Hello! Today we’re going to compare the new Redmi Note 9 Pro with the Redmi Note 8 Pro, one of the most popular smartphones of the 19th and the first half of the 20th year. Was the manufacturer able to take a step forward and improve the popular model? Let’s figure it out now.
Both models are very similar in size and they are not small. The smartphones are heavy. Their weight is about 200 grams. But they are quite comfortable to hold in the hand because of the fillets along the edges of the case. The front and back of the smartphones are covered with Gorilla Glass 5.
Large screens with narrow bezels and a small chin take up almost the entire bezel. The smartphones have different cutouts for the front camera. The Note 9 Pro has that trendy circular hole in the center, while the Note 8 Pro has a traditional waterdrop notch.
There is a USB Type-C connector, a speaker, a spoken microphone and a headphone jack on the bottom of the phones. There is the earpiece, noise canceling microphone and an infrared port above. The standard volume rocker and power button are on the right. The slot for a SIM card and SD-flash drive are on the left.
The location of the buttons and connectors is almost the same. But there are clear differences. For example, the SD card tray is arranged differently. While the Note 9 Pro has a full memory allocated, the Note 8 Pro can either expand the memory or install a second SIM card. This makes the new model better. The Note 9 Pro’s power button is combined with a fingerprint scanner. In my opinion, this is more convenient than the location of the sensor on the back. The scanner is especially poorly located on the Note 8 Pro – it is right next to the camera block. There are no complaints about the operation of the sensors themselves. They work well and quickly.
The cameras on the back of the phones are centered. The Note 9 Pro has them on a square platform. The Note 8 Pro has three cameras in the same row in the center with a fingerprint scanner close to them. There is another camera and flash forming a small parallel row.
The Note 9 Pro comes in blue, black, and white. At different angles, the color changes its shades. The Note 8 Pro is available in black, white and green. the phone looks especially impressive in the latter version.
The smartphones have high resolution screens which are almost the same size. The Redmi Note 9 Pro has a slightly larger diagonal – it is 6.67 inches with a resolution of 2400 by 1080 pixels. The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a diagonal of 6.53 inches with a resolution of 2340 by 1080 pixels. Both displays use IPS technology. The screens are of good quality. They are vibrant with accurate color reproduction. The Note 9 Pro has a round notch in the display for the front camera, while the Note 8 Pro has a drop shaped one. The screens of both models are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 with an effective oleophobic coating.
The smartphone screens are not fundamentally different. The new model hasn’t taken a step forward either in higher resolution or higher refresh rates.
The new Android 10 is installed on the Redmi Note 9 Pro while the Redmi Note 8 Pro has the Android 9 with an available update to Android 10. There is the proprietary MIUI 11 shell on top of the Android. It has advanced customization options and improved functionality. The interface is intuitive. There are many additional functions here – the second space feature, gesture control, one-handed control, and a 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 in-app ads. But if desired, it can be removed from the shell. The new MIUI 12 is coming out soon and these smartphones will receive this update.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro has four rear cameras, which are located on a separate square platform:
- The first is the main module 64 megapixel with an aperture of f / 1.9;
- The second camera is a wide-angle 8 megapixel one;
- The third one is a 5 megapixel macro camera;
- There is also the 2 megapixel depth sensor.
In general, the smartphone take pictures well with the main camera. Althought, there might be some blurring around the edges occasionally, and sometimes the night mode produces low-quality pictures. Apparently, this is due to the dampness of the software, and the manufacturer must “pump” the camera over time. The quality of shooting with a wide-angle camera is mediocre, especially if the lighting is not ideal. The macro camera allows you to take good photos at close range.
Don’t forget that the Redmi Note 8 Pro became the world’s first serial smartphone with a 64 megapixel camera. It has four modules:
- The first camera is the main one, as already mentioned, at 64 megapixels with a Samsung Isocell Bright GM2 sensor, f / 1.8 aperture;
- The second is an ultra-wide angle 120 degrees at 8 megapixels;
- The third is a 2 megapixel macro camera;
- And there is also the depth sensor which is also 2 megapixels.
The main module also shoots well. During the day, the photographs are often indistinguishable from those obtained from much more expensive flagships. The quality drops at night. But at the same time, the result looks quite decent. The wide angle camera is the same here as in the new model. Two megapixels for a macro camera is not enough, which is reflected in the low quality of shooting with this sensor.
Both models shoot 4K video with good detail but mediocre stabilization. When shooting in 1080p, the stabilization works much better.
The front cameras of the models are different – the Redmi Note 9 Pro has 16 megapixels, and the Redmi Note 9 Pro has 20 megapixels. They produce bright and detailed selfies. The blurring the background feature works correctly.
Both smartphones have good cameras that shoot with about the same quality.
If you think that the Mediatek processor is the main disadvantage of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, then you will be happy. The new Redmi Note 9 Pro has the Qualcomm processor. This is a fairly powerful Snapdragon 720G with an Adreno 618 video accelerator. The chip is made using modern 8-nanometer technology. The phone is very fast in everyday use. The letter G in the name of the processor comes from the word “game”. Indeed, the processor can handle almost all heavy games without overheating and throttling.
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 its 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. You can notice some slowdowns in tanks.
The in-built memory in both models can be 64 or 128 gigabytes, the RAM can be 6 gigabytes. The Note 8 Pro also has an advanced version with 8 gigabytes of RAM. The permanent memory can be expanded in both models. But if the Note 9 Pro has a separate slot for the SD card, while the Note 8 Pro can have additional memory installed instead of the second SIM card.
No model has any advantage in this round. The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a slightly better performance in the benchmarks, but the software is better optimized for Qualcomm processors, especially in games. Moreover, the Snapdragon 720G is more power efficient than the Helio G90T.
The smartphones have similar communication capabilities. They both support 4G on both SIM cards, dual band Wi-Fi, and the fifth Bluetooth. There are infrared ports for controlling household appliances. Both models have the NFC module and support contactless payments without any problems.
Both models have high capacity batteries. The Redmi Note 9 Pro has a 5020 mAh battery, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a 4500 mAh battery. The battery lasts for one to two days, depending on the usage scenario. The smartphones support fast charging. The Note 9 Pro comes with a powerful 30 watt charger, while the Note 8 Pro comes with a weaker 18 watt charger.
Due to the larger battery capacity and a more energy efficient processor, the autonomy of Redmi Note 9 Pro is higher. In addition, the new model charges faster.
As always, we’ve read the reviews about the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphones on the Internet. Let’s start with the begatives.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro
- The cameras bulge too much.
- The speaker sound is mediocre.
- There is in-built advertising in the shell.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro
- The fingerprint scanner is located inconveniently.
- They don’t like the Mediatek processor.
- It discharges quickly when playing.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro
- It has a nice camera.
- The performance is high.
- You can expand the memory.
- Its battery is capacious and charges fast.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro
- The design is great.
- It has a powerful processor.
- The photos are very good.
- There is the NFC module.
So, let’s sum it up! The new Redmi Note 9 Pro outperformed the previous model only in terms of autonomy and charging speed. Should you upgrade from the Note 8 Pro to the Note 9 Pro? I wouldn’t recommend it. Which phone should you choose? Well, have a look at the prices. The new model differs little from the old one, but it costs more. In any case, the Redmi Note 8 Pro remains a relevant phone in 2020. Which phone would you choose? Share your opinion in the comments below the video.