Xiaomi Redmi 8 32gb Smartphone Review

Communication

Xiaomi Redmi 8 can work alternately on two SIM cards. Supported communication standards: 4G / LTE and 3G / WCDMA, GSM. Data transfer with other devices occurs via bluetooth 4.2, as well as Wi-Fi. Among the navigation systems are the following: GPS, A-GPS, Beidou and GLONASS. Connection to other gadgets is available via USB Type-C 1.0 cable and USB On-The-Go.

The Redmi 8 smartphone has got good speakers and a microphone. There are no interruptions and delays in the conversation. For communication, an active noise reduction system is installed, so the microphone excludes extraneous sounds. Has a 3.5mm audio jack.

Xiaomi Redmi 8

Xiaomi Redmi 8 32gb Smartphone Review

Battery and autonomy

The Redmi 8 smartphone has a powerful 5000 mAh lithium polymer battery. The model supports fast charging from 18W blocks. With an average load, the device will work for two days without additional charge.

Camera

On the back of the Xiaomi Redmi 8 there is a camera with two modules and an LED flash in a separate unit. The main 12 MP camera with 1.8 aperture and hybrid autofocus allows you to take not only high-quality photos, but also good portraits and landscapes. The second 2MP module is responsible for measuring the depth of the frame, providing bokeh in photos. Available modes include HDR and Panorama. Video shooting takes place in 1080p @ 30fps.

The front 8MP camera with aperture ratio of 2.0 is placed in a drop-shaped zone. It allows you to take selfies and chat in instant messengers via video. Artificial intelligence is used in the main and front cameras, which significantly improves shots.

Pros:

  • Stylish design and attractive look.
  • Dual module camera.
  • Powerful capacitive battery.
  • Fingerprint scanner.
  • Affordable price.

Xiaomi Redmi 8 review

Xiaomi Redmi 8 is a budget smartphone that will delight the user with good parameters and new features. The device is equipped with an impressive high-quality screen and a powerful 5000 mAh battery. In addition, upon purchase, the user immediately gets access to the latest proprietary shell, which promises many interesting functions. The model was announced on October 9, 2019.

Xiaomi Redmi 8 is an affordable smartphone option that will allow you to perform all the necessary tasks every day. It perfectly combines good quality and reasonable price. It is suitable for people who take care of their time and finances. And the presence of a 5000 mAh battery will appeal to users who cannot imagine their life without a smartphone. A large battery is also relevant for people who have long negotiations and correspondence at work. Good cost and affordable interface makes the smartphone an excellent option for beginners who are mastering touchscreen models for the first time.

Display

The Redmi 8 smartphone received a 6.22-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 720 by 1520 pixels. The model is equipped with a 2.5D curved glass. The aspect ratio is 19 to 9. The total area in relation to the phone is 81.8%. The screen is reliably protected from damage by special glass. The good aspect ratio allows you to operate your smartphone with one hand. The picture is bright and detailed, the text and all the information is well transmitted. Images can be viewed from multiple angles without compromising quality.

Appearance and ergonomics

Xiaomi Redmi 8 is made of plastic that is used on the back of the device. On the front, there is glass, which is protected from scratches and cracks thanks to Corning Gorilla Glass 5. On the large screen at the very top there is a front camera in a waterdrop notch. At the very bottom of the case, the manufacturer decided to leave the Redmi inscription. On the back there is a camera with two modules in a separate zone and a flash. The fingerprint sensor is located under the camera, with a branded inscription next to it. On the right side, the user will find keys for turning on and working with sound. The smartphone is reliably protected from splashes and moisture. Original colors will allow each user to choose a more suitable option for themselves. Over, blue, green and red colors have a heterogeneous color, and seem to shimmer.

The design of the model is SIMilar to many modern smartphones. The sides of the case are rounded, so it fits securely in the hand. If necessary, you can cope with typing without the help of a second hand. Available colors: Onyx Black, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Magic Green. Dimensions: height. 156.5 mm, width. 75.4 mm, thickness. 9.4 mm, weight. 188 g.

Redmi 8 camera

  • Main. 12 MP (f / 1.8, 1 / 2.55 ″, 1.4 microns, Sony IMX486 sensor) 2 MP (depth sensor)
  • Frontal. 8 MP (f / 2.0, 1.12 microns, Omnivision 8856 sensor)

“Selected” smartphones with the IMX363 sensor praised at the presentation (this is used in Google Pixel 3) Xiaomi supplies exclusively to the Indian market. The global version of Redmi 8 is equipped with a Sony IMX486 sensor, which is complemented by a secondary depth sensor with a resolution of 2 MP. The purpose of the latter remains a mystery to me, since the camera applications on smartphones are identical and portrait mode works on each of the devices.

