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Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy A8 – Xiaomi’s Phablet up Against Samsung’s VFM

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Apart from having high-end models like the Samsung Galaxy S6, the South Korean company also provides a lot of value for money offerings like the Galaxy A8.

However, even then there is enough space for the likes of the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro to provide better features at a competitive price.

Display

The standout aspect of the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is undoubtedly the 5.7-inch touch screen display, which puts this phone in the league of the Galaxy Note 4 in terms of sheer size. This is not just a large phone in terms of display size, it is a large phone, period. Ironically, the Galaxy A8 also comes with a similarly equipped display but with the added advantage of being slightly more compact than the Mi Note Pro. The Mi Note Pro has already won rave reviews for being fragile despite its screen size, but the use of ultra-thin bezels mean that the Galaxy A8 is even smaller.

Design

Further, the Samsung product is also substantially thinner at just 5.9 mm. The device manages to become overwhelmingly thinner than some of the high-end devices like the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6. Compared with this statistic, the Mi Note Pro might sound on the thicker side at 7 mm. This figure would be perfectly good on a stand-alone basis, but it loses out badly in competition with the Galaxy A8.

Both phones are provided with decent technology on their displays. Samsung continues with the tried and tested Super AMOLED technology while the Mi Note Pro goes for the IPS panels like several other mid-range to high-end phones.

Camera Features

The camera is slightly superior on the Galaxy A8 since it uses a lot of the parts from its higher-end cousins. In fact, the 16-megapixel sensor is similar in many regards, and it is only different from the likes of the Galaxy S6 in terms of features. Options like 4K video recording are unavailable on the Galaxy A8 whereas the Mi Note Pro offers this aspect. In terms of the front camera, both are almost similarly equipped with the Xiaomi bringing a four-megapixel shooter for the fight with the five-megapixel shooter on the Galaxy A8.

Battery

For an extremely large device, it is surprising to see both phones come with only around 3000 mAh of battery capacities. The Galaxy A8 is slightly larger at 3050 mAh with Mi Note Pro offering the smallest. However, it can get away from criticism in this regard due to the fast charging feature, which is increasingly found as a common aspect in today’s high-end phones.

There may be little to separate on the surface, but the Mi Note Pro has an enormous advantage of offering QHD resolution in its display compared to the full HD screen on the Galaxy A8. The prices of the Mi Note Pro hover at around $480 while the Galaxy A8 is priced at around $515.