Xiaomi Redmi 9 vs Xiaomi Redmi 8. Old or new?

Hello! This is the, a about new products in the smartphone industry. Today, the new Xiaomi budget phone is competing with the previous popular model. The Redmi 9 and the Redmi 8 enter the competition. What has changed and who will win? I’m going to tell you now!


The appearance of the front panel of the new Redmi 9 differs little from the majority of modern smartphones. The whole design is a large screen with narrow bezels and a small chin. The drop-shaped cutout is reserved for the front camera. The smartphone is big and heavy. It is even more than the Redmi 8 has. We can see discrimination against the fans of the compact smartphones again. The Redmi 7 and 7A can be the latest examples of these from Xiaomi. The conceptual difference between the Redmi and Redmi Note lines has completely disappeared in the ninth generation models. Do you like big phones or do you prefer compact models? Write in the comments below this video.

There is a USB Type-C connector, speaker, earpiece microphone and headphone jack on the bottom of the phone. Above there is a noise canceling microphone and an infrared port. On the right there is the standard volume rocker and power button. On the left there is a slot for SIM cards and SD-flash drives.

The cameras on the back of the smartphone are centered – the three cameras are in the same row, and the fingerprint scanner is placed right next to them. There is another camera and a flash forming a small parallel row. The location of the scanner is not very good. A finger may fall into the camera instead of the sensor. At the bottom center there is an inscription “Redmi”. The same rear panel configuration is found in the iconic Redmi Note 8 Pro. This one is made of glass, and the new model has a matte rough plastic. It doesn’t look as cool, but the case is not slippery at all. The Redmi 9 has another advantage – the cameras do not protrude as much above the surface as the older model.

The Redmi 9 is available in gray, green, and blue-purple colors. The latter design is distinguished by a gradient transition from blue to purple, or rather even to lilac.

The appearance, arrangement of buttons and cameras on the Redmi 9 does not differ much from the previous generation phone. Therefore, I will focus only on the differences of the Redmi 8. It has a smaller screen and it is slightly smaller and lighter itself. The chin is wider and has “Redmi” written on it. I believe that the bezel is not a place for any inscriptions. The Redmi 9 has the brand name in a much more suitable place for this – on the back. The inscription on Redmi 8 is duplicated on the back under the cameras and the scanner, which are also located in the center. Here, unlike the opponent, there are only two cameras.

The texture of the back panel of the smartphones is different. The Redmi 8 also uses plastic, but here it is glossy with an original pattern that resembles waves. It is available in blue and red. There is no drawing in the gray version. The glass-tinted texture of the Redmi 8 looks more expensive than the Redmi 9’s, but the smartphone is more slippery and collects finger stains more actively. In addition, the large number of rear cameras add solidity to the new model.


The smartphones’ screens are made using IPS technology. The diagonal of the Redmi 9 is slightly larger – it is 6.53 inches versus 6.22 inches of the Redmi 8. But the main difference is the resolution of the displays. The Redmi 9 is the first FULL HD + smartphone from the line. Progress does not stand still. It sounds corny, but new models do not always confirm this axiom. The cutout for the front camera is the same – it is drop-shaped. Both displays have rich colors and fairly large viewing angles. They are clearly not record-holders in terms of brightness, but, given their cost, they look decent. The high resolution of the Redmi 9 allows better details, which is noticeable with a large screen.

Both displays are protected by glass, but the Redmi 9 has the old Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and the eight has Gorilla Glass 5. Is it a downgrade for you? On the one hand, yes, but on the other hand, being less durable, Gorilla Glass 3 is more scratch resistant.

The Redmi 9 wins this round.


The Redmi 9 has the new Android 10, and the Redmi 8 also has Android 9. They noth have the MIUI 11 proprietary shell installed on top of the Android 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, and voice recorder. The interface is flexibly customizable to the tastes of a particular user. There are tons of free themes available. MIUI’s only major flaw is in-app ads. But if desired, it can be removed from the shell.


The Redmi 9 has four rear cameras:

  1. The first is the main 13-megapixel module with an f / 2.2 aperture;
  2. The second is a wide-angle 8 megapixel;
  3. The third is a 5 megapixel macro camera;
  4. The fourth is a 2 megapixel depth sensor.

