Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro vs. Xiaomi Mi 9T: Which is the best smartphone? – FrAndroid

While the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro was released recently, there is plenty to ask about its positioning in the range. What is it worth against the Xiaomi Mi 9T more upmarket, but the price has dropped since its release in June? This is what we will see in this detailed comparison where we will address point by point the main criteria of smartphone purchase. Let's find out together what is the best device between the Xiaomi Mi 9T and the Redmi Note 8 Pro.

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro on the left, and the Xiaomi Mi 9T on the right

There is a Xiaomi smartphone available for almost all price ranges. So much so that with the price cuts, some midrange models can compete with entry-level smartphones. Launched at 100 euros more than the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the Xiaomi Mi 9T now sees its price much more accessible. But is it worth it to take the plunge or is Xiaomi's latest low-cost reference sufficient? This is what we will see in this comparison between the Xiaomi Mi 9T and Redmi Note 8 Pro.

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What is the best smartphone between a Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro and a Xiaomi Mi 9T, and above all, the difference in price is it worth the move to Mi 9T? Design, performance, photo, autonomy … Discover our detailed comparison between the two smartphones.

Data sheets

Model

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

Xiaomi Mi 9T

OS version

Android 9.0

Android 9.0

Builder interface

MIUI

N / C

Screen size

6.53 inches

6.39 inches

Definition

2340 x 1080 pixels

2340 x 1080 pixels

Pixel density

N / C

403 dpi

Technology

LCD

OLED

SoC

Helio G90T

N / C

Graphics Chip (GPU)

ARM Mali G76

Qualcomm Adreno 618

RAM memory

6 GB, 8 GB

6 GB

Internal memory (flash)

128 GB, 64 GB

128 GB, 64 GB

Camera (backpack)

Sensor 1: 64 Mpx
Sensor 2: 8 Mpx
Sensor 3: 2 MP
4: 2 MP sensor

Sensor 1: 48 Mpx
Sensor 2: 13 MP
Sensor 3: 8 Mpx

Camera (front)

20 MP

20 MP

Video recording

1080p

4K

Wireless

Wi-Fi 5 (ac)

Wi-Fi 5 (ac)

Bluetooth

5.0

5.0

networks

LTE, HSPA, GSM

LTE, HSPA, GSM

Supported bands

2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)

2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)

NFC

Yes

Yes

Fingerprint sensor

Yes

Yes

Ports (Inputs / Outputs)

USB Type-C

USB Type-C

Drums

4500 mAh

4000 mAh

Dimensions

76.4 x 161.35 x 8.79mm

74.3 x 156.7 x 8.8mm

Weight

200 grams

191 grams

Colors

Black, White, Blue

Black, Red, Blue

Price

249 €

293 €

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Design: rather notch or pop-up?

Between the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi 9T, it's two rooms, two atmospheres. Although the Mi 9T was launched in China under the name Redmi K20, it shares little in common with the Redmi Note 8 Pro.

The first obvious difference is the choice of camera integration selfies. On the Xiaomi Mi 9T, the manufacturer has decided to use for the first time a retractable camera, in the manner of what is also found on the OnePlus 7T Pro and Vivo Nex S. For the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the firm has chosen a much more classic approach with a fine notch in the shape of a drop of water.

Apart from this choice of placement for the camera, we will also note a slightly larger size for the Redmi Note 8 Pro with its 76.4 mm high, against 74.3 mm for the Mi 9T. In both cases we find a screen that occupies a large part of the device on the front, and we appreciate the integration of a notification LED on the Redmi Note 8 Pro. In addition, the entry-level smartphone also benefits from a fingerprint reader on the back, even if it is badly placed, in direct contact with the photo modules. However we will appreciate the choice to integrate glass on the back and a USB-C at this price.

In front, the Xiaomi Mi 9T does not do things by half. The smartphone wants to be noticed and it shows. Not only does he take advantage of innovative technologies like the fingerprint reader on the screen, but he can also claim to be very bright. Certainly, his back is also in glass, but with very colorful iridescent reflections. The photo module on the back is also centered, but this time it is not bothered by an improperly placed fingerprint reader.

