Xiaomi recently announced the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro in India. The new smartphones from Xiaomi were highly anticipated ever since they were announced in China. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is one of the few phones in India with a primary 64MP camera sensor. This smartphone goes directly in competition with the Realme XT which has already been in India for a while now. We compare the two smartphones to see which fares better than the other in multiple aspects.
Design and Display Comparison
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 6.53-inches display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340, this brings the aspect ratio to 19.5:9. The front and back of the smartphone are both protected by Gorilla Glass 5 to reduce the chances of scratches and screen chipping in case of a fall. The smartphone comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
The Realme XT comes with a slightly smaller 6.4-inches display with the same 1080 x 2340 resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. However, the Realme XT uses a higher quality Super AMOLED display compared to the IPS LCD on the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The front of the smartphone is also protected by Gorilla Glass, however, the rear of the Realme XT smartphone is a plastic back. Also, there is no rear-mounted fingerprint sensor in the Realme XT as the smartphone uses an under-display optical fingerprint sensor.
Processor Storage and RAM
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by 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 and is paired with the Mali-G76 MC4 GPU. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants with internal storage options of 64GB and 128GB which can be expanded by up to 256GB via MicroSD.
The Realme XT comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 chipset based on a 10nm manufacturing process. The chipset consists of 2 x 2.3GHz Kryo 360 Gold and 6 x 1.7Ghz Kryo 360 Silver cores. The GPU on the chipset is Adreno 616 and the RAM options range from 4GB to 8GB based on the variant of choice, the internal storage options are either 64GB or 128GB which can be expanded by up to 256GB via microSD card slot.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 64MP Primary Sensor with an f/1.9 aperture, the secondary ultra-wide lens has a resolution of 8MP and an aperture of f/2.2, the pixel size of this lens is 1.12um. The depth sensor and the dedicated macro sensor on the Redmi Note 8 Pro, both have a resolution of 2MP, an f/2.4 aperture and a pixel size of 1.75um. The Redmi Note 8 Pro supports 4K recording in 30FPS and FullHD recording up to 120FPS, there is also support for ultra-slow-motion at 720p HD at up to 960FPS. The front camera on the Redmi Note 8 Pro is of 20MP resolution and has an f/2.0 aperture with FullHD video recoding support at 20FPS.
The Realme XT comes with a quad-camera setup on the rear, the primary sensor is a 64MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, the secondary ultra-wide lens is an f/2.3 aperture lens with a 1.12um pixel size, the dedicated macro lens and the dedicated depth sensors are both 2MP sensor with an f/2.4 aperture with a pixel size of 1.75um. The rear camera supports 2160p, 4K recording at 30FPS and FullHD recording up to 120FPS, there is also support for super-slow-motion in 720p HD up to 960FPS. The front camera has a resolution of 16MP and an f/2.0 aperture with support for 1080p FullHD recording in 30FPS.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 4,500mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging, the Redmi Note 8 Pro offers a longer battery life than the Realme XT by about 10-percent. The Realme XT comes with a 4,000mAh battery with VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 support that outputs a peak of 20W, this smartphone charges much faster than the Redmi Note 8 given the smaller battery capacity and much more advanced charging technology.
Verdict – Which is a better phone?
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a very good smartphone with decent specifications that can get work done for most people, however, for a slight increase in the price, the Realme XT offers a better display and a better processor. The Redmi Note 8 Pro feels better in the hand and offers a more premium design and also has a significantly bigger battery.