Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the realme C2 (2GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  realme C2 (2GB RAM, 32GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi 8 realme C2
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Excellence Score
28.2
21.6
Value for Money Score
83.4
75.9
Price ₹ 7,999 onwards ₹ 5,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2019 Jun, 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 6.22 inches 6.1 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch) 720x1560 pixels (~ 282 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 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.95 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #70 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #64 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 PowerVR GE8320
RAM 4 GB 2 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 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.4um Pixel Size, 2MP: Depth Sensor, Dual-PDAF, AI Portrait mode, AI Scene detection 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture; PDAF, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, Depth Sensor, Slo-Mo Video
Secondary Camera 8MP 5MP
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
Internal Memory 64 GB 32 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 8.5 mmMedium
Weight 188 gmMedium 166 gmMedium
Width 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use 73.7 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 4000 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, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor 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
  • Beautiful diamond-cut pattern on the back - it's a head turner, and quite impressive for this price bracket - you will find an identical back design on the more expensive Realme 1 and Realme 2 smartphones - the only difference here is instead of the glossy plastic, the Realme C2 is offering a matte finish
  • Offers a very comfortable grip because of the textured back
  • The matte finish and textured back also don’t attract fingerprints or smudges, like many other modern glossy phones
  • The plastic body makes it feel light
  • There is no fingerprint reader, but the face unlock system is pretty good
  • Modern, tall, dew-drop notch display
  • Quite good for binge-watching videos
  • Ships with latest version of Android, Android Pie - one of the few affordable phones to do that
  • ColorOS 6 adds a ton of nifty features, and an app drawer (something that had been requested by users from a long time)
  • Decent day-to-day performance with a Helio P22 chipset (similar to Snapdragon 625) - basic use, and casual games run just fine - though of course, this is not a phone for power users
  • Pretty decent camera performance, especially for daytime use - the images have decent enough details and punchy colors
  • There is also Chroma Boost mode if you want more saturated and well-contrasted images.
  • The shutter speed is fast enough and auto-focus is snappy
  • Overall, this is one of the best camera setups in the ultra-budget category
  • Excellent battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - with light to moderate use, you will get nearly two days of battery
  • Overall, the Realme C2 is another 'very good bang for your buck' device from Realme, that can compete with similar phones from the current leader, Xiaomi - you get a beautiful design, a big display with a tiny notch, decent cameras, and an excellent 4000mAh battery - this is a very good pick for basic smartphone users, who don't need the best performance from their smartphones, but want a solid device otherwise (if you do need faster performance, you will want to look at higher price brackets)
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
  • Display resolution is on the low side
  • Average legibility under sunlight
  • There are a bunch of preloaded apps, including DailyHunt, UC Browser, NewsPoint, ShareChat, Amazon India, Wynk Music, Webnovel, Opera browser etc - though thankfully you can uninstall all of these apps to save some storage space
  • Indoor (low-light) shots are average though, as you would expect from this price bracket - you can use Chrome Boost for slightly better results but, the mode takes time to deliver the final output
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. Offers good value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Great value for money smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. An all-round experience at an entry-level price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Holds its own quite well even amongst some serious competition
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Falls short on value compared to competition from Xiaomi
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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