Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy J8 is a significantly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend!

Samsung Galaxy J8  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Samsung Galaxy J8 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
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Excellence Score
38.4
32.3
Value for Money Score
70.1
83.1
Price ₹ 16,990 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2018 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1480 pixels (~ 274 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #54 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (16MP + 5MP), 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 5MP: F/1.9 Aperture F/2.2 Aperture, 1.25 um Pixel Size, 5P Lens, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Low light enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features LED Flash, F/1.9 Aperture LED Flash, Beautify 3.0, Selfie countdown, Face recognition, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.2 mm 8.05 mm
Weight 177 gm 180 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 408 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A Music Playback Time: 165 hrs, Video Playback Time: 15 hrs, Gaming Time: 9 hours
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; ANT+ Support USB On-The-Go; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Decent design and build quality (though it's plastic - would have been nice to see a metal or glass design)
  • Has a new, modern 'infinity edge' 18:9 AMOLED display, that stretches from edge-to-edge, and makes the device easy to use with one hand
  • The Samsung Experience UI skin on top of Android is a pretty decent skin and packs a lot of features - there’s Bixby, Face Recognition, which works fine and there are features like themes, game launcher, Samsung Pay mini, Samsung Cloud, games launcher, one handed mode and more
  • Decent dual camera setup on the rear - especially in proper lighting conditions, the camera takes good images, and low-light performance is not too bad either
  • Decent front camera too - captures generally good images with natural colors
  • Good call quality, with good noise cancellation
  • Dolby Atmos surround sound
  • Very good battery life - the big 3500 mAh battery, combined with the low power Snapdragon 450 processor and a 720p HD+ display gives you a recipe for some very good battery life - the phone comfortably lasts a whole day and if you use it judiciously, you can even make it last for two days
  • Nice design (although it's largely recycled from the Redmi Note 4) - with a polished and minimalist feel - and good build quality
  • Good, fast fingerprint sensor
  • One of the major improvements over its predecessor is the modern bright, tall, 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 display, with minimal bezels - bringing the Redmi Note series on par with the current display trend
  • Apart from the form factor of the display, it is otherwise pretty good too - in terms of brightness levels, sunlight legibility, customisable color modes, and a nifty reading mode (that puts a monochrome tint over the display much like an e-ink panel)
  • The MIUI interface over Android is snappy, minimalistic and packed with nifty features - the MIUI 9 brings in a bunch of optimisations including the newer F2FS file storage format, real-time defragmentation and dynamic resource allocation, among other things - the nifty ‘Quick Ball’ offers another way to navigate the phone while ‘Dual Instance’ allows two accounts of the same app to run on the phone
  • Good speed/performance, based on the same hardware as the Redmi Note 4 - feels snappy to use - apps don’t take much time to load and games run just fine with minimal stutters
  • The other (small) improvement over its predecessor is in terms of a slightly better camera - the combination of the larger pixel size and lower aperture allows more light to fit into individual pixels with lesser spillage - the results are slightly better detail reproduction, improved dynamic range and deeper contrasts - the camera on the Redmi Note 5 is also high on contrasts, and this helps with indoor shots too
  • The camera app also has a good bunch of filters
  • Overall, the rear camera is pretty good (though not the absolute best in this price bracket)
  • Decent selfie camera too
  • Also continues the stellar battery life performance of its predecessor, with the same 4, 000mAh battery - the battery life lasts way over a day and then some - if you need a phone that lasts really long, this is without a doubt the phone to get
  • Decent (though not exceptional) charging speed - takes about 2 hours to charge fully
  • On the whole, the Redmi Note 5 is a solid upgrade over its super popular predecessor - if there’s any company that knows how to strike a balance between performance, imaging and battery life, it has to be Xiaomi and the Redmi Note 5 is one of the best example of the fact
  • When pitched against the competition, the phone wins particularly in terms of battery life and the display quality - the camera quality is also good, although it may not be at par with what the Honor 7X or the Moto G5 Plus has, but it’s enough to get appreciated on social media, and that’s mostly what people want
  • Overall, if you're looking for a no-nonsense device that offers the right mix of battery life and performance, you can't go wrong with the Redmi Note 5
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No ambient light sensor, which is a big miss at this price point
  • Fingerprint & face recognition is on the slow side
  • While the display is pretty decent, it could have had better resolution
  • The display also has significant bezels, whereas a lot of modern phones with tall displays these days have very little bezels
  • Also lacks a notification LED
  • Average performance considering the price bracket, thanks to the budget Snapdragon 450 at the core, which is these days more commonly seen in phones under Rs 10k - while day to day performance is alright, but push the phone a bit and it will start to stutter - moreover, the Samsung Experience 9.0 has a ton of unnecessary and sluggish animations, that don't help
  • The dual rear camera setup is decent, but the portrait mode is pretty mediocre, with very ordinary edge detection - the blurring feels mostly unnatural
  • The speaker is both oddly placed (on the right side of the phone) and tiny and cracks at higher volume
  • No fast charging support
  • No compass
  • Uses the old micro-USB standard instead of a modern USB Type-C port
  • On the whole, the Samsung Galaxy J8 is hard to recommend - the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro and ZenFone Max Pro bring faster processors, better displays and more premium designs, and now with the Poco F1 around the block, the J8 is an even harder sell
  • Recycled design - continues the same design language as the Redmi Note 4
  • MIUI is one of the better Android UIs but there is still some unnecessary bloat - for instance, there are also two apps for the same thing — Music, Gallery, Browser, etc. which takes up precious storage and cannot be deleted
  • Still continues with the old micro-USB port instead of a USB-Type C which is quickly becoming the modern standard
  • Unlike when the Redmi Note 4 was launched, there are now other phones in this price bracket that can offer pretty solid competition to the Redmi Note 5 - the likes of Honor 9 Lite for instance - it comes with a similar 18:9 display, front and back glass design, dual cameras at the front and back that let you add DLSR-like bokeh effects to your selfies, and ships with Android Oreo out-of-the-box
Expert Reviews
  1. Hard to justify the cost
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Performance is its only serious drawback
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good performer beaten by the competition
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Skip this and look at Mi A2, Honor Play, or Poco F1
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. Redmi Note 5 takes a solid foundation and improves on it, giving Xiaomi another good all-rounder
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If there’s any company that knows how to strike a balance between performance, imaging and battery life, it has to be Xiaomi and the Redmi Note 5 is one of the best example of the fact
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Overall, if you’ve been using the Note 3, then the upgrade to the Note 5 will be completely worth it
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
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