The rivalry between two top sub-brands from top brand, Redmi and Realme, is almost becoming a war. As soon as Xiaomi announces a new potential best-selling mid-ranger, Oppo’s Realme follow that up with a valid alternative. Just few hours before the launch of the Redmi Note 8 Pro which had the world’s first 64 MP camera for a mobile device as one of its key features, Oppo’s sub-brand fooled Xiaomi by unveiling the Realme XT with a 64 MP camera.
Yesterday, Oppo’s company announced all the specifications of the Realme XT. So, now we can paired the two for battle as the two affordable mid-rangers in all their aspects in order to establish which one has the highest value for money depending on the user’s needs.
Realme XT vs Redmi Note 8 Pro – Features
Despite both are very affordable, Xiaomi and Oppo decided to build Realme XT and Redmi Note 8 Pro with an elegant glass back. But which is the most elegant device? It mostly depends on your tastes, but I think the Realme XT is more attractive due to its more compact dimensions and the absence of a fingerprint scanner on the rear side, as it is integrated into the display. So the Realme XT has a cleaner back, it is smaller, thinner, and even lighter than Redmi Note 8 Pro. Both have a plastic frame and the Gorilla Glass 5 protection for the display and the rear cover.
Redmi Note 8 Pro loses the comparison when it comes to the display. It comes with a classic IPS panel, while Realme XT has a definitely better Super AMOLED panel showing deeper blacks and very brilliant colors. The only advantage of Redmi Note 8 Pro is a wider display diagonal, which could be more comfortable for gamers and power users. Note that Realme XT has an in-display fingerprint reader, while Redmi Note 8 Pro has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Specs & Software
While I prefer Realme XT if we talk about design and display, Redmi Note 8 Pro is the winner if we compare the hardware department. Despite Realme XT comes with a fast UFS 2.1 internal storage, Redmi Note 8 Pro has a way more powerful chipset with better CPU performance, a more advanced cooling system, and even a better GPU. Its only disadvantage is the 12 nm production process which makes it less energy efficient, but you should not notice a big difference when it comes to battery life.
Realme XT and Redmi Note 8 Pro have a very similar camera department. Both feature a quad camera on their back with exactly the same kind of sensors: the world’s first 64 MP camera for mobile devices, an ultrawide lens, a dedicated macro camera, and a depth sensor, all with the same 8 + 2 + 2 MP resolutions. On the paper, Redmi Note 8 Pro seems to have a better front camera, while Realme XT is capable of recording 960 fps ultra slow motion videos. For now, it is a draw, at least until we test Realme XT’s camera thoroughly.
Xiaomi equipped the Redmi Note 8 Pro with a way bigger battery than Realme XT, but its components have a way higher power consumption. The display is more energy-demanding being a wider LCD panel, as well as the MediaTek Helio G90T chipset compared to the Snapdragon 712. That is why we believe that those two phones will provide a similar battery life. However, we had no chance to test Realme XT thoroughly as it was announced yesterday, so give us some time before asking us a definitive opinion.
Realme XT debuted in the Indian market with a €200/$225 starting price, while Redmi Note 8 Pro is expected to cost about €180/$200 in the peninsula.
Realme XT vs Redmi Note 8 Pro – Table
|Oppo Realme XT||Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||158.7 x 75.2 x 8.6 mm,183 grams||161.3 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm,199 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.4 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 402 ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, Super AMOLED||6.53 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 395 ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 712, octa-core 2.3 GHz||MediaTek Helio G90T, octa-core|
|MEMORY||4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB -micro SD dedicated slot||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 9 Pie, Color OS||Android 9 Pie, MIUI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|CAMERA||Quad 64 + 8 MP + 2 + 2 MP f/1.8 and f/2.3 and f/2.4 and f/2.4
16 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Quad 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.2, f/2.4 and f/2.4
20 MP f/2.0 front camera
Fast charging 20W
|4500 mAh, Fast Charging 18W with Quick Charge 4+|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot, UFS 2.1 internal storage||Hybrid Dual SIM slot|
Realme XT vs Redmi Note 8 Pro: Verdict
- Better display
- More compact
- Micro SD dedicated slot
- UFS 2.1 storage
- Faster charging
- Worse chipset
Redmi Note 8 Pro
- Higher performance
- Bigger battery
- Bigger display
- Affordable price
- Worse display
Overall, Realme XT looks like a slightly better device for average users, but if you are either an advanced user who needs the max performance or a gamer, Redmi Note 8 Pro is a better option.
Please note that this verdict is only based on the specs on the paper as proper one will arrive when we will be able to give our final thoughts only after testing both the handsets thoroughly (we are talking especially about their very similar camera departments and battery life).