Realme XT vs Redmi Note 8 Pro: What’s Good, Better & Bad?

Realme XT vs Redmi Note 8 Pro
Realme XT vs Redmi Note 8 Pro

Both Realme XT and Redmi Note 8 are out, and they look to be some good heck of handsets. In anyway you won’t feel that they are less than premium device. Both come with a similar design as the current OnePlus 7, and both sports the world’s first 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor inside a quad camera setup.

Realme XT will launch in India shortly, while the Redmi Note 8 series may take as long as November.

Both Realme XT and Redmi Note 8 Pro being very similar and very affordable, today we will be comparing these two quad camera smartphones to find out who’s got the real world edge here. Both are yet to be launched in India, and are expected to be priced around 15,000 rupees. 

Here’s our quick pre-launch comparison between Realme XT and Redmi Note 8 Pro decoding every feature and detail.

Display & Design: Premium Glass Design

The company has used the same design as Realme X, and even the same display. Unlike Realme X with the pop-up sensor, Realme XT comes with a notch. The rear camera module sits on the left top without any physical fingerprint sensor. The mid-range flagship comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Realme XT comes with a high-quality glass body, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It does feel premium. The glass sandwich built is backed by some of the striking gradient colour schemes. 

Redmi Note 8 Pro also has the same built on the outside as Realme XT, a glass sandwich body protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

Most importantly, both the smartphones feel very premium in hand. You would feel they are OnePlus 7 to some extent. The overall ergonomics are perfect, sturdy, premium and they feel good to be held.

Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 6.53-inch Full HD+ screen offering an immersive 91.94 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It has a physical fingerprint sensor.

Unlike Realme X with the pop-up sensor, Realme XT comes with a notch. The rear camera module sits on the left top without any physical fingerprint sensor. The mid-range flagship comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Realme XT features a 6.4-inch full-screen AMOLED display with a notch. The display is quite vibrant with minimal bezels on the sides with a little chin down under and an in-display optical fingerprint scanner. Plus, the AMOLED helps with the best of darks.

Hardware & Storage: Snapdragon vs MediaTek

Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 chipset has been used for Realme XT. It’s the second Realme smartphone in the country to use the new Qualcomm chip after Realme 5 Pro. Based on an 10nm architecture, it couples with Adreno 616 GPU. Snapdragon 712 is almost 10 per cent faster than Snapdragon 710 chip.

Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with the newly launched MediaTek Helio G90T processor and will support Blackshark’s gaming controller that will sell separately.

The new MediaTek octa-core Helio G90T chip can clocked at up to 2.05GHz. G90T uses ARM Cortex-A76 power cores and Cortex-A55 efficiency cores coupled with Mali G76 GPU with clock speeds of up to 800MHz for graphics.

The chip can support up to 10GB LPDDR4 RAM with support for 64-megapixel resolution primary sensor and three additional cameras. The SoC is capable of having full-HD+ displays with up to 21:9 aspect ratio and 90Hz display refresh rate.

The MediaTek chip has a special HyperEngine that will help the device to boost up mobile gaming experience.

G90T can optimize the networking engine to offer 50 percent faster response time from the server. Additionally, there’s a Dual Wi-Fi connection support letting the smartphone to simultaneously connect with two Wi-Fi bands or two routers at a time.

For Snapdragon 712, it offers 45 per cent better graphical performance and 2 times better AI performance, helping the Realme smartphone deliver around 25 percent better overall performance.

In terms of daily performance, Realme XT and Note 8 Pro both can run almost all tasks and mid-end games without any hiccups. There won’t be any noticeable difference in daily use given the memory-heavy apps and social media.

Both will do a great job when it comes to extended gaming and extensive multitasking. There are different models to choose from with upto 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and offered with 4GB, 6GB and 8GB of RAM along with 64GB and 128GB of internal storage.

Software: Color OS vs MIUI

Realme XT runs on the same new Color OS 6 UI. The newly improved UI does offer some refreshing features compared to the previous OS with an easy-to-use overall structure and few tweaks. It’s a big upgrade over the last generation Color OS. You can notice the differences on the notification toggle and some changes in the settings menu.

Based on the latest Android 9 Pie, the new ColorOS 6 UI packs in a bunch of user-friendly features and functions.

On the other hand, Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with the latest MIUI 10 based on the same Android 9 Pie. The smartphone also has priority access to the Android Q beta program, unlike Realme 5 Pro.

But again, the MIUI is loaded with irritating system and in-mobile ads. Both the companies have added a ton of features in their latest edition of the software, and it does look fresh and sorted.

Reamle is reportedly working on its own UI, RealmeOS.

It’s supposed to launch by the end of the year, and will be pushed to all the existing Realme smartphones via OTA updates. Though the company didn’t mention anything about RealmeOS at the Realme 5 series launch event, we need to wait to know further about the actual developments.

Quad Rear Camera Setup: The 64MP Power

Realme XT features a rear four camera system. Realme XT is the first 64MP quad camera phone in the country. As the newly launched Realme 5 series, Realme XT comes with a rear quad camera system, powered by the 64MP camera sensor. 

Realme XT has the 64MP Samsung camera sensor as its main lens with three additional sensors for different purposes: an ultra wide-angle sensor, a depth sensor and a 4cm macro sensor. The setup features a 64-megapixel Samsung GW1 sensor, an 8-megapixel 119-degree ultra wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel macro lens and 2-megapixel depth sensor.

