Oppo A9 2020 vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Comparative Review


Call it a battle of the titans, Oppo A9 2020 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 are two new smartphones that deserve your interest.

These two gadgets are about to hit the Kenyan market after their successful launch a few weeks ago. If you are seeking to upgrade to a better mid-range smartphone, then this review is for you.

This comparative review dissects the finest details of these two smartphones, complete with the expected prices in Kenya and their features.


The Oppo A9 2020 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 have a number of similarities. First, both smartphones feature the Android 9.o pie operating system.

Android 9.0 Pie gives you a better experience than smartphones running on older android versions.

Among the benefits you get with Android 9 includes easier screenshots, easier copy and paste, better battery management and volume control convenience.

Smartphones running on Android 9 have a better and more reliable security system and a night mode system for nocturnal smartphone users.

Another similarity worth noting is the 2.0GHz Snapdragon 665 Octa-core processor that powers both the Oppo A9 2020 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 8.

This means that both smartphones provide highly intelligent experiences for excellent mobile gaming, amazing camera capabilities and brilliant security-rich performance.

The Snapdragon processor ensures efficient power usage for both smartphones. It also ensures that users enjoy a long-lasting battery life and rapid charging powered by the Qualcomm Quick Charge technology.


The screen size is one of the top considerations every person must make before buying a new smartphone.

For smartphone screens, bigger is always better. Nobody wants a smartphone with a small screen. A tiny screen becomes a big inconvenience when browsing the internet.

Gamers are looking for larger displays that allow them to easily follow the action and make more accurate moves.

If you love streaming YouTube Videos on your smartphone, a giant screen is definitely what you are looking for.

Both the Oppo A9 2020 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 smartphones have large screens, 6.5 inches and 6.3 inches respectively.

Xiaomi Redmi note 8 display
Xiaomi Redmi note 8 Full HD Display

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 features a 6.3″ dot drop full-screen display with Full HD Resolution (2340 x 1080 pixels).

On the other hand, the new Oppo A9 2020 features a 6.5″ waterdrop display with a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels.

It’s therefore apparent that Redmi Note 8 has a sharper, crisper screen, with around 119% more pixels than OPPO A9 2020.

Oppo A9 2020 Display
Oppo A9 2020 Front View

A similarity worth noting is that both smartphones feature a notch on top of the screen.

A notch is a new method of increasing the surface area of the display, without interfering with the camera and other sensors.

A slight difference with the implementation of the notch. The new Oppo A9 2020 features a waterdrop notch, while Redmi Note 8 will come with dot (circular) notch.

RAM and Internal Memory

Both Oppo A9 and Redmi Note 8 come with 4GB RAM. Ideally, you would expect almost the same speeds when loading apps on both smartphones.

The two smartphones have the same internal memory (128GB), with expansion slots that will accommodate an extra 256GB.

RAM and internal storage features are therefore not going to tilt the scale either way.


Smartphone cameras can be good. And that’s what everyone is looking for.

Both the Oppo A9 2020 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 come with a brilliant 48MP rear camera. More megapixels generally means better picture quality.

On top of this, both smartphones have an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, probably making it smarter than any mid-range smartphone in Kenya.

Redmi Note 8 Quad Camera
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Quad Camera

And then, you are also treated to two 2MP macro cameras to enhance the quality of your shots by capturing even the most minute of details.

Oppo A9 has a better 16MP front camera with AI Beautification, a real deal for selfie lovers. On the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 features a 13MP selfie camera.

Something that should not escape your attention is that riding on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor gives both Redmi Note 8 and Oppo A9 a great advantage in image signal processing, Zero Shutter Lag, Hybrid Autofocus and Optical Zoom.

Oppo A9 2020 Quad Camera
Oppo A9 2020 Quad Camera

This great combination will give you amazing photo resolutions, steady handheld night photography and portrait mode background blurring among others.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 vs. Oppo A9 2020

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Oppo A9 2020
2.0GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 665 Processor 2.0GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 665 Processor
Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie
6.3” LCD Display, 2340 x 1080 pixels 6.5” LCD HD Display, 1600 x 720 Pixels
4GB RAM, 128GB internal memory, 256GB micro SD 4GB RAM, 128GB internal memory, 256GB micro SD
48MP + 8MP + 2MP main camera, 13MP selfie camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP main camera, 16MP selfie camera
4,000mAh non-removable battery 5,000mAh non-removable battery
2G, 3G, 4G Networks 2G, 3G, 4G Networks
TBA 30k


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