In this comparison article, we’ll be looking at the Redmi Note 8 vs Redmi Note 7. The Redmi Note 7 is still a solid mid-ranger in the market, so let’s see if the newest Redmi Note 8 will be worth an upgrade.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Vs Redmi Note 7-Design
Both Note series smartphone has a similar body build; a front and back Corning Gorilla Glass 5 with plastic frame. The front is home to a waterdrop notch. The bottom chin of the Note 8 features the Redmi brand name which is not on the Note 7.
At the back, the Note 8 comes with four cameras while Note 7 comes with two cameras. The LED flash is positioned differently on both phones. For the Note 7, the LED flash is below the camera module whereas, on the Note 8, it is at the top right side of the module. The Redmi Note 8 is heavier and thicker with 190 grams and 8.4 mm thickness. While the Redmi Note 7 weighs 186 grams and measures 8.1 mm in thickness.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Vs Redmi Note 7-Display
The display is pretty much the same on both phones. Xiaomi literally took the display of Redmi Note 7 and photocopied it on the Note 8. The IPS LCD panel measures 6.3 inches and features 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 409 PPI density. Both displays are protected by version 5 of Corning Gorilla Glass, which is one of the best in the industry.
You can say the camera is among the major difference between both smartphones. The Redmi Note 7 has a camera module that consists of just a 48MP f/1.8 main sensor and 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor. Whereas, the camera module of the Note 8 is home to a 48MP f/1.8 main sensor, an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide sensor, 2MP f/2.4 macro camera and a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor.
The improved camera specs on the Redmi Note 8 means it is capable of shooting 4K videos at 30fps. While the Note 7 is limited to 1080p videos. Though, the Note 7 features a dual-LED flash while the Note 8 comes with just a LED flash. The dual-LED flash will emit light twice as much as the single LED flash. More light means farther objects or images can easily be captured. Also, note that the dual-LED flash will ultimately consume more power. The selfie camera is the same on both phones – 13MP f/2.0 camera.
Hardware and Software
Under the hood of the Note 7 is Snapdragon 660 chipset with Adreno 512 GPU. While inside the Note 8 is Snapdragon 665 chip with Adreno 610 GPU. Aside from having a better GPU, the Snapdragon 665 is also built on a newer 11nm manufacturing process technology compared to the Snapdragon 660 which is built on 14nm.
The software setup is the same on the two phones. They both run on MIUI 10 out of the box, which is based on Android 9 Pie. You can also upgrade them to the latest MIUI 11.
Battery spec is unchanged. Both the Note 7 & 8 packs a non-removable Li-Po 4,000 mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging. Due to the hardware of the Redmi Note 8, its battery should last longer.
Price & Verdict
The 4/64GB variant of the Redmi Note 8 costs around N62,999 while the same memory variant on the Note 7 goes for around N66,999.
Xiaomi has stopped the production of the Redmi Note 7 and that should easily spell it for you. The Redmi Note 8 is better and literally cheaper. At this point, you have no business with the Redmi Note 7.