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Do you want to choose between the Redmi Note 9 Pro or the Redmi Note 8 Pro? We tell you how Xiaomi's best-selling mobile has evolved.

Surely that of Xiaomi is the most prolific catalog of the entire smartphone market, and obviously by extension it is also of an Android platform in which standing out is complicated, but in which Xiaomi competes like a fish in water now more for popularity and media strength, but also due to the accumulation of options.

In any case, if we look at portfolio of the Haidian giant including its sub-brands, and we looked for a smartphone to recommend to our friends, the truth is that those belonging to a multitude of devices stand out a family 'Redmi Note Pro' which is probably the best-selling globally for its perfect alignment between finishes, hardware, features, experience and, above all, prices.

Redmi Note 9 Pro vs Redmi Note 8 Pro, comparison

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In fact, it is that the latest Redmi Note 9 Pro can be found at the most attractive prices, very little above 200 euros and with a list of notable features in which it will be difficult to miss things. If the model "9" still seems somewhat expensive, the previous Redmi Note 8 Pro will also be available slightly below, still with travel and much to offer us at an unbeatable price:

We know that it is not easy to choose, so our idea with this article is Get rid of doubts if you are reviewing the Xiaomi catalog and these Redmi Note Pro make you dick, comparing both devices, the Redmi Note 9 Pro versus the Redmi Note 8 Pro, so that you can choose with all the data and details well repasaditos... Will you accompany us to see them?

Redmi Note 9 Pro, screen

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Design and display, renew or die

I have no doubt that Xiaomi was aware when it renewed the Redmi Note 8 Pro that his formula worked, and what works should not be touched too much for it to continue to do so, so the new Redmi Note 9 Pro offers a lot of continuity in a well-known glass and metal construction where its new photographic module stands out.

We went from a configuration centered in line to a square module with the sensors placed in a symmetrical position, also advancing on a frontal that loses the notch to now incorporate a hole in the screen where the front sensor is housed. The other notable improvement is in the use, with a total minimization of frames and borders where the only notable one will remain the lower chin that serves to hide the physical interconnection with the LCD panel board.

In fact, Xiaomi has not changed this screen either, which go back to using IPS technology for its better relationship between benefits and prices, although the results in this case are below the OLED experience. They will not therefore neither the design nor the screen differentiation factors too relevant.

Of course, to highlight the growth in size and screen, since the Redmi Note 9 Pro now measures 165.8 x 76.7 x 8.8 millimeters and weighs 209 grams, with a 6.67-inch panel and FHD + resolution that traces the 395 pixels per inch of the Redmi Note 8 Pro screen, 6.53 inches and FHD + resolution set in a 161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 millimeter housing with 200 grams of weight.

The glass does not vary either, Xiaomi has chosen in both cases the fifth generation of Gorilla Glass from Corning for its best scratch resistance.

MediaTek or Qualcomm, the difference is on the inside

To choose one or the other model, surely the ideal is go find the cold data of the datasheet, and indeed here there are important differences between the Redmi Note 9 Pro and its predecessor the Note 8 Pro in terms of the hardware platform chosen by Xiaomi.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro mounts a MediaTek Helio G90T with an eight-core processor up to 2.05 GHz and ARM Mali-G76 MC GPU, accompanied by 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of expandable storage with microSD.

For its part, the new Redmi Note 9 Pro opts for a chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G with processor octa-core up to 2.3 GHz, Adreno 618 GPU and memory configurations of 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

In both models connectivity is complete and identical with 4G LTE modem, dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, aGPS with GLONASS, GALILEO and BDS, NFC, IR port, FM Radio and USB Type-C in addition to the already maligned 3.5 mm audio-jack.

Obviously, the increase in size also means that the Redmi Note 9 Pro model enjoy a bigger battery, up to 5,020 mAh with a 30W fast charge, leaving the Redmi Note 8 Pro with a 4,500 mAh capacity and 18W of charging power.

Definitely, a logical renewal by Xiaomi that leaves us the choice in the hands of the preference for Qualcomm or MediaTek hardware, both probably very even in terms of performance due to different support and possibility of updates.

And actually, which one has a better camera?

From the multimedia section we have already told you that indeed both models have a standard audio-jack connector, specification almost abandoned by all except mid-ranges, plus an FM radio which will still be appreciated by many users.

As for cameras, there are no significant differences except in the front module for selfies and rear arrangement, which has changed, but keeping all four sensors on both Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro with the only change of the 'macro':

  • 64 MP wide (f / 1.9), 26mm, PDAF
  • 8 MP ultrawide (f / 2.2), 119º
  • 5 MP macro (f2.4), AF
  • 2 MP depth (f / 2.4)
  • HDR-auto, LED flash, 4K @ 30fps video, 720p @ 960fps slow-motion, EIS

In the case of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, its sensor macro lowers performance to 2 megapixels without AF, with a 20 MP front sensor with f / 2.0 aperture instead of 16 MP with f / 2.5 of the new model.

Redmi Note 9 Pro or Redmi Note 8 Pro, which one to choose and which one should you buy?

Having seen all the data, it should be noted that we are facing two very similar models, between which there is a one-year difference that is practically not noticeable in notable differences, making it very clear that the evolution of this industry had obviously stalled waiting for 5G and the new folding formats.

Perhaps because of such equality it is not strange to see how prices are almost identical too, making the differentiation invisible in this sense and leaving the choice at the expense of hardware and design also difficult to distinguish:

As you have seen, and taking into account that there are only about 30 or 40 euros between them, The truth is that having the Snapdragon 720G from Qualcomm instead of the Helio G90T from MediaTek the same justifies the Redmi Note 9 Pro over its predecessor, but it is not easy to assure it.

In fact, if you don't like big mobiles the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a good option that ensures a similar experience in a smaller bottle, even if it implies give up those extra 520 mAh that never hurt a battery for a mobile phone.

For the rest, in Andro4all we have previously analyzed the pros and cons of each of the devices, so right here we leave you our previous reviews so that you have, if you need it, even more information: