Realme XT vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro specs comparison

The Realme XT has officially launched in the Philippines. It’s a competent mid-range smartphone at a competitive price. However, it’s not the only device out there that has the same reputation. One of them is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. Check out our specs comparison of the two mid-range smartphones below.

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Realme XTXiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
6.4-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) Super AMOLED display, 403ppi6.53-inch dot notch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) IPS display, 395ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front and back)Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front and back)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 (10nm) 2.3GHz octa-core CPUMediaTek G90T 2.05GHz octa-core CPU
Adreno 616 GPUARM Mali G76 GPU
128GB UFS 2.164GB, 128GB UFS 2.1
microSD card support up to 256GB (dedicated slot)microSD card support up to 256GB (SIM2 slot)
64MP Samsung GW1 F1.8 (main) + 8MP F2.2 (ultrawide) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth) quad-rear cameras, EIS64MP F1.9 + 8MP F2.2 ultra-wide (120-degrees) + 2MP F2.4 macro + 2MP F2.4 depth quad-rear cameras
16MP Sony IMX471 F2.0 front camera, EIS20MP F2.0 front camera
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, BDS, GalileoGPS, A-GPS, BDS, Galileo
IR blaster
3.5mm audio port3.5mm audio port
Dolby Atmos audio
Fingerprint scanner (in-display), face unlockFingerprint scanner (rear-mounted), face unlock
USB Type-CUSB Type-C
ColorOS 6 (Android 9 Pie) w/ HyperBoost 2.0MIUI 10 (Android 9 Pie)
4,000mAh battery w/ 20W VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge4,500mAh battery w/ 18W fast charging
158.7 x 75.2 x 8.6 mm161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm
183 g200 g

Summary of advantages:

Realme XT
• Super AMOLED display
• Dedicated microSD card slot
• Dolby Atmos audio
• Faster charging tech

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
• 64GB variant
• Higher front camera resolution
• IR Blaster
• Larger battery capacity
• Lower price

The two phones look almost identical, especially when viewed from the front, which can be attributed to the notched screen, which is common nowadays.

Realme XT

There’s a 0.13-inch difference in their screen size, which is not much, so we can easily disregard that. Both have Full HD+ resolutions and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

The display quality on both phones are great although they use different panels — the Realme XT has Super AMOLED, while the Redmi Note 8 Pro has IPS. If you want deep blacks and punchy colors, go with the Realme XT.

Realme XT

When it comes to storage, both have UFS 2.1. The Realme XT in the Philippines is only offered in 128GB, while the Redmi Note 8 Pro is available in 64GB and 128GB models. The Redmi Note 8 Pro has the advantage as it gives buyers options, especially when it comes to their budget. The Realme XT, on the other hand, comes with a dedicated microSD card slot, which is better than the Redmi Note 8 Pro’s hybrid slot.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

For the cameras, both devices sport four cameras at the back with the same resolution, 64MP (main) + 8MP (ultrawide) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth), which makes them versatile shooters. For the front camera, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has the advantage of having a higher resolution. In terms of quality, we’re yet to test both devices side-by-side, but if you want us to do a comparison review, let us know in the comments.

Different chipsets power the Realme XT and Redmi Note 8 Pro. The former has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 with Adreno 616 GPU and 8GB of RAM, while the latter has a MediaTek G90T with Mali G76 GPU and 6GB of RAM.

The Realme XT has the advantage in terms of RAM capacity, allowing it to handle more background processes than the Redmi Note 8 Pro. But in most cases, 6GB is more than enough. If you want to see how they perform in synthetic benchmarks, take a look at the table below.

Realme XTXiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Geekbench409 (Single-Core)498
1,530 (Multi-Core)1,628
996 (OpenCL)1,769
3D Mark2,139 (OpenGL)2,346
2,203 (Vulkan)2,401
PC Mark8,274 (Work 2.0)9,969
AndroBench508.47 MB/s (Read)523.3 MB/s (Read)
193.82 MB/s (Write)177.44 MB/s (Write)

Update: AnTuTu scores were excluded as the Redmi Note 8 Pro was benchmarked using v7, while the Realme XT was benchmarked using v8.

The benchmark scores are close with the Redmi Note 8 Pro scoring a little bit higher, but it’s something you won’t notice when it comes to day-to-day use. Both devices performed well in our review and can handle most tasks, including gaming.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

As for other features, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has NFC and an IR Blaster, which we find more useful than the Realme XT’s Dolby Atmos. The two are similar in other aspects, including WiFi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, and 3.5mm audio port.

Both have fingerprint scanners, but the Realme XT has an in-display type, while the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a rear-mounted one. Software-wise, both are running on custom Android interfaces based on Android 9 Pie.

Realme XT

In terms of battery capacity, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a larger 4,500mAh compared to the Realme XT’s 4,000mAh. But looking at our video loop test, the Realme XT lasted longer at 23 hours and 40 minutes, while the Redmi Note 8 Pro is only at 17 hours and 10 minutes. For charging, the Realme XT has a more powerful 20W fast charging compared to the Redmi Note 8 Pro’s 18W.

Lastly, the price. The Realme XT costs PHP 16,990 for the 8GB + 128GB model. The Redmi Note 8 Pro, on the other hand, is way more affordable at PHP 11,490 for the 6GB + 64GB, and PHP 12,990 for the 6GB + 128GB. So, which one to get?

If you want a Super AMOLED screen, large 8GB RAM, dedicated microSD card slot, longer battery life, and have the extra money to spare, get the Realme XT. But if you have a tight budget, and looking for something that performs just the same with some additional features, then get the Redmi Note 8 Pro.

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This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

1 Response

  1. Avatar for jobert_sucaldito jobert_sucaldito says:

    8GB is kinda overkill, also the pricing on the XT is steep compared to the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Also, at this price $16,990, it has entered very dangerous territory where the Huawei Nova 5t is and Xiaomi’s Mi9T sits, both with flasghip level processors, also, both are known as flagship killers.

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