Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone than the Oppo K3 (8GB RAM, 128GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

Oppo K3 (8GB RAM, 128GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Oppo K3 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
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Excellence Score
56.8
59.2
Value for Money Score
83.2
87.2
Price ₹ 18,990 onwards ₹ 17,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 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 6.5 inches 6.53 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 396 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Display Features N/A 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G90TRanked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 616 Mali-G76 MP10
RAM 8 GB 8 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 + 2MP 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; 1/2.5" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size; PDAF, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/120fps; Gyro-EIS 64MP: 1/1.72" Sensor Size; Samsung GW1 sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size; F/1.8 Aperture; 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, AI Scene detection, Smart Ultra-wide Angle mode, AI Beautify, Burst mode, Tilt-shift, Level display, Custom watermark, Pro mode, AI Portrait mode, 3D Lighting, Panorama mode
Secondary Camera 16MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features Motorised Pop-up Camera, F/2.0 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length (wide), HDR, Video: 1080p@30fps 0.9um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Panorama selfie, Palm shutter, AI Silhouette detection, Wide-angle distortion correction, HDR, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Full screen camera frame, AI Beautify, AI Portrait mode, AI Scene detection, AI Studio lighting
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.4 mmThick 8.81 mmMedium
Weight 191 gmHeavy 200 gmHeavy
Width 76.0 mmOk for one-handed use 76.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 3765 mAh 4500 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, VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 Yes, Quick Charge 4+ (18W)
Included Fast Charger Yes, 20W Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Flash storage; Alexa; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Very similar to the Realme X - beautiful, 'shimmering' rear (plastic) panel, and a modern, notch-less 6.5-inch OLED screen - easily one of the best, most premium looking phones in this price bracket
  • The notch-less display spans almost edge to edge, with a pop-up selfie camera mechanism (which is quite something to have, in this price bracket)
  • Fairly fast in-display fingerprint reader
  • The pop-up camera on the Oppo K3 has a very quick ejection and retraction mechanism, which makes face recognition work pretty seamlessly too
  • Very good 6.5-inch OLED screen - colors are lively, with deep blacks
  • The lack of a notch really helps make the screen appear immersive, and consuming content on the screen is a pleasure
  • ColorOS UI is now much more streamlined than before - there’s also now an app drawer, and a useful shortcut menu accessed by swiping from the sides
  • The gesture navigation is nice and intuitive too
  • Thankfully, it's not ad-strewn either, like some of the recent phones from Xiaomi
  • Very good performance backed by the powerful Snapdragon 710 chipset - everything from daily use to high-end games is smooth
  • GPU performance is an especially strong point of the Snapdragon 710, so if you are into gaming, the phone tends to comfortably outperform rivals
  • Very good set of dual rear cameras (16MP+2MP) and front camera (16MP)
  • Good overall image quality in daylight, and fairly good quality in low-light as well
  • Night mode is pretty effective too
  • Good portraits
  • Pretty good selfies too, from the 16MP front camera
  • Oppo's EIS does a solid job of stabilization during videos at up to 1080p/30fps
  • Support for 4K video recording (without EIS though)
  • Overall, the Oppo K3 is among the very good camera setups of this price bracket, comparable to the excellent cameras on the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Realme 3 Pro - and pretty close to it's cousin Realme X as well (just a notch behind perhaps)
  • The Dolby Atmos-boosted speaker sounds pretty rich and gets fairly loud
  • Also has support for FM radio, unlike Realme X
  • Good battery life with a 3750 mAh cell - you will comfortably get a day of use, even with heavy usage
  • The class-leading VOOC fast-charging nicely complements the long battery life - it fills a completely depleted battery in 1:18h and it's at the 50% mark 30 minutes into it - which are some excellent numbers
  • The Oppo K3 looks like an incredible value package, no matter how you look at it - and is in fact almost identical to the Realme X - both these phones will inevitably disrupt this price bracket in a big way - what you get is top-end specs, a 'full screen' AMOLED display with a pop-up selfie camera, very good performance, an excellent set of cameras, and super fast charging - you can't ask for more
  • Between Oppo K3 and Realme X - the choice will ultimately boil down to your preference of colour and might even be based on ready availability of one or the other - and between the two base models, you choice will come down to whether you value RAM or storage more - but basically, you can't go wrong with either
  • Very good build quality and premium glass sandwich design, similar to its predecessor, the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Uses Gorilla Glass 5, front and back
  • Good quality, bright 6.53 inch IPS panel, with very good sunlight legibility
  • Supports HDR - a rare find in this price range
  • MIUI is one of the more refined and smooth Android skins around, and has a number of add-on features and a lot of customizability
