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Test verdict on the Redmi Note 8 2021 - The previous "display dream" now with a weak panel

Two years after the introduction of the Redmi Note 8, Xiaomi presents a new version of its bestselling smartphone.
Two years after the introduction of the Redmi Note 8, Xiaomi presents a new version of its bestselling smartphone.
With its Redmi Note 8 2021 entry-level smartphone, Xiaomi hardly succeeded in creating a real upgrade compared to the Redmi Note 8 from 2019. However, the Xiaomi smartphone is still able to keep up with the affordable Galaxy competitors. Is a purchase of the Redmi smartphone worthwhile?
Marcus Herbrich (translated by Mark Riege), 🇩🇪

The successor of the popular Redmi Note 8 leaves a good impression in our test, even if nothing much has changed in the model upgrade. We are unable to notice any visual or haptic differences, and even the size and weight of the two Redmi models are exactly identical. However, this isn't necessarily a disadvantage for the Note 8 2021, since it still offers attractive haptics, considering the price level of the entry-level smartphone. However, we still would have expected at least an additional color version for the new model.

The same goes for the SoC upgrade in the Note 8 2021. With the Mediatek Helio G85, the refresh model, which is advertised as the "performance all-star," remains more or less at the same performance level of the Snapdragon 665 in the predecessor. Compared to the Note 8, even with some goodwill we are unable to see any noticeable performance jump in our benchmark package. However, the performance in everyday operation is still at a good level for a 150-Euro (~$169) smartphone. We can also attest the same for the 48-MP main camera of the Note 8 2021. 

On the other hand, the qualitative step backwards in the area of the display represents a point of complaint. While an affordable entry-level smartphone doesn't necessarily have to offer an OLED panel, particularly since the Note 8 2021 also offers a good black value, the display turns out slightly worse than that of the predecessor. In addition to offering a relatively high pixel density of 400 PPI, the Note 8 predecessor impressed us with an excellent maximum brightness of 656 cd/m², a very even brightness distribution, and a well-calibrated color reproduction and color balance. In these areas, the 2021 refresh model shows some weaknesses. 

If you want to get a detailed impression on the Redmi Note 8 2021, we recommend our extensive review of the Redmi smartphone. 

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Marcus Herbrich
Editor of the original article: Marcus Herbrich - Senior Tech Writer - 303 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I have always been very passionately interested in mobile technologies, especially smartphones. Being a tech enthusiast means the half-life of my devices isn’t exactly long, and being the latest hardware is not enough to suffice as the manufacturer and operating system play a minor role – the most important aspect for me is that the device is state-of-the-art. After posting for Mobi Test I joined Notebookcheck in 2016, where I have been pursuing my enthusiasm for technology by reviewing the latest smartphone, tablet, and accessory trends.
contact me via: @Marcus_Herbrich
Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 314 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Marcus Herbrich, 2021-12-21 (Update: 2021-12-19)