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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021


Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021 (Redmi Note 12 Series)
Mediatek Helio G85 8 x 1.8 - 2 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55
Graphics adapter
4 GB 
6.30 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 409 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS LCD, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 47 GB free
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 Infrared, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD up to 256 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, OTG, Miracast, IR blaster
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.2, 4G: LTE FDD B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28, LTE TDD B38/40; 3G: WCDMA B1/2/4/5/8; 2G: GSM 850 900 1800 1900 MHz, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.4 x 158.3 x 75.3 ( = 0.33 x 6.23 x 2.96 in)
4000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 102 h
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Primary Camera: 48 MPix (f/1.8, 26mm, 1/2.0", 0.8µm) + 8MP (f/2.2, 1/4.0", 1.12µm) + 2MP (f/2.4) + 2MP (f/2.4)
Secondary Camera: 13 MPix (f/2.0, 1/3.1", 1.12µm)
Additional features
Speakers: mono, Keyboard: virtual, USB Type-C cable, SIM tool, protective case, charger, MiUI, 12 Months Warranty, Widevine L1, camera API: Level 3, fanless
190 g ( = 6.7 oz / 0.42 pounds), Power Supply: 51 g ( = 1.8 oz / 0.11 pounds)
180 Euro



Average Score: 73.13% - average
Average of 3 scores (from 6 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 37%, features: 53%, display: 82% mobility: 80%, workmanship: 87%, ergonomy: 78%, emissions: 96%

Reviews for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021

78.4% Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021 review: Can this questionable smartphone update be recommended? | Notebookcheck
Two years after the introduction of the Redmi Note 8, Xiaomi brings a new version of its bestselling smartphone. However, the Note 8 2021 turns out to be a very modest model update with some technical adjustments that are at times questionable not only on its data sheet.
68% Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021 review
Source: GSM Arena English
The original Redmi Note 8 from 2019 is one of the most successful models the company has ever put out, recently surpassing 25 million in total sales. However, the same formula that made it popular would no longer work as easily a couple of years later. Worse still, the Redmi Note 8 (2021) is arguably worse than its vanilla predecessor. The processor swap from a Snapdragon 665 to a MediaTek Helio G85 has resulted in the same performance numbers, plus an upgraded Bluetooth 5.2 radio, but 4K video capture is no longer available. Even Xiaomi itself already has better phones in the same price bracket, such as the Redmi Note 10 or the Redmi 10. It is absolutely possible that we might see a further decrease in the Redmi Note 8 2021's pricing or some aggressive carrier subsidies and that would help its desirability. That scenario, however, is the only one where we currently see ourselves recommending the Redmi Note 8 2021.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/24/2021
Rating: Total score: 68%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (2021) – an updated bestseller with different chipset
Source: Laptop Media English
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (2021) can be a decent daily driver – it feels somehow compact when compared to other budget phones from its class like Redmi 9 or Redmi Note 9. The overall performance is just fine if you don’t use don’t plan to use it for super-heavy multitasking. In addition, the main camera is spot-on and the battery life isn’t bad at all. The problem is that this Xiaomi phone can be cannibalized by another sibling from the same brand – the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9. The latter offers similar hardware and camera configuration, but it boasts a bigger display, a bigger battery, and goodies like reverse charging for almost the same price tag. But it lacks the eye-candy glass back of the Redmi Note 8 (2021) and for some, the Redmi Note 9 can be a bit bigger for comfortable usage. So, as usual, the choice is in your hands.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/09/2021
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (2021) Review, Pros and Cons
Source: OI Spice Tech News English
If you’re still wondering, let me clear everything up in a recap so you can make an informed decision. No doubt the design has been an attractive point considering the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (2021) phone. In addition, you will have a wonderful display that will leave you amazed while watching any movie. The presence of glossy cameras enhances the true charm of this phone in the budget range. Also, you should be concerned about the battery being unsuitable at the moment. Available globally, you can buy it from the official channel or from the nearest stores. There remains one more task, which is the comparison with its alternatives. This upgraded model offers stiff competition to other phones. So it would be difficult to find a strong competitor for the Redmi Note 8 (2021) phone. Still, you can check out the Galaxy M21 2021.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/04/2021

Foreign Reviews

73% Redmi Note 8 2021, análisis y opinión
Source: Computerhoy Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/31/2021
Rating: Total score: 73% features: 60% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90%
Review Redmi Note 8 (2021) | O modelo nostálgico que não faz sentido atualmente
Source: Canaltech Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Glass case; long battery life. Negative: Poor display; mediocre selfie camera; average performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/25/2021
Recensione Redmi Note 8 2021: un’icona dal passato, sceglietelo se in offerta
Source: Tutto Android Italian IT→EN
Negative: Rare eMMC storage; relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/13/2021


ARM Mali-G52 MP2: Integrated mid range graphics card with 2 clusters. ARM states that the G52 series is 30% faster and 15% more efficient compared to the G51 series on the same process node.

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Helio G85: ARM based octa-core SoC with 2x big ARM Cortex-A75 cores at up to 2 GHz and 6x small and power efficient ARM Cortex-A55 cores at up to 1.8 GHz. Integrates a Cat-7 (DL) / Cat-13 (UL) LTE Modem (4G), ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU and a ARM Mali G52 MC2 with up to 950 MHz.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


Only a few smartphones have larger screens.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.19 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


Xiaomi Tech was founded as a Chinese smartphone producer in 2010 and soon reached high market shares in its home market. Although Xiaomi is not one of the Top 5 smartphone manufacturers worldwide in 2016, it is nevertheless one of the big global players in this market segment.

Since 2015 there are many reviews. The ratings have been above average since 2016.

73.13%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2021-09-28)