Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Y3 (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Y3 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Xiaomi Redmi Y3
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Excellence Score
33.3
27.9
Value for Money Score
84.8
82.8
Price ₹ 9,999 onwards ₹ 7,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2019 Apr, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.26 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, TÜV Rheinland Certified 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 632Ranked #49 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 12MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 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 12MP: 1.25um Pixel Size; F/2.2 Aperture, Low light enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Portrait mode, Face recognition, AI Beautify 4.0, AI Scene detection
Secondary Camera 13MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size F/2.25 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, AI Beautify 4.0, Portrait mode, Palm shutter, HDR, Screen flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, EIS
Internal Memory 64 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB 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 8.35 mm 8.47 mm
Weight 188 gm 180 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating) Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A 52.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Video Recording Time: upto 6 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 10 hrs, Gaming Time: upto 9 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 41 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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 (easily one of 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
  • Striking back panel design, with some beautiful color plays
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Splash resistant P2i nano coating
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back works well
  • Face recognition works well too (though it isn't as quick as the solution offered by Realme)
  • Nice, modern, dewdrop notch display - the colours and viewing angles are decent, and sunlight legibility is good too
  • Gorilla Glass 5 for scratch protection
  • MIUI is one of the more refined Android UIs and packs many customization options, as well as support for navigation gestures
  • Decent performance backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC - day to day performance is smooth and switching between apps is quick - gaming performance is decent too, as long as you stick to casual titles
  • The highlight of the Redmi Y3 is, of course, it's 32MP selfie camera, which, on the whole, does very well, and gives the best selfie camera for this price bracket
  • Xiaomi has smartly used a 4-in-1 oversampling technique that saves an 8-megapixel image by default (you can, however, shoot using the full 32-megapixel resolution using a toggle in the viewfinder)
  • The selfies come our pretty sharp as expected, but the real difference shows up in low-light selfie photography, where the Redmi Y3 captures more details - and in pitch darkness too, the powerful flash of the Redmi Y3 is significantly better than the competition
  • There are also selfie-centric features like Palm Shutter, which counts down to release the shutter when it detects your palm
  • and Group Selfie, which takes multiple photos and combines them to try to create a frame in which everyone looks good
  • Decent dual rear camera setup too (though low light performance is just average)
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - you will easily manage a day and a half (and up to 2 days for lighter usage)
  • The Redmi Y3 is a solid option if you find yourself obsessively taking pictures of yourself for Instagram throughout the day - and need the best budget selfie camera - and care less about gaming performance, or having a sharp display
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • A bit bulky and chunky at 180g weight and 8.47mm thickness
  • The glossy finish on the back and sides means, of course, means that it does attract fingerprints and smudges very easily
  • Ads and pre-installed bloatware continues to be an issue though (while ads can be disabled but the process is complicated and not many people are likely to end up following it)
  • Overall performance isn’t very competitive though for this price bracket, which now has many phones with better SoCs
  • On the other hand, if you are looking for better all-rounder phones, you should consider the Redmi Note 7 or Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 - both phones have better displays, more powerful processors, and slightly better rear cameras
Expert Reviews
  1. The overall package looks hard to beat in terms of value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you want a value for money device then Redmi Note 8 should be in your shopping cart
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. 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 »
  4. The budget king from Xiaomi...great value for money
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. 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 »
  6. Great budget buy with excellent camera
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Best phone below Rs 10,000. Period.
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Excellent value for money...ticks all the right boxes
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. 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 »
  10. Definitely the best phone you could get under INR 10,000
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. Many of the other options you could buy at this price offer more powerful specifications, but you might still prefer the Redmi Y3 just for its selfie camera
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Strictly for those who need a good selfie camera and dedicated SIM slots...otherwise go for the Redmi Note 7 or Redmi Note 7S
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A well-rounded package...But consider it only if you are more into selfies
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A robust budget smartphone for your selfie needs
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A no-brainer if you're looking for a device with an impressive selfie camera...but if selfie clicking is not the thing for you, then there are better options
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you are looking for a phone with the best possible selfie camera in this price bracket, go for the Redmi Y3
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Bang for your buck
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. digit.in hands-on Read Review »
  10. indianexpress.com hands-on Read Review »
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