Vivo U20 vs Redmi Note 8: Which Is The Best Smartphone Under 11000? (In-depth Comparison)

Vivo U10 was a sleeper hit, and now Vivo will is taking the game ahead with a new successor, the Vivo U20. Priced under 11000, Vivo U20 will be challenging some of the top devices in the same range as Redmi Note 8, Realme 3 Pro and Realme 5S.

Vivo U20 vs Redmi Note 8: Which Is The Best Under Rs 10,000 Smartphone Right Now?
Vivo U20 vs Redmi Note 8: Which Is The Best Under Rs 10,000 Smartphone Right Now?

With a top processor and good specs, Vivo U20 makes up for a good competition under 11000.

Redmi Note 8 is currently the most sought-after smartphone under 11000 category. The Vivo U10 18W fast charger, 5,000mAh battery, triple cameras remain standard on Vivo U20 with some upgrades. So, which is the best smartphone under 11000?

Let’s find out. Here’s an in-depth comparison between Vivo U20 and Redmi Note 8, finding the best device under 11000.

Vivo U20 vs Redmi Note 8: Build Quality

Vivo U20 comes with a polycarbonate body on the out, made to look like glass. It offers a gradient finish on the out with some highlighting colour combinations, made out of high quality plastic. 

In comparison, Redmi Note 8 features a complete glass body sandwiched within Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Both the devices are fingerprint magnets, and do pack in good quality plastic cases in the box.

The colour scheme and gradient style is different in the two. Note 8 keeps it more simple.

Both Redmi Note 8 and Vivo U20 have a notched displays with the rear camera module placed on top left. Both the budget smartphones come with a rear-mounted physical fingerprint sensor supporting face unlock.

Vivo U20 misses out on a glass body, but the plastic makes it more durable. 

Both the smartphones feel premium in hand, but Redmi Note 8 here’s a winner with the glass built and extra protection. The overall ergonomics are perfect on both the devices and doesn’t feel cheap in any manner.

Vivo U20 vs Redmi Note 8: Full HD+ Displays

Redmi Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ IPS screen with a silver Redmi logo at the bottom featuring a water drop notch at the top. Vivo U20 comes with a 6.53-inch Full HD+ display with a small water drop notch on top.

The notch has also got smaller on Note 8, and it’s turned into a V-shape, an upgrade over the U-shaped notch on Redmi Note 7 Pro.

The chins on both the devices are fairly thick, though Note 8 has a thinner one. The displays are vibrant with minimal bezels on the sides with Corning Gorilla Glass protection.

The displays on both the smartphones have very thin bezels. Vivo and Redmi both have done a great job in terms of the overall screen experience.

Both Redmi Note 8 and Vivo U20 are apt choices for content consumption with higher screen to body ratios and minimal bezels.

Redmi Note 8 vs Vivo U20: Snapdragon 675 Winning It?

Redmi Note 8 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 665. The chip stands between Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 675. The 665 have a bit more to offer than its predecessor. The new chip comes with added artificial intelligence capabilities.

Vivo U20 runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC, built on a 11nm process. Snapdragon 675 has four Kryo 460 cores and four Kryo 460 Silver cores, making it more efficient than Snapdragon 665.

Snapdragon 675 also packs in a more enhanced GPU, keeping Vivo U20 ahead of Redmi Note 8 in terms of gaming and graphically intensive tasks.

Coming to day to day performance, both the smartphones can run top-end games with extensive multitasking performance, the respective UI being the only differentiator.

In terms of daily performance, there won’t be any issue on both the devices. Vivo U20 will definitely hold some edge here with Snapdragon 675 backing it. If you are looking for a more powerful device, you should pick Vivo U20 over Redmi Note 8.

Redmi Note 8 vs Vivo U20: Software

Vivo U20 comes with the latest Funtouch OS 9 on top of Android 9.0 UI loaded with own bloatware. The Vivo UI does offer some refreshing features with an easy-to-use structure and a bunch of user-friendly features and tweaks.

