Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Infinix S5, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Infinix S5  Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Infinix S5 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
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Excellence Score
29.0
33.3
Value for Money Score
80.4
84.8
Price ₹ 8,999 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2019 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.6 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 266 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass, TÜV Rheinland Certified
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #61 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 5MP + 2MP + Low Light Sensor 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture; PDAF, 5MP: 114-Degree Wide Lens; Super Macro Lens (2.5cm Focus), 2MP: Depth Sensor, Low Light Sensor, Auto Scene Detection, AR Animoji, Custom Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Beauty, Panorama 48MP: F/1.79 Aperture; Sony IMX 586 Sensor; 6P Lens; PDAF; EIS, 8MP: 120° Ultra-wide Angle lens; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: 2cm Macro; 1.75um Pixel Size; F/2.4 Aperture, Night Mode
Secondary Camera 32MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.6um Pixel Size, Screen Flash, AR Animoji, AI Portrait, AI 3D Face Beauty, Wide Selfie F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mm 8.35 mm
Weight 178 gm 188 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby 744 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Audio Playback Time (Speakers): 32 hrs, Audio Playback Time (Headset): 111 hrs, Video Playback Time: 14.7 hrs, Web Surfing: 13.4 hrs, Gaming: 11 hrs, 4G Talk-time: 18.8 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The front has a trendy punch-hole camera design (for the first time in this price bracket), giving it an excellent 90.5% screen-to-body ratio
  • The back of the device is made up of reflective polycarbonate, and it sports what the company calls ‘Crystal Feather’ pattern design - it looks striking and stylish - and has a rich hand-feel
  • Reasonably light-weight
  • Both the rear fingerprint sensor, and the face unlock, work well
  • Large 6.6-inch, 20:9 aspect ratio, immersive display - ideally suited to watch videos
  • The display quality is also quite decent for this price bracket - you get good brightness, good sunlight legibility, and vibrant colors
  • Infinix's custom XOS UI has some useful features like bike mode, one-hand support, game mode, do-not disturb, eye-care and book reading mode
  • Pretty good performance with the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC under the hood (similar to Snapdragon 625) - day-to-day performance is smooth, and so is casual gaming - you can even run games like PUBG in low-graphics settings
  • Decent, versatile quad camera setup at the rear: 16-megapixel primary sensor, a 5-megapixel wide (and Super macro) lens, a depth sensor, and a low light sensor
  • The smartphone’s primary camera clicks decent pictures in daylight conditions
  • In bokeh mode, the camera detects human faces well
  • The 32-megapixel selfie camera too takes fairly good selfies in good light conditions
  • Good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - will give you about 1.5 days of usage on moderate use
  • Overall, the S5 continues Infinix's track record of good-specs-for-the-money launches, and is a decent option to consider if you are looking for a trendy hole-punch design - although as all-round good phones, the alternatives from Xiaomi and Realme are better options
  • Attractive, well-built, modern looking design, similar to the Redmi 8/8A, especially from the front (thought it's not quite as slick as the Redmi Note 8 Pro)
  • Good looking mirrored gradient finish at the back
  • Decent ergonomics - reaching all corners with one thumb isn't too difficult
  • Fingerprint and face recognition are both quick
  • Good Full-HD+ 6.3 inches screen - it's crisp and bright
  • MIUI is one of the more refined, smooth, and feature-rich custom Android UIs around
  • Good, solid performance powered by the Snapdragon 665 - day-to-day use and gameplay are both smooth
  • Very good overall camera performance, for the price bracket (easily one of the best at this price)
  • The rear setup includes a quad-camera setup (very similar to the Realme 5) - a 48-megapixel primary camera + 8-megapixel wide-angle camera + 2-megapixel macro camera + 2-megapixel depth sensor
  • The primary 48-megapixel camera on the Redmi Note 8 gives crisp, bright shots with very good detail - especially, close ups came out looking great
  • Portrait mode is very good, as well
  • Decent 13MP selfie camera, especially during daylight
  • Xiaomi has done a good job with the single speaker - voices in audio/music came out crisp and distinct
  • Good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • 18W fast charging support (and an 18W charger is included) - the phones goes from zero to 37 percent in half an hour, and 81 percent in one hour
  • The Redmi Note 8 is another good budget choice from Xiaomi - you get enough power for everyday tasks, a strong battery, and a crisp screen - the cameras are also good in favourable conditions - the overall package is excellent value
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor - so you will need to adjust brightness manually
  • Like a lot of custom UIs, it does pack plenty of bloatware (though most of it thankfully can be uninstalled), and is not quite as simple and clean as stock Android
  • Macro mode and wide-angle shots offer interesting framing options, but the overall image quality is ordinary
  • Low light performance is average
  • Overall, while the 'quad camera' claim is catchy, but in terms of real-world performance the camera setup is only ok for the price bracket
  • The chin is on the thick side, and includes the Redmi brand logo
  • Significant camera bump
  • Like all glossy backs, it would be a challenge to keep this finish free of smudges and fingerprints (thankfully there is a cover that's included in the box)
  • The volume buttons are a bit high, and not super easy to reach
  • It continues to pack a lot of preloaded bloatware though, and spammy notifications and ads (which can be disabled, but it's not the simplest process)
  • Gaming performance is not as good as 2 key competitors however - the Realme 5 and Vivo U10 (that pack the same processor), due to the higher resolution display, which puts more strain on the GPU
  • The wide-angle and macro cameras, while giving you some interesting framing options, are average in quality
  • Low light performance is average, as expected
Expert Reviews
  1. For its price, the smartphone offers a lot that will keep buyers happy
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  2. A good pick in this price range...especially good for watching movies
    financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Best camera, display under 9K
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. The overall package looks hard to beat in terms of value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you want a value for money device then Redmi Note 8 should be in your shopping cart
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Note 8 is still an easy phone to recommend, but it is no longer the only great option in the hot budget mid-range segment
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The budget king from Xiaomi...great value for money
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 is the phone to go for budget buyers as it comes with decent features and an excellent primary camera
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Great budget buy with excellent camera
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Best phone below Rs 10,000. Period.
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 is the phone to go for budget buyers as it comes with decent features and an excellent primary camera
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Definitely the best phone you could get under INR 10,000
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Excellent value for money...ticks all the right boxes
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
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