The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 is already official, and together with its predecessor, the Redmi Note 7, makes up what is possibly the best duo in the mid-range. Although at the moment the terminal has not arrived in Spain officially, today it is possible to buy it in some Aliexpress stores for a price around 170 euros. In front, we find mobiles such as the Xiaomi Mi 9T, a terminal that starts at 230 euros in some Spanish stores. Is the latter worth it regarding the Mi 9T? What differences are there between the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 vs Xiaomi Mi 9T really? We see it below.
Xiaomi Redmi comparison sheet Note 8 vs Xiaomi Mi 9T
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
Xiaomi Mi 9T
|screen||6.3 inches with Full HD + resolution (2,340 x 1,080 pixels), IPS LCD technology, 409 dpi, 19.5: 9 format and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection||6.39 inches OLED with Full HD + resolution (2,340 x 1,080 pixels), OLED technology, 18.9: 9 format and integrated fingerprint sensor|
|Main chamber||– 48 megapixel main sensor and focal aperture f / 1.7
– Secondary sensor with wide-angle lens, 8 megapixels and focal aperture f / 2.2
– Tertiary 2 megapixel sensor and focal aperture f / 2.4 for depth functions
– Quaternary sensor with macro lens, 2 megapixels and focal aperture f / 2.4
|– Sony IMX586 48-megapixel main sensor and focal aperture f / 1.7
– Secondary sensor with 13 megapixel wide angle lens and focal aperture f / 2.4
– Tertiary sensor with 8 megapixel telephoto lens, 2x zoom and focal aperture f / 2.4
|Camera for selfies||13 megapixel main sensor and focal aperture f / 2.0||20 megapixel main sensor and focal aperture f / 2.0|
|Internal memory||64 and 128 GB||64 and 128 GB|
|Extension||Micro SD cards up to 256 GB||Not available|
|Processor and RAM||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
Adreno 610 GPU
4 and 6 GB of RAM
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
Adreno 618 GPU
6 GB of RAM
|Battery||4,000 mAh with quick charge Quick Charge 3.0||4,000 mAh with quick charge Quick Charge 3.0|
|OS||Android 9 Foot under MIUI 10||Android 9 Foot under MIUI 10|
|Connections||4G LTE, 802.11 ac dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS + GLONASS, headphone jack, FM radio and USB Type-C||4G LTE, 802.11 ac dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS + GLONASS, headphone jack, FM radio, NFC and USB Type-C|
|SIM||Dual nano SIM||Dual nano SIM|
|Design||Glass and aluminum construction
Colors: Mineral Gray, Pearl White, Forest Green
|Glass and aluminum construction
Colors: red and blue
|Dimensions||156.7 x 74.3 x 8.9 mm and 191 grams||156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm and 191 grams|
|Featured Functions||Facial unlock via software, fingerprint sensor, infrared port for remote control functions, IP52 protection and 18W fast charging||Facial unlock via software, on-screen fingerprint sensor, NFC technology and 18W fast charging|
|Release date||To specify||Available|
|Price||From 125 euros to change||From 329 euros|
One of the differential aspects of the Xiaomi Mi 9T with respect to the rest of Xiaomi phones is probably its design, a design that opts for a retractable mechanism to operate the camera front instead of the usual notch in the form of a drop of water that the Note 8.
The result is a larger size that traces the dimensions of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8, as both terminals have the same weight, same width and same height. If we move to the rear, both have a glass-made housing where the only difference is found in the presence of a physical fingerprint reader if we talk about Redmi Note 8. Remember that the Mi 9T opts for an integration on the screen of the fingerprint sensor, by having a panel with OLED technology.
Lastly, the presence of a jack input for the headphones and Corning Gorilla Glass protection in both terminals. The Note 8 also has IP52 dust and splash protection.
The biggest criticism of Xiaomi after the launch of the Xiaomi Mi A3 has come from the hand of the screen, which is inherited from the technology used in the panel: AMOLED under the Pentile matrix. The manufacturer seems to have taken action on the matter by integrating an IPS panel in the Redmi Note 8, a panel that has 6.3 inches diagonal, Full HD + resolution and 409 dpi.
