Our Opinion

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

Infinix S5 Lite  Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Infinix S5 Lite Xiaomi Redmi 8
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Excellence Score
25.4
28.1
Value for Money Score
71.7
83.1
Price ₹ 8,999 onwards ₹ 7,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 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 6.22 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 266 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 270 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, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.95 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #64 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #70 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 Adreno 505
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 2MP + Low Light Sensor 12MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture, 2MP: Depth Sensor, Low Light Sensor, PDAF, Auto Scene Detection, AR Animoji, Google Lens, Custom Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Beauty, Panorama 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.4um Pixel Size, 2MP: Depth Sensor, Dual-PDAF, AI Portrait mode, AI Scene detection
Secondary Camera 16MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, AR Animoji, AI Portrait, AI 3D Face Beauty, Wide Selfie, Screen Flash F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautify 4.0, Portrait mode, HDR, Screen Flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Palm shutter
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 (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 9.4 mmThick
Weight 178 gmMedium 188 gmMedium
Width 76.0 mmOk for one-handed use 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5000 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
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]
  • Just like its elder sibling, the Infinix S5, the Lite model has a trendy punch-hole camera design (cheapest phone with punch-hole camera), with an excellent 90.5% screen-to-body ratio
  • Looks good with a plastic body - the glossy back panel has a glittery finish, unlike the ‘Crystal Feather’ pattern on the Infinix S5
  • 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
  • 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 - but heavier titles struggled to run at their ideal graphics settings
  • Decent, triple camera setup at the rear: 16-megapixel primary sensor, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a low light sensor
  • Primary camera clicks decent pictures in daylight conditions - it delivers almost natural-looking results and the HDR mode makes the shots even better
  • The 16-megapixel front camera produces usable selfies as long as you avoid using the Beauty mode
  • Good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - will give you about 1.5 days of usage on moderate use
  • In recent times, Redmi has adopted some very premium and stylish design aesthetics, and the Redmi 8 continues that trend, with great design and build quality
  • The ruby-red color variant especially looks stunning, and it is astonishing to see how far budget hardware has come
  • The phone also feels premium to the touch
  • The front is sharp and modern, with a dewdrop notch, and very similar to the Redmi 8A
  • The location of the fingerprint scanner at the back is near perfect - and the scanner is very quick as well
  • Decent 6.2-inch IPS display, the same as the one on the Redmi 8A - gets bright enough for outdoor use
  • Packs Gorilla glass 5 protection, which is a big bonus in this price segment
  • MIUI is one of the more refined and smooth Android skins around, and has a lot of customization/theming options - there’s ample features for power users - from gestures to the ability to switch around button layouts as well as a robust home screen customisation experience, you can really make the phone your own
  • Decent day-to-day performance, with the same Snapdragon 439 as the Redmi 8A (it's not really meant for gaming though)
  • Ok camera setup, at this price point
  • Outdoor shots look good enough with Xiaomi’s AI enhancements kicking in to deliver punchy images
  • The dedicated secondary camera enables portrait mode, and edge detection is decent
  • USB-C at an entry-level price deserves kudos
  • Phenomenal battery life with a 5000mAh cell paired with entry-level hardware - you will comfortably get 2 days of use
  • 18W fast-charging support (though a standard 10W brick is included in the box)
  • Overall, the Redmi 8 is another very good budget option from Xiaomi's camp, and along with the Realme C2/3i, will likely dominate the entry-level smartphone segment in India
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • One-handed usage is not very easy - reaching the top edge of the display is quite hard
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor - so you will need to adjust brightness manually
  • While Infinix's custom XOS UI is relatively easy to get around, it does pack a ton of bloatware - some of it can be uninstalled - but there's Palm Store and AHA Games, neither of which can be uninstalled - and they send spammy notifications, that can't be disabled
  • Portraits shots aren't that great - subject detection and background blur could have been better (competing phones like the Redmi 8 are much better)
  • Low light performance is average
  • The supplied 6W charger is on the slower side (compared to the 10W with Infinix S5 and other competitors) - takes over 4 hours to charge the phone completely
  • The Infinix S5 Lite is a decent smartphone, but doesn't stand high among the competitors - for the same price, Redmi 8 offers better camera, larger battery and fast charging - and if you can spend a little more, then Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 and the Realme 5 are solid options
  • Of course the glossy hardware catches on fingerprints (Xiaomi has thankfully tossed in a TPU case in the box, though)
  • Xiaomi has added a Redmi logo on the lower bezel and that feels like a bit of an overkill given there is Redmi already engraved on the back
  • It still continues to pack a lot of bloat though - you get 20-something pre-installed applications with wide-ranging requirements for user permissions
  • Limited dynamic range - the camera has a tendency to blow out highlights
  • Despite support for dual-pixel autofocus, the camera often hunts to get a focus lock
  • Images have some softness to them in anything less than perfect light - indoor images tend to be short on details
  • Videos are again fine in daylight, but not so much in anything less than that
  • Overall, the camera is not a particularly strong area for the Redmi 8
Expert Reviews
  1. If you fancy a smartphone with a hole-punch display, you'd be better off waiting for something else
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Infinix S5 Lite is a decent smartphone, but the performance seekers should look elsewhere
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Infinix S5 Lite comes with an interesting design language and the punch-hole design is a cherry on top
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. in.mashable.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Decent...but buyers considering this phone should take a close look at the Redmi 8A to see if there's anything they don't mind losing, since that could save them some money....And people who value performance might want to look at Redmi Note 8, which coul
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Budget all rounder
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Has plenty to offer if you are looking for a new phone in the segment
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Redmi 8 is a good offering for its price....the only problem is that given similar specifications, many users might prefer the Redmi 8A which is cheaper, runs the same processor and offers something very similar
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good phone, and a good daily driver, but one that's held back by its ad-supported UI
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A performer for its price, if you don't mind the processor
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Good phone, but the Redmi 8A (at a slightly lower price), or the Redmi Note 8 (at a slightly higher price) might make more sense, from a value for money perspective
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
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