Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (6GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy M21 (6GB RAM, 128GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (6GB RAM, 64GB)!

Samsung Galaxy M21 (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (6GB RAM, 64GB) 
Samsung Galaxy M21 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
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Excellence Score
37.4
42.1
Value for Money Score
73.6
75.1
Price ₹ 14,999 onwards ₹ 15,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2020 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS 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 6.4 inches 6.53 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super AMOLED 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G90TRanked #22 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Mali-G76 MP10
RAM 6 GB 6 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 48MP + 8MP + 5MP 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: f/2.0 aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 12mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.2 aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]; 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 20MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, HDR 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 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 (Wireless) Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.9 mmMedium 8.81 mmMedium
Weight 188 gmMedium 200 gmHeavy
Width 75.1 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 6000 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, 15W Fast Charging Yes, 18W Quick Charge 4+
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Flash storage; Alexa; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Decent looks and build quality - very similar to the Samsung Galaxy M31, with a a unibody polycarbonate design, and glossy finish on the back panel - the only major difference is the camera module which houses a triple rear camera
  • The plastic body keeps the phone feeling relatively lightweight at 188 grams, which is mighty impressive for a phone packing a big 6000 mAh battery
  • It also feels great to hold with a seamless curved panel that meets the display up front
  • Modern, Infinity-U front - bezels around the screen are slim, except for a slightly thick chin - you still get around 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, which is great
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back is easy to reach and work very well
  • Gorgeous, 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with excellent viewing angles, and brightness levels - easily one of the best displays in the price bracket
  • It also comes with "Widevine L1" certification, which helps stream content in crisp HD resolution
  • Blacks are deep on the AMOLED display, which looks good with Night mode enabled
  • Samsung's OneUI is today one of the more clean, refined Android UIs that's especially well optimised for large displays like this
  • One UI also brings in other useful stuff, like a System-wide Dark mode (which turns the background completely black, and looks great on the M21's AMOLED display), and Always On Display option
  • Decent performance with the Exynos 9611 at the core (similar to Snapdragon 665) - the device is fairly quick to load up apps - multitasking is a breeze
  • Decent triple rear camera setup - a 48MP primary snapper, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 5MP depth sensor
  • In broad daylight, you'll get consistent, crispy shots with decent dynamic range and sharpness levels are respectable with the primary lens
  • The ultra-wide sensor, like on any budget phone, is a good addition - it takes social media-worthy images in great lighting conditions (in low-light, the quality dips and pictures look grainy and noisy, wide-angle shots also have barrel distortion at the edges)
  • Live Focus shots are quite good and the camera app does give you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot - edge detection is very good and the Galaxy M21 does a good job of separating the subject from the background
  • The 20MP selfie camera is quite good and takes detailed selfies (though, in low light, the quality goes down a notch and results are grainy)
  • Monster 6000 mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of usage easily, making for one of the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Supports 15W fast charging
  • If you're someone who consumes a lot of content on their phone, the Galaxy M21 is a good phone for you, it has great AMOLED display, outstanding battery backup that will last you for days
  • 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]
  • The power button and volumes are quite flush with the frame which means they lack that tactile, clicky feel
  • Design feels a bit dated and underwhelming, there is no spark in Galaxy M21's design as we see in other brand's phones like Xiaomi and Realme
  • However, this is an old chipset and heavy gaming isn't best on this phone - the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Realme 6 are much better options that will handle gaming better than the Galaxy M21
  • Photos taken in low-light are average - focusing gets worse in low light and the extreme noise-correction makes images look like water paintings
  • Overall, the cameras on the M21 are decent, but there are better cameras available in this price bracket, including the Galaxy M31, which is just a tad bit pricier
  • Samsung Galaxy M11 falls behind in fast charging as competitors are offering close to 30W fast charging, the 15W on M21 feels low
  • Having said that, the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Realme 6 will still offer you more bang for your buck, overall and when it comes to intensive tasks like gaming, you’ll be better off choosing the Realme 6 or the Redmi Note 8 Pro that are probably the best phones for gaming in this segment
  • 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. All the battery life you need
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Great battery in an average package
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A judicious mix of features and performance gets the day-to-day work done easily
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Buy This For The Battery and Vivid AMOLED Display
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A Phone That Caters Best To Video Content Consumers
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Sharp display, good cameras, decent performance and an amazing battery life, though the Galaxy M31 is better
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A good option if you are out in the market looking for a capable smartphone that is not Xiaomi or Realme
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Big battery and display at an affordable price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. ibtimes.co.in 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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