The much-awaited Redmi Note 8 (first impressions) and Redmi Note 8 Pro (first impressions) have finally been launched in India. The smaller model in the series features powerful specifications and while it is a competitive device, the phone has tough competition to deal with. Launched way back in August, the Realme 5 (review) is capable of going head-to-head with the latest Xiaomi offering. So which one is right for you? Let’s compare the two beasts priced under Rs 10,000 in detail.
Redmi Note 8 vs Realme 5: prices compared
Xiaomi is known for its competitive pricing, and the latest Redmi phone is another example of that. The 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage variant of the device is priced at Rs 9,999, while the 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage variant costs Rs 12,999. The Realme 5, on the other hand, comes in three variants – 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 4GB RAM + 128GB storage. They are priced at Rs 8,999, Rs 9,999 and Rs 10,999, respectively during the sale season. While Xiaomi’s device costs more for the topvariant, it also offers 6GB of RAM which is not available on the Realme 5.
Redmi Note 8 vs Realme 5: specifications and features compared
Now that we’ve taken a look at price, let’s see how the Redmi Note 8 and Realme 5 are differentiated on the basis of features and specifications.
In terms of design, the Redmi Note 8 sports a glass back panel with Gorilla Glass protection, and a vertically aligned quad-camera setup on the left. The fingerprint sensor resides at the centre of the rear panel, while the volume and power buttons are situated on the left. A USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack and the speaker grill are placed on the bottom. The phone has noticeable bezels on all sides and prominent Redmi branding on the chin. In this price range, Redmi Note 8 looks elegant and capable.
The Realme 5 on the other hand makes use of a polycarbonate construction, but retains a premium look thanks to its diamond-cut pattern. The quad-cameras are placed on the left with a fingerprint sensor at the centre. The power button resides on the right while the volume buttons are placed on the left. The speaker grill, micro USB port and audio jack are situated at the bottom end of the phone. In the design department, the Redmi Note 8 has the upper hand, thanks to its glass sandwich design and the presence of a USB Type-C port.
The Redmi Note 8 comes equipped with a 6.3-inch full HD+ panel (1,080 x 2,280 pixels) and a dewdrop notch on the top. The phone’s selfie camera sits inside the notch while the aspect ratio of its display is 19.5:9. Features like dark mode, contrast adjustment, colour adjustment and reading mode are also included in the package.
Realme 5 sports a bigger 6.5-inch HD+ display (700 x 1,600 pixels) with a waterdrop notch on the top. The screen-to-body ratio of the device is 82.07 percent. Although its bezels are less evident than that of the Redmi offering, the Realme 5 lacks an FHD+ panel. In this area then, Redmi Note 8 wins the competition as well.
Performance-wise, Redmi Note 8 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor. This is further supported by 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB storage, respectively.
Realme 5 comes with the same processor and a greater number of variants. It offers a choice of 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB/128GB of internal storage. With similar processors and variants, both devices are on par when it comes to performance. While the Redmi Note 8 does come with a higher 6GB RAM option, the Realme 5 offers greater choice.
Redmi Note 8 is the first 48MP quad-camera phone in this price range. The setup features a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. Features like HDR, AI scene detection, 48MP mode, portrait mode and night mode are also available. For selfies and video calling, the phone features a 13MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.
The Realme 5 also boasts of a quad-camera setup on the back. Its configuration includes a 12MP f/1.8 primary sensor accompanied by an 8MP wide-angle lens, a 2MP ultra macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, we get a 13MP selfie camera as well. HDR, Chroma Boost, nightscape mode, AI beautification, portrait mode and screen flash are the available features of the camera setup.
The Xiaomi offering has an upper hand here thanks to its 48MP primary sensor, but Realme 5 is no slouch in this department either.
Battery and OS
The Redmi Note 8 relies on a 4,000mAh battery with support for 18W Fast Charging and USB Type-C. The charger is also included in the box, so users won’t have to spend extra for fast charging. The phone runs Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10.3 on top.
The Realme 5, on the other hand, houses a bigger 5,000mAh unit but comes with a micro-USB port and no fast charging support. The phone runs Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6 on top. While the Realme 5 should offer better battery life than the Redmi Note 8, the lack of a Type-C port and fast charging is a disappointment.
When you look at the overall specifications, the Redmi Note 8 comes out as the winner thanks to its full HD+ display, 48MP primary camera, fast charging and a Type-C port. The Realme 5 loses out in these aspects, but comes with a larger battery and a more affordable price tag. If you’re looking for a future-proof device, the Redmi Note 8 should be your pick, but if you’re constrained by budget, the Realme 5 will do an excellent job too.