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The Redmi Note 8 Pro is not a good choice for smartphone gamers

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a great mid-range phone, but not a gaming smartphone. Test device courtesy of Trading Shenzhen
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a great mid-range phone, but not a gaming smartphone. Test device courtesy of Trading Shenzhen
In our review of the Note 8 Pro, the mid-range phone achieves convincing results in many areas, although despite or perhaps due to the MediaTek Helio G90T, it is not a gaming smartphone.
Marcus Herbrich (translated by Marius S.), 🇩🇪

With the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the Chinese smartphone brand is mainly trying to appeal to gamers. Here, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 of the Redmi Note 8 has been replaced by the gaming-focused MediaTek Helio G90T, which is primarily directed at gamers and, in the case of the Note 8 Pro, has liquid cooling. The HyperEngine gaming technology is supposed to improve the gaming performance of the chipset.

The MediaTek chipset consists of an eight-core CPU cluster with 2 powerful Cortex A76 cores with a maximum clock rate of 2.05 GHz and an energy-efficient Cortex A55 cluster for simpler tasks. In conjunction with 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM, the Helio G90T inside of the Note 8 Pro makes for a subjectively good system performance - this also includes our gaming tests.

However, the SoC "only" integrates a Mali-G76 MP4 graphics unit - a relatively weak choice for a gaming smartphone. By contrast, the Note 8 Pro's GPU only includes a third of the clusters compared to the Exynos 9820 inside of the Samung Galaxy S10. Thus, the graphics unit of the Helio G90T is less well suited to gaming and less future-proof on paper. While the system on a chip stems from MediaTek and is advertised by Xiaomi as a gaming SoC, users should be aware of the fact that the Note 8 Pro does not achieve the same high level of CPU and GPU performance as the Snapdragon 855 Plus. Instead the performance is more in line with that of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 730 series, which is also quoted as a comparable chipset by MediaTek.

Overall, Redmi's latest mid-range flagship smartphone still makes a good impression in our review and in light of the price of around 220 Euros (~$244) for the international version, we have few complaints and the SoC performance is not one of them. However, it should not be seen as a cheap alternative to Xiaomi's dedicated gaming smartphone family "Black Shark". Particularly since a performance loss during prolonged gaming sessions is more than likely on the Note 8 Pro. As our tests have shown, the frame rate noticeably decreases as the system load increases. There can be a performance deficit of around 20 percent. Furthermore, the mid-range smartphone shows an overheating notification during our stress test.

We recommend you to take a look at our in-depth review of the Note 8 Pro for a more detailed impression on the Redmi smartphone's qualities. The EU version is now available on TradingShenzhen, the online shop that kindly provided us with the test device.

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Marcus Herbrich
Editor of the original article: Marcus Herbrich - Senior Tech Writer - 304 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.
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Marius Schell
Translator: Marius Schell - Tech Writer - 322 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
Even in my youth I was already very enthusiastic about technology, and as a result I started building PCs, optimizing them, and writing programs while I was still in school. When dealing with the inevitable hardware and software problems associated with computers, I was always relentless in my search for the necessary solutions. The compact forms of laptops and smartphones introduced further challenges in this regard. In my reviews for Notebookcheck I try to communicate as objectively as possible how well a device copes with these hurdles.
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Marcus Herbrich, 2019-11-22 (Update: 2019-11-25)