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Xiaomi: Redmi Note 9S vs Redmi Note 8 Pro, which one to buy?

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Redmi is one of the brands that has presented the most smartphones in recent months. The Xiaomi sub-brand keeps pushing the limits, releasing smartphones that constantly offer us better value for money. One problem that comes from this strategy is the confusion that might be created amongst fans, when need to decide which is the best smartphone for them.

For this reason, and to make everything easier, we have decided to compare two of the more interesting Redmi smartphones. This time around, we pitted the Redmi Note 9S against its predecessor, the Redmi Note 8 Pro.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S

Is the latter still a good buy? What are the differences between them? We tell you everything you need to know to make the best possible choice when to buy your next smartphone.

Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi Note 9S are surprisingly balanced!

The new Redmi Note 9S arrives with a 6.67-inch Full HD+ IPS display, somewhat larger but quite similar to what we found in the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The latter has a 6.57-inch Full HD+ IPS panel. The most important differences are in the design, since the Chinese brand leaves behind the teardrop notch to incorporate a punch hole for the front camera.

We also found a significant processor change, we went from the Helio G90T from MediaTek to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, both designed for gaming. There are not many differences in their memory options, we can find versions of 4 GB and 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB and 128 GB of storage.

Comparison Redmi Note 8 Pro vs. Redmi Note 9S
SpecificationsRedmi Note 8 ProRedmi Note 9S
Dimensions161.3 × 76.4 × 8.79 mm
199.8 grams
165.7 × 76.6 × 8.8 mm
209 grams
Display6.53-inch IPS 2340 × 1080 FHD+
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Brightness up to 500 nits
Teardrop notch
6.67-inch IPS 2340 × 1080 FHD+
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Brightness up to 450 nits
Punch hole
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G90TQualcomm Snapdragon 720G
RAM6 GB LPDDR4x4 GB/6 GB LPDDR4x
OSMIUI 10 based on Android 9MIUI 11 based on Android 10
Storage64 GB/128 GB UFS 2.1, expandable by microSD64 GB/128 GB UFS 2.1
CamerasRear: 64 MP, 8 MP Ultra Wide, 2 MP macro, 2 MP depth
Front: 20 MP
Back: 48 MP, 8 MP Ultra Wide, 5 MP macro, 2 MP depth
Front: 16 MP
Battery4,500 mAh with 18W fast charge5,020 mAh with 18W fast charge
OthersRear fingerprint reader, NFC, hybrid SIM tray, 3.5mm headphone jackSide fingerprint reader, hybrid SIM tray, 3.5mm headphone jack, P2i splash-proof nano-coating

In both cases we find 4 rear cameras, but with different configurations. The Redmi Note 8 Pro features a 64 megapixel main camera, accompanied by an 8 megapixel wide-angle, 2 megapixel macro, and depth sensor. In the recently presented we came across a 48 megapixel main sensor, an 8 megapixel wide angle, a 5 megapixel macro and a sensor for the bokeh effect.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

Although they coincide with a fast charge of 18W, the battery of the new Redmi Note 9S surpasses its predecessor. In this case we find a 5,020 mAh battery, compared to 4,500 mAh for the Redmi Note 8 Pro. We are talking about 500 mAh, which can be quite significant.

So what’s the best buy from the Xiaomi sub-brand offers?

If I had to buy one of these two devices, I would go for the Redmi Note 9S. In addition to being more recent, and what that means in terms of updates, it has a better design, one of Qualcomm’s processors and a larger battery.

In any case, I don’t think anyone can be wrong if they choose one of the two terminals.

Buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S here

Buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro here