Contract Phone VS Non-Contract Phone -High Grade vs Alternative Phone: Best and Economical Approach

The most complex and luxury decision that people often encountered in this day and age of IT, specifically, the age of new models of mobile phone bombardments is whether to get a contract phone or non-contract phone. In most cases, the difficulty associated with making such a decision or deciding which option is more practical and logical is often driven by money. It is not a mystery that people frequently want bargain/offer when it comes to acquisitions of commodities like consumer electronics, precisely, mobile phone because of the market value attached, however, ended up settling for what I will call a bad deal in the process. 

 

Most folks believe opting for a contract phone is logical in the sense that it provides payment flexibility and breathing space to settle the bill in due course. However, there are so many other fundamental factors they ignored to consider in making a more informed decision. Without being hypocritical, I would say this is a grey area to dissect. The absolute answer remains a mystery and also depends on your preferences. Nonetheless, I will prove in this article that buying a non-contract phone saves you a lot of money and the trouble of jeopardising your good credit rating in the long term. I will also prove how considering alternative cheaper, yet high-quality phones could be logical and practical in saving some money.


Ironically, commodity fetishism pushes people to engage in acquisitions of luxuries and not necessities, industries know this, and that is why they keep coming up with new models to attract our attention. Apparently, without pragmatism and ability to resist, one could easily consciously or inadvertently become a victim of exploitation and end up in serious debt that could affect life expectancy and longevity. Karl Marx, a great philosopher and sociologist, describes this approach as social challenges driven by Commodity Fetishism.

Undoubtedly, critics will preferably argue that people need to upgrade at some point in their lives, and rightly so, we all need an upgrade - use the latest and feel elegant about ourselves if there is financial capacity to do so, however, as alluded above, pragmatism is essential. To be a risk manager without compromising other good things going well in our lives and to avoid unprecedented financial liability that could constitute extra burden, we must empirically explore all options available to us.

 

So let's dive into more in-depth analyses on factors to consider to make an informed decision in such a scenario.

  1. Financial Burden of Contract Phone:

As we all know, contract phone means committing to a monthly payment for a contracted duration not less than twenty-four months. During these twenty-four months, you will be compelled to stomach some institutional bureaucratic policies and procedures, legally binding and any attempt to deviate from this agreement will be considered a breach of contract, which will be defined by a phrase known as Default. Anyone with common sense and clear vision will understand that credit facility, in the right sense of it, is industries playbook to exploit consumers. At the start, everything will seem perfect like a great bargain, but in the long run, one will come to realise it is all nothing but exploitation. Wise man used to tell me, son, to stay debt-free and have a healthy stress free life, avoid hire purchases.


    2. Depreciation in Market Value

Unlike buying properties such as a flat/house, mobile phones don't appreciate and lack second-hand value, which means you cannot get the original purchased price back if you decide to sell it as used in the future. With that in mind, it is always reasonably crucial to buy it at a standard price without being subject to any premium or extra interest associated with contract phones. Moreover, the lack of second-hand value for mobile phone sparks a genuine and logical question about the rationale behind the acquisitions of contract phones.

 

For instance, let's assume a contracted phone cost £60 per month with unlimited data and calls, and you are to pay this over 24 months. You have chosen the high-grade iphone 11 Pro Max as one of the latest and arguably most expensive phone out there, which I will explore further later in this article. As of today's market price, iPhone 11 Pro Max 64GB sells for £1,012.00, so let's do a bit of calculation here.

 

£60 per month multiply by 24 months equals £1,440.00. 

£1440.00 (price for contracted iPhone for 24 months) minus £1, 012.00.00 (price for non-contracted iPhone) equals £428.00

 

As you can see in the above illustration, the difference in price between the contract phone and non-contract phone over 24 months is £428.00. Again, critics will argue such calculation seems vague because we did not factor in the cost of unlimited data and calls that usually come with a contract phone. However, based on personal experience and professional observations as a phone dealer, I can categorically confirm that getting a SIM Only contract with unlimited data and calls is more logical and practical, which debunks any other critics excuses or claims. Moreover, another fundamental factor to consider, iPhone or not, the phone would have dramatically reduced by almost 50% in market value before the actual contract ends. Well, I don't know about you, but I feel like kicking myself whenever I experience abrupt extortion.

 

   3. Spike in Monthly Payment - Unintended Consequences:

If you are a constant contract phone user, you would have noticed the unprecedented increase in your monthly bill at a point in time. Each time you complain about this to your service provider, you were told to read the contract that comes with your phone. The service provider will refer you back to this tiny written legally binding document that you probably didn't read when you purchased the phone. You will see this contract clearly outlined the possibility of an increase in price within the duration of your contract. As such, you will have no other claim or option than to keep paying the bill or default, which could potentially damage your credit rating. Ironically, a typical example of common conundrum most contract phone users often experienced, which I consider institutional exploitation.

Reflecting on the above arguments, it is easy to conclude that buying non-contract phones seems logical, practical, and far more economical compared to contract phones. Now let's explore alternative cheaper, yet high-quality phones vs overrated so-called high-grade phones sold for thousands.

 

Alternative cheaper, yet high-quality phones:

Buying overrated so-called high-grade phones sold for thousands instead of alternative relatively cheap high-quality phones is something many of us often overlooked. Again, due to commodity fetishism and lack of contentment, there is this perception amongst folks that high-quality mobile phones come at a high price to match. Besides, most consumers are so brainwashed to a level that they become attached to a particular brand name such as an iPhone and often go out of their ways or break the bank to buy it without considering alternatives. 

 

As a mobile phone dealer with years of experience selling high-quality phones, I can unquestionably tell you that there are so many alternative android phones with the same functionality and quality as the house old branded names. As a matter of fact, some of these phones even have better quality in terms of camera resolution than the household overrated branded ones.

Although, some critics will again potentially argue that because most of these alternative androids are made in China, the quality is questionable. However, as we may all know, most of these so-called expensive high-grade phones are also manufactured in China and its imminent regions due to cheap labour that comes with it, which unequivocally debunks the sentiment about made in china criticism. You can validate my claims by checking the origin of your current device. Most consumer electronics we buy today at high value and well-known branded names, including laptops, are made in China.


The only conclusion I can come up with as a mobile phone dealer with unlimited access to test the quality and durability of these alternative android phones is that people wasting thousands on overrated branded phones should consider giving some to charity. Such ontology may sound sarcastic, but in reality, if you have other important commitments and on a budget, why would you buy a phone for thousands when there are alternatives, cheaper, yet great in functionality? I think the answer is obvious, however, to make it more explicit and consolidates my rhetoric, let's draw on three caparisons from my current stocks.

 

iPhone 11 pro max 64GB vs Huawei P 30 Pro 64GB

 

iPhone 11 Pro Max 64GB 4GB RAM - Price: GBP 1,012.00

iPhone 11 Pro Max

When it comes to high-grade mobile phone features, people tend to look at the camera capability as one of the indicators to identify one. Indeed, the new Apple iPhone 11 Pro, launched 2019 September, shoot amazing videos and photos with the Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto cameras. features 5.8 inches, 84.4 cm2 (~82.1% screen-to-body ratio). Super Retina XDR OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours with Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating. Come with Operating System:OS: iOS 13 Chipset: Apple A13 Bionic CPU: Hexa-core (2x2.65 GHz Lightning + 4x1.8 GHz Thunder). GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics). Grasp your best low-light photos with Night mode and allow you to watch HDR films and programmes on the Super Retina XDR display — the most vivid iPhone performance yet.

 

You will experience an unparalleled performance with A13 Bionic for gaming augmented reality (AR) and photography and enjoy everlasting battery life and distinct water resistance. This iPhone comes in a wide range of spec and it is robust enough to be called Pro.

