laboratory, a similar result can be seen in nature. In any case, the cloudy December weather in Berlin is captured nicely. Details are clearly visible and colors are displayed naturally as in the test laboratory. In addition to the automatic mode, the camera app also offers a 48-megapixel mode. With this setting we recorded the same scenery as in auto mode. At first glance, hardly any differences can be seen - at least not on the smartphone display.

Differences can only be identified when looking at an external monitor, for example by enlarging a section of the photo. On the walls of the "Church of the Good Shepherd" on Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz, the structure is a little more visible in 48 megapixel mode than in auto mode. The contrast is slightly higher at this point. In our opinion, the auto mode is completely sufficient and you shouldn't be confused by "48M". If you want to greatly enlarge the picture, for example by dragging it onto a screen, a stronger contrast may still be useful. There may be smartphone clippers that do this, but we assume that it is a rarity. We took an 8x zoom photo of a window in the church in auto mode. The result is quite impressive. Details are clearly visible. Left: auto mode, right: 48M mode
Image: teltarif.de We also used night mode under real conditions. The result is by no means bad; areas of the image above all to the side and in the distance are brightened. However, if you compare this with a picture taken in the dark in auto mode, the difference does not appear to be decisive. The macro camera basically manages to take a good close-up of a yellow flower. However, the recording is noisy in places, which means that details are lost.

The front camera also takes good pictures with natural colors and richness of detail in good light. In particular, the complexion of our test object is faithfully reproduced. It is nice that this is still displayed well even in less good light. This also applies to the bright colors of the scarf. However, the rest of the recording blurs heavily with the background, which is exclusively reproduced in black.

We have attached all test images so that you can take a picture of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T's camera for yourself.

Conclusion

With the Redmi Note 8T, Xiaomi has created a solid smartphone that is very difficult for competitors in the same price range. The premium features that the Redmi Note 8T promises on paper, also manages to meet large parts well in practice. Not only the very bright display and the large battery with quick charge function are praiseworthy, but also the performance of the quad camera under various conditions. The performance is also more than sufficient, although it shouldn't be enough for the demanding gamer. The sound module could be better for enjoying music and telephones also have to compromise on the overall volume. In return, the Redmi Note 8T is a real dual SIM mobile phone.


Overall rating from teltarif.de
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T

  • Bright display
  • Good photos in sufficient light
  • Dual SIM plus MicroSD
  • Sound could be better
  • Gaming performance just sufficient

Individual evaluation of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T

  • Housing / processing8/10
    • Material 8/10
    • Haptics 7/10
    • Processing housing 9/10
  • Display8/10
    • Touchscreen 8/10
    • Brightness 10/10
    • Pixel density 5/10
    • Viewing angle stability 8/10
    • Color fastness (DeltaE) 9/10
    • Contrast 9/10
  • power3/10
    • Benchmark Geekbench Single 0/10
    • Benchmark Geekbench Multi 2/10
    • Benchmark browser test 10/10
    • Benchmark Antutu 2/10
  • software10/10
    • Actuality 10/10
    • Preinstalled apps 5/10
  • Internet9/10
    • WiFi 10/10
    • LTE 10/10
    • LTE speed 10/10
    • 3G 10/10
    • 5G -
    • Reception quality 8/10
    • Dual SIM 8/10
  • Telephony8/10
    • Voice quality 8/10
    • Volume 7/10
    • Loudspeaker (hands-free) 7/10
  • Interfaces / sensors8/10
    • USB standard 9/10
    • NFC 10/10
    • Navigation 6/10
    • Bluetooth 9/10
    • Headphone jack 10/10
    • Video-out 10/10
    • Fingerprint scanner 5/10
    • Face recognition 6/10
  • Storage7/10
    • Size 6/10
    • SD slot available 10/10
  • battery pack10/10
    • Runtime (benchmark) 10/10
    • Induction 0/10
    • Fast charging 10/10
  • camera7/10
    • Main camera
    • Image quality bright 8/10
    • Image quality dark 7/10
    • Image stabilizer 5/10
    • Front camera
    • Image quality bright 8/10
    • Image quality dark 7/10
    • Number of cameras 10/10
    • Video 8/10
    • Handling 8/10