Redmi Note 9 vs Redmi Note 8: Price, Specifications Compared

Redmi Note 9 comes with design changes, a bigger battery, and a bigger display.

Redmi Note 9 vs Redmi Note 8: Price, Specifications Compared

Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 8 offer quad cameras at the back

  • Redmi Note 9 has a hole-punch display design
  • Redmi Note 9 packs a large 5,020mAh battery
  • Redmi Note 8 packs up to 6GB RAM

Redmi Note 9 was launched at Xiaomi's global event on Thursday, and the new Redmi Note 9-series model comes just six months after the launch of its predecessor Redmi Note 8. The new phone comes with a quad camera setup at the back that is aligned differently than the previous model. The new Redmi Note 9 also has a bigger display and a bigger battery than the Redmi Note 8. There are a host of other upgrades that come with Redmi Note 9, and we've detailed them all in our comprehensive comparison below.

Redmi Note 9 vs Redmi Note 8: Price

The Redmi Note 9 has not launched in India as of yet. It will go on sale globally in the middle of May, and is priced at $199 (roughly Rs. 15,100) for the 3GB + 64GB storage option and at $249 (roughly Rs. 18,900) for the 4GB + 128GB storage model. The phone has been launched in Forest Green, Polar White, and Midnight Grey colour options.

Redmi Note 8 Review

The Redmi Note 8, on the other hand, was launched in India in October. In February, the company hiked the price of the 4GB + 64GB model, citing supply chain issues due to the coronavirus outbreak. It currently retails starting at Rs. 10,499 (was launched at Rs. 9,999). The 6GB + 128GB model retails at the launch price of Rs. 12,999. It is available in Moonlight White, Neptune Blue, and Space Black options.

Redmi Note 9 vs Redmi Note 8: Specifications

The Redmi Note 8 was launched with Android Pie-based MIUI 10, but it has received the Android 10-based MIUI 11 update. The Redmi Note 9 comes with MIUI 11 out of the box. Both the phones come with dual-SIM (Nano) slots and a dedicated microSD card slot. The Redmi Note 9 features a 6.53-inch full-HD+ (1,080x2,340 pixels) IPS display along with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The Redmi Note 8, on the other hand, features a 6.39-inch full-HD+ (1,080x2,280 pixels) screen with Gorilla Glass 5 protection and 19.5:9 aspect ratio as well.

The Redmi Note 9 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core processor, paired with 3GB and 4GB RAM options. In comparison, the Redmi Note 8 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, paired with 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM options. Internal storage choices on both the phones include 64GB and 128GB.

As for cameras, the quad camera setup sits inside a square-shaped module similar to the other phones in the Redmi Note 9 series. It houses a 48-megapixel main shooter with an f/1.79 lens. There is an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens, a 2-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 lens. Up front, the phone comes with a 13-megapixel selfie camera sitting inside the display cutout.

Redmi Note 8 also has similar camera specifications. However, the cameras are aligned vertically in the top left corner of the back panel. Furthermore, the Redmi Note 9 has a hole-punch design to house the selfie camera, while the Redmi Note 8 is equipped with a waterdrop-style notch.

The Redmi Note 9 has a large 5,020mAh battery that supports up to 18W fast charging. Xiaomi will included a 22.5W fast charger inside the box. Redmi Note 8, on the other hand, includes a 4,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support and an 18W charger inside the box. Connectivity options on the two phones include USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster, GPS, A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth, and more. Both the phones have a rear fingerprint sensor on board.

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Redmi Note 9 vs Redmi Note 8 comparison
  Redmi Note 9 Redmi Note 8
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
ModelRedmi Note 9Redmi Note 8
Release dateApril 30, 2020August 29, 2019
Launched in IndiaYesYes
Dimensions (mm)162.30 x 77.20 x 8.90158.30 x 75.30 x 8.35
Weight (g)199.00188.00
Battery capacity (mAh)50204000
Fast chargingProprietaryProprietary
ColoursAqua Green, Arctic White, Pebble Grey, Scarlet RedNeptune Blue, Moonlight White, Space Black
Body type-Glass
Removable battery-No
Screen size (inches)6.536.30
Resolution1080x2340 pixels1080x2280 pixels
Aspect ratio19.5:919.5:9
Protection type-Gorilla Glass
Processor1.8GHz octa-core (6x1.8GHz + 2x2GHz)octa-core
Processor makeMediaTek Helio G85Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
Internal storage64GB64GB
Expandable storageYesYes
Expandable storage typemicroSDmicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)512512
Dedicated microSD slotYesYes
Rear camera48-megapixel (f/1.79) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)48-megapixel (f/1.79) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)
Rear autofocusYesYes
Rear flashYesYes
Front camera13-megapixel13-megapixel (f/2.0)
Operating systemAndroid 10Android 9 Pie
SkinMIUI 11MIUI 10
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothYes, v 5.00Yes
USB Type-CYesYes
Number of SIMs22
Active 4G on both SIM cards-Yes
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYes
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYes
Face unlockYesYes
Fingerprint sensorYesYes
Compass/ MagnetometerYesYes
Proximity sensorYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good battery life
  • Powerful processor
  • Decent daylight camera performance
  • Bad
  • Average low-light camera performance
  • Bloated UI and spammy notifications
Display 6.53-inch
Processor MediaTek Helio G85
Front Camera 13-megapixel
Rear Camera 48-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5020mAh
OS Android 10
Resolution 1080x2340 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good battery life
  • Full-HD+ screen
  • Bad
  • Not great for gaming
  • Camera quality and UI could be improved
  • Bloatware and spammy notifications in MIUI
Display 6.30-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
Front Camera 13-megapixel
Rear Camera 48-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
OS Android 9 Pie
Resolution 1080x2280 pixels

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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to More
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