Xiaomi is one of the best smartphone manufacturers around and to be honest, they have a knack for producing attention-grabbing devices. Ranging from phones to watches, to laptops and some other gadgets.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T are upgrades to the Redmi Note 7 lineup which were released earlier in 2019, They were one of the first phones to feature the teardrop notch and this feature was also retained in the Redmi Note 8 lineup.
Unlike Infinix’s phones, there are visible and sensible differences in the Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro. This however does not leave out a visible and somewhat large price margin. All in all, though, neither of these phones cost up to $250; not even the 128GB + 8GB. What do these phones have in common? What are their differences? These are the questions which this article aims at answering.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Redmi Note 8: Verdict
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is in many ways better than the Redmi Note 8. And I mean that literally. The best part, however, is probably the “mad” camera found on the Note 8 Pro along with the powerful processor. The Note 8 is not as good as its pro, alright, but it’s not that bad either. It sports the Snapdragon 665 chip from Qualcomm and it is fairly cheaper than the Note 8 Pro and very good for its price.
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The Redmi Note 8 is a beautiful 6.3 inches device release back in October 2019. Although it was announced in August along with its pro which is a little bigger than this one. The bezels are really tiny except for the base bezel which is a little thicker so as to accommodate the branding “Redmi” and the teardrop notch at the top for the selfie camera.
The front and back are made of gorilla glass 5 while the frame is made of plastic. The back is almost plain, if not for the rear camera array lined up vertically to the top-left and Redmi branded also vertically to the bottom-left. The fingerprint sensor is there as well but has been designed to be almost invincible. It comes in 5 colours which are Neptune Blue, Moonlight White, Space Black, Nebula Purple and Cosmic Purple.
Its FHD display is based on IPS LCD technology and features 1080 x 2340 display resolution and 409 pixels per inch density. I must mention here that while many displays are based on IPS LCD (In-Plane Switching Liquid Crystal Display) technology, those found on iPhones, Tecno and Infinix for example, each one may function differently from (even better than) others based on each manufacturer’s expertise.
The Redmi Note 8 runs Android 9 (Pie) with MIUI handling user interface on Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (11 nm) chip which in Qualcomm’s words “provides highly intelligent experiences for great mobile gaming, brilliant camera capabilities and remarkable, security-rich performance. …supports energy-efficient, long-lasting battery life with rapid charging via Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 technology and efficient, powerful processing via the Qualcomm® Kryo™ 260 CPU“.
The Snapdragon 665 chip comes with Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver). This is a combination of weak and strong (ultra-low power and high performance) cores to make a single processor. The Kryo 260 silver and gold are based on ARM’s Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A73 cores respectively. However, the Kryos are better than the Cortexes by not less than 20%. It also comes with the Adreno 610 GPU. Overall, you can be sure of a magnificent delivery.
With each year passing, manufacturers keep increasing storage capacities for each phone and nowadays, we barely come across new phones with 16GB internal memory. Like the Infinix Hot 9, the Redmi Note 8 has 5 different variants which are 32GB ROM + 3GB RAM, 64GB ROM + 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM + 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM + 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM + 6GB RAM. The internal memory could further be expanded by a micro SDCard through a dedicated slot.
This phone features a built-in 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery and it also sports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 which delivers up to 18W of power to the battery for quick top-ups.
Another impressive feature on this phone is its rear camera setup which comprises 4 lenses in total. These include a 48MP wide lens, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. This is supported by a LED flash and is capable of recording 4k videos at 30 frames per second. See the full specifications for more details.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 sports a 13MP wide lens as the front camera. 1080p videos can be recorded at 60 frames per second. It supports dual nano-SIM and offers GSM, HSPA and LTE bands. More details on connectivity can be seen on the specs page.
On the other side of the ring, we have the
Standing at 6.53 inches, it is a bit bigger than the Note 8 which is 6.3 inches. Beyond the size, however, there are further differences in these phones and that makes it a lot more interesting. The Note 8 Pro also keeps the teardrop notch but it drops the base bezel along with the Redmi branding on it. Thereby giving room for a larger screen to body ratio.
The front and back are made of gorilla glass 5 while the frame is made of plastic. Unlike the Note 8 which has an all-flat rear, the Pro’s rear is curved at edges. The camera array sits vertically at the centre-top, 3 lenses merging seamlessly with the fingerprint sensor while the 4th lens sits under the LED flash. Under them, towards the base is the branding Redmi by XIAOMI and some other details.
This phone has the same display specs with the Note 8 but because of the larger display area, its pixel density drops from 409 to 395. This does not make a visible difference though.
On the Redmi Note 8 Pro, we found a MediaTek chip – the Helio G90T. On this chip, Mediatek says “Whether your go-to is Fornite, PUBG, KOG or other top titles, our exclusive HyperEngine game technology means you get fast and smooth action in your favourite games, through intelligent networking, rapid touchscreens and vivid visuals – whole-device enhancements – that ensure your smartphone always keeps up with you“.
The Helio G90T features Octa-core 2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 CPU from ARM. Given that the Cortex-A53 is a low-end CPU while the A55 is mid-range and the A76 is an upgrade to the A73, this phone is set for a much better performance than its brother up there. It incorporates ARM Mali-G76 MC4 GPU for the graphics and it has been provided with an upgrade to Android 10 from Android 9.
It has 4 storage variants which are 64GB ROM + 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM + 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM + 8GB RAM, 256GB ROM + 8GB RAM. Each of these variants supports expansion by use of a micro-sd card through a dedicated slot. The limit is not made known but I put it at 256GB.
Its in-built is a 4,500 mAh Li-Po battery and it also comes with Quick charge tech which delivers 18Wh of power to the battery. While the battery is a bit stronger, it may take more time to charge but this won’t pose any problem.
When we talk of cameras, this Note 8 Pro has a record. This is because it’s the first device to ever sport up to 64MP lens. The 64MP wide lens functions as the main sensor while the rest – 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor – add extra features and capabilities to the main camera in order to deliver the perfect picture.
It features a 20MP wide lens as the selfie camera. While the rear cam can capture 4K videos at 30 fps, 1080p at 30/60/120fps and 720p at 960fps, the front camera can only capture 1080p videos at 30fps. This phone doesn’t have 5G, it’s not yet popular on smartphones anyway. Instead, there’s GSM, HSPA and LTE.
As you already know, the impressive features mentioned above do not come without a price. The Note 8 Pro is more expensive than the Note 8.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Redmi Note 8: Price
The cheapest among all these phones is the Redmi Note 8’s 32GB + 3GB variant and it goes for USD164 on Amazon. It’s cheaper on Aliexpress but I will not advise you to choose them if you’re not familiar with the platform. The most expensive of them all is the Redmi Note 8 Pro’s 128GB + 8GB variant and it costs about USD225 on Aliexpress (it’s not on Amazon at the time of writing this). All the other variants fall somewhere in between these prices. Note that prices may change at any time though.