  • Excellent, best-in-class performance with the powerful Helio G90T on board - that performs around the same level as last year's flagship Snapdragon 845 - the Redmi Note 8 Pro sails through anything you throw at it - this is essentially a top-end gaming phone on the cheap - and it has a significant edge in benchmarks over it's main competitor, the Realme XT, that packs the Snapdragon 712
  • The Note 8 Pro once again delivers some superlative camera performance for the price bracket (as the Note Pro series has done for a few years now) - especially from the main 64MP camera
  • The quad camera setup on the rear includes a 64MP primary camera + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP depth sensor + 2MP macro lens
  • The main 64MP sensor is versatile and delivers excellent images at day and night
  • It is also capable of some surprisingly good 2x (digital) zoom photos eliminating the need of a cheap telephoto lens
  • The 20MP selfie camera is also pretty good
  • Great video recording quality overall
  • Overall, this is now the best camera phone under INR 20k, with a slight edge over the other great camera phone of this price bracket, the Realme XT, with clearer low-light photos, and slightly sharper images
  • Excellent headphone audio
  • Outstanding, class-leading battery life, with a 4500mAH cell and a super-efficient chipset - you will comfortably get 2 days of use and more
  • Supports USB PD 18W fast charging, that can charge the phone from 0 to 40% in about 30 minutes - and for a change (for the Redmi Note Pro series), now also includes a compatible fast charger in box
  • As usual, the new leader of Xiaomi's Redmi Note series is a fantastic bang-for-the-buck phone and will compete strongly with the Realme XT - choosing between the 2 will be down to your preference - the Note 8 Pro will deliver slightly faster performance, longer battery life, and slightly better camera - on the other hand, the Realme XT will deliver a better (OLED) display, under-display fingerprint reader, and faster 20W VOOC charging - you won't go wrong with either really
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • ColorOS still has some bloatware though, and is not quite as clean/simple as stock Android
  • The camera bump on the rear is on the big side
  • Hefty for the screen size, at 200g
  • It's slippery like glass backs tend to be, so using a case is recommended
  • It's not as clean and minimalistic as stock Android though - in the default setup you will get both plenty of bloatware, and ads in the UI
  • The macro and ultra-wide cameras are uninspiring - for high quality photos you will want to stick to the main camera
  • Video recording in 1080p could have been a bit better
  • Weak-ish mono speaker - while okay, it isn’t very loud or crisp
Expert Reviews
  1. You can't go wrong with it
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A good smartphone in the mid-range segment...Very similar to Realme X - choosing between the 2 will be an individual preference
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A really good performer...If your budget is under Rs 20,000, Oppo K3 can easily be considered given what it offers
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A very good option....deserves your attention
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Largely similar to the Realme X...One of the best phones under Rs 20,000 right now
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. For yet another year in a row, the Redmi Note Pro lineup brings a phone which is super easy to recommend...It's true "bang for the buck"
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. As a whole package, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a suitable successor to the very successful Redmi Note 7 Pro....Xiaomi has sweetened the deal by pricing it aggressively and undercutting the Realme XT
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Value for money
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Redmi Note 8 Pro raises the bar once again, for phones in this price bracket
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. There's nothing super revolutionary here, but for the price you pay, the package is pretty solid across the board
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Excellent camera and daily performance...For anyone looking to get a phone in this price bracket, Redmi Note 8 Pro should certainly be in your list of options to consider
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. It is impossible to find a reason to not recommend the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro to anyone buying a new phone in the Rs 15,000 price range
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. You get great value, but the downside is the software
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. In this price range, there are few that can match what Redmi is offering
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Maintains the title of the budget smartphone king
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  11. As a package, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is an excellent smartphone
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is an excellent choice in its segment for shutter bugs, multimedia enthusiasts and casual gamers
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A good all-round phone with something for everyone
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A great deal
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. Just as you'd expect, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is an all-round performer
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Redmi Note 8 Pro continues the Note tradition of being the best in its price segment
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  19. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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