Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy M10 (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Samsung Galaxy M10 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
23.2
29.2
Value for Money Score
72.5
85.4
Price ₹ 7,499 onwards ₹ 7,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2019 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.22 inches 6.22 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 270 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 TFT LCD IPS LCD
Display Features TFT, Infinity Notch Display 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.6 GHz 1.95 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 7870Ranked #76 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #67 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T830 MP2 Adreno 505
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP 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/1.9 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, PDAF, Panorama, HDR, Portrait Mode, Live Focus 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.4um Pixel Size, 2MP: Depth Sensor, Dual-PDAF, AI Portrait mode, AI Scene detection
Secondary Camera 5MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture 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 32 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 7.7 mm 9.4 mm
Weight 163 gm 188 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 3400 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) 24.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 15 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 19 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 19 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 17 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 84 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features N/A Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Very well-built, plastic design - the phone generally feels like it could take a beating and come out looking just fine
  • Feels comfortable to hold
  • The volume rocker and power buttons placed on the right side of the phone are easy to reach out to - the buttons have great feedback and do not have any unnecessary rattle, something many budget phones are guilty of
  • The front of the phone looks sharp and modern - it makes use of a waterdrop-style notch and has fairly minimal bezels to boot
  • Nice, vibrant, water-drop notch 6.23-inch LCD display
  • Now packs the new Samsung One UI which is one of the most streamlined, clean, and refined Android skins around at present - and is especially well suited ergonomically for one handed use
  • It also has a very intuitive gesture navigation system
  • The second rear camera (in the dual rear camera setup) is an ultra-wide one that adds some versatility - with a 120-degree field of view, you can capture a whole lot more of the scene in your images, be it monuments or just a larger group of people
  • Decent video recording quality for this price bracket
  • Good battery life - the Samsung Galaxy M10 uses its 3300mAh battery pretty well - with some good optimisation at the software level, the phone manages to handily last a full day of use and then some
  • 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]
  • The back of the phone is where the design gets a bit more pedestrian - a subdued Samsung logo and the dual camera array aside, the phone doesn’t really have much else going on - the plastic used doesn’t feel premium and the simple matte blue finish looks a bit dull compared to the metal or gradient-style designs that many other brands employ
  • No fingerprint scanner - facial recognition is the only option to unlock your phone using biometrics - and that too works only in good lighting conditions, and is slow
  • Display resolution could have been higher - it's not the sharpest display on the block
  • No ambient light sensor
  • Sunlight legibility is also not the best owing to the highly reflective nature of the display
  • Average performance - the Galaxy M10 uses the same internals as the Galaxy J7, which makes it obvious performance isn’t really the focus here - the phone is powered by an Exynos 7870 Octa system-on-a-chip which is pretty ancient as far as chipsets go - day-to-day performance is just about ok, but the phone certainly isn’t buttery smooth - gaming, especially with more high-end games (like PUBG) is a struggle
  • Overall image quality though is average
  • Outdoors, the camera manages passable shots - the images exhibit limited dynamic range and details are often lost in shadow regions - similarly, the highlights are blown out at times, resulting in washed out shots
  • Low light photos from the Galaxy M10 are high on noise and low on details
  • Average selfie camera too - doesn’t resolve a lot of detail and images turn out ever so slightly blurry in less than perfect light
  • The speaker grille is at the back of the phone, so sound gets muffled if you are playing music with the phone kept down on a table - the speaker also doesn’t get all that loud
  • Overall, the Galaxy M10 is a good looking, modern phone that handles the basics well - but all-round performance seekers should look elsewhere - you will be better served by Xiaomi or Realme’s phones
  • 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. A tough one to recommend...the Galaxy M10 just has too many serious shortcomings
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Samsung has finally delivered a decent user experience in the budget segment
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A device for Samsung fans who are looking for a phone with a modern design, but options such as the Realme C1 and Xiaomi Redmi 6 are more rounded devices at around the same price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A huge leap for Samsung under mid-range segment compared to its predecessors...worth a try, if you are a casual user
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Galaxy M10 is a good looking phone that handles the basics very well...But performance seekers should look elsewhere
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Doesn’t live up to the expectations
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A solid option for those who are looking for a well-built, modern-looking phone that does the basics..though it is not meant for serious gaming
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Despite flaws, a decent value-for-money phone
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A complete phone that offers a lot of bang for very few bucks
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. More than capable of holding its own against the competition
    techpp.com in-depth 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. 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 »
  5. 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 »
  6. A performer for its price, if you don't mind the processor
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
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