Redmi is a sub-line of Xiaomi and was launched in 2013 as the budget line. By 2019 the Redmi range was made into a separate sub-brand. The smartphones in this line are still catering to the budget buyers, with Xiaomi and Mi being the more high-end caterers. Xiaomi itself is one of the top 5 producers of smartphones and within China, it is the biggest smartphone brand, this takes into account all their lines and sub-brands, including Redmi.
Among the many models the brand churns out, the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro are releases from 2019. The quality of the Redmi brand maintains a spec range similar to its parent brand, but the components are slightly cheaper variants. This of course does affect the overall performance, but within this budget, it is still an impressive feat to achieve on the brand’s part.
The Redmi Note 8 is still a tad closer to its predecessor but the Note 8 Pro has significant changes in comparison. The comparison we will draw is between these two, setting aside the predecessor.
The centre point, the processor is where we shall begin. The Note 8 houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, with the Note 8 Pro, on the other hand, gets the new Helio G90T from MediTek. For RAM there are options with both the devices, the Note 8 has either 4GB or 6GB available. While the Note 8 Pro has 6GB or 8GB. Both the smartphones have either 64GB of space or 128GB, one can choose based on their requirements.
The Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro both have the waterdrop notch and also have Gorilla Glass 5 for both sides of the body. The screen sizes vary a little; with the Note 8 the size is 6.3-inches and the Note 8 Pro is at 6.53-inches. The displays on both these devices are Full-HD, so visually they are similar.
The cameras are where more of the difference is shown, despite both having quad-camera systems. The Note 8 has a 48MP main shooter and the Note 8 Pro has a 64MP shooter, the other 3 cameras are the same. There is an 8MP wide-angle shooter, a 2MP depth camera and a 2MP macro camera. On the front, the Note 8 has a 13MP selfie camera, while the Note 8 Pro has a way more powerful 20MP camera.
The OS is similar for both devices, they come with Android 9 Pie which can be upgraded to Android 10 and the skin layer or user interface is Xiaomi’s own MIUI 12. The connectivity and sensor options are near the same too, with the only difference being the Redmi Note 8 Pro has NFC as well.
In terms of battery power, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a 4,500mAh cell and the Note 8 comes with a 4,000mAh cell. Both are built to handle the 18W fast charger.
As for colours, the Redmi Note 8 Pro will come in Mineral Grey, Pearl White, and Forest Green, while the Redmi Note 8 in Dream Blue, Meteorite Black, White.
Price difference and which to purchase
The prices for both these smartphones are in a similar range, but still is enough of a difference to be a defining factor in which model one chooses. The difference comes to roughly about Rs. 10,000, depending on the specific variant one chooses in terms of RAM and storage. If one opts for a more powerful one then the price will be a little higher.
Which works for you is a matter of your needs. Do you need a good smartphone that has all the necessary features for today and you will make use of them in a general sense, or do you need a more powerful camera because you make more social media content. Will your usage include gaming, because then a more powerful phone helps, almost always.
One can decide based on these questions and of course what budget one has to spend on a new smartphone.