 

Huawei P30 Pro 128GB 6GB RAM - Price: GBP 695.00

Huawei P30 Pro standard mobile phone, launched 2019, March, is a fantastic phone built for a seamless mobile experience. This Amazing Huawei P30 Pro features a 6.1-inch screen, Tripple ultra high definition lens, powerful AI recognition technology, a slim 3D curved glass design crafted for easy grip and one-handed use. Features Sensors: Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, colour spectrum. Come with Operating System: Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9.1 with a HiSilicon Kirin 980 Chipset. CPU: Octa-core (2x2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2x1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55). Available in three colours, including an eye-catching iridescent gradient colour finish. 

iPhone 11 Pro Max 64GB 4GB RAM  Huawei P30 Pro 128GB 6GB RAM
Price

 £1,012.00

Price  £695.00
Body:

Dimensions: 144 x 71.4 x 8.1 mm

Weight: 188 g 

Build: Front/back glass & stainless steel frame

SIM: Nano-SIM and/or Electronic SIM card

 IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 4m for 30 mins)

Body:

Dimensions: 144 x

Dimension: 149.1 x 71.4 x 7.6 mm

Weight: 165 g

SIM: Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) IP53 dust and splash protection

Display:

Type: Super Retina XDR OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours

Size: 5.8 inches, 84.4 cm2 (~82.1% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution: 1125 x 2436 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~458 ppi density)

Multitouch: Yes

Protection: Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating

Display:

Type: OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours

Size: 6.1 inches, 91.3 cm2 (~85.8% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~422 ppi density) HDR10, DCI-P3

Platform:

OS: iOS 13

Chipset: Apple A13 Bionic

CPU: Hexa-core (2x2.65 GHz Lightning + 4x1.8 GHz Thunder)

GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)

Platform:

 

OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9.1

Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 980

CPU: Octa-core (2x2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2x1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)

GPU: Mali-G76 MP10

Memory:

Internal: 64 GB, 4 GB RAM

Memory:

Internal:128 GB, 8 GB RAM

 

 Sound:

Alert types: Vibration, proprietary ringtones

Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack: No 

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Sound:

Loudspeaker: Yes

3.5mm jack: Yes 

32-bit/384kHz audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Dolby Atmos sound

Comms:

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, hotspot

Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE

GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS

NFC: Yes

Radio: No

USB: 2.0, proprietary reversible connector

Comms:

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE

GPS: Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS

NFC: Yes

Radio: No

USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Features:

Sensors: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Siri natural language commands and dictation

Messaging: iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

Browser: HTML5 (Safari)

Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min, Qi wireless charging, Siri natural language commands and dictation, iCloud cloud service, MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player, MP4/H.265 player, Audio/video/photo editor, Document editor

Features: Sensors: Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, colour spectrum
Battery:

Non-removable Li-Ion 3190 mAh battery

Charging: Fast battery charging 18W: 50% in 30 min 

Talk time: Up to 18 h (multimedia) Music play: Up to 65 h

Battery:

Non-removable Li-Po 3650 mAh battery

Charging: Fast battery charging 22.5W
Main Camera:

 

Tripple: 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), PDAF, OIS

 

Features: Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video: 2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.
Main Camera:

Tripple: 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), PDAF/Laser AF, 16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide), PDAF/Laser AF, 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 3x optical zoom, PDAF/Laser AF, OIS

Features: Leica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR

Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps

Selfie camera:

Dual: 12 MP, f/2.2

Features: HDRVideo: 1080p@60fps

Selfie camera:

 

Single: 32 MP, f/2.0, (wide)

Features: HDR

Video: 1080p@30fps

 

Analyses:

Reading the features of both high-grade phones above, one can easily recognise their similarities and differences.

iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with Operating system IOS 13, which is the best OS associated with apple phones. The Huawei P30 Pro comes with the legendary Android 9.0 (Pie) top of the range for android phones. 

 

iPhone size is 5.8 inches and Huawei P30 Pro comes with 6.1 inches.

