Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Lenovo K10 Note (4GB RAM, 64GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Lenovo K10 Note (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Lenovo K10 Note Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
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Excellence Score
32.8
35.3
Value for Money Score
87.8
86.4
Price ₹ 8,999 onwards ₹ 10,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.39 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 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 HDR10 2.5D Curved Glass, TÜV Rheinland Certified
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 616 Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 8MP + 5MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.4 Aperture; PDAF; 2x Optical Zoom, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, Panorama, HDR 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 16MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 8.35 mmMedium
Weight 164 gmMedium 188 gmMedium
Width 74.3 mmOk for one-handed use 75.3 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4050 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 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 Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks nice upfront with a dewdrop notch display with almost no bezels on the sides (however, it does have a slight chin at the bottom)
  • Light, compact and easy to hold
  • Decent 6.3-inch FHD+ display - the LCD panel comes with HDR10 support, which is pretty good considering the price range - it also produces nice, punchy colors, and works fine in outdoor light conditions
  • Lenovo's ZUI is pretty close to stock Android - which is a good thing - it keeps things nice and simple
  • Good performance from a strong Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC - the phone performs comfortably, and handles moderate multitasking well - gaming performance is good too
  • Triple-camera setup at the back includes a 16-megapixel primary camera sensor, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom (a rarity in this segment), and a 5-megapixel depth sensor
  • Performance of the 16-megapixel primary camera is good, especially in daylight - background colors come out quite richly in the pictures
  • Good focus speed
  • Good portrait mode photos (with good edge detection)
  • Overall, the K10 Note has capable cameras for the price bracket, though it's no quite there at the top of the pile
  • The smartphone comes with a single speaker, but with Dolby Atmos support, which improves the overall audio performance
  • Good battery life with a large 4050mAh battery - you will get around 1.5 days of moderate use
  • 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 (arguably 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]
  • The back design is a little bland however, and the shiny plastic body attracts smudges very easily
  • But given the fact that the only changes are to the look of the notification shade, and the task switcher, and no major features are added, the ZUI layer could have been easily skipped, which would have resulted in an even more responsive feeling UI
  • While the telephoto lens sounds impressive on paper, the quality is average - you will find that you can get comparable results with digital zoom on competing smartphones
  • The cameras are also average in low light - there is a dedicated night mode, and it does help a bit, but not much
  • Video recording quality is average - audio is also a bit of an issue too, as it generally sounds tinny
  • Average selfie camera - skin textures look a bit sharpened and colours aren't always accurate - there is no flash either for night photos
  • While it does technically 18W fast charging, the actual charging speed is not too great - the battery charges about 63 percent in an hour and takes almost two and half hours to fully charge
  • While the K10 Note does have some aces up its sleeves - Snapdragon 710 SoC, 4050mAh battery and a reasonably capable triple camera setup - it also enters a market segment where the competition from the likes of Xiaomi, Realme, Samsung, Oppo, and Vivo is ruthless - it's worth considering if you want an HDR10 supported device for entertainment purposes or a lightweight device with near stock android experience - but otherwise, the competition is certainly better
  • 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. A good comeback attempt from Lenovo in the budget segment....but while the Lenovo K10 Note is certainly acceptable, other phones at similar price points such as the Realme 5 Pro and Xiaomi Mi A3 offer better value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The competition seems better...However, if you want an HDR10 supported device for entertainment purposes or a lightweight device with near stock android experience, then the K10 Note could be the one for you
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good comeback from Lenovo....However, given the competition, the smartphone is likely to face a stiff battle
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Quite good for the money being asked for it
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A mixed bag overall, but performance impresses
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Redmi Note 8 is an excellent choice as it is a worthy sequel and also a proper phone to own and carry around
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The overall package looks hard to beat in terms of value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you want a value for money device then Redmi Note 8 should be in your shopping cart
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. 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 »
  5. The budget king from Xiaomi...great value for money
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. 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 »
  7. Great budget buy with excellent camera
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Redmi Note 8 offers impressive and unmatched value for money for a phone under 10k
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Excellent value for money...ticks all the right boxes
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Under Rs 10,000, this is the phone to buy
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. Best phone below Rs 10,000. Period.
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. 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 »
  13. Definitely the best phone you could get under INR 10,000
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 is a triumphant entry-level smartphone
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  15. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
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