Best mid-range Android phone

Xiaomi has launched Redmi Note 8 Pro today along with its watered-down sibling in China. It ships with a 64MP main rear camera, MediaTek Helio G90T, and many other features to flaunt. Its direct rival is the Realme XT, which is also in the race for the first 64MP medal. We leave the fight for the title to the brands. We would rather like to know which is the better of the two. And we are pretty sure, you’re interested too!

To make things more exciting, we added the Redmi K20 and Vivo Z1X (review) also into the mix. The reason is clear as water. These mid-range phones share similar design idiosyncrasies and spec elements. However, there are some differences, and that’s what we are about to highlight. All that said, let’s get into the spec comparison between the three phones.

Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme XT vs Redmi K20 vs Vivo Z1 specs

Models Redmi Note 8 Pro Realme XT Redmi K20 Vivo Z1X
Dimensions (Height x Width x Thickness) and weight
  • 161.3 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm
  • 199 g
  • 158.70 x 75.16 x 8.55 mm
  • 183 g
  • 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm
  • 191 g
  • 159.5 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm
  • 190 g
  • 6.53-inches, 1080×2340, LCD, 91.4% screen to body ratio, 395 PPI
  • GG5
  • 6.4 inches, 1080 x 2340, AMOLED, 90.6% screen to body ratio, 403 PPI
  • GG5
  • 6.39-inches, 1080×2340, AMOLED, 91.9% screen to body ratio, 403 PPI
  • GG5
  • 6.38-inches, 1080×2340,  AMOLED, 83.3% screen-to-body ratio, 404 PPI
  • Schott Xensation 3D protection
Fingerprint scanner Rear capacitive In-display In-display In-display
Software MIUI 10 based on Android Pie Color OS 6.0 based on Android Pie MIUI 10 based on Android Pie Funtouch 9 based on Android Pie
Front Camera 20MP residing in a waterdrop notch 16MP residing within a waterdrop notch 20MP within a pop-up motorized module 32MP within a waterdrop notch
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP ultra-wide lens+ 2MP macro lens+ 2MP depth sensor 64MP+ 8MP ultra-wide lens+ 2MP macro lens+ 2MP depth sensor 48MP+ 13MP wide-angle+ 8MP telephoto 48MP+ 8MP+ 5MP
Processor MediaTek Helio G90T Qualcomm Snapdragon 712


Qualcomm Snapdragon 730


Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
  • 6/8GB RAM+ 128GB storage
  • Expandable storage up to 256GB
  • 4/6/8GB RAM+ 64/128GB storage
  • Expandable storage up to 256GB
  • 6GB RAM+ 64/128GB
  • 8GB RAM+ 256GB storage
  • No card slot
  • 6GB RAM+ 64/128GB storage
  • No Micro-SD expansion
Battery 4500mAh battery with 18W fast charger in the box 4000mAh+ 20W VOOC 3.0 4000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support 4500mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging support
Colors White, Green, and Grey White and Blue Black, Red, and Blue Blue and Purple


Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme XT vs Redmi K20 vs Vivo Z1X: Design and Display

Out of the four, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a slightly larger display. But, it sticks to an LCD panel while the rest flaunt an AMOLED screen. All the phones save for Z1X wields Schott Xensation 3D protection, which, as per Vivo, offers 8.15% better scratch resistance than Gorilla Glass 5.

Realme X FAQs
Realme X

Three of them viz. the Realme XT, Vivo Z1X, and the Redmi Note 8 Pro sport a waterdrop notch. The K20 Pro, on the other hand, has a trendier full-view screen, all thanks to a motorized rising camera. Now, you may pick them depending upon your taste.

All of them come in beautiful colors that have equally bizarre names. The Redmi phones sport glass backs that produce multi-gradient reflections as the light glances off their surface. While glass looks more premium, it is more prone to scratches and breaks. If that’s a concern you have, you may go with Vivo and Realme phones that come in a plastic casing.

You get an under-display fingerprint scanner on Realme XT, Vivo Z1X, and Redmi K20, while the Redmi Note 8 Pro relies on a rear capacitive reader. We won’t blame this move as capacitive is fairly more responsive. But, since it’s at the back, you have to lift the phone (if it’s facing you) to unlock. Speaking of face, you get to use facial recognition on all the phones.

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Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme XT vs Redmi K20 vs Vivo Z1X: Performance

Redmi made a surprising team-up with MediaTek to house an Helio G90T chipset within the Note 8 Pro. As unusual it might sound, Redmi is confident of the new partnership and the phones’ performance. Upon the keynote stage, it showed off the benchmark scores (Antutu result: (overall score of 282,443 points) of the new processor outpacing the competing chips from the Qualcomm family.

MediaTek Helio G90 and G90T launched

Strictly speaking, the G90T positions itself as a gaming-centric chipset and it claims to render following key benefits:

  • Power efficiency, faster and better memory management, with AI optimizations
  • Faster and stable WiFi and 4G connectivity, in dint of a speedy LTE Modem
  • Support for 64MP sensor, better zooming, wide-angle shots, and bokeh depth-mapping, backed by hardware acceleration.
  • Call & Data Concurrency to seamlessly handle a call and in-game network connection.

Guess which chipsets run within the other two phones. Throwing dirt at Realme XT’s Snapdragon 712 and Vivo’s Snapdragon 712 is understandable. However, the claim infers the Helio chipset to be ahead of SD 730 also which engines Redmi’s own K20.

We advise you to take the claims with a pinch of salt as the real-world performance out of Note 8 Pro’s G90T SoC is yet to be seen. The software experience on all the three is undoubtedly feature-rich with minor quirks here and there. Much of the interaction with the UI can be tweaked using a third-party launcher as well.

While you’ll miss a microSD support on the K20 and Z1X, you get expandable storage on the rest two. Nonetheless, multiple memory configurations should pretty much satiate your requirement.

ALSO READ: Realme 5 review

Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme XT vs Redmi K20 vs Vivo Z1X: Cameras

Realme-XT-64MP sensor

The headlining factor of Redmi Note 8 Pro and Realme XT is the 64MP primary camera in their rear quad camera panel. The third one, viz. Redmi K20 only has a triple sensor setup, of which the leading camera is a 48MP one.

Since the market has swiftly passed to a new trend, 48MP shooter on Redmi K20 and Vivo Z1x feels a tad dated. The competition has a more versatile package to offer. Flipping to the front, both the Redmi phones share a 20MP snapper, Realme XT has a 16MP camera and Vivo boasts a 32MP shooter.

The photography experience on each of these phones is aided by software and AI-based enhancements such as night mode, portrait mode, etc.

Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme XT vs Redmi K20 vs Vivo Z1X: Battery and Charging solution

Last but not least, all these performance and experience should last long, right? You don’t want to carry around a phone that needs to be charged, every now and then. Further, the charging tech should be quick to fuel the phone.

Vivo Z1x with 4500mAh battery and 22.5W fast charging support

Gladly, all the contenders do well in this aspect with over 4000mAh of juice and fast charging force with them. Still, going by numbers, 4500mAh within Note 8 and Z1X leads the way. And, when it comes to the charger, yet again Vivo’s 22.5mAH takes precedence, closely followed by Realme’s VOOC 3.0 with 20W speed. This doesn’t mean the 18W charger on the rest is lackey by any chance.

So, you see these mid-rangers stand neck to neck and even with all this comparison, the final pick boils down to your personal preference. We have tried to keep our opinion out and to help you in coming up with your decision. Hope this comparative study has been helpful.


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