Our Opinion

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

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  realme 5 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
33.3
50.0
Value for Money Score
84.8
90.5
Price ₹ 9,999 onwards ₹ 12,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2019 Aug, 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 6.3 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 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, TÜV Rheinland Certified Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 712Ranked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Adreno 616
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 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 48MP: F/1.79 Aperture; 6P lens; PDAF; 10x Digital Zoom; Sony IMX586 Sensor, 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 13MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size Sony IMX471 Sensor, 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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.35 mm 8.9 mm
Weight 188 gm 184 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating) Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4035 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 Yes, 20W VOOC 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger Yes, 20W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Storage; 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
  • Premium looks and design - with a beautiful, abstract geometric pattern on the back, and a smooth, metallic sheen - this is one of the hottest looking devices coming at this price point
  • Very easy to grip - the rounded sides and curved back panel make it fit comfortably in a palm
  • It is actually more compact than the Realme 5 - and you will not have any trouble using it even with one hand
  • The front is modern and sharp too - with a big 6.3-inch LCD screen, with a 'waterdrop notch' - and a 90.6 screen-to-body ratio - the chin is fairly prominent but the rest of the borders are narrow and modern-looking
  • The fingerprint sensor at the back, and face recognition - both work well, and are fast to unlock - and can be used to unlock not only the phone but also individual apps
  • Good, 6.3-inch full-HD+ IPS display - the screen can get quite bright and is easy to use outdoors - and video content looks good, with decent colours and sharpness
  • Support Widevine L1 DRM for high-res video streaming
  • ColorOS is now much more refined and streamlined than before - customisation options include a 'Smart Assistant' to the left of the first home screen, icon density on the home screens, UI animation speed, themes, and various gestures - you can long-press the phone's power button to call up Google Assistant, and launch apps with gestures on screen when the phone is in standby - and the standard Android navigation buttons can be replaced with a variety of gesture schemes
  • There are also no spammy ads in the interface - an issue that has recently plagued phones from Xiaomi
  • Excellent, top-bracket-for-the-price-range performance backed by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC which has a slight edge over the Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 660, which are commonly found in phones in this segment - everything from daily use to high-end games is smooth
  • Good quad camera setup at the rear - 48-megapixel primary + 8-megapixel wide-angle camera + 2-megapixel macro camera + 2-megapixel depth sensor
  • The primary camera especially delivers impressive photo quality in daylight - focus speed is fast - and the images are sharp, details are high, and the colour balance is good
  • Shots from the wide-angle and the macro camera, while not that that good in quality, give you some interesting shot framing options
  • Portrait shots utilize the depth sensor, and generally come out well
  • The 16MP selfie camera too delivers decent selfies, and also has a (decent) software-based portrait mode
  • Video recording quality is good too, especially in daytime - there's also electronic stabilisation, which works fairly well at 1080p
  • Nightscape mode works fairly well for night photography (though it takes several seconds for the phone to save a shot)
  • Overall, the camera setup on the Realme 5 Pro is easily among the best in this price bracket
  • The single speaker is quite loud and voices are clear even at high volumes (though of course, like most phones in this price bracket, there's no bass or depth when listening to music)
  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life with a 4035 mAh battery - you will get 1 day with heavy use, and 1.5 days with moderate use
  • Very fast charging with Oppo's proprietary VOOC quick charging technology - and a large 20W charger in the box with this phone - using the included charger, you will get up to 15 percent in 10 minutes and 70 percent in just over 30 minutes - pretty cool
  • The Realme 5 Pro looks like yet another winner from Realme, that once again sets the bar high for other competitors to try and match - it impresses across the board - and it should definitely be in your shortlist for this price bracket
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
  • There are still a number of pre-loaded apps however - though most of these can thankfully be uninstalled
  • The camera app looks slick but the layout is a bit awkward at times - for instance, to use the macro lens, you have to select the Ultra Macro mode which is buried in a spillover menu next to the standard Photo, Video, and Portrait mode selection buttons - this menu is unnecessarily small and you actually have to scroll down within it to find the Ultra Macro mode
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. 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 »
  9. Definitely the best phone you could get under INR 10,000
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Excellent value for money...ticks all the right boxes
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  1. An amazing offer...there is hardly a better phone for this amount of money
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A great phone...The Realme 5 Pro impresses us almost entirely across the board
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A leap in camera over the Realme 3 Pro...again shows that Realme has got what it takes to build a reliable smartphone camera on budget
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Solid set of hardware..unfortunately let down by poor software
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Beauty meets beast...a top pick in the mid-budget line-up
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Best camera phone you can buy on a budget
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. All-round smartphone that looks really impressive in front of the competition..an easy recommendation
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Offers quite a lot, for the price it comes for
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Formidable proposition
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Nice little mix of impressive hardware and aggressive price
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A real game-changer
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Makes a complete package, that thrills with its all-round performance
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  15. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
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