Shortly after the release of the Redmi Note 8 in India, the company released the similar Redmi Note 8T in Europe and the UK. Despite the ‘T’ added to the name, it’s essentially the same device with NFC aboard.
The price is certainly right, but can it hold its own against other budget kings? Find out in Android Authority’ s Redmi Note 8T review!
About this Redmi Note 8T review: We reviewed the Redmi Note 8T running MIUI Global 10.3.1 after spending five days with the device. Xiaomi supplied a unit with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, although the UK version will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
The Redmi Note 8T is the latest in Xiaomi’s budget Redmi line, and it delivers solid performance at an attractive price point. Coupled with a quad-camera setup, headphone jack, microSD card slot, great battery life, and fast charging, it’s a welcome addition to the increasingly crowded sub-£200 market
But what really sets the Redmi Note 8T apart from its competitors is support for NFC. If you’re someone who likes to use Google Pay , the Note 8T is one of very few devices in its price range that supports it.
If you’re not someone who uses NFC there may be better options out there for you, including some from Redmi’s own catalog. For example, the Redmi Note 7 offers similar performance (minus the ultra-wide camera) for less money, and the Redmi Note 7 Pro offers better performance for roughly the same price.
The Redmi Note 8T follows the same design principles of the Redmi Note 7, with a small waterdrop notch and a curvy, glass-sandwich. The front and back of device are wrapped in Gorilla Glass 5 and the frame is a soft metal. Combined with the solid power button and volume rockers, the phone feels significantly more premium than perhaps it really is.
My only complaint is that the camera module sticks out way too much, making the device rock significantly when sat flat on a table or catch on your pocket when putting it away. The edges of the module are also fairly sharp, but these problems are solved by applying a case like the TPU option included in the box.
The back of the phone also sports a capacitive fingerprint sensor right in the middle, which is exactly where your finger rests when you pick up the phone. In my testing it was speedy and accurate. Some budget phones include in-screen fingerprint readers, but dedicated sensors are much more reliable in this price range.
The Redmi Note 8T design doesn’t stand out from other budget or mid-range devices, but the look and feel are good enough to appeal to most buyers. Plus, it has a headphone jack at the bottom of the phone next to the USB-C port and speaker so you won’t need to go shopping for a new pair of Bluetooth headphones.
The color I tested was Starscape Blue, which has a pleasing gradient effect down the phone. It’s also available in Moonlight White and Moonshadow Grey in Europe, although only the blue colorway is available in the UK.
The Redmi Note 8T runs on MIUI 10 , which is Xiaomi’s heavily skinned version of Android Pie. If you’ve never used MIUI, it borrows heavily from iOS, with no app drawer and uniform icon shapes for each app.
MIUI Xiaomi's MIUI 10 update is finally rolling out this month, coming to everything from the Redmi 3S and Redmi 5A to the Mi 6 and Mi Mix 2S. It's not the most significant …
Personally, I don’t mind the overall design aesthetic of MIUI, but I do mind the pre-installed apps and frequent advertisements embedded in the UI. MIUI 11 improves the experience, but at the time of this writing the Redmi Note 8T has not received the latest global version. With the devices predecessor the Redmi Note 7 already on MIUI 11, it shouldn’t be too long before the update hits.
Redmi Note 8T specs:
Redmi Note 8T
|Display||6.3 inch IPS LCD|
19.5:9 aspect ratio
Full HD+ (2,340 x 1,080) resolution
88.3% screen-to-body ratio
Gorilla Glass 5
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)|
|RAM and Storage||3GB + 32GB|
4GB + 64GB
4GB + 128GB
microSD expansion up to 256GB
48MP main (Samsung QW1), f/1.8, 26mm, 0.8-micron pixel size, PDAF
8MP ultra-wide, f/2.2
2MP macro, f/2.4
2MP depth sensor, f/2.4
4K video at 30fps, Full HD video at 30/60fps and slo-mo at 120fps
13MP, f/2.0, 0.9-micron pixel size, Full HD video at 30fps
Quick Charge 4.0 and USB-PD support
|IP rating||None. Splash-proof nano-coating|
|Sensors||Proximity sensor, In-screen ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compass, Vibration motor, IR blaster|
|Connectivity||LTE FDD: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20/B28|
LTE TDD: B38/B40
Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz): 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Direct/Wi-Fi Display
|Dimensions and weight||161.1 x 75.4 x 8.6 mm (6.34 x 2.97 x 0.34 in)|
200 g (7.05 oz)
|Colors||Moonshadow Grey, Starscape Blue, and Moonlight White|
Is the Redmi Note 8T worth buying?
Overall, the Redmi Note 8T is one of the best budget devices available in Europe and the UK. Its versatile (if occasionally unreliable) quad-camera setup separates it from the pack, but what ultimately makes it worth purchasing is that coveted NFC support. For those on a tight budget looking to make use of Google Pay, you won’t regret buying the Redmi Note 8T.