Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Motorola Moto G7, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Motorola Moto G7  Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
26.8
28.2
Value for Money Score
74.6
83.4
Price ₹ 8,977 onwards ₹ 7,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2019 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.2 inches 6.22 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2270 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features IPS LCD 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.95 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 632Ranked #52 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #70 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 505
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 12MP + 5MP 12MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.25um Pixel Size; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth sensor, Panorama, Gyro-EIS, Auto HDR, Face beauty, Auto smile capture, Cinemagraph, Portrait mode, Group selfie, Spot color 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.4um Pixel Size, 2MP: Depth Sensor, Dual-PDAF, AI Portrait mode, AI Scene detection
Secondary Camera 8MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features HDR 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 512 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 8 mmMedium 9.4 mmThick
Weight 172 gmMedium 188 gmMedium
Width 75.3 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 (P2i water-repellent nano coating) Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 5000 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, TurboPower Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W TurboPower Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Slick, contemporary, easy-on-the-eyes glass design
  • Great build quality
  • The curved back is less rounded than the G6, which makes it easier to grip
  • The G7's fingerprint sensor has migrated to the back of the phone, nestled in the "Batwing" Motorola dimple - it's pretty well placed
  • There's also fairly fast face unlock
  • Splash resistant body
  • Large, beautiful, 6.2-inch, teardrop notch display - it has nice, vibrant colors and good viewing angles
  • Moto Display (always-on display) is still there, and continues to be one of the defining features of the Moto G series
  • Simple, uncluttered stock Android UI, with some very useful Moto customizations - Moto phones continue to offer one of the best software experiences on Android
  • Decent camera quality for the price bracket
  • The dual rear camera setup does reliably well with outdoor and moderately-lit indoor shots - delivering sharp and detailed photos (although dynamic range is not the best)
  • Decent portrait mode too
  • Decent selfie camera too - you can get some respectable shots especially in well lit scenes
  • Selfie portraits too have good subject separation and convincing out-of-focus area rendition
  • Decent video recording performance too - with support for 4k video recording as well (though it's not the best in terms of quality)
  • You can still do the effortless double-twist-to-open-camera gesture from any app
  • Overall, the cameras are marginally superior to last year's Moto G6 - and in line with other decent camera phones in this price bracket
  • Decently-loud bottom firing speaker
  • Supports fast charging via the USB-C port
  • 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]
  • Software updates from Motorola in recent times have been far less frequent compared to before, so if you are look for both a stock Android phone + more updates in the future, 'Android One' devices would be better options
  • While the Snapdragon 632 will give you perfectly decent day-to-day performance, it is still quite underpowered compared to most of the competition - the GPU especially is relatively weak, so this is not a great phone for games (especially heavy duty ones like PUBG)
  • Low light performance could have been better though
  • Battery life though is pretty average, and there are many better competitors around in this area - with slightly heavier use, you will find the need to charge it by the evening
  • While the Moto G7 is another good "user-experience" phone from Motorola's ranks - thanks to the thoughtful design and software - it will find it tough to compete in the heated mid-range space in India, primarily account of it's relatively weak processor and average battery life - if however, you are a more basic phone user (light phone use, no games), it's a decent option
  • 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 want a well-rounded and dependable smartphone, the Motorola Moto G7 delivers
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The best budget phone just got better
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Moto G7 and G7 Power are still the budget phones to beat
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you’re on the lookout for an affordable phone that works well and reliably, you’re sure be a fan of what Motorola’s G series flagship can do
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Moto G7 and Moto G7 Power are still the best affordable Android phones money can buy
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Remains a superb low-cost smartphone... but more competition mean the Moto G7 is no longer the king of budget phones
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  7. Another well-rounded budget phone from Motorola
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. An impressive phone that shouldn't be this cheap
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. mashable.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. pocketnow.com hands-on Read Review »
  14. androidpolice.com hands-on Read Review »
  15. techadvisor.co.uk 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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