Our Opinion

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

Motorola One Macro  Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Motorola One Macro Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
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Excellence Score
27.2
35.3
Value for Money Score
75.6
86.4
Price ₹ 8,999 onwards ₹ 10,499 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 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.2 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 271 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 P70Ranked #41 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 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 13MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
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 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 8MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size
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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.99 mmMedium 8.35 mmMedium
Weight 186 gmMedium 188 gmMedium
Width 75.4 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 (PX2 coating) Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4000 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 Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 10W Rapid Charger Yes, 18W 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
  • 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]
  • 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')
  • 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. 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. 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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