Xiaomi sweeped. It's hard to say anything else, looking at how well the new Redmi promises to be Note 8 Pro. How does the latest Chinese smartphone compare to the competition? Or rather – how much does it travel?
Xiaomi or Redmi smartphones were never my first choice when someone asked "which smartphone up to PLN 1000/1200/1500". Something I feel that this will change soon, because the new Redmi Note 8 Pro outperforms competing devices so much that it's almost unfair.
Let's summarize. We are talking about a smartphone whose specification is as follows:
Processor: MediaTek Helio G90T
RAM: 6 GB
Memory: 64/128 GB UFS 2.1
Battery: 4500 mAh with 18W charging
Screen: 6.54 ”2340 x 1080 px, quality 500 nit, Gorilla Glass 5
Main camera: 64 Mpix standard, 8 Mpix ultrawide, 2 Mpix ultra macro, 2 Mpix depth sensor
Front camera: 20 Mpix
It's all enclosed in an elegant housing available in three colors: green, black and white. redmi Note The 8 Pro also has NFC for contactless payments, an improved cooling system and a display that reduces blue light emissions. In fact, not counting the waterproof and dustproof, Redmi Note 8 Pro has everything we could expect from a smartphone.
And it costs – attention – PLN 1099 for the 64 GB version and PLN 1199 for the 128 GB version. When the device hits the store shelves on October 11, it will definitely become a sales hit with the march. And for good reason.
Competition falls very close to Redmi Note 8 Pro.
Let's compare how the best-equipped models available in the range of PLN 1000-1300 compare against the background of the new Xiaomi smartphone.
Asus is the only one at this price that can face Xiaomi in terms of strict specifications. In some respects it even breaks through, for example the battery, which in Asus has a 5000 mAh capacity. The Snapdragon 660 processor only slightly gives way to raw performance MediaTek Helio G90T. Both smartphones also have 6 GB of RAM.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2, however, has a much worse camera (it also has fewer lenses), a smaller display in a housing of similar sizes, and is charged via an already archaic micro-USB connector. If you want to buy the 128 GB variant, you have to spend over PLN 200 more than on Redmi.
Of course, Asus will probably show the successor of this model soon and then we will compare both smartphones once again. For now, however, having a choice between the two, I would choose Redmi Note 8 Pro.
The Oppo product is a very stylish rival of the new Xiaomi product. From the front, they look almost identical, although it should be noted that Redmi has a slender chin.
Although the Oppo RX17 Neo has a smaller display (6.4 "), it is an AMOLED panel that guarantees better contrast, true black and nicer, more vivid colors.
Like Redmi Note 8 Pro, also Oppo RX17 Neo has a fingerprint reader hidden in the screen, but unlike the Xiaomi product, it cannot be used for contactless payments due to the lack of NFC.
Redmi also wins battery capacity; in Oppo it is only 3600 mAh, charged with microUSB. We can not buy this smartphone with 6 GB of RAM, but only with 4 GB. Oppo RX17 Neo also has fewer lenses at the rear, although the front camera has a higher resolution than Redmi – 25 Mpix.
Add to this the Color OS overlay on Android, which even against the background of candy MIUI falls poorly and in this duel Xiaomi definitely wins.
The clash of these two devices is interesting because Huawei P Smart Z at the same price as Redmi Note 8 Pro offers an objectively more modern device. At least at first glance.
The 6.59 "display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 px has no indentation – it spills from the bottom to the top without interference. The front camera is hidden in the periscope sliding out of the housing, as in the much more expensive OnePlus 7 Pro.
Huawei also offers a pretty good camera for this price range; although there are only two lenses at the back and the resolution of the cameras is much lower than in Xiaomi (16 + 2 Mpix rear, 16 Mpix front), I am very curious which of them will in practice take better photos.
Huawei loses to Redmi from the specification side. It has a smaller battery (4000 mAh), a slightly weaker processor (Kirin 710F), less RAM (4 GB) and does not offer 128 GB of data space.
It also has a fingerprint reader on the back, not under the screen, which can be an advantage for many, but it is also a step back against the background of the screen reader (even if it works better than it).
Having a choice between these two devices I would probably bet on a Huawei product – a screen without a notch gives an amazing immersion that a screen with minimal indentation can not offer.
I must admit that Motorola was my favorite so far when it comes to smartphones up to PLN 1,300. I spent a few weeks with Motorola One Vision and the cheaper Motorola One Action, which is different in cameras, and I know that I could use them on a daily basis without too much regret.
Motorola definitely wins with Redmi software. MIUI may have a million options and settings, but it is quite heavy, candy and inaccessible. Motorola, on the other hand, took pure Android, added a few goodies here and there, and then gave users software with almost perfect smoothness of operation, and add-ons that are really useful.
Motorola One Action and One Vision also attract attention with an unusual screen with an aspect ratio of 21: 9 and a diagonal of 6.3 ". It also has no indentation in the screen, but a hole for the front camera. One can argue whether the indentation or the hole is better, but as they say in Podlasie: "I like it for me". The display is covered by an older generation of protective glass, Gorilla Glass 3, but Motorola offers basic splash resistance with IP52 certification.
Objectively, Motorola loses in terms of specifications. Exynos 9606 is a less efficient chip than MediaTek's at Redmi Note 8 Pro. RAM is less (4 GB) and the battery (3500 mAh) is also smaller.
In the case of Motorola One Action, however, we get 128 GB of data memory for the price of 64 GB of memory in Redmi Note 8 Pro.
Redmi has more cameras and a higher resolution than them. Probably, it will also be better in practical comparisons, because the quality of produced photos is still Motorola's Achilles heel.
Objectively, it's Redmi Note 8 Pro is the winner of this comparison. Subjectively, I still recommend Motorola for now. Although this may change when I personally test a new Xiaomi product.
redmi Note 8 Pro may be the best mid-range smartphone.
At a price not exceeding PLN 1200, we get a device with very efficient components, a large screen, an even larger battery and a set of cameras with very universal possibilities.
Most importantly – we get unusually a lot for very little money, and this is the key metric by which consumers buy mid-range phones: they look at which producer will give them as much as possible, for as little as possible.
And if I were to rate Redmi today Note 8 Pro only from the perspective of the price-performance ratio, I could say without a doubt that it is the best smartphone in its class.
How will it be in practice? We will only find this out when Redmi Note 8 Pro will come to us for testing.