Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Honor 9X Pro. Who is stronger?

You are on the Techno Dog website and today we’re doing an interesting comparison of budget-level devices from rivals in the Chinese markets — Xiaomi and Huawei. Or rather, their subsidiaries – Redmi and Honor. We’re putting the Redmi Note 8 Pro against the Honor 9X Pro. This comparison is especially interesting because the devices went on sale with a difference of one month between their release dates, and their price is practically the same. But before we start comparing these new products.

Appearance

First of all, let’s look at the design. In this aspect, you can not fault either Redmi or Honor. The front side of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, in addition to the screen, is occupied by a drop-shaped cutout for the front camera on the top and a small “chin” at the bottom. In total, the screen occupies almost 85% of the front of the smartphone. The display is protected by a Gorilla Glass 5 screen. As for Honor, they decided to go even further, and made a retractable front camera, thus further increasing the working space. On the other hand, the lower part and side frames in Honor are slightly wider than in Redmi, so the screen occupies the same 85% of the front side of the smartphone. It is protected by Gorilla Glass 6 technology.

The back of the Redmi Note 8 Pro is glass, with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. In the center is a vertical unit consisting of three lenses and a fingerprint scanner. On the side of this block is another vertical block that houses the fourth lens and flash. At the bottom, you can see the “Redmi” logo. The volume rocker and the power button are on the right side of the device. On the left edge is a hybrid slot for two nano-sim cards, one of which can be replaced by an SD card. At the bottom of the phone there is a USB Type-C connector, next to which are a microphone, speaker grill and a 3.5mm jack. At the top there is an infrared port and a second microphone. The back cover itself is made with a slight rounding, which makes the device more convenient to hold in your hand. The phone comes in three colors: Gray Light, Ice Jade, and White Mother of Pearl. The device weighs 199 grams.

As for the Honor 9X Pro, the back surface is made of Gorilla Glass 6, and is quite interesting in terms of appearance. Overflows on the cover form the letter “X”, which refers to the name of the device. It looks unusual, but pretty nice. In the upper corner of the device is a triple camera module, consisting of three sensors located in a column. A flash is located under this module. Below, in the center, the brand name “Honor” is flaunted. Two glass panels are framed by an aluminum frame. At the upper end there is a retractable front camera, as well as a microphone. At the bottom of the phone is a 3.5mm jack, a USB Type-C port and a speaker. The right side is equipped with a volume control button and a power button, in which a fingerprint scanner is installed. Honor decided to excel with the color names. The following options are available: Magical Black Night, Blue Sea Charm and Red Charm. The 9X Pro weighs 206 grams.

Screen

Redmi Note 8 Pro has an IPS screen with a diagonal measurement of 6.53 inches and a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels. The pixel density is 395 pixels per inch. This matrix is ​​highlighted due to the increased level of maximum brightness. Therefore, using this smartphone even on the street is quite comfortable. The phone has impressively high contrast (1500: 1), which allows you to enjoy the rich colors.

The Honor 9X Pro has a more advanced 6.59-inch LTPS screen. Resolution is the same as the Redmi Note’s – 2340 × 1080 pixels, with a density of 391 PPI. The top of the display is covered with a protective 2.5D glass. The screen has good viewing angles, allowing you to view the image from a large variety of angles. The color scheme is saturated and bright. There is an oleophobic coating that protects the front of the device from fingerprint traces.

  Redmi Note 8 Pro Honor 9X Pro
Diagonal 6.53 inches 6.59 inches
Resolution 2340 x 1080 2340 x 1080
Matrix IPS LCD LTPS IPS LCD

Software

Devices work on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system, under the control of branded shells. The Redmi 8 Pro runs MIUI 10, and the Honor 9X runs EMUI 9.1. Here’s a little about each of them.

In MIUI 10, some icons are redrawn and the size of the interface elements is slightly changed. The text is more readable, and the firmware as a whole looks more accurate. The multitasking menu has become vertically oriented. More applications are placed on one screen – a definite plus. They are unloaded from memory with a swipe to the right. All contextual actions – fixing the application in memory, loading in a split-screen format and opening its card in the settings are now able to be done with a long tap. Advanced system controls using gestures is also present.

EMUI 9.1 has smoother operation than previous versions, and also received navigation gestures for full-screen smartphones and a new voice assistant. The system has received changes in aesthetics, wallpapers, themes, and icons. The new EMUI 9.1 also has performance improvements. The speed of random processing increased by 20%. In addition, the interface received support for the updated proprietary GPU Turbo 3.0 graphics accelerator technology.

Camera

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has four camera modules, one of which shoots at a record 64 megapixels, as well as an ultra-wide 8-megapixel sensor, and 2-megapixel sensors for measuring frame depth and macro photography with an f / 2.0 aperture. Cameras support advanced AI features. Movies can be shot in 4K, or FHD-shooting in slow motion. Electronic stabilization helps in recording videos.

Honor 9X Pro received a 16 MP retractable front camera. The rear houses a triple main camera with LED flash. The main wide-angle 48-megapixel module has phase autofocus. Also, an ultra-wide-angle 8-megapixel sensor is complemented by a 2-megapixel image depth measurement sensor. It is possible to shoot videos in FHD format. Thanks to AI support, automatic scenes are provided that optimize photos in real time.

