“Both the Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Realme XT come with a quad-rear camera setup”
Xiaomi’s latest mid-range smartphones, the Redmi Note 8 series, is now official. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the first smartphone from Xiaomi to feature a 64-megapixel sensor. Although Xiaomi was claiming that it would be the first to launch a 64-megapixel camera smartphone, the title was grabbed by Realme. The recently officially revealed the Realme XT, which gives it the title of the first smartphone to come with a 64-megapixel sensor, though the Redmi handset will release commercially first. Therefore, we saw it best to compare the Realme XT with the Redmi Note 8 Pro and take a look at their specifications and pricing.
Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme XT price in India (expected)
The Redmi Note 8 Pro prices in China are set at RMB 1,399 (about Rs 14,000), RMB 1,599 (approximately Rs 16,000), and RMB 1,699 (roughly Rs 17,000) respectively for the 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 128GB variants, which is amazing for a smartphone with a quad-rear camera setup and a 64-megapixel primary sensor. We can expect the Redmi Note 8 Pro prices in India to be only a little higher than the variants’ respective China prices.
On the other hand, the Realme XT price in India is expected to start at around Rs 18,000. The company has not yet officially revealed the pricing for China either, but going by the specifications and its positioning in the Realme portfolio, it is likely it will start around Rs 18,000 for the base variant. The smartphone will come in 4GB + 64GB, 6GB + 64GB, and 8GB + 128GB configurations.
Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme XT specifications
As mentioned earlier, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is Xiaomi’s first smartphone with a 64-megapixel sensor. The phone has a glass body and features a gradient finish at the back. It comes with a 6.53-inch FHD+ display with a tiny waterdrop notch at the top that offers 91.4 percent screen-to-body ratio. The Realme XT features a slightly smaller 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display and gets a tiny waterdrop notch as well. The front and the back of the phone is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The back has a slight gradient finish, similar to the Redmi Note 8 Pro. While the Realme model opts for an in-display fingerprint scanner, the Redmi handset has a rear mounted fingerprint scanner that is placed right below the camera setup.
Coming to the internals, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by the new MediaTek Helio G90T chipset, which is marketed as a gaming focused processor. Meanwhile, the Realme XT use as Snapdragon 712 chipset. Both smartphones offer a maximum of 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The Redmi Note 8 Pro features liquid cooling tech to keep temperatures low while gaming hard.
In the camera department, both the Realme XT and the Redmi Note 8 Pro feature a quad-rear camera setup. The Realme XT comes with a primary 64-megapixel sensor, a secondary ultra-wide 8-megapixel sensor, 2-megapixel macro sensor, and another 2-megapixel depth unit. The camera setup is placed on the top left corner at the back. The phone doesn’t offer optical image stabilisation, but does get EIS for 4K video recording. You get features such as Nightscape for better low-light photography. On the front, the phone has a 16-megapixel sensor for selfies and video calling.
Meanwhile, the main 64-megapixel sensor on the Redmi Note 8 Pro is accompanied by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth unit. For selfies, the phone features a 20-megapixel sensor. The Note 8 Pro also offers 960 FPS super-slow motion video recording.
Finally, in the battery and OS category, the Realme XT comes with a 4,000mAh cell, whereas the Redmi Note 8 Pro gets a higher capacity 4,500mAh unit. The Redmi device gets 18W fast charging support, while the Realme XT comes with 20W Super VOOC 3.0 charging. Both Realme and Redmi have also included a 3.5mm headphone jack on their phones.
Both smartphones are similarly spec’d, but if you prefer Qualcomm over MediaTek and an in-display fingerprint scanner over traditional scanners, then you may want to get the Realme XT. However, the Redmi Note 8 Pro does come with a larger battery and the quad-camera setup is almost exactly the same as the Realme XT’s. The choice is yours but remember that the Realme smartphone will be unveiled in India late next month and hit the market by Diwali, while you will have to wait at least two months or perhaps even three to get your hands on the Redmi model.