 

Comparing the two phones yourself using the table provided, you will see a lot of similarities, even better configurations for Huawei p30 Pro and yet cheaper than the Overrated one by almost 50%.

One more important thing to take note of is the memory capacity of both phones, we used iPhone 11 pro max 64GB VS Huawei P30 Pro 128GB in this comparison and you can see the massive difference in memory and price. It is obvious to see how much you can save and still get good value for your money if you buy the Huawei P30 pro. I recommend Huawei P30 Pro, however, as mentioned earlier, your choice depends on your preferences and budget.

 

Apple iPhone XR Dual eSIM 64GB 4GB RAM VS Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro Dual SIM 128GB 8GB RAM

 

iPhone XR 64GB 3GB RAM - Price: GBP 749.00 GBP

 

iPhone XR comes in All-new Liquid Retina display — the most advanced LCD in the industry. Even faster Face ID. The smartest, most powerful chip in a smartphone and a breakthrough camera system. iPhone XR is beautiful any way you look at it. The new display on iPhone XR is the most advanced LCD in the industry. An innovative backlight design allows the screen to stretch into the corners. So you see true-to-life colour from one beautiful edge to the other. Launched in 2018 October, built with Front/back glass, aluminium frame (7000 series). Features: Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours. Size: 6.1 inches, 90.3 cm2 (~79.0% screen-to-body ratio). System: OS: iOS 12, Chipset: Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm), CPU: Hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest), GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics).

 

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro 128GB 8GB RAM GBP 550.00

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro is the latest flagship model with the cutting edge of mobile gaming. Sporting the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC CPU together with the Adreno 640 GPU that pushes the envelope of smooth-high graphical fidelity gameplay on a mobile device. Together with fantastic features such as 'The World's Lowest Latency Touch Screen', registering every minute finger movement will boost accurate targeting and movement of your game character or vehicle, helping you score maximum DPS. All this while having a great FPS. Every Black Shark device now comes with the Shark Space which is a Game Hub application that can help optimize game performance through accessible hardware toggles and tweaks that can help to clear your RAM of non-gaming essential data and providing a focused one-stop space for your games. Launched 2019 March, built with Front glass, aluminium body. Features: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, Size: 6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~81.7% screen-to-body ratio). Operating system: OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)

Chipset: Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855, CPU: Octa-core (1x2.96 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485), GPU: Adreno 640 (700 MHz). Main Camera: Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama, Video: 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@1920fps, Dual: 48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF 12 MP, f/2.2, (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom.

 

 iPhone XR 64GB 3GB RAM          Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro 128GB 8GB RAM
 Body:

Dimensions:150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm

Weight: 194 g

Build: Front/back glass, aluminum frame (7000 series)

SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM and e-SIM) IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins), Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)

Body: Dimensions: 163.6 x 75 x 8.8 mm. Weight: 205 gBuild: Front glass, aluminium body. SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display: Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsSize: 6.1 inches, 90.3 cm2 (~79.0% screen-to-body ratio). Resolution: 828 x 1792 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~326 ppi density). Multitouch: Yes. Protection: Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating True-tone display, Wide colour gamut display, 120 Hz touch-sensing Display:
Type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours.
Size: 6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~81.7% screen-to-body ratio)
DCI-P3 100% Always-on display 240 Hz touch-sensing.
 Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
Memory: Internal: 64 GB, 3 GB RAM Memory: Internal: 128 GB, 8 GB RAM
Platform: OS: iOS 12Chipset: Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm)CPU: Hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest)GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics) Platform: OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)Chipset: Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855CPU: Octa-core (1x2.96 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485)GPU: Adreno 640 (700 MHz)
Sound:

Alert types: Vibration, proprietary

ringtones Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack: No

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Sound:
Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack: No
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Comms:

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot

Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
NFC: Yes
Radio: No
USB: 2.0, proprietary reversible connector
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotBluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LEGPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDSRadio: NoUSB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Features:

Sensors: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Messaging: iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

