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Reno3 vs Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro/Redmi K20 Pro – The Best Phone at P18,990

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At P18,990, the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is arguably the best phone for that price. Nearly after a year later, it’s now facing a challenger which is the OPPO Reno3. With both mid-range devices battling for one position, which is the better phone?

Reno3 and Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro/Redmi K20 Pro Similarities and Differences

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Advantages of Reno3 Advantages of Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro/Redmi K20 Pro Similarities
  • thinner and lighter
  • shared microSD slot
  • 8GB
  • 44MP selfie camera
  • 2MP monochrome sensor
  • 30W fast charging
  • Super AMOLED
  • HDR
  • Pop-up selfie camera
  • Snapdragon 855
  • NFC
  • aptX HD codec
  • Gorilla Glass 5
  • metal and glass build
  • ~6.4″ display
  • AMOLED
  • Android 10
  • UFS 2.1 storage
  • up to 8GB RAM
  • 48MP main camera sensor
  • telephoto, ultrawide lenses
  • audio jack with 24-bit support
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB-C
  • at least 4000mAh battery
  • fast charging

Which is the better buy between the Reno3 and Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro/Redmi K20 Pro?

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Mi 9T Pro, aka Redmi K20 Pro

Design and Display

While both devices are relatively large by today’s standards, the Reno3 is thinner and lighter even with the metal-glass-metal build. It also has that minimalistic finish on the back as opposed to the “loud and proud” finish on the Mi 9T Pro. Although Xiaomi’s device is almost a year old already, it still looks unique amongst other phones. Thanks to the use of a pop-up selfie camera that’s seemingly going out of style, there’s no distracting notch nor pinhole here. The pop-up camera even features an LED notification. If we have to pick a winner, the distinct design of the Mi 9T Pro wins it for us.

As for the display, we’re looking at punchy AMOLEDs at 1080p resolution. We do have to point out that the Super AMOLED type of Mi 9T Pro makes it technically better than the standard AMOLED as it allows for lower battery consumption. On top of that, literally, there’s Gorilla Glass 5 for protection and HDR playback support. The Mi 9T Pro easily wins this round.

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Performance

MediaTek Helio P90 vs Snapdragon 855 — we have no qualms that the Snapdragon chipset easily beats the heck out of the Helio P90. The Mi 9T Pro maybe rocking a flagship SoC from the past but the Helio P90 is a Snapdragon 710 alternative only as shown by Antutu benchmarks. While there’s no argument to be made here, the story is different when it comes to RAM and storage configuration. Reno3 is already equipped with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, along with the option to expand via microSD. Since we’re comparing devices at P18,990, the Mi 9T Pro features 6GB RAM and 64GB non-expandable storage only. While the amount of RAM isn’t a big deal, the smaller storage will probably become a problem. If you want more, you have to spend more. It’s hard to decide a winner between the two, so we’ll leave this to your opinion.

Cameras

Reno3 | Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro/Redmi K20 Pro

  • main – 48MP f1.8 1/2.0″, 0.8µm vs 48MP f1.8 1/2.0″, 0.8µm
  • ultrawide – 8MP f2.2 13mm vs 13MP f2.4 12mm
  • telephoto – 13MP f2.4 52mm (2x optical zoom) vs 8MP f2.4 53mm (2x optical zoom)
  • portrait – n/a vs n/a
  • macro –  f2.4 vs n/a
  • monochrome – 2MP f2.4 vs n/a
  • selfie camera – 44MP f2.4 26mm 1/2.8″, 0.8µm vs pop-up 20MP f2.2 wide 1/3″, 0.8µm

Reno3 fits the bill as the standard 2020 mid-range phone, at least when it comes to cameras. We appreciate the fact that it comes with telephoto and ultrawide lenses for the best of both worlds. Although unnecessary, there’s a 2MP monochrome lens to complete that quad-camera setup. On the flip end, Mi 9T Pro isn’t behind that much — packing the same 48MP Sony sensor along with an ultrawide and telephoto lenses.

It’s a different story when it comes to selfies. The Mi 9T Pro’s 20MP pop-up selfie may be fun to use but it’s not as good as this year’s mid-range phones, especially when comparing to Reno 3’s 44MP sensor that’s geared towards selfie lovers. Whether you like more cameras or better selfies, we’re leaving that up to you. We think you can never go wrong with the two.

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Audio

We still appreciate that both devices come with a headphone jack. Additionally, it supports 24-bit Hi-res audio playback for a better experience. Should you wish to stick with wireless audio, only the Mi 9T Pro supports aptX HD codec that allows for better wireless sound quality. That said, Xiaomi wins this one.

Battery and Charging

The difference in battery capacity here is negligible but when it comes to re-charging, Reno3 gets the upper hand with the ability to fully replenish the 4025mAh tank in 73 minutes. The Mi 9T Pro isn’t too shabby, too, at 27W for the 4000mAh. Should you wish for faster top-ups, you know which to get.

Verdict

As a daily driver, the Mi 9T Pro will definitely do a better job. It’s a device that’s made to last for a few years, however, it does show its age in RAM and storage. While we don’t recommend getting a 64GB device in 2020, especially if you’re looking to stretch the lifespan of the device, the shortcoming is user manageable. Unlike the Reno3 with a mid-range Helio P90, the performance will feel like it deteriorates faster than its competition. But if you don’t care about all that and just want the best selfie for the price, the Reno3 is more than capable of providing that.

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Specs Reno3 Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (base model)
Display 6.4″ AMOLED, FHD+, teardrop notch  6.39-inch FHD+, Super AMOLED, HDR10, Gorilla Glass 5
Design glass and aluminum with 3D glass backing metal frame, Gorilla Glass 5 (front and back)
Dimensions and Weight 160.2 x 73.3 x 7.9 mm, 170 g 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm, 191g
CPU/Chipset Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) / Mediatek MT6779 Helio P90 (12 nm) Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485) / Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
GPU PowerVR GM9446 Adreno 640
RAM 8GB 6GB
Storage 128GB UFS 2.1 expandable via microSD slot 64GB UFS 2.1 non-expandable
Main Camera
  • 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
  • 13 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, 2x optical zoom, PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
  • 2 MP B/W, f/2.4, 1/5.0″, 1.75µm
  • up to 4K@30fps video
  • 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF
  • 8 MP, f/2.4, 53mm (telephoto), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom
  • 13 MP, f/2.4, 12mm (ultrawide), 1/3.1″, 1.12µm
  • up to 4K@60fps video
Selfie Camera
  • 44 MP, f/2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm
  • up to 1080p@30fps video
  • Motorized pop-up 20 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/3.4″, 0.8µm
  • up to 1080@30fps video
Connectivity & Ports 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, audio jack 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, audio jack, NFC
Security face unlock, in-display fingerprint scanner face unlock, in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner
Battery 4025mAh, 30W VOOC Charging (100% in 73 mins) 4000mAh, 27W Quick Charge 4+
Audio mono speakers mono speakers, aptX HD
OS Android 10.0; ColorOS 7 Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10, upgradeable to Android 10 with MIUI 11
Colors Midnight Black, Aurora Blue, White Carbon black, Red flame, Glacier blue
Price P18,990 P18,990
Release Date April 2020 (Philippines) September 2019 (Philippines)

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