In fact, the second module is used here purely for the sake of appearance. But the older version has one subtle advantage. The 64-bit version of Android, which allows you to install fresh versions of the Google camera with support for night shooting, which is not available in the stock application. Cam2api on both smartphones is open out of the box, but on 32-bit OS 8A only old GCam without night mode start.

As for the quality of the images, in daylight the photos on the Redmi 8 are quite good considering the price of the smartphone. They have normal detail and color rendition, with exposure and white balance, the automation in the vast majority of cases is not mistaken. The stock camera app has AI and HDR modes that make sense to use to expand the dynamic range.

Low-light shots look worse due to aggressive noise reduction. They lose clarity, autofocus starts to work slower, and some of the photos are blurry due to the automatic use of too long exposure. For shooting in difficult conditions on Redmi 8, it is better to use the Google Camera, but even a stock application with straight arms can produce shameful results.

Video recording is limited to 1080p @ 30fps. Detail and dynamic range are not bad during the day, there are no problems with sound quality. The smartphone does not support electronic stabilization, so it is better not to move during shooting.

  • Headphone jack
  • Mono speaker
  • SBC, AAC codec support
  • FM radio (works without headphones)

Redmi 8 has one multimedia speaker, it is loud and quite good in sound quality by the standards of the budget segment. But when compared with more advanced Xiaomi, the eight loudspeaker merges in terms of sound volume, there are practically no low frequencies. The speaker hole is located on the right side, so that the sound is not drowned out when holding the smartphone in landscape while playing games and watching videos.

For music lovers, the device can offer a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a standard set of Xiaomi sound enhancers and a system equalizer. There is an FM radio with recording function and basic codecs for wireless headphones, there is no aptX support in the device.

Redmi 8 specifications:

  • Screen: 6.22 ″, IPS, HD (1520 × 720 px), 19: 9, 270 ppi;
  • Processor: Snapdragon 439 (2 × 1.45-1.95 GHz, 12 nm), Adreno 505 graphics;
  • Permanent memory: 32/64 GB (eMMC 5.1) MicroSD up to 512 GB;
  • RAM: 3/4 GB (LPDDR3);
  • Main camera: 12 MP (f / 1.8, 1 / 2.55 ″, 1.4 μm) 2 MP (depth sensor), PDAF, video 1080p / 30fps;
  • Front camera: 8 MP (f / 2.0), video 1080p / 30fps;
  • Battery: 5000 mAh, fast charging 18W;
  • SIM: 2 x NanoSIM;
  • Wireless communications: LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz 802.11n, GPS, FM radio, IR sensor;
  • Ports: USB Type-C, 3.5 mm minijack;
  • Security: Face Unlock, fingerprint scanner;
  • OS: Android 9 Pie MIUI 10;
  • Color: Onyx Black, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue.

Official for the version with 3/32 GB of memory and 11,990 rubles for 4/64 GB.

Design and ergonomics

  • 156.5 x 75.4 x 9.4 mm, weight 188 grams
  • Body. Plastic, Gorilla Glass 5 on the screen;
  • Teardrop notch;
  • Headphone jack, mono speaker.

Redmi 8 is a smartphone with a large 6.2-inch screen, but due to the thin bezels for its diagonal, it is relatively compact. The screen-to-bezel ratio is 81%, which is an improvement over its 74% predecessor.

From the front, the novelty looks nice. The chin and the drop-shaped notch are smaller than those of the seven, but the manufacturer’s decision to remove the notification LED and stick the Redmi logo on the lower frame is incomprehensible to me. LED, by the way, is absent in 8A, which seriously affects the usability of smartphones.

The key design difference between the Redmi 8 and 8A is the case material. Both devices are made of plastic, but the 8A is made of a matte, slightly embossed and rough material, while in the figure eight the plastic is glossy. An attempt to imitate glass looks nice, but in terms of practicality, Redmi 8 is significantly inferior to the younger model. Its body is more slippery and easily soiled, scratches and scuffs on the gloss are also more noticeable, which forces you to carry the phone in a case.

At the bottom of the smartphone is the speaker grill, Type-C port and 3.5mm audio jack. Above is an IR sensor for controlling home appliances, which is missing in the Redmi 8A. On the right we find the standard combination of the power key and the volume rocker, which do not play and are quite pleasant to press.

Like other budget employees of the brand, Redmi 8 is equipped with a triple tray for two NanoSIM and a microSD flash drive, which accepts cards up to 512 GB. The card slot is made of metal and has a rubber seal that prevents water from entering the case. The manufacturer claims P2i nano-coating, which makes the smartphone resistant to splashes and light rain, but you cannot submerge the device under water, it has no IP rating.

