The Redmi Note 8 Pro is one of the most beloved mid-rangers in Brazil for delivering a good set at a fair price. Not to mention that it is a great option for games and delivers superior fluidity to more expensive wanna be flagship phones. Xiaomi has the mission to repeat the same hit with the Note 9 Pro, but did it succeed? Which of the two is a better buy? That is what we will discover in this comparison of The two are quite different in appearance, either from the front or from the back. The Note 8 Pro has a conventional notch and its cameras are vertically aligned at the rear while its successor has a hole-shaped notch and cameras arranged in a bouncing block. The new one is bigger and heavier due to the enlargement of the screen, however, even with the battery gain it didn’t get thicker. 

The finish follows the same as before with plastic sides and glass back. The position of the biometric reader changed – it left the rear and went to the right side. Here the preference goes for each one and the way you hold the phone, since the speed and accuracy in digital recognition is similar. If the size doesn’t matter and you are looking for the most complete one, then whatever you choose. Both offer the same version of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and bring input for headphones and an infrared emitter, in addition to NFC. The Note 8 Pro takes the first point because it is a little more ergonomic. The screen grew and gained a few more pixels, but the resolution is almost the same Full HD + as before. Xiaomi still runs away from AMOLED screens in the Redmi line and here you have an IPS LCD panel with a good level of brightness in both. The contrast is similar, as is the viewing angle. HDR is supported for videos on YouTube, but more limited with Netflix and other streaming services. Color calibration tends to cooler tones in both, especially in Note 8 Pro which has more bluish-white. You can reduce this problem in the settings. The screen did not evolve, but what about the sound? Xiaomi continues to refuse to adhere to stereo sound in its intermediaries we only have a sound output at the bottom with a slightly higher power on the Redmi Note 9 Pro. Sound quality is also better in the new model, although none deliver well, balanced audio. 

They tie regarding screen quality and the Note 9 Pro takes an extra point in sound. The Redmi Note 8 Pro arrived with Android 9 Pie and has already been upgraded to Android 10 with MIUI 11 same factory setting as Note 9 Pro. Both deliver the same features, including Night Mode, a mobile phone application like universal remote control and Game Turbo, which allows you to adjust the games for a better experience. The interface flows well on both and we can expect the Redmi Note 9 Pro to be upgraded to Android 11 while Note 8 Pro is expected to die on Android 10 – but it will still receive updates from MIUI. We give Redmi Note 9 Pro a point in terms of software. Xiaomi swapped the Helio G90T for the Snapdragon 720G and kept the amount of RAM in the cheapest version. In our speed test, we had a similar performance. This may disappoint you in multi-tasking, but Qualcomm hardware has its advantages. In the benchmark we have a good jump in the scores, reaching a difference of up to 20% in AnTuTu. In games, we also see superior fluidity in Note 9 Pro, especially with Asphalt 9 and PUBG running at a stable 60 fps. That way, in performance we give point to the Redmi Note 9 Pro. The battery grew by 520 mAh, which guaranteed a few extra hours of autonomy. This means that when the Note 8 Pro discharges, the Note 9 Pro will still have more than 20% charge left which gives you more free time for two days of autonomy. 

Another breakthrough is in the new Xiaomi charger, which delivers almost twice the power and made the recharge time drop by almost 50 minutes. Because we have a better battery and recharge faster, we double-point the Note 9 Pro. There are four cameras in the two with a similar set of sensors and lenses. The only difference is that the macro had an increase in resolution you might expect similar quality for photos, but the truth is that Qualcomm’s hardware it does better processing of the images. Note 9 Pro records great photos, being much better than what we saw in its predecessor. There are many details of the scenarios, the colors are close to reality and the correct dynamic balance avoids having to worry about using HDR. The wide-angle is also better than before, but it still suffers in darker places. The macro not only captures more detailed images but also has better clarity, thanks to autofocus, allowing you to get even closer than is possible with Note 8 Pro. Point to the Redmi Note 9 Pro for being better for photos with the rear set. With the front camera, however, we did not have a considerable advance. A Xiaomi reduziu a resolução e até a abertura focal, o que comprometeu a qualidade. Xiaomi reduced the resolution and even the focal aperture, which compromised quality. we have slightly better selfies, especially in darker places. As for Portrait mode, it deactivates HDR in Note 9 Pro, which leaves the background of photos burst. We then give each one point in selfies. In videos, we have 4K resolution with the main and Full HD with the ultra-wide and front. Again, Snapdragon makes a difference and we have cleaner, sharper videos on Redmi Note 9 Pro. The difference is even greater at night. 

In terms of focus speed and shake control, we have similar results. Point for the Note 9 Pro camcorder. As seen, The Note 9 Pro is the best choice, but you will have to pay dearly for it. The novelty of Xiaomi arrived in Brazil for salty R$ 4,200 and even if you decide to import, you will have to spend almost R$ 1,000 more than the Note 8 Pro. If you are looking for only a good intermediary with a more affordable price, you will end up preferring to save with Note 8 Pro, and with that, we finish the comparison with the last point going to this  Older model. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a nice phone, but its successor has shown good progress on many points. It has a more powerful sound, better gaming performance, longer battery life and recharges faster, plus a breakthrough in cameras, for photos and videos. The problem is the price you will have to pay for all of these improvements. Worth it? If you are looking for a more “round” phone that is good at everything, it will be a better choice. If you don’t care so much about cameras, it might be worth saving some money and choose the Redmi Note 8 Pro, which is still a good intermediary option. 

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