  Redmi Note 8 Pro Honor 9X Pro
Main Camera 64 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2MP   9248 x 6936 48 MP + 8 MP + 2MP   8000×6000
Front Camera 20 MP, f / 2.0   5120x 3840 16 MP, f / 2.2   4920 x 3264

Performance

The Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphone is equipped with a high-performance Mediatek Helio G90T chip, which is implemented using a 12-nm process technology. This progressive processor received 6 Cortex-A55 cores with a clock frequency of 1880 MHz, as well as 2 powerful Cortex-A76 cores with a frequency of 2050 MHz. The phone has a Mali-G76MP4 graphics processor. Cooling is made in the form of a copper tubing, which allows the phone to not heat-up for a long time – even when playing demanding games. The amount of RAM reaches 6 or 8 GB, internal memory – 64 or 128 GB. If that is still not enough permanent memory, then you can use microSD cards up to 256 GB to expand the memory capacity. In the AnTuTu test, the smartphone shows an excellent result of 282 thousand points, which at the moment makes it the best in performance in its price category.

Honor 9X Pro is equipped with a modern seven-inch Kirin 810 chip, which includes two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores with a frequency of 2270 MHz and six Cortex-A55 cores with a frequency of 1880 MHz. The phone has a Mali-G52 graphics processor. Additional performance is provided by the updated Game Turbo 3.0 technology, which was introduced with the release of EMUI 9.1. A special dual-circuit cooling system consisting of copper plates and tubes also helps with cooling. The gadget is equipped with 6 or 8 GB of RAM. The Honor 9X Pro comes in 128 or 256GB storage capacity. It supports microSD up to 512 GB. In the AnTuTu test, the Honor 9X Pro scored a solid 220 thousand points. Not a record, but in terms of performance, there are no complaints about the smartphone.

  Redmi Note 8 Pro Honor 9X Pro
CPU Helio G90T Kirin 810
Graphics Processor Mali-G76 MC4 Mali-G52 MP6
RAM 6.8GB 6.8GB
Storage Capacity 64, 128 GB + 256 microSD 64, 128GB + 512 GB microSD
Memory Card Slot MicroSD MicroSD
AnTuTu Test 282043 219809

Network

The Redmi Note 8 Pro works with Wi-Fi networks at frequencies of 2.4 and 5 GHz. Navigation systems, support for GLONASS, Dual GPS, A-GPS and Baidu is provided. Power adapters connect to the phone using a Type-C connector. There is an NFC chip. There is also an infrared port.

The Honor 9X Pro has an NFC module, as well as Bluetooth 5.0. The phone uses a Type-C connection port for convenient charging. There is support for Wi-Fi networks at frequencies of 2.4 and 5 GHz, as well as navigation systems A-GPS, GLONASS and BDS. Honor 9X Pro also uses a range of communication enhancement measures called AI Smart Communication 2.0. It includes technologies that should provide more stable reception of both cellular signal and Wi-Fi.

  Redmi Note 8 Pro Honor 9X Pro
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth 5.0 x 5.0 x
NFC Present Present

Battery

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a capacious 4,500 mAh battery. Quick Charge 4+ technology allows you to charge the phone up to 50% in 40 minutes and up to 100% in 2 hours and 5 minutes using the 18 W power adapter that comes with the kit.

Inside the Honor 9X Pro is a no-less worthy 4000 mAh battery. Although there is no support for wireless charging, there is a fast charge with a power of 10 W, which is designed to charge the smartphone by 100% in about 2 hours.

  Redmi Note 8 Pro Honor 9X Pro
Capacity 4500 mAh 4000 mAh

Reviews

Naturally, each model, in addition to positive qualities, has negative ones. Based on the reviews, I have prepared a list of the main advantages and disadvantages that real users have noted.

Disadvantages

Redmi Note 8 Pro:

  • Incomplete stabilization when recording video. The phone still shakes in all shooting modes, except Full HD, 30 FPS.
  • Many are repelled by the processor in the smartphone. Firstly, the chip process technology is 12nm, which negatively affects energy efficiency. And secondly, the processor manufacturer is Mediatek, which means that it will not be possible to install a Google camera on the device.
  • IPS screen. In 2019, I want to at least OLED.

Honor 9X Pro:

  • A heavy, large apparatus which is a little slippery. There is a possibility that it can slip out of your hands.
  • The lack of optical stabilization. Unfinished retractable front camera. The Face ID feature is generally poor.
  • The unusual appearance does not appeal to all users, and some of them note that the device looks too catchy, which does not add style.

Advantages

Redmi Note 8 Pro:

  • FC support. Even though modern phones typically use NFC modules, Xiaomi usually distinguishes flagships and budget phones with the presence or absence of NFC. And this time, in the line of Redmi budget smartphones, NFC does appear. Hooray!
  • An excellent 64MP main camera that allows you to take clear pictures. Good quality pictures on the front camera. The presence of stabilization when shooting video.
  • Performance at a high level, a good cooling system, thanks to which the smartphone does not heat up for a long time even at high workloads;
  • The price is very affordable, even when compared with previous Redmi models.

Honor 9X Pro:

  • Display without frames and bangs, with a large diagonal, Full HD.
  • The fingerprint scanner works instantly.
  • Great shooting quality. A large number of software features for processing photos and videos.
  • Powerful combination of “processor + video accelerator”, software that increases productivity.

What can be said at the end? Both Honor 9X Pro and Redmi Note 8 Pro can truly be called the golden mean, which includes high performance and autonomy, good quality photo and video, but at the same time, the price of these smartphones won’t burn a whole in your wallet.

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