In a recent announcement, Xiaomi unveiled the new Redmi Note 8 Series including the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro in India. The smartphone comes with a compelling design, upgraded optics, and an overall improved performance. The Redmi Note 8 Pro targets the Rs 15,000 price bracket of smartphones which is highly competitive. The Vivo S1 has launched a couple of months ago and offers pretty good performance in the same price bracket. We compare the various aspects of the smartphone to understand which is a better option over the other.
Design and Display
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 6.53-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 bringing the aspect ratio to 19.5:9. The Device has a glass panel on the back and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides. The smartphone also adopts a rear fingerprint design and houses a quad-camera setup on the rear. The Vivo S1 comes with a slightly smaller 6.38-inch display with the same resolution of 1080 x 2340 also having the 19.5:9 aspect ratio. However, the Vivo S1 comes with a higher quality Super AMOLED display and also supports the always-on display. The smartphone only houses a triple camera setup on the rear and has an under-display optical fingerprint sensor.
Processor Storage and RAM
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with the Mediatek Helio G90T chipset based on a 12nm manufacturing process, the chipset has 2 x 2.05GHz Cortex A76 cores and 6 x 2.9GHz Cortex A55 cores. The RAM options on the device are 6GB and 8GB, the storage options on the Redmi Note 8 Pro are 64GB and 128GB. The chipset on the smartphone comes with the Mali-G76 MC4 GPU and the storage can be expanded by up to 256GB via a microSD card.
The Vivo S1 is powered by the Mediatek Helio P65 chipset based on a 12nm manufacturing process, the chipset has 2 x 2.0GHz Cortex A75 cores and 6 x 1.7GHz Cortex A55 cores. The device comes in 4GB and 6GB RAM variants and both the variants have 128GB internal storage. The chipset comes with a lower end Mali-G52 MC2 GPU and the storage on the smartphone can be expanded by up to 256GB via a microSD card.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a quad-camera setup with a 48MP primary sensor having an f/1.9 aperture, the secondary ultra-wide sensor has a resolution of 8MP and an f/2.2 aperture. The dedicated macro shooter and the depth sensor, both have a 2MP resolution an f/2.4 aperture with a pixel size of 1.75um. The smartphone supports recording video in 4K at 30FPS, in FullHD at up to 120FPS. There is also an ultra-slow-motion mode that supports recording in 720p HD at up to 960FPS. The front shooter has a resolution of 20MP and an f/2.0 aperture and supports video recording in FullHD at 30FPS.
The Vivo S1 only comes with a triple camera setup on the rear comprising a 16MP primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and 1.12um pixel size. The secondary ultra-wide-angle lens has a resolution of 8MP and an f/2.2 aperture. The smartphone doesn’t come with a dedicated macro lens but has a 2MP depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. The smartphone only supports FullHD recording at 30FPS, the front camera on the Vivo S1 is a higher resolution 32MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture that can also record in FullHD at 30FPS.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a massive 4,500mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging. The battery is big enough to support any needs, on heavy and demanding usage, the battery still lasts through the entire day with a little juice left for an emergency. The Vivo S1 also has a 4,500mAh battery and also supports 18W fast charging, the battery lives on both the smartphones are very similar.
The Vivo S1 comes with a higher resolution front camera and a better display, the Redmi Note 8 Pro takes the lead in every other aspect. The Redmi Note 8 has a more capable camera package, a more powerful processor, higher RAM capacity and more storage options. The Vivo S1 also has an under-display fingerprint sensor that adds a premium feel, however, the Redmi Note 8 Pro uses a glass body design that adds a premium feel to it anyway.