Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 8:At the beginning of the year we welcomed a new best-buy.Yes, we are talking about Redmi Note 7 (here is our review), a device that stands out for its performance and quality at a competitive price. The Chinese company continued on its way by raising the bar and proposing the Redmi Note 8, a device that partly retains the predecessor’s formula, but that comes with a Quad Camera. Will the newcomer-among other things already reviewed-have been able to stand up to the “old” glory of Redmi? Find out in our comparison Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 8!
Comparison Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 8
Redmi Note 7:
|Build Redmi Note 7|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie)|
|Dimensions||159.21 x 75.21 x 8.1 mm|
|SIM||Hybrid Dual Sim, Dual Standby (Nano-Sim)|
|Colors||Jet Black (Extreme Night Black), & Ocean Green (Fog Sea Green)|
|Frequency Redmi Note 7|
|2G Band||SIM 1 # GSM 900 / 950 / 1800 / 1950 SIM 2 # GSM 900 / 950 / 1900 / 1950|
|3G Band||HSDPA 800 / 900 / 950 / 1800(AWS) / 1900 / 2000|
|4G Band||LTE Band 2200 / 1900 / 1800 / 1700 / 2200 / 850|
|Processor Redmi Note 7|
|CPU||Octa-core (6 x 1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver + 2 x 2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor|
Display Redmi Note 7
|Technology||AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen, 16M Colors, Multitouch|
|Resolution||Full HD + resolution (2340 x 1080 pixels)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Memory Redmi Note 7|
|Built-in||32/64GB Built-in, 3/4GB RAM|
|Card||MicroSD Card, (Supports up to 256GB) (Uses Shared SIM slot)|
|Camera Redmi Note 7|
|Main||Quad Camera: 48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (Wide), 1/2.0″, PDAF, OIS + 5MP, f/2.4, (Telephoto), 1/3.4″, PDAF + 8 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (Ultrawide), 1/3.2″ + 2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, (Dedicated Macro Camera), Dual LED Flash, LED Flash|
|Features||Phase detection, Touch focus, Geo-tagging, face detection, Panorama, HDR, Video (2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS; video rec. only with main camera)|
|Front||13 MP (Motorized POP-UP ), f/2.0, 26mm (Wide), HDR, Video (1080p@30fps), LED Flash|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|GPS||Yes + A-GPS support, & GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go|
|Data||GPRS, Edge, 3G (HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps), 4G LTE-A|
|Features Redmi Note 7|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Fingerprint (under display, optical), Proximity, Gyro, Compass|
|Audio||Speaker Phone, MP4 / H.264 / FLAC player, MP3 / eAAC+ / WAV player|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), Email, IM, MMS, Push Mail|
|Games||Built-in + Downloadable|
|Extra||Video Editor / Photo Editor, Document Editor, Active Noise Cancellation with Dedicated MIC|
|Battery Redmi Note 7|
|Capacity||4000 mAh, (Li-Po Non removable)|
|Fast battery charging 18W (VOOC Flash Charge 3.0|
|Price in Rs.||79,999|
|Price in USD||$596|
|Rating||Average Rating is 6.5 stars – based on 82 user reviews.|
Redmi Note 8
Design and build quality:
Looking at the specifications of both devices it is possible to notice a certain overlap in terms of size and weight: the difference between smartphones is really minimal. In addition, both the Redmi 7 and the recent Redmi 8 is equipped with a 6.3-inch panel with a 19.5: 9 ratio, a wide solution and not really manageable for those who are not used to the progressive increase in the size of the smartphone display. Although they are not devices that are not too compact, both are easy to hold and offer a good grip.
The design is usual to which Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 8 have accustomed us: we have a drip notch, a more or less pronounced chin (slightly more optimized for Note 8) and a vertical camera, in the upper left corner. The fingerprint reader is located in the center of the shell. The most recent of the two stands out – apart from Note 7 the Quad Camera – for a slightly less rounded shape, but otherwise the similarities are far too many. A small note for the photographic sector: in both smartphones, the camera has a really protruding step, which not everyone will appreciate.
Display: Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 8 Comparison
As anticipated a little while ago, Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 8 share the same display. It is a panel IPS of 6.3 inches diagonal with a resolution of Full HD + and ratio 19.5: 9, the first with 409 PPI density and the second with 403 PPI. Also, in this case, the performances of Note 7 and Note 8 the two models are very similar: we are dealing with mid-range displays with more or less faithful colors and good viewing angles. Perhaps as regards the brightness under direct sunlight, Note 7 settles a step above the newcomer, but in any case, nothing really compromising for the challenger.
On both, we have a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protective glass and are TÜV Rheinland certified.
The two models feature a fingerprint reader on the back, a module in perfect Xiaomi style, able to return a quick and efficient release. The Redmi Note 8 loses a few hits every so often, but we are pretty sure that with the next software updates things will only stabilize.
Redmi Note 7 presents on the face the Unlock through the selfie camera set in the drop notch, good in well-lit situations but to forget when the darkness begins to make it the master.