What is in the box:

  • Smartphone;
  • Type-C cable;
  • Charger 5V / 2A;
  • A clip for removing the SIM card;
  • Silicone Case;
  • Documentation;

One of the few differences between Redmi 8 and 8A is the extended configuration: here, along with the smartphone, you get a silicone case, which you saved on in the younger model.

Autonomy

  • Battery 5000 mAh.
  • Fast charging 18W.
  • Type-C.

The 5,000mAh battery provides the Redmi 8 with an excellent battery life, you are unlikely to discharge it in a day even with very intensive use. With average use on a single charge, the device lives for two days with 10 hours of active screen.

Xiaomi puts a 10 W charging adapter in the package, from which the smartphone charges from 0 to 100% in a little over 3 hours. 18W fast charging is also supported. When using the appropriate adapter, the charging time is reduced to 2 hours, and the battery charges up to 55% in an hour.

Safety

The main difference between the 8 and 8A is the fingerprint scanner, which is only present in the older model. The fingerprint scanner is located at a comfortable height and works well. Accurate and quite fast.

Alternatively, you can use the convenient face recognition function, it is everywhere and in sufficient light it works in less than a second. However, in complete darkness, when FaceID starts to dull, as well as when using various banking applications, where only fingerprint login is available, the scanner greatly SIMplifies life.

Performance, software

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 (4 × 45 4 × 1.95 GHz), Adreno 505 graphics
  • 32/64 GB eMMC 5.1 persistent memory
  • 3/4 GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Separate slot for microSD up to 512 GB

Redmi 8 is powered by an eight-core Snapdragon 439 processor, which is a step back from the SD636 in Redmi 7. The same chipset is used in the 8A, but in the base configuration, the older model has 1 GB more RAM.

Are there any reasons to sound the alarm? Only if you are into mobile games, since the main difference between 636 and 439 dragon lies in the graphics accelerator, the frequency of which has been reduced from 650 to 450 MHz. It’s possible to play games on Redmi 8, but it’s not the most pleasant experience. If the conditional PUBG on the previous generation was adequate for the “balance” preset, here in demanding games you will be limited to the lowest graphics settings and even at minimum settings you will not always get a perfectly smooth picture. In general, seasoned gamers who want to bend in competitive games are definitely better off looking for something more powerful.

Redmi 8 64gb in AnTuTu Benchmark test

If we talk about everyday use, then I have no complaints about the overall performance of the smartphone. It launches and switches between programs quite quickly, smoothly draws animations and scrolls pages in applications. If you have not used devices of a class above, most likely you will not notice any catch in Snapdragon 439.

Verdict, comparison with Redmi 8A

What did the smartphone like:

  • High-quality display;
  • Excellent battery life;
  • Support for fast charging, Type-C port;
  • Smart fingerprint scanner and face recognition;
  • Triple card slot;
  • The presence of an IR sensor;
  • Wireless FM radio.
  • Impractical glossy body;
  • No LED notification indicator;
  • Poor gaming performance.
  • Poor photo quality without installing Google Camera.

The updated Redmi 8 is unlikely to delight anyone, and I can say for sure that there is absolutely no point in switching to it from the previous generation. There is only one real plus relative to the predecessor. The Type-C port. The obvious disadvantage of the device is the downgrade of the processor from Snapdragon 632 to 439, which Xiaomi seems to hint: who needs more performance. Buy Redmi Note 8 (review).

But at the same time, there are no objective reasons to call Redmi 8 an unsuccessful model. The smartphone is aimed at undemanding users for whom long battery life is more important than the number of parrots in AnTuTu or fps in games. Eight can be safely taken as a long-playing workhorse for yourself or as the first smartphone to someone from relatives. This is quite a worthy modern state employee, capable of meeting the needs of many people for work, study and entertainment.

Redmi 8 review: where are the improvements?

The new generation of the budget Redmi 8 series turned out to be rather ambiguous. If the younger model 8A improved on all fronts, then with the base eight there were rather strange changes. It was updated externally, but worsened in performance, which caused massive outrage among fans of the brand.

Read our Redmi 8 review to find out if such a downgrade is critical and whether the rest of the smartphone improvements justify it. We will also compare 8 and 8A and tell you if it is worth overpaying for the older version at all.

Screen

Xiaomi Redmi S2 32gb screen has the following characteristics:

  • Type: IPS;
  • Diagonal: 5.99 inches (15.21 cm);
  • Width: 2.68 inches (6.8 cm);
  • Height: 5.36 inches (6.8 cm)
  • Aspect ratio: 18: 9 (2: 1);
  • Resolution: 720 x 1440;
  • Pixel density: 267 ppi;
  • Color depth: 24 bit, 16,777,216 colors;
  • Screen area: 74.8%;
  • Other characteristics: capacitive, multitouch, LTPS (Low Temperature PolySilicon), 1000: 1 contrast ratio, 450 cd / m², 70.8% NTSC.