In comparison, Redmi Note 8 comes with the MIUI 10 based on the same Android 9 Pie (MIUI 11 update to be available next month).

Coming to MIUI 11, it has a new minimalistic design with features as Dark Mode, Always On Display, Dynamic Clock and more.

MIUI 11 also includes lock screen personalisations, a redesigned notification light, a wallpaper carousel and new dynamic wallpapers. While it’s up to an individual user which to choose here, but MIUI 11 with the new features will have an edge.

Redmi Note 8 vs Vivo U20: Quad vs Triple Cameras

Redmi Note 8 features a primary 48MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture, 2MP depth sensor, 8MP Ultra Wide lens and 2CM Macro lens. Upfront, both Vivo U20 and Redmi Note 8 feature  13MP shooters.

In comparison, Vivo U20 has a triple camera system, missing out on a macro lens.

The three camera system on Vivo U20 include a 16-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra wide angle sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor.

Both the smartphones do a fair job offering great dynamic range with almost accurate colours irrespective of lighting conditions.

The rear four camera setup on Note 8 uses multiple sensors for different purposes, U20 doing the same with the triple lenses. Both the devices can take good detailed and sharp pictures in bright light with accurate colours.

In poorly lit conditions, Redmi Note 8 manages to click decent photos with almost accurate details and colours. We are yet to test the Vivo U20 camera in-depth, but the initial results are very impressive.

The dynamic range on Vivo U20 is apt and it captures quite accurate details and produce good colours. The HDR works fine, and the ultra-wide lens works fine as well. You should definitely try Redmi Note 8 with the GCam, it takes the photography results to a next level.

The photos taken in artificial lighting by both Redmi Note 8 and Vivo U20 also did above average, and both can capture some good portraits. The AI features help both the devices capture decent selfies with above average low light performance.

Both loses out on some details in low-light, but they do a good job overall. You might notice some boosted colours on the Vivo smartphone, but probably they will fix it with an update later. Redmi Note 8 keeps it more natural.

Vivo U20 vs Redmi Note 8: 4,000mAh vs 5,000mAh

Redmi Note 8 houses a sizeable 4,000mAh battery backed by AI smart optimization to extend the phone’s battery to last longer supporting 18W fast charging technology. The charge time varies from 100 to 110 minutes.

In comparison, Vivo U20 packs a massive 5,000mAh battery.

The device has been specifically optimised with hardware and software to allow the Vivo U20 to last for the longest period possible on a single charge. On top, Vivo U20 packs a 18W fast charger.

With continuous video playback, gaming and performing multi-tasking processes, both the Redmi and Vivo smartphones can easily shoot up for a whole day without being charged.

Vivo U20 has an advantage here with  a bigger battery and 18W in-box fast charger. Redmi Note 8 also ships with a 18W fast charger in the box, and it can also easily run for a whole day on a single charge.

Vivo U20 vs Redmi Note 8: The Best Smartphone Under 11000?

The pricing bring Vivo U20 and Redmi Note 8 against each other. Both Redmi Note 8 and Vivo U20 makes for a good value for money smartphone buy given the specs under the 10000 category. Redmi Note 8 starts at Rs 9,999 for the 6GB/64GB model, and Vivo U20 at Rs 10,990.

Both Vivo U20 and Redmi Note 8 offer some excellent features on-board.

Starting with Redmi Note 8, it packs in a solid performance backed by a dependable processor, display with minimal bezels, quality quad camera, large battery, fast charging support and in-box fast charger.

Vivo U20 have its downsides with a plastic body, triple camera and the UI. But U20 excels in performance backed by a large, making it the best among the two.

Note 8 wins here with additional edge with a glass body and better camera. Vivo U20 stays ahead with a big battery, better processor and in-box fast charger.

Both Vivo U20 and Redmi Note 8 are aptly priced with the latest features and specifications.

Vivo U20 is well priced with the newly upgraded processor and some additional features, but in all, Redmi Note 8 does end on a slightly higher side. But U20 does pull it off with a better processor and bigger battery, two major criterias for most smartphone buyers.

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