Redmi Note 8 Pro also comes with a quad camera system at the back. Note 8 Pro comes with the 64MP camera. The Redmi smartphone features a primary 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor with f/1.7 aperture, 2MP depth sensor, 8MP Ultra Wide lens and 2cm Macro lens.

The 64MP Samsung GW1 1/1.72? sensor can create shots 1.6 micron individual pixel size using image sensing technology via Tetracell to produce 16-megapixel images in low-light.

The Samsung’s 64MP GW1 sensor uses 4-in-1 pixel merging technology to merge four 0.8 micron pixels into a single 1.6-micron pixel to offer detailed images in low light conditions. It can shoot raw 64MP photos with the main sensor.

Up front, Realme XT has the same 16-megapixel selfie camera as Realme X with HDR and AI beautification as Realme X. Note 8 Pro has a 13MP selfie sensor.

The selfies on both have a lot of details and it supports multiple shooting modes and filters to enhance selfies. The AI-powered modes do a good job in terms of capturing details. The colours were a bit overdone and slightly artificial, but in overall, the front camera does a good job, be it wide shots or low light shots.

The rear four camera setup has multiple sensors for multiple purposes.

Both can take good detailed and sharp pictures in bright light with accurate colours. In poorly lit conditions, Realme XT manages to click decent photos with almost accurate details and colours. We are yet to test the camera in-depth, but the initial results are very impressive.

The dynamic range on the Note 8 Pro is good and it captures quite accurate details and produce good colours.

The HDR works fine, and the ultra-wide lens work fine. The macro lens and portrait sensor does their job decently. 

The camera interface is quite minimal and it’s loaded with AI-powered modes to enhance the overall photography. AI works on both sides to adjust to the particular lighting and adjust the filters. In all, all thee three do good and make use of their respective lenses to take up some great shots.

Battery: Qualcomm QC 3.0 18W vs 20W VOOC 3.0 Fast Charging

Realme XT houses a 4,000mAh battery. The smartphone supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging with a Type C 20W fast charger included in the box. Realme XT can charge up the whole device under 80 minutes from 5 to 100 percent.

Coming to how it performs, the new Realme device can easily last more than a day on heavy usage, and even a day and a half on moderate use.

Redmi Note 8 Pro houses a newly renovated and larger 4,500 mAh battery backed by AI smart optimization to extend the phone’s battery to last longer supporting 18W fast charging technology. The charge time may vary from 100 to 110 minutes.

With continuous video playback, gaming and performing multi-tasking processes, the smartphones can easily shoot up for a whole day without being charged. Both the smartphones ship with the respective 20W and 18W fast chargers inside the box.

Pricing: The New Rs 15,000 Segment War

Realmee XT is expected to launch on September 4. The company has already sent the review units, and it may be just another week from now. The smartphone is going to be a part of the Realme X-series with premium mid-range features.

As the current X model, Realme XT also features a notchless Super AMOLED display, pop-up selfie camera and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Realme X runs on Snapdragon 710 processor, and the new Realme XT is powered by the new Qualcomm chips as Snapdragon 712 chip.

Realme XT will launch in India in September, while Note 8 series in 8 weeks, Xiaomi India confirmed. The device may start somewhere around Rs 15,500. 

The base variant of Note 8 Pro will come at around Rs 15,000 in India. Redmi Note 8 Pro will come in three variants: 6GB RAM with 64GB storage will cost 1399 Yuan (around Rs 14,000), 6GB RAM with 128GB storage at 1599 Yuan (around Rs 16,000) and 8GB RAM with 128GB storage costs 1799 Yuan (around  Rs 18,000).

The company is expected to continue it’s trend in the country with new series. Redmi Note 8 will be priced in line with Realme 5, while the Redmi Note 8 Pro price in India will be close to Realme 5 Pro. The regular Note 8 will be launched in the sub-10K segment, while the Note 8 Pro in India will be launched in the sub-15K.

Realme XT vs Redmi Note 8 Pro Verdict: Who Got The Edge? 

Realme definitely have big aspirations with Realme XT, but the smartphone doesn’t seem to be much of an improvement over the current Realme X except for the 64MP powered quad camera. It directly challenges Redmi Redmi Note 8 Pro.

While definitely the device has its own positives, but it first needs to fight against the likes of other budget bestsellers in the range. 

To be honest, Realme XT does offer some excellent features on-board, and we expect the price to be very affordable as well.

The 64MP powered quad camera system is going to be the biggest USP on Realme XT and Note 8 Pro, and they certainly do make a good choice considering some of the departments as performance, cameras, display and battery.

In all, both the devices pack in a solid performance backed by a good processor, big display, a large battery and finally the four cameras for different occasions with the much talked-about 64MP Samsung lens backing it up. 

If the companies can bring in the new 64MP camera and quad camera smartphone technology at a budget price, both Note 8 Pro and Realme XT will have a heads up against the competition in the budget segment. 

In all, both Redmi Note 8 Pro and Realme XT and ticks all the boxes right. 

Both pack in a solid performance backed by really good processors, bigger displays, the brand new quad camera technology powered by the 64MP sensor, larger battery and fast charging technologies.

The pricing will play the differentiating factor here.

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