Redmi Note 9 Pro vs Redmi Note 8 Pro: is the upgrade convenient?

Yesterday morning we saw the launch of the new one in India Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. They are two devices that represent a real turning point for the brand as they bring many new features. Among these the rear quad cam with alternative design, triple cover Corning Gorilla Glass 5, much more capacious battery than before. All things that users will only appreciate. But those who have Notes redmi 8 Pro? Many are annoyed by the launch of this device only a year later, while others are intrigued. We refer to them today with this comparison.

Should I switch from Redmi Note 8 Pro to Redmi Note 9 Pro? Let's try to understand it together


As with any comparison, let's talk about design, measurements and weight. As said yesterday in the official presentation, with this device Redmi has introduced a new type of design that has decided to call Aura Balance Design: this takes its cue from the other Redmi but applies and improves the user experience. To the eye the Note 9 Pro is perfectly symmetrical and not like the Note 8 Pro: in fact the latter has the LED flash located on the right of the vertical traffic light. Furthermore, between the two devices the coloring differs: mirrored in the new and slightly gradient in the old.

Looking at it from the front, the new one top hole camera replaces the notch: this trait, although not distinctive, brings the Note 9 Pro closer to the high-end phones that, first of all, have started this trend. The fingerprint sensor is now moved to the side while before it was posterior.

In terms of size and weight, the difference is really minimal: Note 8 Pro and Note 9 Pro measure respectively 161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm and 165.5 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm and weigh 200 g and 208 g. This minimal variation is carried by the larger display that passes by 6.53 ″ to 6.67 ″.

Processor, performances and battery

The significant step forward was made in terms of SoC and performances. MediaTek has been thought to be worse than Qualcomm for years, this is well known and although with the Redmi Note 8 Pro the Taiwanese company has seen the light again, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G aboard the Redmi Note 9 Pro is truly record-breaking

. Just see how it performs in competition with other chipsets.

qualcomm snapdragon 720g

Source: Dealntech

At this juncture we feel like saying that the Redmi Note 9 Pro wins over the previous model. Not to mention the battery: while the old model could count on a 4.500 mAh battery, the Note 9 Pro has a capacious 5.020 mAh always rechargeable at 18W. This means prolonged gaming sessions without the worry of too significant energy drops.


The aspect that interests everyone is the photographic one. Is it worth, from this point of view, to upgrade? Definitely yes and we will explain why. Redmi Note 9 Pro is the first to have a 5 megapixel macro sensor and not 2 megapixels: this means that we can take photos of one distance from 2 to 10 cm without losing the original quality. Although the new model has a 48 megapixel main photographic sensor in comparison to the 64 megapixel of the Note 8 Pro, we would still like to say that the passage is worth doing.

redmi note 9 pro camera

As for the front camera we find one 16 megapixels rather than a 20 of the Redmi Note 8 Pro.


Unfortunately we still do not know the official prices for the European market but based on the Indian ones we note that the Redmi Note 9 Pro costs less than the Note 8 Pro at the time of its release. It can also boast of a configuration from 4 GB - 64 GB for those who do not need an excessive availability of RAM and internal storage. The prices below are converted and unofficial.

  • Redmi Note 9 Pro 4GB / 64GB: 155€
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro 6 GB / 128 GB: 190€

  • Redmi Note 8 Pro 6GB / 64GB: 187€
  • Redmi Note 8 Pro 6GB / 128GB: 205€

In connclusion we say: yes, when will this smartphone come out the passage is super recommended. Stay tuned for any offers and coupons.

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Linguistic mediation student specializing in Chinese. A bit of a nerd, a bit of a technology enthusiast, I have always been around the world of smartphones.

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5 months ago

Nur mal eine Frage. Ich bin kein smartphone Kenner, aber ich denke hier handelt es sich um das Problem, das falsche Modelle miteinender verglichen werden. Das 9 pro, das hier zum Vergleich ausgewählt wurde ist nach meiner Kenntnis nicht der wahre Nachfolger vom 8 pro. Der wirkliche Nachfolger scheint mir das 9 pro Modell zu sein, das in Asien unter 9 pro max auf den Markt gekommen ist. Es hat wieder die 64 mp Hauptkamera, 32 mp! Frontkamera, NFC etc ..
Oder liege ich da falsch?

Danke für eine klärende Antwort.


5 months ago

I co z tego że ma troch większą baterie? Testowałeś czas pracy obu?

7 months ago

never read many inaccuracies ... the redmi note 8 pro was presented on August 29 in China and it seems to me the global version in October .. how do you count the years ?? do you think it is worth changing for the macro sensor which is the most useless sensor there is ??? losing the 64 mp for a Samsung sensor not Sony better than the 48mpx sensors but lower than the 64 mp mounted on the redmi note 8 pro ?? do you think the processor is worth the pen because it is more powerful than the mediatek? data and field trials have shown that the mediatek is also superior... Read the rest »

7 months ago

Hello almost counterpart with an extra Gian :-)) the 720g mounts two cores A 76 at 2,3 GHz and 6 cores A 55 at 1,8 GHz and mounts the same GPU of the 730g and that is the adreno 618 .. the 730g differs only for the 2,2 GHz frequency of the A76 cores .. they are two soc superimposable and almost identical .. you advise a user to change the phone for a photo perhaps imperceptible lower or perhaps slightly better ??? my opinion is that the Samsung sensor, like the one from Sony 64 mp 686 is better than those from... Read the rest »

7 months ago

Among other things, the 9 pro is devoid of NFC, present instead on the 8 pro.

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