“Experienced” immediately cling to the relatively low resolution of a 6-inch smartphone. I hasten to reassure you, but whoever says what, the pixels are not visible during normal use and the resolution is more than sufficient.

Screen Xiaomi Redmi S2 32gb Screen Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

What’s really annoying about HD is the larger font for the same text size. Even when decreasing the font size from S to XS, the font remains larger than the font size S on Redmi 5 Plus.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Font Size Xiaomi S2 Font Size 32 GB

The second drawback is the relatively low coverage of the color space (NTSC). 70.8%. In comparison, the Redmi Note 5 has an NTSC of 84%, while the Xiaomi Black Shark has a whopping 95%. That is why the image of the gadget in question is less saturated and juicy than that of Redmi Note 5 and much worse than that of Black Shark. But this is noticeable only when comparing smartphones live. The screen itself is good and will please the vast majority. Regardless of the viewing angle, there is no color distortion. Liked the oleophobic coating.

Other functions

While preparing the review of Xiaomi Redmi S 32gb, I went through with the gadget for almost a month. Using the device for its intended purpose. As a dialer, there were no problems: the interlocutor could hear me well, as I could hear him. Bluetooth version 4.2 has successfully connected with the GU of my car and with wireless headphones. Wi-Fi and GPS are also no problem, everything is perfect.

Main characteristics of Xiaomi Redmi S2 3 / 32GB

  • Size: 77.26 x 160.73 x 8.1 mm.;
  • Weight: 170 g;
  • Soc: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953;
  • Processor: ARM Cortex-A53, 2000 MHz;
  • Number of cores: 8;
  • GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 506, 650 MHz;
  • RAM: 3 GB, 4 GB, 933 MHz;
  • Built-in memory: 32 GB, 64 GB;
  • Memory card support: yes (microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC);
  • Display: 5.99 in, IPS, 720 x 1440 pixels, 24 bit;
  • Battery: 3080 mAh, Li-Polymer;
  • Operating system: MIUI V9.5 (Android 8.1 Oreo);
  • Camera: dual 12 MP5 MP;
  • Front camera: 16 MP;
  • Wi-Fi: b, g, n, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Display;
  • USB: 2.0, Micro USB;
  • Bluetooth: 4.2;
  • Navigation: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou.

Performance

The gadget is running MIUI V9.5 (Android 8.1 Oreo). There is no doubt that the Xiaomi Redmi S2 will receive the MIUI V10. The heart of the device is the well-known 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. The amount of RAM depends on the version, the younger one has 3 GB (and 32 GB of internal memory), the older one. 4 GB (and 64 GB of internal memory). As for me, the 64gb (GB) version of Xiaomi Redmi S2 is not particularly needed, although 1 GB of RAM will not be superfluous. This review of Xiaomi Redmi S2 32gb (32 GB) B, the younger modification and obviously the most popular.

Xiaomi Redmi S2 3 / 32GB review: budget camera phone

The Chinese company Xiaomi continues its expansion into the world market, offering smartphones with one of the best price / quality ratios. And now the sales of the budget novelty from Xiaomi Redmi S2 have already started. In the modern series of the Mi line of smartphones, it is becoming more and more difficult to figure out which segment the gadget belongs to. Judging by the “Redmi” in the name, this is a budget employee, “S” means that this is a Selfie Series (including a good main camera). Review Xiaomi Redmi S2 3/32 GB will help you make out what the new product is worth?

Gaming test Xiaomi Redmi S2

And in games, everything is expected for SD 625. In WoT, the settings are as follows:

Modern Combat doesn’t have much graphics settings. Or I didn’t find them?!

The review of Xiaomi Redmi S2 gaming performance clearly showed what the gadget is capable of. Do you know more hardware-demanding games? Write in the comments, we will test them too.

Review of the autonomy of Xiaomi Redmi S2

The Xiaomi Redmi S2 32GB is equipped with a 3020mAh battery, which is not much compared to the Redmi 5 Plu and Redmi Note 5 with a 4000mAh battery. In theory, a less capacious battery should level the HD screen. Let’s check how long it takes to charge from 5% to 100% with a standard cable and a 2A charger.

It took 109 minutes to fully charge from 5% to 100%.

Watching on-line video over Wi-Fi with 50% display brightness and volume by 30% discharged the battery by 8% in 1 hour

Accordingly, from 100% to 0%, the smartphone will be discharged in about 12.5 hours.

When tested in PCMark, the smartphone worked for 9 hours 51 minutes.

With my mode of use, the gadget quite often lived for 2 days, but sometimes on the second day I needed to recharge in the middle of the day.