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OPPO A5 2020 vs Redmi Note 8, which is better?

We express in detail all the characteristics of both terminals so that you decide with all the information.

Chinese firms are liked by consumers in Spain. Since Xiaomi unfolded its full potential in our country, it has become the absolute queen of sales, highlighting the importance that consumers give to value for money.

For its part, OPPO has not been left behind. The company also based in the Asian country has grown like foam and is already the fourth option most chosen by the Spanish, ousting Apple and having only such important brands as Huawei, Samsung and the aforementioned Xiaomi.

The Xiaomi and OPPO catalog is not comparable in terms of volume, of course. One, Xiaomi, has been sowing for years and, in addition, advocates a policy of dozens of releases that they make the buyer lose perspective of who is who. The other, OPPO, is somewhat more restrained (for now), with a more "select" portfolio, although covering different audiences and market segments.

With all this and, how could it be otherwise, both Xiaomi and OPPO have similar products, with parallel characteristics and prices. Among them are the OPPO A5 2020 and the Redmi Note 8, which we are going to put one in front of the other so that it is easier for you to make the decision if you are debating between them.

Design and display: similar, but not the same

oppo a5 vs xiaomi redmi note 8

OPPO A5 2020 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 8. The duel is served.

The first aspect that we see of a smartphone is its external part, specifically its design and screen and, therefore, it will be the first of both terminals in which we will put the magnifying glass. With the OPPO A5 2020 we will have a terminal with 6.5-inch panel with Full HD + resolution (1,600 x 720 pixels),a brightness of 480 nits and an aspect ratio of 20: 9. Instead, the Redmi Note 8 features a slightly smaller panel, from 6.3 inches with a Full HD + resolution (2,340 x 1,080 pixels), 450 nit brightness and 19.5: 9 aspect ratio. As we can see, the parameters in which they move are very similar but with small peculiarities.

Regarding its overall dimensions, with the Redmi Note 8 we have a smartphone of 158.0mm x 74.5mm x 8.5mm, while for the OPPO A5 2020 the size is slightly expanded to 163.6 x 75.6 x 9.1 mm. The small difference in size minimally influences the weight, since the Xiaomi mobile marks 190 grams when passing through the scale, for the 195 grams of its opponent.

Regarding its finishes and color range, the OPPO A5 2020 is available in black and white colors, and for its construction the Chinese firm has opted for plastic as a material. For his part, Xiomi Redmi Note 8 extends the offer to four variants (black, white, red and blue), and mixes finishes in plastic and glass.

Camera block: here more is better

OPPO A5 2020 and Xiaomi redmi note 8 cameras

Camera block of OPPO A5 2020 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 8.

The camera block of both phones has a correct operation, although in the case of the Xiaomi terminal its operation stands out greatly. The Redmi Note 8 integrates a panel with four lenses, in which the main one sports a resolution of 48 MP. It is accompanied by a 2 MP wide-angle lens, another 2 MP macro and a fourth depth of 2 MP dedicated to the portrait mode. It does not have optical stabilization, but digital, and the module is located in the upper left. At the front, the selfie camera has a 12 MP resolution.

For its part, the OPPO A5 2020 also equips four lenses (although three protrude) and its main sensor looks like discrete 12.2 MP, although the wide angle lens is superior, 8 MP. This is perhaps the most noticeable difference between the two terminals, since the rest of the components are identical: macro lens of 2 MP and depth of another 2. It also does not have optical stabilization and the rear cameras are located in the center of the phone. For the selfie camera OPPO chose for this terminal a resolution of 8 MP.

As for video, both devices have 4K recording, pro recording mode in which to edit various parameters and slow motion video, although in the case of the OPPO at 120 fps and on Xiaomi at 240 fps.

Battery and performance: what to expect from each one on a day-to-day basis

With terminals that equip such large panels, a good battery is essential and both the OPPO A5 2020 and the Redmi Note 8 comply in this section. Regarding the mobile of Xiaomi, this one has a capacity of 4,000 mAh with fast charge that allows you to completely fill your battery in 1 hour and 20 minutes. For normal use of the mobile, the batteries are more than enough to support the whole day.

The OPPO A5 2020, meanwhile, equips a larger battery, 5,000 mAh, It can withstand up to two days of work without going through the plug for normal use. The con is that does not include fast charge Therefore, to see the battery at 100%, you will have to wait about 2 and a half hours.

Processor and memories: AnTuTu gives Xiaomi an advantage

OPPO A5 2020 design

The OPPO A5 2020 is a terminal that has a lot to say.

Going to the pure heart of both terminals, both OPPO and Xiaomi have opted for the processor Snapdragon 665. Meanwhile he Redmi Note 8 chooses as standard and without any other possibility 4 GB of RAM, OPPO proposes two options for its terminal, 3 or 4 GB.

As standard, the OPPO A5 2020 went on the market with Android 9 as the operating system and under the company's own customization layer ColorOS 6.0. As for the Redmi Note 8, it came to our hands with the MIUI 10 version based on Android 9.

Once passed through the clutches of AnTuTu, the OPPO A5 2020 obtained a score of 163,761 points, while his opponent in this comparison raised his grade slightly to 170,516. Again, we see that they move in a handkerchief.

Another connection link is the internal memory, since in both cases it is 64 GB and can be expanded via microSD card.

Connectivity: Xiaomi is still obsessed with defenestrating the NFC

In the connectivity device, neither of these two phones has 5G compatibility. Of course, both the OPPO A5 2020 and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 incorporate FM Radio and 3.5 mm jack headphone input, aspects that are lacking in other terminals.

The most noticeable absence in the Xiaomi mobile is the NFC connectivity, something that the OPPO terminal does have. Another deficit of this terminal is the Bluetooth version, since it is the now obsolete 4.2. OPPO once again hits on this section giving its A5 2020 of Bluetooth version 5.0.

Other characteristics to consider

In these times it is important to point out that these two mobiles include both charged and headphones in their box. Also, other peculiarities that we can highlight is its fingerprint sensor on the back or compatibility with dual SIM.

Apart from this, neither the OPPO A5 2020 nor the Redmi Note 8 are water resistant, so we must be careful not to get it wet.

OPPO A5 2020 vs Redmi Note 8: which one do I buy?

Redmi Note 8 featured

Launched in autumn 2019, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 is one of the best sellers of the Chinese company.

As we have seen, both terminals are quite similar in most aspects, although there are certain characteristics that can tip the balance one way or the other. For example, in the camera section, he Redmi Note 8 is clearly the winner, with a primary sensor higher than his opponent's.

On the other hand, in sections such as connectivity, it is the OPPO terminal that leaves its opponent in the background. The incorporation of NFC or a higher version of bluetooth they can be decisive for those users who are going to frequently use this type of connection.

The same goes for the battery. Depending on the use you are going to give the terminal, it will benefit you that have more capacity even if later it loads slower, as proposed by the OPPO A5 2020. If instead you want a large capacity (although less), but you don't mind having to charge it more frequently because it also makes it faster, the Xiaomi is your mobile.

In general computation, our recommendation would be the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8. We believe that there is much more what it gives you for such a reasonable price (it is easy to find it for less than 160 euros) than what its shortcomings remain, which it has, of course. Of course, if you decide to keep the OPPO terminal, cheaper, there are many compelling reasons that can support your decision (For example, your personalization layer is more attractive.)

In any case, here we leave you the extensive comparison so that you can decide for yourself with all the information in hand.