Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro vs Redmi Note 8 Pro

Hello everyone! Today we’re going to compare the new Redmi Note 9 Pro model with one of the most popular smartphones of 2019 and the first half of 2020 – the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Let’s see if the new model can become a new bestseller.

Appearance

Both models are very similar in size and they are not small. The smartphones are pretty heavy, their weight is about 200 grams. At the same time it’s quite comfortable to hold them in your hand because of the round edges of the case. The front and rear panels are covered with the Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

The large screens with narrow frames and a small chin occupy almost the entire front panel. The cutouts for the front camera on smartphones are different. The Note 9 Pro has a circular hole in the center, while the Note 8 Pro has a traditional drop-shaped notch.

There is the USB Type-C connector, a speaker, a talk microphone and a headphone jack on the bottom of the phones. There is a noise canceling microphone and an infrared port above. The standard volume rocker and power button are on the right and the slot for SIM cards and SD-flash drives are on the left.

The buttons and connector are located almost the same way. The differences are more noticable. For example, the SD card tray is designed differently. The Note 9 Pro has a separate place for memory, and as for the Note 8 Pro, you can either expand the memory or install a second SIM card. The new model has a clear advantage at this. The power button of the Note 9 Pro is combined with a fingerprint scanner. In my opinion, it is more convenient than the sensor on the back. Such sensor is especially unsuccessfully located at the Note 8 Pro – it is very close to the camera unit. There are no complaints about the operation of the sensors themselves. They work clearly and very quickly.

The cameras on the back of the phones are centered. The Note 9 Pro has them placed in a modern square-nested manner. Looks pretty pretty. The Note 8 Pro has three cameras in the same row in the center, and the fingerprint scanner is placed close to them. One more camera and the flash formed a small parallel row.

The Note 9 Pro is available in blue, black and white color options. The color changes its shades from different angles. The Note 8 Pro is available in black, white and green. The phone looks especially impressive in the latter version.

In general, the smartphones look very decent. Given the more fashionable arrangement of the cameras and the modern cut-out on the screen, I would say that the new Redmi Note 9 Pro won with a minimal advantage.

Screen

The smartphones both have high resolution screens and almost the same size. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is slightly larger, Its diagonal is 6.67 inches and the resolution is 2400 by 1080 pixels. The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a diagonal of 6.53 inches with the resolution of 2340 by 1080 pixels. Both displays use the IPS technology. The screens are good. They are bright and with accurate color reproduction. As I’ve already said, the Note 9 Pro has a small round hole for the front camera, while the Note 8 Pro has a cutout shape. The screens on both models are protected by the Gorilla Glass 5 with an effective oleophobic coating.

The screens of smartphones don’t differ much. The new model did not take a step forward in either increasing its resolution or refresh rate.

Software

The Redmi Note 9 Pro runs on a new Android 10, and the Redmi Note 8 Pro has Android 9. There is also the MIUI 11 proprietary shell on top of Android which functions with advanced settings and improved functionality. The interface is intuitive. There are many additional functions – the second space feature, gesture control, one-handed operation, voice recorder. Any user can change the interface easily.There is a huge number of free themes available. The only major drawback of MIUI is inline advertising. But if desired, it can be removed from the shell.

Camera

The Redmi Note 9 Pro has four rear cameras that are located on a separate square platform:

  1. The first one is the main 48-megapixel Samsung GM2 module with an aperture of f / 1.8;
  2. The second one is a wide-angle camera at 8 megapixels;
  3. The third camera is a separate 5 megapixel macro camera;
  4. And finally, there is a 2 megapixel depth sensor.

At first the the main camera in the new model looks fine, but nothing more. The photos are obtained with accurate natural color reproduction and good detail. The camera doesn’t always cope with shooting in low light but with the help of the night mode it works well. The quality of shooting with the wide-angle camera is mediocre, especially if the lighting is not perfect. The macro camera allows you to take good photos at close range

As for the Redmi Note 8 Pro, don’t forget that this was the first smartphone with a 64 megapixel camera in the series in the world. It 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, and the aperture og f / 1.8;
  2. The second one is an ultra-wide angle camera of 120 degrees by 8 megapixels;
  3. The third camera is a 2 megapixel macro camera;
  4. And the depth sensor is also 2 megapixels.

