Nokia 5.3 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. Legend against China!

Hello! Today we’re going to compare the Nokia 5.3, a new model of the legendary European brand,  with the “pure” Chinese Redmi Note 8 Pro. Who will win – the phone of a once popular brand or the hit of the young manufacturer? Let’s find out now.

 Appearance

The front panel of the Nokia 5.3 does not stand out from the modern smartphones. It has a large screen with a drop cutout, narrow bezels around it and a prominent chin at the bottom. The only thing that helps to distinguish this smartphone from others is the Nokia description on the chin.

On the right side there is a power button with an event indicator and a volume rocker. On the left there is a call button for the voice assistant and a tray for SIM cards and SD-flash drives, which are installed in a separate slot. There is the earpiece above, the headphone jack and noise canceling microphone. On the bottom edge of the phone we see a microphone, speaker and USB Type-C connector.

The back panel is made of boring matte plastic. If it wasn’t for the nice circle with four cameras the smartphone would be too boring. Of course, this is not a unique design, but this solution looks fresh and interesting. The fingerprint scanner is located just below the camera block. It works accurately and fairly quickly. The smartphone is available in turquoise, gold and gray colors.

The front panel of the Redmi Note 8 Pro looks pretty much the same as its competitor’s. It has a slightly narrower frame and a smaller chin. The dimensions are about the same, but the weight is slightly more – about 200 grams. This is due to a more capacious battery and the fact that the back panel is made not of plastic, but of Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone also has a teardrop-shaped cutout for the front camera.

The bottom edge of the phone houses a USB Type-C connector, speaker, earpiece microphone and headphone jack. Above there is a noise canceling microphone and an infrared port. On the right there are the volume keys and the power button. On the left there is a slot for a SIM card and SD-flash drive. While the competitor has a full-fledged memory allocated, with the Note 8 Pro you can either expand the memory or install a second SIM card.

The cameras on the back of the smartphone are arranged in a single row in the center, and the fingerprint scanner is located close to them. The other camera and flash formed a small parallel row. There are also no complaints about the scanner’s operation, except for the not very good location. Sometimes a finger gets caught on the camera. The Note 8 Pro is available in black, white and green color options.

In general, the smartphones look good. Considering the narrower bezels around the screen and the more dramatic glass back, the Redmi Note 8 Pro wins here.

Screen

Both smartphones have screens of almost the same size – just over 6 and a half inches in diagonal. But the resolution is radically different – it is 1600 by 720 pixels for the Nokia 5.3 versus 2340 by 1080 pixels for the Redmi. They are equipped with IPS matrices. The cutout for the front camera is also the same – it is teardrop-shaped. Both displays have a good headroom, rich colors and great viewing angles. But the FULL HD+ resolution of the Note 8 Pro gives us better detail, which is noticeable with a large screen size. In addition, the display on the Note 8 Pro is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, while the Nokia 5.3 has the old Gorilla Glass 3.

Thus, the Redmi Note 8 Pro wins this round.

Software

The Nokia 5.3 could be a real boon for those users who don’t want any Chinese add-ons. The Nokia comes with clean Android One version 10 with a three-year update guarantee. So, soon we can expect an upgrade to Android 11. I won’t get into details, you already know everything about the Android system.

But the Redmi Note 8 Pro has the old Android 9 installed. On top of the Android there is the proprietary MIUI 11 shell which functions with advanced customization options and improved functionality. The interface is intuitive. There are many additional functions here like the second space, gesture control, one-handed control, voice recorder. The interface is flexibly customizable to the tastes of a particular user. There are tons of free themes available. The only major flaw in MIUI is the in-app ads. But if desired, it can be removed from the shell.

The days when different shells were considered a disadvantage compared to the android only are gone. So, what do you think? Which is better: pure Android or a modern shell? Share your opinion in the comments below this video.

 Camera

The Nokia 5.3 has four rear cameras:

  1. The first one is the main module for 13 megapixels with an aperture of f / 1.8;
  2. The second is a wide-angle 5 megapixel camera;
  3. The third one is a 2 megapixel macro camera;
  4. And finally, there is the 2 megapixel depth sensor.

