Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro or Redmi Note 8 Pro: Which Note to buy now?

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The new Redmi Note 9 Pro now comes in at Rs 12,999 but the Redmi Note 8 Pro still sells at Rs 13,999. Two mighty options at almost similar prices but which one should you buy?

The Redmi Note 9 Pro from Xiaomi is currently the darling of all smartphone enthusiasts who have a very restricted budget to work with. We have been playing with the phone for a while and for a phone that costs Rs 12,999, this is an absolute bargain. It looks great, is built very well, has a massive display, bigger battery, and nice cameras what more can you ask for in a phone for less than Rs 15,000?

That said, Xiaomi has another equally good phone in the form of the Redmi Note 8 Pro. That one sells for Rs 13,999 and it was launched almost six months ago. The Note 8 Pro also looks great, is built nicely, has a big display, big enough battery and equally good cameras. Hence, if you are considering the new Note 9 Pro, the older Note 8 Pro at an extra Rs 13,999 could be confusing to many.

Hence, if you have to choose from a Note series phone from Xiaomi, which one of these is the best option to go for? Since we have used both these phones, we are in a better position to answer the question that most of you may have.

Redmi Note 9 Pro: How it makes a case for itself

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is a new phone and as the saying always goes, new is always better. The newness reflects in the design of the phone in a major way. The Note 9 Pro goes for modern design trends such as a square camera bump at the back, a gradient colour scheme and a more modern display design with a punch-hole cutout for the front camera.

The Snapdragon 720G is a highly capable chipset and with an enhanced GPU performance, it is able to play most of today’s 3D games with ease in high graphics. Even in day-to-day usage, the Redmi Note 9 Pro handles all the tasks without shedding sweat.

The Note 9 Pro also gets the biggest battery in Xiaomi’s Note lineup. The 5020mAh battery is huge and even under moderate usage, the Note 9 Pro can easily offer a two-day battery life. With gaming included, the phone can easily make it to the second day.

If you like immersive display panels, the Note 9 Pro with its punch-hole cutout is great for consuming media. The 6.67-inch LCD panel is good for watching videos and movies on the go.

The Note 9 Pro is on Android 10 based MIUI 11 and chances are that Xiaomi will upgrade it later to Android 11 next year with more MIUI updates scheduled for the future.

Despite being the newer model, the Note 9 Pro is slightly cheaper than the older Redmi Note 8 Pro and that makes it better value than ever.

Redmi Note 8 Pro: Is Old still Gold?

The Note 8 Pro is almost six months old but it has aged well in terms of the design. The Note 8 Pro also boasts of gradient colour schemes and if you hate the big camera humps, the Note 8 Pro’s slimmer module makes a case for itself. The glossy frame also makes this one look classier over the Note 9 Pro.

The Note 8 Pro was designed for gamers and with the MediaTek Helio G90T, it is high on performance than the Snapdragon 720G. The G90T has a more powerful processor and it can easily handle all types of modern 3D games without struggling at high graphics. A liquid cooling system keeps the device temperatures under check.

If you hate display punch-hole cutouts, the Note 8 Pro fares better with its conventional dew drop notch. The display itself measures 6.5-inches and it is massive by every means for watching videos and movies. The LCD panel used on the Note 8 Pro is also a tad better than the Note 9 Pro in terms of backlight distribution and colour vibrancy.

Despite bring older, the Note 8 Pro gets a 64-megapixel camera and if you are after higher resolution counts, this is the phone to go for. Even though it’s a Samsung sensor, Xiaomi’s camera algorithms make the best use of it and in the end, it churns out photos that look great.

If you are choosing the Note 8 Pro, you should keep in mind that it’s still on Android 9 Pie and Xiaomi might take another year to deliver the Android 10 update. Moreover, the 4500mAh battery paired with the power-hungry G90T chipset eats the battery faster. The fingerprint sensor is located at the back inconveniently as well.


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