After debuting in China in August, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is finally making it to India. The Redmi Note Pro series is one of the most popular budget phone series in India and has achieved tremendous success on the back of a package that includes great performance along with a set of great cameras. But while the Redmi Note 8 Pro was the first phone in the world to launch with a 64MP camera, the realme XT was the first phone in India to launch with a 64MP camera.

The launch of the Note 8 Pro puts it in direct competition with the realme XT and the recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy M30s. Sitting in the same price segment, choosing one amongst the three might be a difficult decision. So, if you’re looking to pocket one of these phones, this detailed breakdown of them will help you choose amongst them.

Design

The Redmi Note 8 Pro and realme XT are sitting on similar grounds with a body that makes use of metal and glass. The major difference is the placement of the quad-camera module of the phones which sits on the left on the Note 8 Pro and in the middle on the XT. Also, the Redmi Note 8 Pro still uses a capacitive fingerprint sensor that sits at the back of the phone whereas the XT makes use of an in-display fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy M30s, on the other hand, has a plastic unibody with a rectangular triple-camera module and a fingerprint sensor at the back. The Note 8 Pro is available in colourways of white, black and green. Realme XT is available in blue and white. And the Samsung Galaxy M30s is available in colours of black, blue and white.

Display

The Note 8 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FullHD+ panel that is disturbed by a waterdrop notch at the top. Both, the realme XT and the Galaxy M30s, feature 6.4-inch AMOLED panels with FullHD+ resolution and a waterdrop notch. All three phones have Widevine L1 certification which means you’ll be able to stream content on OTT services like Netflix in full HD. But the AMOLED panels on the latter two phones will offer a better viewing experience with punchier colours and deeper blacks. Notably, the Note 8 Pro and the realme XT are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 (even on the back) whereas the M30s lacks any protection.

Performance

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the first phone to launch with a MediaTek G90T processor which is adrift from the Snapdragon range of processors that the Note series has historically used. The G90T processor was designed specifically for gaming and is said to outperform the Snapdragon 730 and 730G in benchmarking tests. The Note 8 Pro has three variants and comes with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The realme XT is powered by a Snapdragon 712 and also comes with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The Samsung Galaxy M30s is powered by Exynos 9611 and comes with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. While all phones should perform comparably, the Redmi Note 8 Pro might have an edge in gaming.

Camera

The Note 8 Pro, like the realme XT, has a quad-camera startup that is highlighted by the inclusion of a 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor. Both camera setups comprise of a quad-camera setup comprises of a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultrawide camera, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor for portraits. The Galaxy M30s has a triple camera setup that has a primary 48MP sensor, an 8MP ultrawide sensor and a 5MP depth sensor. The front camera on the Note 8 Pro is a 20MP sensor whereas the latter two phones have 16MP selfie shooters.

Software

The Redmi Note 8 Pro ships with Android Pie with MIUI 10 on top and is also expected to get the MIUI 11 update very soon which will bring a system-wide dark mode. The realme XT runs on ColorOS tweaked for realme which is based on Android Pie. Samsung Galaxy M30s runs on Android Pie too, but with Samsung’s One UI on top which is built around the principles of reachability. All three phones come with a lot of baked-in features and options to customize. Unfortunately, there are quite a few preloaded apps too.

Battery & Charging

The Note 8 Pro houses a non-removable 4,500mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. The realme XT has a 4,000mAh battery and comes with support for VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 (20W fast charging). The Galaxy M30s has the beefiest battery of the three as it comes with a 6,000mAh unit. The phone has support for 15W fast charging too and will easily offer the best battery life amongst the three phones. Notably, all three phones have a USB Type-C port.

Miscellaneous

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has an IR blaster and P2i splash-resistant coating. All three phones retain the headphone jack. All three phones also support microSD cards. But while the Redmi Note 8 Pro and the realme XT support only up to 256GB memory cards, you can also pop in a 1TB card in the Samsung Galaxy M30s. The Redmi Note 8 Pro also has liquid-cooling tech for longer gaming sessions.

Pricing

The Redmi Note 8 Pro will be available in three variants of 6GB+64GB, 6GB+128GB and 8GB+128GB that will retail for INR 14,999, INR 15,999 and INR 17,999 respectively. The realme XT is also available in three variants of 4GB+64GB, 6GB+64GB and 8GB+128GB that are priced at INR 14,999, INR 16,999 and INR 18,999 respectively. The Samsung Galaxy M30s is available in two variants of 4GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB that are currently retailing for INR 13,999 and 16,999 respectively.

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