Late last year we had the chance to unbox the most affordable quad camera phone on the market, finally hitting Europe. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is a version of the Redmi Note 8 for Europe, that comes with NFC and an 18W charger as extras. It’s priced at $173 or so and it’s unboxed below.

We have the 4 GB RAM/ 64 GB storage model, so the 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage may be cheaper. There’s also a version with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Inside the box of the Redmi Note 8T we find an 18W charger, compared to the regular Redmi Note 8 10W charger, plus a transparent case, an USB-C cable, a SIM key and manual. There’s also a sticker here showing us that the two SIM slots are separate from the microSD, which is always good news.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is available in gray, white or blue and we have the latter version, which goes a bit towards purple at the bottom of the phone. The design involves glass at the front and back and a plastic frame. Gorilla Glass 5 protection is applied here. Upfront we find an IPS LCD 6.3 inch screen with a 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution, 19.5:9 aspect and teardrop notch, that hosts the selfie camera. The phone measures 8.6 mm in thickness and weighs 200 grams.

It also brings a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, 3 or 4 GB of RAM and 32, 64 or 128 GB of storage, plus a microSD card slot. To those we add a 4000 mAh battery with fast charge and now let’s talk about the cameras. There’s a 13 MP shooter upfront, while at the back we have a familiar quad camera setup. Basically 3 of the 4 cameras are the exact same as the Redmi Note 8 Pro ones. Only the 64 MP one gets replaced by a 48 MP one here. Here’s the whole setup:

  • 48 MP, main camera, PDAF, F/1.8
  • 8 MP, ultra wide, F/2.2
  • 2 MP, Macro
  • 2 MP, Bokeh

There’s also an LED flash and 4K 30 FPS video capture. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T also provides an audio jack, WiFi Dual band, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC and an USB-C port at the bottom. There’s a singular speaker at the bottom and total of 3 microphones in the mix (2 at the top and 1 bottom). Also at the top there’s an infrared emitter, used to control the TV set, set top box and more devices. For security we have a fingerprint scanner at the back.

On the software front there’s Android Pie with MIUI 10 on top. The camera app includes features like AI, Night, Pro, Panorama, Macro and Bokeh. First impression? It feels like the Huawei P9 Lite or the P10 Lite and it’s a pretty heavy phone. The camera protrudes a bit and there’s promise about its capture, for the price applied.