The main module shoots well. The photographs taken during the day are often as good as those obtained with much more expensive flagships. At night, the quality drops but still it looks quite decent. The “width” here is the same as in the new model. Two megapixels for a macro camera is not enough, which you can notice in the low quality of shooting with this sensor.

Both models shoot video in 4K resolution with good detail, but mediocre stabilization. When shooting in 1080p mode, the stabilization works much better.

The front cameras are different. The Redmi Note 9 has 16 megapixels, and the Redmi Note 8 has 20 megapixels. You can take bright detailed selfies. The background blur also works well.

Both smartphones have good cameras, but the camera of the good old Redmi Note 8 Pro is a little better.

Performance

The Haters of the Mediatek may be satisfied. The Redmi Note 9 Pro has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor with the Adreno 618 video accelerator. This is a powerful processor with the performance that is not that different from the already popular Snapdragon 730G. The chip is made with the modern 8-nanometer technology. The phone is very fast for everyday use. The letter G in the processor name comes from the word “game”. Indeed, if you play heavy games, the processor works well without overheating or throttling.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a Mediatek Helio G90T processor together with the Mali G76. This processor is a gaming one. The Antutu test shows the result of under 300 thousand points. Of course, the results of the synthetic tests don’t fully reflect the actual performance. But the gaming experience is also good. The processor is not very hot because of the presence of the radiator in the form of a liquid-cooled copper tube. As for the most heavy games at high settings, the scenes, even the dynamic ones, don’t freeze, the slowdowns are noticeable only in tanks.

The in-built memory can be 64 or 128 gigabytes in both models, and the operational is 6 gigabytes. The Note 8 Pro also has a flagship version with 8 gigabytes of RAM. The Redmi Note 9, on the contrary, has a budget option with 4 gigabytes of RAM. The built-in memory can be expanded in both models. But if the Note 9 Pro has a separate slot for an SD card, then with the Note 8 Pro, you can install the additional memory instead of the second SIM card.

In this round, no model has an advantage. The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a slightly higher performance according to the test results. At the same time, the software, and especially games, are better optimized for the Qualcomm processors. In addition, the Snapdragon 720G is more energy efficient than the Helio G90T.

Network

The communication capabilities of the two models are close. They support 4G on both SIM cards, dual-band Wi-Fi, and the fifth Bluetooth. There are even infrared ports. The Redmi Note 8 Pro supports contactless payments without any problems. But the Note 9 Pro has these problems. The new model entered the Indian market without the NFC module. Everyone was waiting for such a module to appear in the global version. But Xiaomi marketers, as always, decided to confuse everyone. They released the Note 9 Pro on the European market under a different name for some reason – it is the Redmi Note 9S. And there seems to be no NFC module again. Let’s see what they show us next. 

Battery

Both models have capacious batteries. The Redmi Note 9 Pro has a 5020 mAh battery, and the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a 4,500 mAh battery. Depending on the usage scenario, the battery lasts for one to two days. The smartphones support fast charging. There are powerful 18-watt chargers included.

Due to the larger battery capacity and more energy-efficient processor, the autonomy of the Redmi Note 9 Pro is slightly higher.

Reviews

As always, we turned to the Internet resources and read reviews on the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphones. Let’s start with the negative reviews.

Negatives

The Redmi note 9 pro

  1. It’s very big and heavy.
  2. The camera does not shoot well at night.
  3. There is built-in advertising.

The Redmi note 8 pro

  1. The fingerprint scanner is awkwardly located.
  2. I don’t like the Mediatek processor.
  3. It discharges quickly when playing.

Positives

The Redmi note 9 pro

  1. There is a convenient and fast fingerprint scanner.
  2. It has a large bright screen with a minimum cutout.
  3. Its battery charges fast.
  4. There is an infrared port.

The Redmi note 8 pro

  1. It has a great design.
  2. It has a powerful processor.
  3. It takes very good photos.
  4. There is the NFC module.

So, let’s sup it up. The new Redmi Note 9 Pro did not beat the previous model. Why did they even release a new model if it isn’t better than the old one? However, the Note 9 Pro has its own strengths. There is a popular and powerful Qualcomm processor, a lot of autonomy and a fashionable cutout on the screen. But the new model lost the NFC module, and the camera became worse than the Redmi Note 8 Pro’s. You can buy the new smartphone at a reasonable price, while the Redmi Note 8 Pro still remains an excellent choice even in 2020.

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