Our Opinion

The realme Narzo 20A (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme Narzo 20A (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  realme Narzo 20A (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi 8 realme Narzo 20A
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Excellence Score
24.1
27.5
Value for Money Score
67.4
74.0
Price ₹ 9,999 onwards ₹ 9,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2019 Sep, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version 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
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
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 #88 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #45 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 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 microUSB
Primary Camera 12MP + 2MP 12MP + 2MP + 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 12MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 5P lens; PDAF, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 4x Digital Zoom, Super Nightscape, Panoramic, Expert, Timelapse, Portrait Mode, HDR, AI Beauty, Filter, Chroma Boost
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, Portrait Mode, Timelapse, Panoramic, AI Beauty, HDR, Filter
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, 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 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 188 gmMedium 195 gmHeavy
Width 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 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) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
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
  • Catchy, elegant 'V-pattern' rear design - the V-design at the back with a smooth texture gives the device a good look
  • Trendy, tear-drop notch front design - the bezels on the sides are thin for smartphones at this price
  • The 20:9 aspect ratio makes the smartphone tall and slim, so it's relatively comfortable to hold and use
  • The fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and works well, so does the Face Unlock
  • The weight is evenly distributed, the device doesn't feel too heavy to hold
  • Large, 6.5 inch IPS display with HD+ resolution - the colors are vibrant with a decent amount of sharpness
  • Sunlight legibility is decent - the display gets bright enough for comfortable outdoor use
  • The Narzo 20A comes with Realme UI based on Android 10 which is much more streamlined and clean compared to previous realme phones - it still packs a lot of useful features like Dark Mode, Focus mode, Game Space and Personal Information Protection
  • Decent triple camera setup for the price - a 12MP primary shooter + a 2MP depth sensor + a 2MP ‘retro’ unit
  • The primary camera can take nice pictures in good lighting conditions, the colour accuracy is good and the dynamic range and sharpness are also decent enough and for a phone at this price
  • There's also a decent Macro mode which lets you get very close to the subject (focusing at a close distance could be an issue though)
  • The portrait shots also come out good and they are usable for most scenarios
  • Decent video recording quality, with a option to shoot slow-motion videos
  • Impressive battery life with a big 5000 mAh battery - it lasts for two full days on a single charge with moderate usage
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
  • There is no Widevine L1 certification which means that you cannot enjoy HD content on Netflix and Amazon Prime
  • There's still some bloatware that comes pre-installed
  • Poor performance from the Snapdragon 665 SOC - opening up apps, scrolling through the interface, heading to settings, or even just going through the list of apps is a painfully slow process - the performance of the phone is pretty disappointing to the extent that this could be one of the worst-performing phones in some years
  • Low light photos are average, as expected, they lack detail and aren't very sharp
  • Selfies are average too with inaccurate colour tone and low sharpness and details - the portrait selfie is not very consistent either
  • Still offers the old MicroUSB, while the competition has started offering USB Type-C in the budget segment
  • Charging is on the slower side with the 10W charger - it takes over 3 hours to charge the smartphone completely
  • The Realme Narzo 20A offers a good display, new design, and excellent battery life, however, the performance lets you down big time - with Realme Narzo 20A letting you down even with basic apps and day to day usage, it is difficult to recommend this phone to anyone
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. The Realme Narzo 20A is a phone that offers excellent battery life, good design and display... though, when it comes to the performance, it fails miserably
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A rather middling experience
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Realme Narzo 20A seems to be a decent smartphone but software needs an update... as of now, it is buggy and shows signs of lagging
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
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