Browser: HTML5 (Safari) Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min, Qi wireless charging, Siri natural language commands and dictation, iCloud cloud service, MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player, MP4/H.265 player, Audio/video/photo editor, Document editor

Features:
Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Battery:

 

Non-removable Li-Ion 2942 mAh battery

Talk time: Up to 25 h (3G)Music play:Up to 65 h

Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh batteryCharging: Fast battery charging 27W
Main Camera: Single: 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), OIS, PDAFFeatures: Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama)Video: 2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec. Main Camera: Features: LED flash, HDR, panoramaVideo: 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@1920fpsDual: 48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF 12 MP, f/2.2, (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom
Selfie camera:

Single: 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm (standard)

Features: HDR

Video: 1080p@60fps

Selfie camera: Single: 20 MP, f/2.0Video: 1080p@30fpsFeatures: HDR

 

Analyses:

Reading the features of both high-grade phones above, one can easily recognise their similarities and differences.

Again, comparing the two phones yourself using the table provided, you will see a lot of similarities, even better configurations for Xiaomi Black shark 2 Pro and yet cheaper than the Overrated one by far.

 

Again, one more important thing to take note of is the memory capacity of both phones, we used iPhone XR 64GB 3GB RAM VS Xiaomi Black Shark 2 128GB 8GB RAM in this comparison and you can see the massive difference in memory and price. It is obvious to see how much you can save and still get good value for your money if you buy the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro. Besides, the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro is a very rugged phone built for smooth-high graphical fidelity gameplay on a mobile device. I recommend Xiaomi Black shark 2 Pro, however, as mentioned earlier, your choice depends on your preferences and budget.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Dual SIM 128GB 6GB RAM VS Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Dual SIM 128GB 6GB RAM Gray

 

Samsung Note 9 128GB 6GB RAM - Price: GBP 595.00

Go big with the galaxy note 9 6. 3 inches screen claims Samsung. The phone is assumed to be the largest ever screen on a Note device and still fits easily in your hand. S pen the s pen. A whole new way to communicate. Use the s pen to express yourself in ways that make a difference. Draw your emojis to show how you feel or write a message on a photo and send it as a handwritten note. Do things that matter with the s pen. Camera photos, clear and steady even in low light get crisp photos even when it's dark and difficult to keep your phone steady. The galaxy note 9 dual camera has wide-angle cameras with the great low-light capabilities that you've come to expect from Galaxy phones, while the telephoto camera gives you 2x optical zoom for you to capture the near and far. Launched 2018, August, built with Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminium frame. Features: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, Size: 6.4 inches, 103.2 cm2 (~83.4% screen-to-body ratio). Operating system: OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)

Chipset: Exynos 9810 Octa, CPU: Octa-core (4x2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55), GPU: Mali-G72 MP18. 

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 128GB 6GB RAM - Price: GBP 295.00

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 6.53-inch (NOTE: SLIGHTLY BIGGER than Samsung note 9 above), touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080x2340 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by octa-core MediaTek Helio G90T processor. It comes with 6GB of RAM and runs on Android 9 Pie powered by a 4,500mAh non-removable battery. The Redmi Note 8 Pro supports fast charging and as far as the cameras are concerned, the Redmi Note 8 Pro on the rear packs a 48-megapixel primary camera; a second 8-megapixel camera; a third 2-megapixel camera and a fourth 2-megapixel camera. The rear camera setup has autofocus. It has a massive 20-megapixel camera on the front for selfies. What else are you looking for in a phone? I bet you couldn't ask for more. Features: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours. Operating system: Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10, Size: 6.53 inches, 104.7 cm2 (~84.9% screen-to-body ratio), Chipset: Mediatek Helio G90T (12nm), CPU: Octa-core (2x Cortex-A76 & 6x Cortex-A55), GPU: Mali-G76MC4.

