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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy A50: Which Should You Pick?

author Luis Silva (March 2020 Updated: August 2021 - 6 min. reading time)

The Galaxy A50 isn't that affordable, but it isn't the better device of the two considering their specs.

It comes with more OS updates (2 additional years). But the Redmi Note 8 Pro will deliver better performance (+34%) and a glass back.

Anything else?

With the Galaxy A50, you'll also get an AMOLED, Always-On display, and a lightweight body (34 g./1.20 oz less). But the Redmi Note 8 Pro will also give you more RAM (6GB vs. 4GB).

In the end, it's up to you since they got similar scores.

How much more will the Redmi Note 8 Pro cost me?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, you should be saving (close to $50), not paying more.

Is the Redmi Note 8 Pro still worth getting in 2021?

Overall, you'll still get a pretty decent smartphone if you go for the Redmi Note 8 Pro in 2021, and while it isn't the best device out there, at least it's more affordable now. However, you should also consider other phones like the Galaxy A42 because it has better performance, more storage, more security updates, and an AMOLED display.

Is it still worth buying the Galaxy A50 in 2021?

For a phone introduced in 2019, the Galaxy A50 still has good cameras and good battery life. It still makes sense in 2021, but that doesn't mean a phone like the Poco X3 Pro with better performance, more storage, faster charging, more RAM, and 4K recordings isn't a better choice.

Read on so you can learn more about their differences, how they rival their competition, and how the tech industry is evaluating their specs.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A50

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Introduction

Samsung introduced its Galaxy A50 model in March 2019. Meanwhile, Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 Pro started to sell in September 2019.

We are looking at how the Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Galaxy A50 compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

The weight of each section

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to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device Redmi Note 8 Pro Galaxy A50
Release Date 2019, September 2019, March 0y.
OS Updates 1 year 3 years 2y.
Security Updates 4 years 4 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

About performance: Geekbench 5 scores the Redmi Note 8 Pro 34% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. That's something you should be aware of if you favor a snappier device.

When it comes to performance, the Galaxy A50 is way under the average for its price range. While they got a score of about 1788, it has 1186. That puts it 51% below them.

One can entitle the Redmi Note 8 Pro as mid-range and the Galaxy A50 as a low to mid-range.

Update: Geekbench just delisted the Redmi Note 8 Pro because they don't trust this score, so you should take it with a grain of salt.

Performance*
vs.
Features Redmi Note 8 Pro Galaxy A50
SoC Mediatek Helio G90T Exynos 9610
Graphics Mali-G76 MC4 Mali-G72 MP3
Geekbench 5 Score 1586
1186
-400
OS Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 11 Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI
Tek-Score
4.6
4.0
-0.7

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro front transparent png Samsung Galaxy A50 front transparent png

The Galaxy A50's display does stand out, and the difference is considerable. But the Redmi Note 8 Pro features better glass protection.

Your next device must go over 500 nits, or else it isn't suitable for HDR content nor to use in direct sunlight visibility. Now about the HDR feature:

If you're considering the Redmi Note 8 Pro, only 22% of its competitors can play HDR content, and only 6% of them have refresh rates over 60hz, and feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Regarding the Galaxy A50, I should say that 77% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen and have an Always-On display. Instead, only 17% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, and only 10% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Redmi Note 8 Pro Galaxy A50
Size 6.5
6.4
-0.1
Screen Type LCD AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1080x2340
0
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 396.49
402.69
6.20
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Teardrop Teardrop
Peak Brightness 630 nits
550 nits
-80
HDR HDR -
Sub Tek-Score
1.9
7.8
5.8
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Tek-Score
4.3
3.9
-0.3

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro back transparent png Samsung Galaxy A50 back transparent png

Be aware that the Redmi Note 8 Pro's picture quality is, on average, 34% above its adversaries in its class. Nevertheless, these two have similar scores, so...

About the Redmi Note 8 Pro: DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 83 points. And if you take into account its wide-angle lens, you'll end up with a score of 96**. You can check their review if you click here.

Last (but not least), 78% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Nevertheless, none of them come with a telephoto lens.

About the Galaxy A50: The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 81 points. And by adding its wide-angle lens, this score goes up to 86 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Furthermore, 80% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Still, only 23% of them come with a telephoto lens.

One can place the Redmi Note 8 Pro more as mid-range and the Galaxy A50 in the low to mid-range ballpark.

If you take optical zoom seriously, you should consider other options like the Galaxy S20 FE.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They just changed their protocol, and they don't have enough reviews, so I can refine the pre-update camera scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Redmi Note 8 Pro Galaxy A50
Megapixels 64
25
-39
Aperture 1.9
1.7
-0.2
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS No No
Video 2160 1080 -1080
Score 96
86
-10

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Redmi Note 8 Pro Galaxy A50 vs.
Megapixels 8
8
0
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 13mm 13mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 2 5 3
Aperture 2.4 2.2 -0.2
Megapixels 2 -
Aperture 2.4 -
Lens Type Depth Sensor -
Score 13 5 -8
Selfie Camera Redmi Note 8 Pro Galaxy A50 vs.
Megapixels 20
25
5
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens - 25mm
Redmi Note 8 Pro Galaxy A50 vs.
Tek-Score
5.6
5.1
-0.6

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy A50 does win some points here, mainly for its weight. But the Redmi Note 8 Pro is also pretty decent.

