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About Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T - Review, Specs + more

Finally, Xiaomi launch the Redmi Note 8T here in the UK. It's been a runaway success over in China and even in mainland Europe - we're glad that Xiaomi have seen sense and launched this great budget phone here too. You can't really get much better in terms of specs at this price - but is it worth buying over similar phones, that may look a little bit nicer? Let's find out...

Summary of contents

  1. Display
  2. Quad camera  systems kicks ass!
  3. Monster battery with Android Pie
  4. Decent processor, large memory
  5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T Price & Verdict

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is only slightly different to its predecessor (that also was not widely available in the UK) called the Redmi Note 8. The 8T offers NFC payments such as Contactless payments with Google Pay, and superfast wired charging, and only costs slightly more.

It isn't lacking in features either, we really love this phone. It has a 6.3-inch display with a screen resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels (Full HD). This results in a very good pixel density of 409 ppi. The aspect ratio is 19.5: 9. The IPS panel provides viewing angle stability and the front and back faces are both protected from scratches by Gorilla Glass 5 - you can now get Gorilla GLass 6, but it's expensive, and we would not expect it to come on a price-conscious phone as the Note 8T yet.


The display is not obscured by annoying so-called "chin bars", but the front is almost completely covered by the display. As you can see from the photos it's not a completely bevel-less design, which is a shame as there is a good 1mm of space there that could be tidied up. Presumably Xiaomi did not want this phone to eat into sales of their more expensive offerings like the Pocophone F1.

To be fair, there's only a centrally located small "waterdrop" shaped notch present, and this is pretty vital as it houses the 13 megapixel front camera used for selfies.

Quad camera  systems kicks ass!

A lot of people think that cameras are the main price driver of phones, but this isn't true with the Redmi Note 8T clearly, as it's got four cameras but is still dirt cheap! On the back of Xiaomi has a protruding, quadrant camera system, and next to that, a fingerprint sensor. The slightly sticking out design of this is unfavourable because the phone wobbles when placed on a table, as this review complains, but that's such a minor niggle that can be overcome with a cheap case.

The Quad camera system offers 48 MP, a 8 MP ultra wide angle, a 2 MP depth sensor and 2 MP macro lens. Overall, the camera is AI-supported. The quality of the fabricated photos is fine - especially considering the price range of the mobile phone, but don't go thinking that it'll out-compete high end phones like the iPhone 11 Pro as it won't.

In daylight, the photos are useful if you use the standard 13 MP offered in the rear camera. At 48 MP, the image noise is higher, and battery use will be higher. Speaking of batteries...

Monster battery with Android Pie

The Redmi Note 8T has a built-in 4000 mAh battery - as to be expected from the Chinese. This guarantees a long useful life of up to 12 hours (or 3 hours AlwaysON). Charging takes place via the USB-C port with 18W Quick Charge, but requires 1.5 hours to complete charge, so not exactly super-quick compared to other models with similar sized batteries...

But several points are gained, when you realise that Xiaomi have again retained a 3.5 mm jack - move over Apple.

As operating systems go, Android Pie is pre-installed (the latest Android) and runs on Xiaomi's own user interface MIUI V10 - think of it like a re-skin of Android. Thus, an update to the currently current Android 10 should be safe. All the usual Google apps are pre-installed and unlike Huawei, Xiaomi phones can access Google Play etc.

Decent processor, large memory

Under the bonnet of the Xiaomi, you'll get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor. This is clocked at up to 2 GHz and offers 4 GB RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB capacity, and this internal memory can be extended by using a MicroSD card up to 512 GB in size very easily. The performance of the Xiaomi is a standout feature - even at doubel this price, it's quite amazing what Xiaomi have done here. Even up-to-date 3D games can be played with jitter or lag. All relevant standards such as Bluetooth and WLAN are supported.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T Price & Verdict

The first Redmi 8-series phone to make its way to the UK, the Redmi Note 8T offers extraordinary value at £179. This is a mid-ranger with a budget price, offering a 48MP quad-lens camera, a 6.3in AMOLED display, a 4,000mAh battery and a capable Snapdragon 665 processor. It adds NFC and 18W wired charging to the Redmi Note 8 elsewhere. You won’t find better value for money, buy it!

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T: Specifications

  • Case
  • Dimensions: 161.1 x 75.4 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 200 g
  • Operating System
  • Platform: Android
  • Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Display
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2340
  • Performance
  • Memory Card:
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Autonomy
  • Battery Capacity: 4000
  • Camera
  • Front Camera: 13 MP
  • Back Camera: 48 MP
  • Connection
  • Connection Type: LTE
  • GPS:
  • SIM Capacity: 2
  • Network
  • WIFI:
  • WIFI Hotspot:
  • Bluetooth:
  • USB: