Redmi 8 vs Redmi 7: What’s New & Different? [Top Features, Camera Comparison, Performance]

Does the new Redmi 8 have something really better than Redmi 7? Here’s a complete in-depth comparison between the Redmi 7 and new Redmi 8. Are they any different? Is Redmi 8 is the best budget smartphone in this range? All your questions answered here.

Redmi 8 vs Redmi 7: What’s New & Different? [Top Features, Camera Comparison, Performance]

Within a few months of Redmi 7 in India, Xiaomi is upgrading to Redmi 8.

So, which one to pick?

Well, both the Redmi budget smartphones have a lot to offer, and each do a fair job in terms of price to performance ratio. In case you want to know which one is better between the two, here’s an in-depth comparison between Redmi 8 and Redmi 7


Redmi 7 vs Redmi 8: Design & Build Quality

Redmi 8 comes with a new stylish design technology on the out, something similar to the latest Redmi 8A. There’s a water drop-styled display notch on top with capsule-shaped dual camera setup at the pack. Both the Redmi smartphones come with a plastic build on the out.

The designs are slightly different and each come. Both Redmi 8 and Redmi 7 have an aura design on the out. It’s an all-plastic design with a physical fingerprint sensor at the middle of the back.

With Redmi 8, the company branding have gone upfront with a mirror-like Aura design with gradient smudges.

Both have all-plastic polycarbonate bodies on the out, but they do offer offer durability compared to glass smartphones, though both are fingerprint magnets, and using the case is highly suggested. 

Redmi 8 vs Redmi 7: Display & Viewing Angles

Redmi 8 arms a 6.21-inch HD+ water drop notched display, while Redmi 7 has a slightly larger 6.26-inch HD+ display. Both the Redmi smartphones come with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and have HD+ 720p displays.

There isn’t much of any difference in terms of viewing experience or clarity.

Both Redmi 8 and Redmi 7 do a reasonable job in terms of display. The 720p HD+ display isn’t bad, and does the job in the budget. Unless you play some top-end games, you will hardly notice any difference between a Full HD and these displays.

Redmi 8 has a slight camera bump, similar to what we saw on Redmi 8A. The screen has thin bezels on sides, but the chin remains fat. The thick chin at the front will have Redmi logo, same as notched Nokia phones.

Redmi 8 vs Redmi 7: Hardware & Storage

Both Redmi 8 and Redmi 7 are powered by the same chip. While this could be a bummer for some who are planning to buy Redmi 8, but clearly both the smartphones do a fair job. As far as Redmi 8 is concerned, Snapdragon 439 is still new and is capable of carrying out tasks without any hassle.

Both Redmi 8 and Redmi 7 are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 439 processor

The hardware on both pair with up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB storage, to be available in multiple variants starting with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage (in India). Redmi 8 may come with upto 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

All the variants of both Redmi 8 and Redmi 7 support additional storage.

Redmi 7 vs Redmi 8: Camera Performance

Coming to optics, Redmi 8 comes with a dual camera system featuring a 12MP main camera and another 2MP depth sensor for portrait shots. Up front, Redmi 8 has an 8MP single wide camera.

Xiaomi Redmi 7 also features a similar dual camera system comprising of a 12MP primary camera coupled with a 2MP depth sensor.

Coming to daylight performance, both the Redmi smartphones will be able to offer above average performance with almost accurate colours and details. The dynamic range is good, and HDR does a fair job.

Redmi 7 vs Redmi 8: Software

Redmi 8 runs Android 9 Pie with MIUI on top. Redmi 7 comes with Android 9 Pie skinned with MIUI 10. Both have the same UI, and henceforth the user experience is going to be the same.

Android 10 is expected next year on MIUI.

Redmi 8 vs Redmi 7: Battery

Xiaomi Redmi 7 comes with the same 4,000mAh battery. Redmi 8 has a larger battery this time. The whole package will be backed by a 5,000mAh battery sporting a USB Type-C port for charging.

Redmi 7 loses out on the overall capacity, but can easily run for a day.

Both Redmi 8 and Redmi 7 can run through well and will be able to pull off a whole day on heavy usage on a single charge.

Redmi 8 vs Redmi 7 (VERDICT): Should You Upgrade?

Both Redmi 8 and Redmi 7 are practically the same except for a new style, bigger battery, smaller notch and some slightly improved specs. Redmi 8 and Redmi 7 run on the same processor, same HD+ displays, cameras and more.

If you are using a Redmi 7 already, no need to upgrade.

But if you are planning to upgrade to a new budget smartphone and confused between Redmi 7 and Redmi 8, go for the latter. 

The company has done a reasonable job with the all-new Redmi 8 in terms of putting in the set of standard specifications backed by some good features. Redmi 8 won’t disappoint you, and certainly have a lot to offer in this price range.

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