 Samsung Note 9 128GB 6GB RAM Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 128GB 6GB RAM
 Body:
Dimensions: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm (6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 in)

Weight: 201 g (7.09 oz)

Build: Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame

SIM: Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified), IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins), Stylus (Bluetooth integration)

Body:

Dimensions: 158.3 x 75.3 x 8.4 mm

Weight: 190 g

Build: Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5)

 

SIM: Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display:
Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours

Size: 6.4 inches, 103.2 cm2 (~83.4% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~516 ppi density)

Multitouch: Yes

Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5

HDR10 compliant, Always-on display
Display:
Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours

Size: 6.53 inches, 104.7 cm2 (~84.9% screen-to-body ratio)
 

Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)


 Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
500 nits HDR

Memory:
Card slot: microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal: 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Memory:

Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB (uses shared SIM slot)

 Internal: 128GB 6GB RAM, UFS2.1

Platform:
OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)

Chipset: Exynos 9810 Octa
 

CPU: Octa-core (4x2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)


GPU: Mali-G72 MP18


Platform:

OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10 

Chipset: Mediatek Helio G90T (12nm)

GPU: Mali-G76MC4

CPU: Octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)

Sound:
Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack: Yes

     32-bit/384kHz audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Sound:
Alert Type: Vibration; ringtones.
Loudspeaker: Yes
3.5mm jack: Yes
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Comms:
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX

GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

NFC: Yes

Radio: No

USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Comms:

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot 

Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE 

NFC: Yes 

Infrared port: Yes 

Radio: FM radio; recording 

USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Features:

Sensors: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Messaging: iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

Browser: HTML5 (Safari) Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min, Qi wireless charging, Siri natural language commands and dictation, iCloud cloud service, MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player, MP4/H.265 player, Audio/video/photo editor, Document editor

Features:
Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Battery:

 

Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery

Battery:

Non-removable Li-Po 4500 mAh battery 

Charging: Fast battery charging 18W

Main Camera:
Dual:12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
Features: LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama

Video: 2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec.

Main Camera:

Four Main Cameras:

48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF

8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4", 1.12µm

2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5", 1.75µm (dedicated macro camera)

2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5", 1.75µm, depth sensor

Selfie camera:
Single: 8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm, AF

Features: Dual video call, Auto-HDR

Video: 1440p@30fps

Selfie camera:

Single: 20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9 

Features: Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama

Video: 1080p@30fps

Analyses:

 

Reading the features of both high-grade phones above, one can easily recognise their similarities and differences.

Samsung Note 9 comes with Operating system Android 8.1 (Oreo) which is relatively one of the best OS associated with androids. The Xiaomi Note 8 Pro comes with the legendary Android 9.0 (Pie) top of the range for android phones even better than Samsung Note 9 OS. 

 

Samsung Note 9 size is 6.3 inches and Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with 6.53 inches.

Memory capacity of both phones are the same.

 

Comparing the two phones yourself using the table provided, you will see a lot of similarities, even better configurations for Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro and yet cheaper than the Overrated one by almost 50%.

 

In terms of the camera for both phones, you can see the difference. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with 4 main cameras 48 MP, 8 MP, 2 MP, 2 MP and 20 megapixels solid selfie camera. I have to say, I have used Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro camera myself, it is mouthwatering and couldn't ask for more. However, Samsung Note 9 comes with Double 12 MP main camera and 8 MP selfie camera.

 

One more important thing to take note of is the memory capacity of both phones, we used Samsung Note 9 128GB VS Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 128GB in this comparison and you can see the proximity similarity in memory and massive difference in price. It is obvious to see how much you can save and still get good value for your money if you buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 pro. I recommend Xiaomi Mi Note 8 Pro, however, as mentioned earlier, your choice depends on your preferences and budget.

Conclusion:

As you can see, my analyses above demonstrate that price and brand name doesn't count when it comes to high-grade phones. Attachment to a particular brand instead of exploring the alternative out there might constitute or be considered a potential ignorance. I hope this piece of article will enlighten potential readers about the possible untapped, great alternative affordable phones out there, and help you make a more informed decision going forward.

 

 

 

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