In both cases, Xiaomi chose to integrate a headphone jack. Nevertheless, if both devices are dual-SIM compatible, a pity that only the Redmi Note 8 can see its storage extend through a microSD card.

Both smartphones correspond to very different approaches. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is particularly sober and classic without fuss. Certainly, his fingerprint reader could be better placed, but he enjoys a storage extension. The Xiaomi Mi 9T is much more flashy, but it has the merit of proposing an original and innovative design. On this point, draw.

Screen: a well calibrated OLED slab and LCD too inflexible

In terms of screen size and definition, both smartphones play in the same category. The Redmi Note 8 Pro benefits from a 6.53-inch screen with a display of 2340 pixels by 1080. The same definition is used on the Xiaomi Mi 9T, but this time on a format of 6.39 inches. The result is a sharper image on the Xiaomi Mi 9T with a density of 403 pixels per inch, compared to 395 dpi for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro.

But besides the size of the screen, what really differentiates them is the type of display used. On one side, an OLED panel, on the other, the IPS LCD. Xiaomi has logically booked the most advanced display technology, the one offering the most contrast, for its top-of-the-line model, the Xiaomi Mi 9T. We thus find an OLED panel with infinite contrast and a good coverage of the sRGB space. We can nevertheless regret a tendency to pull too much towards the blue, but the temperature of the screen proves much more right by switching to the options " hot»And«increase the contrast".

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The Xiaomi Mi 9T

For its part, the Redmi Note 8 Pro also offers good coverage of the sRGB space, at 121%, but color fidelity leaves something to be desired. We also deplore a much too cold white balance and a contrast of "only" 1412: 1, inevitably less than the infinite one of the Xiaomi Mi 9T.

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

Without too much surprise, so the Xiaomi Mi 9T wins this round. It must be said that the OLED technology not only allows it to climb high in brightness – 699 cd / m² against 492 for the Redmi Note 8 Pro – but also to have a much higher contrast.

Software: are you MIUI or MIUI?

On one side, we find Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10. On the other, Android 9.0 with MIUI 10. Obviously, it is not in this category that the two smartphones of Xiaomi will distinguish themselves. Both integrate not only the same system, but also the same interface.

As a reminder, MIUI 10 is an interface quite far from that of Google. There are however many customization options. It is thus possible to reverse the navigation keys, to enjoy the gestural navigation or animations neat. Nevertheless, MIUI is far from free from defects. There is no default application drawer, and notification icons are not displayed unless you enable a dedicated setting.

Nevertheless, one point can favor the Xiaomi Mi 9T: the management of DRM. Indeed, despite the integration of DRM Wdevine L1 on the Redmi Note 8 Pro, it can not currently play HD videos on Netflix. A concern that can be corrected in the future, but in the meantime, it is still a benefit to Xiaomi Mi 9T.

A Helio G90T chip in the big leagues

For a long time MediaTek's chips lagged behind Qualcomm's chips in terms of performance. Yet with the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the Helio G90T reverses the trend.

Although the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a smartphone close to the entry level, it offers better performance than the Xiaomi Mi 9T, yet equipped with a Snapdragon 730 of good level.

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

In both cases, smartphones are very fluid and no discomfort disturbs them on a daily basis. It must be said that they are both equipped with 6 GB of RAM quite comfortable. Whether in web browsing, for system animations or in 3D games, they both suffer no slowing down.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Xiaomi Mi 9T
SoC MediaTek Helio G90T Snapdragon 730
AnTuTu 7.x 226,322 210,317
PCMark 2.0 10,037 7,188
3DMark Sling Shot Extreme 2,377 2,100

Nevertheless, at the test ofbenchmarksIt is clear that the Redmi Note 8 Pro is doing the best. The MediaTek chip is more powerful than the Xiaomi Mi 9T Snapdragon 730. So this is a point taken by the Redmi Note 8 Pro. A point to qualify, however, since the Mi 9T is still powerful enough to run 3D games without flinching and smartphones with MediaTek chips are generally less followed by the community for hacking in the long term.

Photo: a more versatile Xiaomi Mi 9T

Xiaomi's two smartphones offer a multitude of cameras on the back, but their use is very different.

