Two Chinese smartphone brands that are pushing the boundaries globally. Siblings, yet rivals. Xiaomi and OPPO make dependable smartphones. And in 2019, they each have a flagship contender in the ₦90,000 price range. Which is why this Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro vs OPPO A9 2020 comparison review is happening.
Both of these smartphones offer superb value for money and are almost untochable by anything the rest of the competition has to offer. Naturally, fans of both brands are jostling to prove that their fave offers the better device.
If you are a regular smartphone user, you do not care about fan wars. You just want to know what each phone offers so you can decide where to spend your hard-earned ₦90,000. This comparison article will help clear the air.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro vs OPPO A9 2020: The Preamble
As with our comparison reviews in general, this face-off is done based on price and we are looking at ₦90,000 here. That gives us the 6GB + 128GB variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro and so that is what we put in the ring to go up against OPPO A9 2020, which costs the same. Well, a tweeny little bitty less. ₦89,500, to be precise.
Our contenders are ready. We are ready. You are ready. Let’s do this.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro vs OPPO A9 2020: Quick Specs Comparison
First up is our quick comparison table so you can view the similarities and distinguishing differences of the two devices at a glance.
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro||OPPO A9 2020|
|6.53 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels, IPS LCD display.||6.5 inches, 720 x 1600 pixels, IPS LCD display|
|Gorilla Glass 5 protection front and back||Gorilla Glass 3 protection on screen only|
|Mono speaker||Stereo speakers|
|Octa-core, Mediatek Helio G90T (12 nm), 2.05 GHz||Octa-core, Snapdragon 665 (11 nm), 2.0 GHz|
|20MP selfie camera||16MP selfie camera|
|64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP rear quad camera with LED flash||48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP rear quad camera with dual LED flash|
|128 GB internal storage + shared microSD slot, up to 256GB||128 GB internal storage + dedicated microSD slot, up to 256 GB|
|6 GB RAM||8 GB RAM|
|4500 mAh battery + 18W quick charging||5000 mAh battery + 18W quick charging + reverse charging|
Both devices share some similarities: screen size is almost exactly the same, and both screens have a waterdrop notch. They both have a quad camera setup at the back. Both have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Both of them have 18W fast charging standard. They also both have the same internal storage and expandable storage capacities.
And this is where we get the grey areas out of the way: and it is usually about cameras.
Don’t get tired of me saying it, but camera specifications are meaningless on their own. And so, unless there is a direct shootout between these two phones, we cannot declare a winner in the photography segment of this Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro vs OPPO A9 2020 comparison.
This is true for both the rear cameras and the front-facing selfie cameras. On paper though, Xiaomi wins both selfie and rear camera categories with better raw numbers.
Where Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has the edge
The Redmi Note 8 Pro’s display has a much higher resolution than that of the OPPO. This results in sharper images and videos with more details.
If you drop your phone often, the Note 8 Pro has Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back sides, which should offer your phone better protection with falls. Its opponent has Gorilla Glass on only the screen, which gives Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro a win here as well.
Under the hood, the Redmi Note has a more powerful processor and so handles heavy duty tasks and gaming better. Heavy mobile gamers will get a better experience on the Redmi Note 8.
Where OPPO A9 2020 has the edge
The first big advantage of the OPPO A9 2020 is its much longer battery life, and this is not just because it has a bigger battery. The lower resolution display and the more efficient Snapdragon 665 processor contribute to that.
The A9 2020 also offers more RAM, a boom for heavy app users. More RAM means that launching and switching between apps is smoother. If 128GB of stiorage is not enough for you, the OPPO lets you stick in a memory card without sacrificing a SIM slot. Using a memeory card in its contender means giving up one of the two SIM card slots.
In addition, lovers of music will enjoy the difference made by the built-in stereo speakers of the OPPO A9 2020.
Lastly, the OPPO has reverse charging feature, which means you can use it as a power bank to charge your other devices. The 5000mAh battery is big enough to share.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro vs OPPO A9 2020: Who wins?
If performance and durability is more important to you, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is the better device of our contenders. It is not that the OPPO is poor at these things. The Snapdragon 665 in the A9 2020 handles gaming well, but it will likely take a hit when you throw the most demanding games at it.
For almost everything else, the OPPO outscores the Redmi Note 8 Pro. App junkies, music lovers and those in need of extended battery life will find the OPPO a more desirable device to own. In addition, if you do not enjoy carrying a separate power bank around, OPPO A9 2020 doubles as one.
Note too that it is not as if the Redmi Note 8 Pro offers poor battery life either. It doesn’t. But the A9 2020 offers much better power management and lasts much longer on a single charge.
In terms of price, there is little difference between the two devices, so price is not a factor here. It is simply whether you want raw power from the Redmi Note 8 Pro, or longer battery life and the other conveniences that the OPPO A9 offers.
And so we have come to the end of our Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro vs OPPO A9 2020 face off. We do not dare say that there is a clear winner here. You simply must decide which of these two mid-range power droids meets your needs better – or simply pick the phone by your preferred brand. Your choice.
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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.