Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the realme 2 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly 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)  realme 2 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
33.3
27.6
Value for Money Score
77.2
69.1
Price ₹ 11,999 onwards ₹ 11,490 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2019 Oct, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 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
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, TÜV Rheinland Certified LCD, Dewdrop Full Screen, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.95 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #40 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #41 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Adreno 512
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 16MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
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 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX398 Sensor; Dual Pixel Focus; EIS, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, AI Portrait Mode
Secondary Camera 13MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size F/2.0 Aperture, AI Beauty Selfie
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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.35 mmMedium 8.5 mmMedium
Weight 188 gmMedium 174 gmMedium
Width 75.3 mmOk for one-handed use 74.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3500 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 Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Audio Playback Time: 12 hrs, Video Playback Time: 10 hrs, Internet Browsing Time: 12.5 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 (arguably 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
  • The Realme 2 Pro, takes a different design philosophy compared to previous Realme phones, and is more about refined, premium, understated aesthetics - it all comes off quite well - and makes for easily one of the best looking devices in the mid-range segment
  • The paintjobs themselves are pretty catchy, and have a slight depth effect, which looks nice
  • The glossy rear panel is plastic but looks like glass
  • It is made via an injection molding process which requires 15 layers of sectional lamination and is claimed by Realme to be heat and impact resistant to a certain extent
  • The body of the phone is all smooth curves - the edges are curved ever so subtly and they perfectly merge with the metallic rim without any sharp corners whatsoever
  • When it comes to in-hand feel, the Realme 2 Pro is a joy to use
  • The device has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor which is quite fast and easily recognizes fingerprints in less than a second
  • The Realme 2 Pro also has support for Face Unlock functionality, which is surprisingly fast too, though it is more reliable when used in a well-lit environment
  • The Realme 2 Pro packs a gorgeous 6.3-inch FullHD+ (1080×2340) display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio - the side and top bezels are virtually non-existent, with only a 5.5 mm thick chin at the bottom with rounded edges, granting the device an impressive 90.8% screen-to-body ratio - the Realme 2 Pro’s signature design element of course is a waterdrop-shaped notch at the top - only previously seen in significantly more expensive phones like the Oppo F9 and the F9 Pro - and it looks equally stunning on the Realme 2 Pro - the minimalist appeal of the tiny, waterdrop notch is striking and arguably looks way better than the wide notches we have come to see on the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max trio, as well as an increasing number of Android smartphones - as for the display quality itself, it's quite brilliant when it comes to color reproduction, hues appear punchy and saturation is never an issue - sunlight legibility is good too - this is easily the best display in it's price bracket
  • Color OS adds plenty of useful features to the Android experience - such as the 'Smart Assistant' (which can be accessed by swiping right on the homescreen, and basically acts as a command center where users can access tools such as Quick Functions for quickly launching frequently used apps, check the weather, track health vitals such as steps walked, and do a lot more), 'Smart Sidebar' (which allows users to populate it with certain apps they use frequently and always want them at their disposal - the ‘Smart Sidebar’ can be accessed by swiping a thin sidebar at either edge of the screen), 'Kids Space', and navigation gestures
  • Very good, butter smooth performance, backed by a fast Snapdragon 660 processor - the device delivers on any task you throw at it, including heavy games - notching up performance scores similar to the Snapdragon 660 equipped Mi A2
  • Good set of dual rear cameras, with strong image output in both good lighting conditions, as well as indoors - the images have good details, vibrant colors and adequate depth - bokeh shots come out well too with rich details and vibrant hues
  • Decent selfie camera too - takes good quality images, even though they are slightly over-exposed - and had a decent software bokeh effect
  • On the whole, the Realme 2 Pro cameras are pretty much on-par with the 2 best camera phones currently ruling the mid-range, the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2
  • Good battery life - the phone comfortably breezes past a day, even with heavier use
  • Decent charging speed (takes about 2 hours to go from 0 to 100%), even though fast charging is not supported
  • On the whole, the Realme 2 definitely looks like another winner from the Realme camp and will give some tough competition to the phones ruling across the mid-range segment like the Redmi Note 5 Pro (larger battery, better software, but Realme 2 wins on design, display, and performance), Zenfone Max Pro M1 (larger battery, stock Android, but again Realme 2 wins on design, display, performance, and cameras), Mi A2 (stock Android, but Realme 2 wins on a better design, a better display, a larger battery, and headphone jack), Nokia 6.1 Plus (stock Android, but Realme 2 wins on a better design, a better display, better cameras, and a larger battery), and finally the Poco F1 and the Honor Play (they both have better performance with flagship chipsets, but Realme 2 wins on better design) - everything considered, Realme has very likely another champion phone on its hands - in the meantime, the mid-range in India keeps getting more and more competitive
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
  • The downside to all the glossy charm of the rear panel is that the Realme 2 Pro is also a fingerprint magnet - if you don’t use a protective cover, you’ll find yourselves cleaning the rear panel multiple times throughout the day
  • The display is not flawless though - it is evident that Realme utilized a rectangular LCD panel which has been covered with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass on top and a thick chin of bottom bezels with rounded edges - the rounded bezels hide a little bit of content at the two bottom corners of the LCD panel, which can create an issue in apps which hold important control at these points - for example, in case of the PUBG game, the rounded bottom bezel covered a significant portion of the ‘x’ button used to go back in the game’s UI
  • Aesthetics wise though, Color OS is not the most refined, or clean Android UI, and this is one area where Realme falls a little behind stock Android, or MIUI phones in this price bracket
  • There are some UX quirks too in Color OS, like an annoying 2-step process to clear a notification
  • Video recording is a bit of a weak point, given the otherwise high quality of the camera - even with EIS, the videos tend to come out shaky if you are moving
Expert Reviews
  1. Redmi Note 8 is an excellent choice as it is a worthy sequel and also a proper phone to own and carry around
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The overall package looks hard to beat in terms of value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you want a value for money device then Redmi Note 8 should be in your shopping cart
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. 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 »
  5. The budget king from Xiaomi...great value for money
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. 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 »
  7. Great budget buy with excellent camera
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Redmi Note 8 offers impressive and unmatched value for money for a phone under 10k
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Excellent value for money...ticks all the right boxes
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Under Rs 10,000, this is the phone to buy
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. Best phone below Rs 10,000. Period.
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. 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 »
  13. Definitely the best phone you could get under INR 10,000
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 is a triumphant entry-level smartphone
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  15. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. If you need a new phone and want the best bang for the buck - the Realme 2 Pro is the new champ in its category
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A beautiful smartphone...has a lot of things going in its favor, but poor video recording capabilities and an unrefined Android skin are drawbacks
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Has a lot going for it...a solid option under 20k, if you are looking for a good all-rounder
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Oppo's Sub-Brand Makes A Splash In The Budget Sector
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Realme 2 Pro is certainly powerful....if you have a budget of around Rs 14,000, the 4GB RAM variant is a no-brainer
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. If performance is what matters, the Realme 2 Pro will work for you
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Another example of how these days you can get a very appealing smartphone without spending a small fortune
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Definitely earns the “Pro” moniker over the Realme 2...But the UI is a bit of a letdown
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A no compromises phone available at some great, disruptive prices
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Value for money
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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