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Redmi Note 8 vs Redmi Note 9, is it worth the change?

The new Redmi Note 9 is already a reality in Europe and specifically in Spain. A new bet by Xiaomi for the mid-range, where the change in design and the change in strategy prevail, saying goodbye to Qualcomm in order to welcome MediaTek processors.

And, the new Redmi Note 9 has changed a lot. Its design becomes much more modern , leaving aside the classic notch in the form of a drop of water. In addition, unlike its previous generation, inside we find a MediaTek Helio G85 .

Without a doubt, a quite important change if we compare the Redmi Note 8 or Note 8T with this new generation. In view of this, we will review all the features that have been renewed between these two mid-range smartphones.

Design and construction

Redmi Note 9.

Even with a larger screen, the Redmi Note 9 only grows a few millimeters , both in length and width. On the other hand, the thickness remains almost with the same dimensions and the weight is slightly increased by 9 grams compared to the previous generation.

  • Note 8 : 161.3 × 76.4 × 8.4 mm - 190 g - Meteorite Black, Fantasy Blue, White
  • Note 9 : 162.3 × 77.2 × 8.9mm - 199 g - Forest Green, Midnight Gray, Polar White

As far as design is concerned, the Redmi Note 9 undoubtedly takes a great leap, providing much more modern lines and above all, symmetrical . Not only on its back, but also on its front where it says goodbye to the notch in the form of a drop of water.

From the rest, both terminals have 5th Generation Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a fingerprint reader on the back . Perhaps, the latter has a more striking appearance for some in the case of the Redmi Note 9.


The Redmi Note 8 will test its resistance in Antarctica. Xiaomi  News

Redmi Note 8.

Although the technology integrated in both terminals, either in the Redmi Note 8, Note 8T or Note 9 does not represent major changes, they do differ in size and in the way of integrating the selfie camera .

  • Note 8 : 6.3 ″ LCD screen and FHD + resolution (2,340 × 1,080 pixels)
  • Note 9: 6.53 ″ LCD screen and FHD + resolution (2,340 × 1,080 pixels)

And it is that, although in both terminals we find an LCD type screen, the Note 9 improves in size going up to 6.53 inches compared to 6.3 inches of the Redmi Note 8. In addition, as we have already said, this new generation says goodbye to the notch in the form of a drop of water.


Redmi Note 9, characteristics, specifications, price. Xiaomi  News

Color variants of the Redmi Note 9.

Another important change that we can find between the Redmi Note 8 and the new Redmi Note 9 is its processor change. Now, instead of integrating a mid-range Qualcomm, it does so with a MediaTek processor, specifically the Helio G85 .

Redmi Note 8 vs Redmi Note 9, what has changed?

MediaTek Helio G85 (Note 9) vs Snapdragon 665 (Note 8 / Note 8T).

In general terms, the MediaTek Helio G85 provides greater performance , both in system and in video games than the Snapdragon 665 that we found in the Redmi Note 8 Series. That if, according to the first analyzes, the MediaTek processor has a lower battery life than Qualcomm.


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Redmi Note 8 cameras.

Probably the photographic section is the one where we can find the least changes. And it is that in both terminals we find the same main camera and also the same wide-angle, macro and depth reader sensors.

  • Note 8:
    • Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP - f / 1.75 - 1.6 µm (Super Pixel) - PDAF
    • Selfie: 13MP, f / 2.0
  • Note 8:
    • Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP - f / 1.79 - 1.6 µm (Super Pixel) - PDAF
    • Selfie: 13MP, f / 2.25

The same happens with the selfie camera, in both cases we find a 13MP sensor, that is, in the case of the Redmi Note 8 its aperture is better , thus allowing to obtain photographs with greater luminosity.

Battery and other features

The first images of the new Redmi Note 9 are filtered less than 24 hours after its presentation. Xiaomi  News

Finally, another of the great changes we find in the battery. While the Redmi Note 8 remains at 4,000mAh, the new Redmi Note 9 gives way to a total capacity of 5,020mAh , in both cases with 18W fast charge .

  • Note 8 : Dual SIM - WiFi AC - Bluetooth 5.0 - GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS - USB Type C - Mini jack - IR (infrared) sensor
  • Note 9 : Dual SIM - WiFi AC - Bluetooth 5.0 - GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS - USB Type C - Mini jack - IR (infrared) sensor - NFC

In addition, although the rest of the features on both devices are similar, the Redmi Note 9 rises one step integrating NFC technology for the first time in this series. With this, Xiaomi adapts its cheapest mid-range to the European market where mobile payment is the order of the day.


In short, although it is true that in various aspects the new Redmi Note 9 does not represent a big change compared to the Redmi Note 8 and Note 8T, Xiaomi's new mid-range debuts as a more current smartphone .

The Redmi Note 9 has a more modern design , also adding technologies such as NFC , essential for many, especially in Europe. Instead, it takes a step back as far as scene is concerned, limiting the possibility of installing new Custom ROMs .

In short, if you are looking for a terminal with a current design, a little more autonomy and above all, the possibility of making use of mobile payment, the Redmi Note 9 is the perfect candidate. On the other hand, if you already have a Redmi Note 8 or Note 8T and you are not interested in these changes, taking the leap to the new generation will not bring you great advantages.

The Redmi Note 8 vs Redmi Note 9 entry, is it worth the change? It was first published in XIAOMIADICTOS: Xiaomi News and Updates website .


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