For the Xiaomi Mi 9T, there are three photo modules on the back with:

  • 8 megapixels, telephoto x2, equivalent to 52 mm (f / 2.4)
  • 48 megapixels, wide-angle, equivalent to 26 mm (f / 1.75)
  • 13 megapixels, ultra wide-angle x0.6, equivalent 15 mm (f / 2.4)

For its part, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro includes four cameras, but with very different uses. If we find a pair of wide-angle (64 Mpx) and ultra wide-angle (8 Mpx), the other two devices are dedicated to macro photo capture (2 Mpx) and the management of the back blur for portrait mode (2 MP).

Overall, both smartphones offer a very good dynamic range in daylight with very detailed photos and sunny scenes. We can nevertheless regret a photo processing indented on the Redmi Note 8 Pro when you switch to the ultra wide-angle, which is not the case with the Xiaomi Mi 9T.

The photos of the Redmi Note 8 Pro:

Pictures of Xiaomi Mi 9T:

Above all, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro offers a macro mode, but given photos of only 2 megapixels, it is difficult to see a daily use. The same goes for night photos. While the Xiaomi Mi 9T offers a very good quality in low light, this is not the case of the Redmi Note 8 Pro especially because of its poor management of light sources.

On the left, the Redmi Note 8 Pro, on the right, the Mi 9T:

All in all, there is no question about a Xiaomi Mi 9T that crushes the Redmi Note 8 Pro, whether for the versatility of cameras, the quality of the ultra-wide angle or the management of high dynamic ranges in low light.

Battery: a hair close, but it matters

Xiaomi's Redmi Note range is renowned for its battery life and the Redmi Note 8 Pro is no exception. It must be said that the smartphone is equipped with a large accumulator of 4500 mAh. In front, the small 4000 mAh Xiaomi Mi 9T could pale.

The two smartphones manage however to offer a very good autonomy of at least two days with more than seven hours of screen on, including several hours spent on Netflix or with mobile games. The Redmi Note 8, however, wins by one head among the 3 most independent smartphones we have tested.

Both smartphones come with a 18W charger (9V, 2A) with a full charge for the Xiaomi Mi 9T in 1:45 when it will take almost 2 hours for the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Finally, note that neither device is compatible with wireless charging.

Both smartphones offer the same features in terms of charging, so it is only on the autonomy that the Redmi Note 8 Pro pulls out of the game. It must be said that this is one of the smartphones the more autonomous than we had the opportunity to test on FrAndroid.

Conclusion: which is the best smartphone?

If we look criteria by criterion the points awarded to both smartphones, we see that the two smartphones are neck and neck. The Xiaomi Mi 9T passes in front of it, but with a small advantage to its sleeve: HD video playback on Netflix. Without that, it would have been a draw.

So back to our original question: what is the best smartphone? At first glance, it is indeed the Xiaomi Mi 9T thanks to its better quality in photo or its OLED screen much more pleasant, bright and contrasted. Nevertheless, the Redmi Note 8 Pro does not have to blush, far from it. The latest Xiaomi baby is able to offer better performance than its big brother while offering a much higher autonomy.

Above all, beyond the question of which is the best smartphone between the Mi 9T and the Redmi Note 8 Pro, we wonder especially if it is relevant to spend at least 50 euros more to buy the Mi 9T or if the Redmi Note 8 Pro will suffice daily. And there, it becomes difficult to justify the even higher price of Mi 9T.

Unless you absolutely want to take advantage of an optical zoom and take low-light photos on a regular basis, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro will be a better choice, not only for its price, but above all for its record-breaking autonomy. If you still hesitate between one and the other, do not hesitate to turn to the complete tests:

Price and availability

The Xiaomi Redi Note 8 Pro was launched at the price of 250 euros for the model 6/64 GB and 280 euros for the 6/128 GB version.

Where to buy Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro at the best price?

For its part, the Xiaomi Mi 9T was launched last June at the price of 350 euros for 6/64 GB configuration and 380 euros for the 6/128 GB model. Nevertheless, five months after its launch, the smartphone can now be found around 300 euros.

Where to buy the Xiaomi Mi 9T at the best price?

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