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The realme 5i is a slightly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 5i!

Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  realme 5i 
Xiaomi Redmi 8 realme 5i
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Excellence Score
27.6
31.5
Value for Money Score
82.1
85.6
Price ₹ 7,999 onwards ₹ 8,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2019 Jan, 2020
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 6.22 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.95 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #73 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 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 microUSB
Primary Camera 12MP + 2MP 12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.4um Pixel Size, 2MP: Depth Sensor, Dual-PDAF, AI Portrait mode, AI Scene detection 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 5P lens; PDAF; 10x Digital Zoom, 8MP: 119° Wide-angle Camera; F/2.25 Aperture; 5P lens, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: Macro Camera; 4cm Shooting Distance, AI HDR, AI beauty, AI scene recognition, Chrome boost, Super nightscape, Filter mode, Panorama, Expert mode, Time-Lapse, EIS
Secondary Camera 8MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautify 4.0, Portrait mode, HDR, Screen Flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Palm shutter f/2.0 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB up to 256 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 9.4 mmThick 9 mmThick
Weight 188 gmMedium 195 gmHeavy
Width 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use 75.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 718 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A 46.90 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Gaming Time: 8.5 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 30.8 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Great design - similar to the Realme 5 & 5s, the Realme 5i has both a good build quality, and trendy looks - this time with a new sunrise design pattern on the back
  • The front is modern and sharp too with a 6.5-inch display, with a small dewdrop notch and fairly slim bezels all around
  • Both the rear fingerprint sensor, and face unlock work accurately and fast
  • There is an anti-fingerprint layer at the back which is effective to keep smudges off
  • Nice, large 6.5-inch IPS display, well suited to media consumption - with good color saturation, decent viewing angles and good sunlight legibility
  • ColorOS is now more streamlined, and cleaner than before, and of course packs a bunch of additional functionality over stock Android
  • Very good performance for the price bracket, with the excellent Snapdragon 665 at the core - everything from day-to-day use to high-end games is fairly smooth
  • Thermal control is good too - the phone doesn't get more than a little warm, even with long sessions of gaming
  • Realme 5i offers the exact same rear camera setup as the Realme 5 - there is a 12MP primary camera + 8MP wide-angle camera + 2MP depth sensor + 2MP macro camera for closeup shots
  • Overall image quality is good from the primary camera, especially in daylight - it meters light correctly - photos have decent dynamic range with good levels of detail, which is evident even after zooming in
  • Shots of people have good-looking skin tones, and edge detection is handled well when shooting in Portrait mode
  • The macro camera activated by switching to the ‘Ultra macro' mode yields some good results too - there's no autofocus, but when positioned correctly over a subject, you will manage to get some stunning details which aren't possible with a regular lens
  • Video recording is decent too - you can shoot at up to 4K (though stabilisation is only there till 1080p) - detail levels in videos are good in daylight
  • Overall, this is a good cameraphone for the price bracket, especially for day-time images
  • Decent bottom loudspeaker
  • Outstanding battery life with a gigantic 5000mAh battery same as the Realme 5 & 5s - you will get a cool 2 days of moderate use
  • Overall, the Realme 5i is another great device from Realme, - if you're on a tight budget and looking for a good all-rounder or a very good gaming phone, Realme 5i makes sense with its fast processor, and nearly two-day long battery life
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • This is a fairly large phone though - the size does make one-handed use cumbersome, and even with large hands, you will struggle to tap anywhere near the top of the display (thankfully, ColorOS offers a one-handed mode to help tackle this issue)
  • The Realme 5i is a bit heavy too, at 195g
  • Screen resolution is on the low side, so long text reading is not the most ideal experience
  • There is, as always, a plethora of preinstalled apps which will spam you with notifications (though thankfully these can be uninstalled)
  • The new 8-megapixel selfie camera is just average - backgrounds are often overexposed when shooting outdoors - the Realme 5i also offers portrait mode for the selfie camera, which is decent, but the edge detection could have been better
  • Low light performance is, as expected, average however, both for images, and video - there is some noise, and less detail in low light images - the Nightscape mode helps a bit, but not a lot
  • The wide-angle camera offers an interesting perspective but does not deliver the same level of detail as compared to the primary lens - the edges of frames appeared to be slightly stretched
  • No fast charging support - with the supplied charger, you will get around 24 percent charge in half an hour, around 43 percent in an hour, and 100 percent in about 3 hours
  • The main caveat to keep in mind is the size and weight of the phone - if you like your phones compact, and your routine involves a lot of one-handed use, then this might not be for you
  • At a slightly higher price, you could also grab some other very good phones in the under 10k price segment that offers higher resolution displays, better cameras, fast charging and equal or better processors such as the the Redmi Note 8 and the Realme 3 Pro
Expert Reviews
  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. The Redmi 8 is a good offering for its price....the only problem is that given similar specifications, many users might prefer the Redmi 8A which is cheaper, runs the same processor and offers something very similar
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. 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 »
  6. A performer for its price, if you don't mind the processor
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. 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 »
  8. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. Powerful hardware at a more affordable price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Definitely recommended
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Realmi 5i looks promising and the overall experience is good in the affordable segment
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Budget smartphone with a large battery but nothing compelling beyond that
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good smartphone that probably wasn't needed
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
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