Redmi Note 9S vs Redmi Note 8 Pro, which is the best buy?

Redmi is one of the firms that present the most smartphones, and among all its profuse catalog, it is more than pertinent to face two of its most successful terminals. On this occasion, we pit the Redmi Note 9S against its predecessor, the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Is the latter still a good buy? What are the differences between them? We tell you everything you need to know to not fail if you are looking for a powerful and inexpensive smartphone.

The battle between two of the best Redmi

The battle between two of the best Redmi

The Redmi Note 9S arrives with a 6.67-inch IPS screen and Full HD + resolution, somewhat larger but quite similar to the one found in the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The Redmi device, released last year, has a 6.57-inch IPS panel and Full HD + resolution. The most important differences are in the design since the Chinese firm leaves behind the drop-shaped notch to incorporate a hole for the front camera.

We also found a major processor change; we went from MediaTek’s Helio G90T to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, both designed for gaming. There are few differences in their configurations; we can find versions of 4 GB and 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB, and 128 GB.

Comparison Redmi Note 8 Pro vs. Redmi Note 9S
specs Redmi Note 8 Pro Redmi Note 9S
Dimensions 161.3 x 76.4 x 8.79 mm
199.8 grams
165.7 x 76.6 x 8.8 mm
209 grams
Screen 6.53-inch IPS 2340 x 1080 FHD +
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Brightness up to 500 nits
Drop-shaped Notch
6.67 inch IPS 2340 x 1080 FHD +
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Brightness up to 450 nits
Screen hole
Processor MediaTek Helio G90T Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
OS MIUI 10 based on Android 9 MIUI 11 based on Android 10
Storage 64/128 GB UFS 2.1 expandable by microSD 64/128 GB UFS 2.1
Cameras Rear: Main 64 MP 0.8 μm, 1 / 1.7 ″ 1.6 μm SuperPixel 4 in 1, f / 1.89, FOV 79 °, 8 MP Ultra Wide 119 °, 2 MP macro sensor, Depth sensor
Front: 20 MP f / 2.0
Rear: Main 48 MP 1 / 2.25 inch CMOS image sensor, 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel, f / 1.79, 8 MP 120 ° Ultra Wide, 5 MP macro sensor, 2 MP depth sensor
Front: 16 MP
Battery 4,500 mAh with 18W fast charge 5,020 mAh with 18W fast charge
Others Rear fingerprint reader, NFC, hybrid SIM tray, 3.5 mm headphone jack Side fingerprint reader, hybrid SIM tray, 3.5mm headphone jack, P2i splash-proof nano-coating

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

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

So what is the best buy?

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 go wrong if they opt for one of the two terminals.