Can it be the best gaming smartphones in this price range? Let’s find out.
Xiaomi recently introduced its latest smartphone in the Note series with the launch of Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi Note 8 in India. Although Redmi Note 8 is a budget-centric smartphone, the star of the show is Redmi Note 8 Pro.
The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 14,999 for 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage. With the latest smartphone, Xiaomi is projecting it to be an ideal gaming smartphone in this price range. The smartphone is loaded with a latest gaming-centric chipset from MediaTek along with some other features. So, can it be the best gaming smartphones in this price range? Let’s find out.
Game Turbo 2.0 comes with new features!
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes loaded with an enhanced gaming mode, the Game Turbo 2.0. The app now Game speed booster that the company claims enhances gaming performance. The app can be accessed from the Settings menu or Mi Security app and it allows users to select different settings. To start with, users can turn on/off game speed booster and in-game shortcuts from the settings. One can also start performance, which optimises system performance for gaming. Then there is a performance optimization mode, which improves the heat management of the phone.
Interestingly, it also features Game DND mode through which users can select the option to answer calls hands-free and even restrict buttons and gestures. Lastly, one can also choose different settings for an individual game. One can control touch response, sensitivity to repeated taps and touch-resistant area.
Coming to the in-game menu, there is a small line at the edge of the screen swiping which one can access the settings while playing a game. The in-game menu offers options to record the gameplay, take a screenshot, optimise phone, open browser, Facebook and WhatsApp in a floating window. This particularly useful when you are playing a game and want to quickly check an update on Facebook or WhatsApp. You can also stop floating notification, control WiFi, SIM or use turn-off screen, which allows you to turn-off screen while keeping the game running in the background.
Gaming performance is impressive!
Coming to the gaming performance, the Redmi Note 8 Pro does a good job. We played some casual games like Steppy Pants, Temple Run 2 and Minion Rush. During our gameplay session, we did not notice any sort of lag or stutter and the whole experience was quite smooth.
Coming to the high-graphics games, we played PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 on this smartphone. Starting with the PUBG Mobile, the game choose high settings by default. Interestingly, you can choose HDR graphics with Ultra frame rate on this smartphone. If you want to higher frame rate then you can put the Graphics to Smooth and Frame Rate to Extreme. During our gameplay, choose Smooth graphics with extreme frame rate and the results were quite impressive. The gameplay was buttery smooth and we did not face any problem with frame drops or lags.
However, we did notice the overheating issue on this smartphone. Despite the company claiming to feature liquid cooling, heat management is that great, to be honest. During our gameplay session, we did notice overheating issue on this smartphone and the area around the camera module was prone got hot within 15 minutes of gameplay.
To conclude, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a good device, especially, if you consider it for gaming purpose. The whole gameplay experience is quite smooth and you can even play PUBG Mobile at high settings. The Game Turbo 2.0 gives you a plethora of options and customisable settings. However, on the downside, the phone is prone to overheating and it sometimes makes it difficult to even hold the smartphone.