The Galaxy A50 weighs 166 g. (5.86 oz), while its rival is 34 g. (1.20 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Redmi Note 8 Pro got 4.0, which means it has an acceptable score for a 6.5 inches screen. The Galaxy A50, however, has 7.7, which suggests exceptional work from Samsung.

If you're looking for some kind of waterproof phone, maybe you should forget these and go for the Galaxy S20 FE instead.

Looks*
vs.
Body Redmi Note 8 Pro Galaxy A50
Size 161 x 76 x 8 mm
(5.68 x 2.68 x 0.28 in)
158 x 74 x 7 mm
(5.57 x 2.61 x 0.25 in)
-16044
Weight 200 g. (7.05 oz)
166 g. (5.86 oz)
-34
Build Front and back glass Front glass
Colors Black, Blue, Red, Midnight Blue, Deep Sea Blue, White, Electric Blue, and Twilight Orange Black, Blue, White, and Coral
Screen To Body Ratio 84.76%
86.00%
1.24
Disp.Size To Weight Score 4.0 7.7 3.7
Looks 9.4/10 6.4/10
-3.0
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
2.1
2.8
0.7

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The Redmi Note 8 Pro does have a bigger battery, with 4500 mAh, while the Galaxy A50 only has 4000 mAh. But according to GSMArena's tests, both should theoretically get the same battery life.

Just be aware that the Redmi Note 8 Pro also doesn't have many rivals at any given price range. Just check out our top 10 list.

Reverse wireless charging is also a thing these days, and you can have it on the Galaxy S20 FE.

Battery*
vs.
Features Redmi Note 8 Pro Galaxy A50
Capacity (mAh) 4500 4000 -500
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
82% left
-2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 70% left
66% left
-4
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 72% left
70% left
-2
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.8 4.3 0.6
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.3
-0.3
Fast Charging 18w
15w
-3
Wireless Charging No No 0
Tek-Score
6.4
6.2
-0.2

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

There isn't a winner here.

Most people should be OK with their internal storage. However, if videos or big games are your thing, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Storage*
vs.
Features Redmi Note 8 Pro Galaxy A50
RAM (GB) 6GB
4GB
-2
Internal (GB) 64GB
64GB
0
Micro SD microSDXC (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Tek-Score
6.3
6.3
0.0

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

These two do look alike sometimes.

Both have a single network variant: LTE. Is 4G good enough for you? If you want 5G, you should check other phones like the Galaxy S20 FE or the Mi 11 Lite.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Redmi Note 8 Pro Galaxy A50
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes (market dependent)
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
8.5
8.5
0.0

Which is more affordable?

Here are the prices that we've come across recently:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

Reference: $215

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

Samsung Galaxy A50

Reference: $265

Samsung Galaxy A50

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money Redmi Note 8 Pro Galaxy A50 VS
Amazon 2.66 - -
eBay 2.06 1.62 -0.44
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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So, what about that global score? We'll get there. Let me point out the average of its competitors. The Redmi Note 8 Pro class is at 5.4, and the Galaxy A50 5.7.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

Both smartphones offer fantastic specs and performance, and you can't go wrong with either one. Nevertheless, I was expecting more from the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Not that it isn't a great phone, it's just that Xiaomi usually has a little bit more to offer than Samsung. And while you'll get a slight increase in performance, and probably on its looks, apart from that, it doesn't stand out. Not even on its price.

The Always-On display, and the AMOLED screen are more than enough to make me go for the A50.

Pros Redmi Note 8 Pro Galaxy A50
#1 Battery Life AMOLED
#2 Fast Charging Always-On-Display
#3 MicroSD Slot Fast Charging
#4 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#5 Price 3.5mm Jack
Cons Redmi Note 8 Pro Galaxy A50
#1 AMOLED Wireless Charging
#2 Always-On-Display Glass Protection
#3 Wireless Charging
#4 Weight
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Redmi Note 8 Pro Galaxy A50
Gaming Score
4.5
4.3
-0.1
Tek-Score
5.45
5.17
-0.28
Your Score

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
    $229
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A30
    $220
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A40
    $240
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 8
    $171
  • ApplerivaliPhone 6s
    $199
  • XiaomirivalMi A3
    $200
  • Realmerival5 Pro
    $179
  • GooglerivalPixel 3
    $173
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7
    $197
  • OnePlusrival6
    $232
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $165
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S8
    $190
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $189
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $210
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
    $223
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A31
    $225
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $239
  • XiaomirivalPoco X3 NFC
    $224
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A42
    $215
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10
    $234

 Samsung Galaxy A50 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
    $229
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A30
    $220
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A40
    $240
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $249
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
    $250
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
    $260
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $298
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $248
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $298
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $249
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • OnePlusrival6
    $232
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $305
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $285
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $279
  • XiaomirivalMi 8
    $264
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 SE
    $250
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
    $223
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A31
    $225
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $239
  • XiaomirivalPoco X3 NFC
    $224
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro
    $255
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A32
    $252
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A42
    $215
  • XiaomirivalPoco X3 Pro
    $274
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10
    $234
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro Max
    $292
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t
    $270
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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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