REDMI NOTE 9 vs NOTE 8|Comparision|Review

  The Redmi Note 8 is a sales success in the world and every month is among the most sought after cell phones At With the launch of its successor, many people ended up creating expectations in the hope that the new Model would be better than the previous one. Launched for R$ 2,700 in Brazil, the Redmi Note 9 arrives with a very high price, and then the question arises is it worth investing in the novelty or is it better to save and choose the older one? From the Redmi Note 9 to the Note 8 we had few changes the front design was practically maintained with a drop-shaped notch and the same dimensions. Now, on the Note 9, Xiaomi has decided to adopt a more modern notch, with a hole in the corner of the screen. This change made it possible to reduce the bezels and deliver greater screen to body ratio but that doesn’t make the new one more compact than the older one, because Xiaomi has decided to enlarge the screen. The Note 9 is not only bigger but also chubbier and heavier even when it changed the glass back for a simpler plastic one. We can blame it on the battery that has grown, and now has 1,000 mAh more than before. Anyway, the exchange of materials does not have as much impact on the build quality and some people shouldn’t even notice a difference. But if you are looking for the most compact and most premium quality you will prefer the Note 8. The good news is that the new one is more complete for now to come with Bluetooth 5 and NFC. Otherwise, both are the same, including infrared emitter at the top. The biometric reader remains at the rear and works well on both. Only the layout changed in the Note 9 and is now closer to the camera block.


 We start with a tie – the old one is more compact and has better quality while the new one is more complete. The screen grew and kept the same IPS LCD technology and Full HD + resolution as before. The downside is that Note 9 delivers less brightness and lower contrast than its predecessor. Using the cell phone outside home has become more complicated and even the colors are washed more on the screen. Incidentally, the standard calibration adopted by Xiaomi is bad, leaving gray looking like cyan. You can reduce this in the screen settings, but it will not arrive at the same color rendering as Note 8. The new one keeps the same speaker at the bottom as before, but now with less powerful sound and more muffled. It’s amazing how Xiaomi pays no attention to the sound of their smartphones. The same can be said for sound quality when listening to music with headphones. There is much more distortion in sound reproduction than we normally see in mid-rangers from other brands. And we give the Redmi Note 8 a double point for having a better screen and sound system. The Redmi Note 9 comes out of the box with Android 10 and MIUI 11 and will soon receive the new interface from Xiaomi. The Note 8 is still attached to Android Pie, which makes it clear that the Chinese manufacturer does not pay much attention to their intermediate smartphones and the same can happen to the Note 9 when Android 11 is released. 

The features are the same on both – you can enjoy Game Turbo 2.0, which comes with the Note 9 to enhance the gaming experience and even measure the FPS rate. The remote control feature works well on both, being compatible with several electronics. Here the Note 9 takes a point in the software part. The Note 8 comes equipped with Snapdragon 665, very popular and present in several mid-tier devices launched in 2020. In the Note 9 we have Helio G85, a newer MediaTek platform that is present in a few cell phones – which is better? In our speed test, we had a good advantage for the older Redmi is a difference of more than 1 minute in the opening and reopening time of apps and games and you will feel that difference in real use. This does not mean that the new MediaTek hardware is weak – the proof of that is that in synthetic tests for benchmarks it was on average 15% faster. In games, the two can run any title for Android well. It is even possible to play PUBG in high-quality HD on the Note 9 without choking. We give the Redmi Note 8 a point for better overall performance. The battery grew and, as expected, the autonomy increased – in our tests we had a difference 25% on battery life. This means that when the Note 8 runs out of juice, the Note 9 will still have 1/4 of the battery left to use. It may not yield two full days, but there will be a little charge left for the next day. And the best part is that Xiaomi was more generous with the bundled charger and delivery a greater power than before. This makes Note 9 take less time to recharge even if it has a considerably larger battery. And here we give a double point to the Redmi Note 9. So far we have a tie, which shows that the two generations are balanced. What compromises the newly launched Xiaomi device is its camera. We have the same set of cameras as before, including even similar resolution and focal aperture, it was expected to see a similar quality, for photos and videos. 

But that is not what happens. Note 9’s main camera struggles clearly, has colder colors, shadows lose detail and the HDR does not help to balance the final result. Quality also fell with the wide-angle lens, and suffers a lot indoors and at night. The macro and the depth suffer less than the others, but it is clear that part of the blame is in the absence of good image processing of MediaTek hardware. The Redmi Note 8 takes a point then, for better photos with the rear cameras. On the front, we have the same 13 MP camera on both, with a smaller focal aperture on Note 9 which results in darker selfies. Note 8 records more skin details and has a better balance between contrast and colors. The Note 9’s front camera suffers more in dimly lit places. If you take more selfies at night, it is better to choose the oldest one. Portrait Mode also works best on Note 8 and does not disable HDR leaving the photo background burst For selfies, we give points to the Redmi Note 8. And finally, we have the camcorder that also suffered a setback before it used to shoot in 4K and is now limited to only Full HD. Quality has dropped with resolution and there are more shakes than before. At least, the focus remains agile. The most disappointing part is that the recorded audio is only mono. We closed the camera part with the last point for the Redmi Note 8. As said at the beginning, the Redmi Note 9 arrived for salty R$ 2,700 in Brazil. It is currently possible to buy the national Note 8 for R$ 2,000 and if you choose the version with 128 GB of storage will still pay less than what Xiaomi asks at its new intermediary. Even if you decide to go for the imported one, you will save if you choose the Redmi Note 8 which is a better phone overall. For being more cost-effective, we give the last point to the Redmi Note 8. The Redmi Note 9 arrived with more current design, more complete set and better battery but charges a lot for it. Does it make sense to buy it? No way. You better save money and choose the Note 8, which delivers better build quality, brighter screen, more powerful sound, superior performance, and a better set of cameras. What disappoints is still being on Android Pie, but it should soon be updated.

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