Taking into account the modest characteristics of the main camera, the photo quality is not bad. The photos have fairly accurate color reproduction and good clarity. But only with the good lighting. With a lack of light, everything becomes sad – the photos get very noisy and with little details. The quality of shooting with the wide-angle camera is mediocre, especially if the lighting is not ideal. The macro camera also cannot boast of good results.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has four modules:

  1. The first module is the main one, as already mentioned, it has 64 megapixels with a Samsung Isocell Bright GM2 sensor, f / 1.8 aperture;
  2. The second one is the ultra-wide angle 120 degrees at 8 megapixels;
  3. The third is the 2 megapixel macro camera;
  4. And the depth sensor is also 2 megapixels.

The main module shoots well. During the day, the photographs are often indistinguishable from those obtained from flagships, which are much more expensive. The quality drops at night. But anyway, the result looks quite decent. The wide-angle and macro cameras are not much better here than the ones the competitor has.

Both models shoot 4K video with good detail, but no stabilization. When shooting in 1080p, the Redmi’s stabilization works well. But the Nokia hasn’t ever had it. This phone is clearly for video shooting.

The front camera of the Nokia 5.3 is only 8 megapixels, but it shows quite decent results. The Redmi Note 8 Pro has the 20 megapixel front camera, and it is better than its competitor. You can get bright and detailed selfies.

The Nokia 5.3 has very mediocre cameras for its price, while the Redmi Note 8 Pro is one of the best in this budget category.

Performance

The Nokia 5.3 is equipped with not the fastest, but solid Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor with the Adreno 610 video accelerator. The chip is made using 11 nanometer technology. There are no problems with it in the every use. The lagging appears only in heavy games with maximum settings. For example, Call Of Duty can be played without any problems at medium settings, while at maximum settings there is already a strong drop in frames.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a Mediatek Helio G90T processor in conjunction with the Mali G76. The processor is positioned as a gaming processor. In Antutu, it shows a result under 300 thousand points. The synthetic benchmark results do not fully reflect actual performance. But the gaming experience is also good. The processor is not very hot. This is facilitated by a liquid-cooled copper tube radiator. There are no freezes even in dynamic scenes in most heavy games at high settings, some slowdowns are noticeable in tanks.

The Nokia can have 3, 4 or 6 gigabytes of RAM and 64 GB of in-built memory. The Redmi has 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 61 or 128 of the built-in one. The built-in memory can be expanded in both models. But while the Nokia 5.3 has a separate slot for the SD card, the Note 8 Pro can have additional memory instead of the second SIM card.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro wins in performance.

Network

Both models support all popular frequencies like dual-band Wi-Fi and contactless payments via NFC. The Redmi Note 8 Pro, unlike its competitor, has fast Bluetooth 5 and an infrared port. The Redmi Note 8 Pro won here too.

Battery

Both models have high capacity batteries. The Nokia 5.3 has a 4000 mAh battery, while the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a larger 4500 mAh battery. The battery lasts for one to two days, depending on the usage scenario. Unlike its competitor, the Redmi supports fast charging. It comes with a powerful 18-watt charger.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro wins this round again.

Reviews

As always, we’ve turned to the Internet resources and read reviews about the Nokia 5.3 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Let’s start with the negatives.

Negative reviews

The Nokia 5.3

  1. There is no cover included.
  2. The screen has low resolution.
  3. The camera is not very good at night.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro

  1. The fingerprint scanner is inconveniently located.
  2. There is a combined memory slot.
  3. The smartphone discharges quickly when playing.

Positive reviews

The Nokia 5.3

  1. It has a nice design.
  2. The fingerprint scanner is fast.
  3. It is pure Android.
  4. There is an NFC module.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro

  1. It as a large and clear screen.
  2. The processor is powerful.
  3. It has a nice camera.
  4. There is an infrared port.

So, let’s sum it up. The Redmi Note 8 Pro won with a clear advantage. It has a better screen and cameras, a more powerful processor, and higher autonomy. The Nokia 5.3 will find buyers among nostalgic fans of the brand and those who absolutely need pure Android. Which phone do you like best? Share your opinion in the comments below.

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