Xiaomi - Xiaomi Redmi 8


Xiaomi Redmi 8: not far from breaking the shack

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In the Xiaomi family, the Redmi 8 is the entry-level smartphone. Positioned at less than 170 €, it is not technically stingy.

Our review


Xiaomi launched a host of smartphones in 2019 and the Redmi 8 should be one of the last in the batch of this vintage. The Chinese mobile logically replaces the Redmi 7, just 6 months after the launch of the latter. A very short delay that did not really leave time for Xiaomi to review the recipe for its entry-level. This market niche is occupied in particular by models like the Nokia 3.1 Plus, the Gigaset GS195 or the Samsung Galaxy A20e.


Ergonomics and design

We can not say that Xiaomi is really sprained for the design of its Redmi 8. The Chinese manufacturer has taken over the main lines of the Redmi 7 to offer a mobile still successful. At the front, the large 6.2-inch diagonal screen is framed only by thin borders. Thus it occupied 81.6% of the surface. There remains a lower border wider than the other 3 and a notch in the form of a drop of water to accommodate the front camera.

The handling of the Redmi 8 is very good. Its rounded shapes allow it to easily fit the palm of the hand, offering a secure grip. The rear face is rather elegant for a terminal sold for less than 170 €. However, the glossy coating often tends to catch fingerprints. A problem largely mitigated when using a shell, of course.

Still on the back of the mobile, there is a fingerprint reader, ideally positioned to be reached from the tip of the index finger when the smartphone is in hand. Its operation is no problem and unlocking through this reader is fast. On its lower edge, the Redmi 8 incorporates a USB-C port, still rare at this price. Good news, it is accompanied by a 3.5 mm mini-jack plug. Finally, the Xiaomi Redmi 8 can accommodate 2 nano-SIM cards and a microSD card, which is handy.

The headphone output is quite satisfactory overall. Devoid of annoying distortion, it also offers a fairly wide dynamic range and a correct reproduction of the stereo image. The only downside is that the output level is not the highest and could handicap users of particularly demanding headsets.

As often on the entry level, the Redmi 8 has only one speaker for multimedia. Placed on the lower edge, it will hardly be suitable for more than calls and a few small videos as it focuses on the rendering of voices - which it does correctly - forgetting all the rest of the spectrum.

Ergonomics and design


The days when entry-level smartphones were decked out in mediocre screens are long gone. Now, we are lucky to find good displays, even on mobiles like the Redmi 8. Admittedly, we must always be satisfied with an LCD panel and not Oled, but we measure a satisfactory contrast ratio of 1,750: 1. The maximum brightness of 450 cd / m² and the light reflection rate of 45.8% ensure good readability, even in direct sunlight. A point on which many entry-level terminals ignore. We may regret that the HD + definition (1520 x 720 px) somewhat limits the finesse of the display, but we can be satisfied with it for a large part of the uses.

This is a constant at Xiaomi, you have to go through the phone settings to adjust the display and get good color rendering. Here, choose the "warm" profile for the color temperature and the "default" display mode - contrary to what logic would like, this display mode is not the one selected by default. Once these adjustments have been applied, we measure an excellent delta E at 2.5, attesting to faithful colors. The color temperature is established at 6,790 K, close to the expected standard (6,500 K).

The only point on which the screens of smartphones hardly progress remains that of the reactivity. The Redmi 8 is no exception to the rule with a tactile delay time measured at 118 ms and a persistence time of 16 ms.



This part is one of the big disappointments of this Redmi 8. Xiaomi chose a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC, certainly more recent than the Snapdragon 632 of the Redmi 7, but less efficient. On our test protocol which simulates the launch of several applications and the transition from one to the other, the Redmi 8 obtains an index of 77. This is still correct given the price of the mobile, but a slight notch below the Redmi 7 (80 ).

It is especially in the video game discipline that the Redmi 8 retreats compared to its predecessor. The iGPU Adreno 505 does not even allow it to reach an index of 40 on our video game test. On this point, the Redmi 7 climbed to 53, therefore ensuring a better fluidity in the titles a little bit demanding. This should not be a big problem, however, if you just plan to launch a Candy Crush from time to time.



While Xiaomi has reached new heights by equipping its Mi Note 10 with 5 photo modules, including one with a 108 megapixel sensor, the Redmi 8 remains much wiser. The mobile has "only" two photo modules, one of which is only there to make depth of field measurements for portrait mode. The other module is based on a 12 megapixel sensor and an equivalent 27 mm lens opening at f / 1.8.

In broad daylight, the Redmi is capable of producing correct shots. The level of detail is interesting for an entry-level smartphone. We do however regret the somewhat cold rendering of the image and the dull colors. It is still a correct performance.

In low light, the task becomes more complicated. Electronic noise management is particularly complex and does not always manage to smooth out properly. The colors fade sharply and the pictures are just usable.

No ultra-wide angle or 2x zoom module, but the Redmi 8 still offers portrait mode. However, the result is quite random. The cutting of the subject is not the most precise that we have seen and the wide-angle focal length does not help to frame effectively.

Video recording enthusiasts will be able to film in Full HD at 30 fps at best. As in the photo, it is better to confine oneself to sufficiently bright environments. Otherwise, the electronic noise settles too much to exploit the images.

Selfie capture is left to an 8-megapixel sensor. The pictures taken from this front camera are quite good for an entry-level smartphone. Certainly, image processing forces a lot of accentuation of contrasts, but the management of backlighting and the level of details are satisfactory.


A 5000 mAh battery, a low-power SoC and a poorly defined screen: the ingredients are there for the Redmi 8 to show great endurance. On our SmartViser test protocol, the Xiaomi mobile will have lasted for 19 h 15 min. It is a very slight notch below the score of the Redmi 7, but it still places the Redmi 8 among the very good students of the discipline. In practice, it will be able to hold without problem for 2 good days in the event of standard use. More sustained use will rarely see the smartphone claim its charger before the morning of the second day.

With the charger provided by Xiaomi, it takes 2 h 30 min to fully charge the Redmi 8.


In line with what Xiaomi has been offering for some time, the Redmi 8 is a good value for money. Too bad his performance is not a bit better, because he would have really passed a course. The Redmi 8 is ultimately revealed as a good smartphone for a first equipment or if you do not want to spend too much money on the purchase of a mobile. From time to time, its price drops below 150 €, which reinforces its interest.