Hardware and performance: Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 8 Comparison
The hardware part of our mid-ranges is obviously monopolized by Qualcomm, respectively with the Snapdragon 660 and the Snapdragon 665, the latter equipped aboard the Redmi Note 8. On paper the second one comes out of course winner: it is a solution more recently built with Kryo 260 architecture (like the famous 660), but with an 11 nm production process. In short, a sort of upgrade for a chipset considered an evergreen.
However, Note 8 did not fully satisfy us due to some minor slowdown. These are sporadic episodes – which also involve the opening and closing of the app, as well as browsing – and not at all worrying. The next software updates will almost certainly make the difference, as the Chinese company has often accustomed us to. On the other hand, the good Redmi Note 7 has left behind its break-in period, always being fluid and rapid in daily operations.
On the gaming side, the Adreno 512 and 610 GPUs will be more than satisfied with the more casual and less expensive titles in terms of resources. For heavier games there is a slight decrease, but nothing that compromises the gaming experience. At most, when the device makes the tantrums it will be enough to lower the graphic quality of the title in question.
Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 8 Both smartphones come with the MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie; the second is waiting for the release of MIUI 11 while for Note 7 the update has already started to appear for a few days. Setting aside the digressions on future updates, if you are accustomed to Xiaomi then you will know all too well the strengths and weaknesses of the famous interface of the Chinese brand.
The MIUI 10 is full of features and customizations – maybe it’s even easy to get lost within all the possibilities offered – but on the other hand, it is a solution far from pure Android. Android stock or quasi-stock lovers would do well to focus on something else because there is no room here for minimalism in terms of functionality … Xiaomi’s minimalism is only in design, in fact.
Full-Screen Gesture to fully exploit the large panel equipped on the two devices, Second Space, Clone App, Dark Theme, double touch to turn on the display screen and so on. You are spoiled for choice!
Camera: Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 8 Comparison
The main difference between the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 8 is undoubtedly represented by the photographic sector, in both cases headed by a Samsung ISOCELL 48 MP main sensor. But while the previous model relies on a dual camera with a 5 MP secondary sensor dedicated to a depth of field, the newcomer relies on a module consisting of four sensors (48 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP), with an ultra-wide lens, one macro and one for depth.
It goes without saying that the possibilities offered by Note 8 are far superior to the rival and indeed it is so, at least in part. Looking at the various samples it is impossible not to notice that the Note 7 is slightly higher in terms of details. Even the colors seem more alive and in some cases, it seems that the shots taken with Note 8 turn too much towards warm tones.
The situation is reversed by looking at the samples taken in poor lighting conditions: in this case, the night mode of the Redmi Note 8 turns out to be much more detailed and able to give some more satisfaction. In short, it seems that the newcomer needs some software trick to fine-tune the management of the photographic sector.
Outdoor Photo Sample
Indoor Photo Sample
As already mentioned above, the Redmi Note 7 has months and months of updates behind it and as happened in the past with other Xiaomi devices, MIUI tends to improve over time; it is probable that the Note 8 will need to wait as long before it can fully exploit its qualities with daylight shots. However, the ultra-wide module and the macro sensor are a welcome addition as they allow you to make shots that are impossible for the previous model.
On the selfie side, the two smartphones are fitted with a 13 MP sensor, with shaky results. However, even in this case, it seems that Note 7 is a cut above in terms of details and colors. In the case of self-portraits with insufficient lighting, the results will be uninspiring for both, with pasty photos and excessive background noise. As for the videos, the Note 7 is able to shoot up to a maximum of Full HD at 60 fps while the Note 8 goes up to the 4K clips at 30 fps.
Audio and connectivity: Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 8 Comparison
The connectivity package offered by the device is the same, in no uncertain terms. We have a Dual SIM 4G slot, you can insert a microSD to have more storage space available, there’s Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band. Satellite navigation relies on a module with GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Beidou support. Charging takes place via a USB Type-C port, but fortunately, both have a 3.5 mm mini-jack for headphones. An IR sensor is located along the upper edge, but the NFC is missing.
On this last point, a clarification is needed: from very little, the Chinese company has announced the arrival in Italy of Redmi Note 8T. It is a renewed version of Note 8, with NFC support, but with the same specifications and features. Consequently, this comparison can be considered valid also for the new 8T model.
Returning to the comparison between the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 8, both are equipped with a speaker positioned along the lower edge. The audio quality is well balanced – see also the presence of a SmartPA chip-and the adequate volume, but in any case, there are imperfections.
Battery: Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 8 Comparison
The autonomy of the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 mid-range is entrusted to a 4000 mAh battery, a solution that allows you to benefit from approximately 6 hours of access display. Obviously, the result will always depend on your use of the device, but it is possible to note that even in this case the Note 7 behaves slightly better than the next model.
The device is recharged in about 2 hours with the charger supplied, similar to what happens with the Note 8. However, we remind you that smartphones support Quick Charge 4.0 and Quick Charge 3.0 (18W) charging respectively, so-with the right chargers – waiting times can be shortened. Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 8 Comparison.