Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy M20 (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Samsung Galaxy M20 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
25.7
33.3
Value for Money Score
62.4
77.2
Price ₹ 13,390 onwards ₹ 11,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2019 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 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 TFT LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features TFT, Infinity Notch Display 2.5D Curved Glass, TÜV Rheinland Certified
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #57 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #40 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G71 MP2 Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP 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/1.9 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, Panorama, HDR 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/2.0 Aperture 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 GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.8 mmMedium 8.35 mmMedium
Weight 186 gmMedium 188 gmMedium
Width 74.5 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 (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 5000 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) 29.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 15 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 17 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 17 hrs, Video Playback Time: 17 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 101 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Solid build quality, with a balanced weight profile
  • Feels comfortable to hold
  • Pretty responsive fingerprint sensor on the back - it also has a good placement, allowing you to reach the sensor easily
  • The front has modern, sharp looks with the water-drop notch and minimal bezels
  • Excellent, sharp, vivid, 'Infinity-V' display, with a water-drop notch - Samsung has always impressed with its display panels and this display is no exception - it offers deep colours with good brightness levels and contrast - it is definitely one of the best displays you can get in this segment, giving the Realme 2 Pro's waterdrop display a run for its money
  • Supports Widevine L1 standard, which means it is capable of delivering true HD quality videos on platforms like YouTube and Prime Video
  • 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 camera on the rear (part of the dual rear camera setup) is an ultra wide-angle camera - with the secondary lens, you will be able to capture more area in a single frame - the camera app lets you switch between the standard field of view and an ultra wide field of view with a simple tap - offering you some useful versatility in framing shots
  • Uses the modern Type-C USB port - which is great to see in the segment
  • Superb 2-day battery life, with a gigantic 5000mAh battery, makes the M20 a true road warrior
  • Supports fast charging - it takes around two hours to charge the M20 from zero to 100 per cent, which is pretty decent for a phone that packs this large battery
  • Overall, Samsung shows a lot of potential in this price segment, after a long time, with the M20 - it presents a solid choice, especially for Samsung fans, and those that are looking for a particularly strong battery life
  • 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]
  • The plain plastic build on the rear feels a bit cheap in this segment - and Samsung could have at least gone with a better quality plastic here, perhaps with some sectional lamination like the Honor 10 Lite and Realme 2 Pro
  • The rear panel is also a fingerprint and smudge magnet, and you will find yourself wiping it clean often during the day
  • The design, therefore, is conflicting - as the M20 looks really premium on the front with that lovely waterdrop display - but the back feels like it belongs in a lower price segment
  • Overall, the design isn't quite as premium as the Honor 10 Lite, Nokia 5.1 Plus or Realme 2 Pro
  • Performance is pretty decent, and daily use is smooth, but the new Exynos 7904 chipset falls below the Snapdragon 636 (the main chipset in the competing phones) in terms of performance - so you will not get the same level of performance as say a Redmi Note 6 Pro
  • The phone also gets slightly warm under stress
  • Overall image quality though from the rear camera set is pretty average - colours reproduction isn't great as photos often look washed out - in comparison, the Redmi Note 6 Pro tends to offer more detail and more accurate colours in similar lighting conditions
  • The M20's camera also does not offer the best dynamic range
  • The rear cameras also suffer greatly in low-light - indoors, photos lack sharpness and detail and often come out soft and noisy
  • The 8MP selfie camera is average too - it does a decent job at capturing colours and facial features, and it produces good selfie portraits, but it tends to blow out the background quite a bit
  • The single speaker port on the bottom is average - the sound gets muffled especially on higher levels
  • Yet, it also leaves you wanting a bit more - the M20 lacks that attractive look and feel that phones like the Honor 10 Lite, Realme 2 Pro and Nokia 5.1 Plus bring to the segment - the performance is also not the best in the bucket, and cameras are just average - the M20 is therefore better than Samsung's previous attempts in the budget range, but perhaps still not quite good enough for users looking for the best value
  • 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. Balanced package that delivers in most key areas
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Balanced is the best word to define the Galaxy M20
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Samsung still has a long way to go before it can truly compete with the likes of Xiaomi, Honor or Asus in the budget segment
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Doesn't quite catch up to all of its rivals' advantages, but at least it is very competitive for the first time
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A clear winner for Samsung
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Only a viable option if you absolutely must have a wide-angle camera...for everything else, there is a better alternative
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Shows that Samsung is willing to move towards making better phones for the budget segment, even though it has not reached there yet
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Samsung has finally managed to build a phone that ticks almost all the checkmarks that a young smartphone buyer is looking for
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. After adopting a wait and watch approach for a while, Samsung has gotten the ingredients spot on for an affordable Android phone that just works
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. While the M20 emerges as an alternative to the top competition, it does not really do enough to overwhelm them
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. While the Galaxy M series shows a lot of potential, Samsung still has a few things to iron out
    indiatoday.in in-depth 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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