Taking into account the modest characteristics of the main camera, the photos are good. They have good clarity and detail in good lighting conditions. The color rendition is sometimes lame, artificial intelligence is mistaken in embellishing reality. With a lack of light, the photos are very noisy, and the detail drops sharply. The lack of night mode does not improve the situation. But you can’t really expect more from a phone for such a price. The same applies to the width and macro cameras. They are there, they allow you to get acceptable photos, and thanks for that.

The main module of the Redmi 8 at 12 megapixels shoots in about the same way as in the new model. It has slightly better light sensitivity, but the Redmi 8 does not have a wide-angle and macro camera. There is only a not very necessary depth sensor.

The video shooting on both models is possible only in 1080p mode at 30 frames per second without stabilization.

The front camera of the Redmi 9 is perhaps the only thing that has been directly transferred from the eight without changes. Although it is only 8 megapixels, it shows quite decent results. You can take bright and clear selfies.

Due to the presence of additional wide-angle and macro cameras in this round, the Redmi 9 won with a slight advantage.


The Redmi 9 is equipped with a fairly fresh Mediatek Helio G80 processor with a Mali-G52 MC2 video accelerator. Although the processor is new, it is made using the old 12nm technology. Despite this, the processor is quite smart, it doesn’t get very hot and throttles a little. There are no problems with it in everyday use of the smartphone. Apps launch quickly, and the interface runs smoothly and clearly. And it is quite possible to play games on the smartphone. Heavy tanks, PUBG, Call of Duty and WOT: Blitz are comfortable at medium settings.

The Redmi 8 is equipped with an entry-level 12nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor. The interface works smoothly, but you will have to forget about powerful games.

If the processor on the Redmi 9 itself added 82 percent of the performance, then the graphics accelerator increased its power by as much as 309 percent, which is especially valuable for 3D games.

The in-built memory in both models can be 32 or 64 gigabytes, RAM – 3 or 4 gigabytes. The Redmi 9 has a rare variant with 6 RAM and 128 gigabytes of internal memory. The in-built memory can be expanded in both models by installing an SD card in a separate slot.

The Redmi 9 won this round with a big advantage. The processor and video accelerator installed on it give more than a twofold increase in performance.


In terms of communication capabilities, the new model also took a step forward. Of course, there was no 5G support here. But we don’t really need it yet. Instead there is a dual-band Wi-Fi and a fifth Bluetooth. The Redmi 8 only supports Wi-Fi at 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth version 4.2. Both smartphones have an infrared port for controlling home appliances. The most pleasant surprise of the new model was the NFC module, which many more expensive smartphones lack. Finally, Xiaomi marketers listened to the request, or rather the demand, from their fans around the world and have made contactless payments possible in the most budget devices. Even a fitness bracelet has it now. But this is already a topic for another video. As for this round, this is a clear victory of the Redmi 9.


Both models have high-capacity batteries. The Redmi 9 has a 5020 mAh battery, while the Redmi 8 has a 5000 mAh battery. They both have high autonomy. The new model, unlike its competitor, supports fast charging, but it comes with a regular 10 Watt device.


As always, let’s turn to Internet resources and read some reviews about the Redmi 9 and the Redmi 8. Let’s start with the negatives.

Negative reviews

The Redmi 9

  1. It is big and heavy.
  2. There is no notification indicator.
  3. There isn’t a video stabilization.

The Redmi 8

  1. The screen resolution is low.
  2. It has a weak processor.
  3. There isn’t the NFC.

Positive reviews

The Redmi 9

  1. It has a large high definition screen.
  2. The performance is high.
  3. There is an NFC module.
  4. It supports fast charging.

The Redmi 8

  1. It looks stylish.
  2. There is a type-C connector.
  3. There is a possibility to install memory in a separate slot.
  4. The autonomy is high.

So, let’s summarize. The new Redmi 9 has won almost all rounds. It has a good high-resolution screen, decent performance, a four-camera module, high autonomy, support for fast charging and contactless payments. And all this at a minimal cost. What do you think of the new budget Xiaomi smartphone? Share your opinions in the comments below.

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