If we talk about the Mi 9T, the terminal has a AMOLED panel 6.39 inches in size with Full HD + resolution and integrated fingerprint sensor. In the absence of data such as the brightness level or the percentage of color representation in the NTSC or sRGB spectrum, everything indicates that the panel of the Xiaomi Mi 9T is superior. In contrast, the fingerprint sensor is more erratic, being located below the screen.
Processor and memory
Far from being an evolution of the Redmi Note 7, the eighth iteration of the series Note It comes with a hardware very similar to that of its predecessor: processor Snapdragon 665, 4 and 6 GB of RAM and 64 and 128 GB of storage internal.
For its part, the Mi 9T opts for a processor Snapdragon 730, 6 GB of RAM and 64 and 128 GB of storage internal not expandable by micro SD cards. Both have MIUI 10 under Android 9 Pie, and the Mi 9T opts for a type of UFS 2.1 storage, which in numbers gives better results than Redmi eMMC storage Note 8 when handling files between applications.
For this and for aspects such as the processor, graphics and RAM memory it is expected that the Mi 9T get a more solvent performance in tasks that demand a high demand for processing and graphic processing. It is expected that this performance will be transferred when processing high-resolution photographs, by having a more advanced module. Also in the coverage and the signal level in the different antennas.
We arrive at the one that is possibly the most interesting section: that of the cameras. Despite the differences, the two phones drink very similar concepts.
Both have a main camera of 48 megapixels of resolution and focal aperture f / 1.7. The difference between one and another part of the sensor type: while the Mi 9T opts for a Sony sensor, the Redmi Note 8 has a sensor signed by Samsung, whose results are significantly lower than the Sony sensor at the time of obtaining images during the night.
If we move to the rest of the sensors, both have cameras with wide-angle lenses of 8 and 13 megapixels of resolution and a focal aperture f / 2.2 in the case of Redmi Note 8 and f / 2.4 in the case of Mi 9T. The technical difference, in the absence of trying the Redmi Note 8 in hand, tells us that we will get higher quality photographs in the Mi 9T. On the contrary, the Note 8 obtains photographs brighter at night.
As for the third and fourth sensors, the differences on this occasion are based on the type of lens. And it is that while the Redmi Note 8 opts for a 2 megapixel depth lens to improve portrait mode photography, the Mi 9T has an 8 megapixel sensor with telephoto lens for get a two-way optical zoom without loss.
The fourth Redmi sensor Note 8, meanwhile, has a macro lens to obtain photographs of small objects without loss of focus. By way of conclusion we can say that the Redmi Note 8 get better pictures in portrait mode and macro mode. In the other part we find the Mi 9T, capable of obtaining higher quality zoom photographs.
And what about the front camera? Again we find a most capable sensor in the Mi 9T, it has a 20 megapixel sensor compared to 13 Redmi Note 8. The focal aperture in both cases is f / 2.0.
Autonomy and connectivity
The differences in terms of autonomy and connectivity are almost negligible due to the zero differentiation between specifications.
They are because of the similarity of their characteristics: both have a 4,000 mAh battery, with fast charging systems of 18 W and similar connections. The AMOLED screen of the Mi 9T should give us, of course, better numbers in total hours of the screen, although nothing crazy, because after all the panel is larger than that of the Note 8 as a whole.
In the connectivity section, both have the same connections: Bluetooth 5.0, dual band WiFi, GPS compatible with all satellites, UBS type C port. The differences are found in the infrared sensor, of which the Mi 9T lacks as well as the absence of the NFC in the case of Redmi Note 8.
After seeing the main differences between the Xiaomi Mi 9T vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 we have to draw conclusions, which, as we usually notice in these cases, depend largely on the price.
Currently we can find both models at their lowest price on Aliexpress for a price that is around 230 euros in the case of Mi 9T and 170 euros in the case of Redmi Note 8. Is it worth paying the difference of 50 euros of the high-midrange model? In our view, yes.
After all, we find a higher quality mobile as a whole. Better screen, a more exploited design, a higher quality main camera, higher performance in games and heavy tasks and the presence of NFC for mobile payments.
Another aspect to take into account is based on the absence of the 800 band in the case of Redmi Note 8 if we opt for the Chinese version, since the Mi 9T has a single global version. If we choose to wait for the exit of the Note 8 in Spain and other European countries, most likely, the price difference is even less pronounced, which definitely declines the balance for the side of the Xiaomi Mi 9T.
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