Rarely will the settings really let you shoot in full 64Mp resolution, but the quad-cameras will be pretty great for the price bracket when it’s all said and done with a wide angle and macro lens thrown in with a depth sensor. The 8 Pro also has a 6.53FHD 1080p display and a MediaTek Helio G90T, which is a chip generally used in phones that are designed to play high-end games.
It has a huge 4500mAh battery and 18W fast charging via USB-C. It’s great to see phones of this price step up not only in obvious places like the camera and display but also moved away from micro-USB.
The regular Note 8 has a Snapdragon 665 so is no slouch, but has a smaller 4,000mAh battery (which is still massive in the grand scheme of things). It also has 18W charging and a 48Mp main sensor, so you’re still getting a respectable camera set up from 999 yuan (£114 / £140).
Both phones have 3.5mm headphone jacks, rear fingerprint sensors and IR blasters. If you like your phones affordable, feature packed and well-designed, Xiaomi really is ticking all the boxes with the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro. It’s just hard to get hold of them outside of China.