Our Opinion

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

Motorola One Macro  Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Motorola One Macro Xiaomi Redmi 8
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Excellence Score
25.7
26.2
Value for Money Score
71.0
71.7
Price ₹ 9,499 onwards ₹ 9,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2019 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.2 inches 6.22 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 271 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
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
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 P70Ranked #44 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #76 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 505
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP + 2MP 12MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/2.0 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size; Laser AF; PDAF, 2MP: Macro Lens, 2MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.75um Pixel Size; Depth Sensor 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 F/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size 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 Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, 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 (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.99 mmMedium 9.4 mmThick
Weight 186 gmMedium 188 gmMedium
Width 75.4 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 (PX2 coating) Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 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 Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 10.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Glossy gradient back - looks nice, though not quite as eye-popping as the colour options on Redmi smartphones
  • Decent build quality and tactile buttons
  • Good 6.1-inch HD+ display - produces bright and vivid colours, making it great for watching videos on YouTube
  • True to Motorola style, you get clean and simple stock Android (+ a guaranteed update to Android 10) - mind you it's not an Android One series phone though despite the 'One' moniker
  • The minor Motorola additions to stock Android are those that make the user experience even better - there are the Moto navigation gestures as well as the Moto Display, both of which make it easier to live with when compared to any other stock Android phone
  • Very good performance for the price bracket with a solid MediaTek Helio P70 chipset (similar to Snapdragon 660) - both day-to-day use, and gaming is smooth
  • Laser autofocus is super fast
  • One of the key highlights of the One Macro of course is it's unique (for the price range) 2MP macro camera that gives you some very interesting close-up photography options (the macro mode is available for both the still and video mode)
  • It's very impressive in actual performance too, in fact surprisingly so - whether its daylight or under artificial light, the macro camera on the One Macro takes quite detailed photos - the colours are vibrant with good contrast levels and high brightness, and there isn't a lot of post-processing with the colours which means you mostly get what you see - and the lower 2cm focal length means that you can go quite close to your subject to get the photo you wanted
  • The portrait mode uses the 2MP depth camera and it impresses too with good levels of edge detection
  • Decent 8MP front camera
  • While the One Macro only has to make do with a single loudspeaker but with the Dolby Atmos tuning, it is fairly good
  • Very good battery life with a combination of a 4000mAh cell, stock Android, and an HD+ display - you can comfortably stretch this up to 2 days on a single charge, with moderate use
  • Fast charging support (though the included 10W fast charger isn't the most powerful)
  • On the whole, the One Macro looks like an excellent stock Android option in the under 10k price bracket, that will please the Android purists - it's worth buying not just for its unique macro camera, but also as a great all-round budget phone
  • 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]
  • Like other glossy back phones, it will be a tough job to keep the phone clean and free of scratches - you will be better off using the bundled case
  • The resolution could have been better - there are 1080p competitors available
  • The main 13MP rear camera is more average though - in daylight, the photos wear a warmer tone and most of the details are softened - the dynamic range is also average - it's not quite a match to the other top camera phones in this price range
  • As light levels fall, the main camera starts struggling with exposures and sharpness (and there is no 'Night mode')
  • 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. Did not give us much to complain about...But Realme 5, and Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S are very strong competitors
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Laser focused at giving the first time smartphone buyer everything in a relatively premium package...commendable
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Motorola Moto One Macro is a decent option for someone who wants a bloatware-free software experience....But there’s better hardware to be had in the competition
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Solid phone at an appealing price...but has one or two limitations
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. An affordable daily driver that gets most things right
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. An impressive phone ...should be in the top of your list while choosing a new phone for yourself under Rs 10,000
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. A sensible purchase but Motorola needs to step up its game a bit more to stay relevant
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. bgr.in 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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