- The Vivo U20 has a more powerful processor than the Redmi Note 8
- We found the Vivo U20 to have better battery life than the Redmi Note 8
- The Redmi Note 8 takes better photos in most conditions
- Redmi Note 8 vs Vivo U20 design
- Redmi Note 8 vs Vivo U20 specifications and software
- Redmi Note 8 vs Vivo U20 performance and battery life
- Redmi Note 8 vs Vivo U20 cameras
Redmi Note 8
Vivo recently launched the Vivo U20 in India, and just like the Vivo U10, this model is also priced aggressively. Naturally, a smartphone promising great features and performance for around Rs. 10,000 will generate a lot of interest, and with so many options in the market things could get confusing. Currently, buyers can choose between fresh launches such as the Redmi Note 8, Vivo U20, and Realme 5s, but which one should you go for? We put the Redmi Note 8 and the Vivo U20 in a head-to-head comparison to which is the better one for you to buy.
Redmi Note 8 vs Vivo U20 design
Both Xiaomi and Vivo have designed these phones to look and feel good despite their low prices. Between the two it is the Redmi Note 8 (Review) that has the better build quality, and it looks and feels more premium. Xiaomi has used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and the back whereas Vivo does not mention any sort of protection for the U20, which has a plastic back.
The Redmi Note 8 has a flat back while the frame is rounded, but Vivo has curved the back of the Vivo U20 which makes it a little more comfortable to hold. The Vivo U20 (Review) is slightly thicker and heavier than the Redmi Note 8 but you wouldn’t notice that unless you are using them both side by side.
Xiaomi offers a USB Type-C port and an IR emitter on the Redmi Note 8. Vivo does not offer an IR emitter, which can be excused, but the choice of Micro-USB port is a more disappointing. Many potential buyers might have preferred a modern Type-C port on the Vivo U20.
The Redmi Note 8 is smaller in size and packs a 6.39-inch full-HD+ display, while the Vivo U20 has a 6.53-inch display. Since the Vivo U20 is bigger, its rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is not as easy to reach as the one on the Redmi Note 8.
Xiaomi’s offering packs in a quad-camera setup while the Vivo U20 sports a triple camera setup at the back. We found that the camera module on the Note 8 protrudes too much causing the phone to rock when placed on a flat surface.
Overall the Redmi Note 8 looks and feels more premium and wins this segment pretty convincingly.
Redmi Note 8 vs Vivo U20 specifications and software
The Redmi Note 8 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC and has two variants. The base variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is priced at Rs. 9,999 whereas the higher variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is priced at Rs. 12,999. Storage is expandable using a microSD card in the phone’s dedicated slot. Xiaomi offered the Redmi Note 8 is three colour options: Moonlight White, Neptune Blue, and Space Black at the time of launch, and has recently added a Cosmic Purple colour variant.
Vivo ships the U20 with a Snapdragon 675 SoC which is one of the most powerful processors available in a phone at this price point. This model also comes in two variants with the base one sporting 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage priced at Rs. 10,999, while the higher variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is priced at Rs. 11,999. Just like the Redmi Note 8, the U20 also has a dedicated microSD card slot. Colour options are comparatively limited as Vivo only offers this phone in Racing Black and Blaze Blue.