Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the realme U1 (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 U1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 realme U1
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Excellence Score
33.3
27.2
Value for Money Score
77.2
70.7
Price ₹ 11,999 onwards ₹ 10,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2019 Dec, 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 9.0 PieExpected 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 2.1 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #40 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P70Ranked #44 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Mali-G72 MP3
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 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 13MP + 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 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, Portrait Lighting, Slo-mo Video, Bokeh Effect
Secondary Camera 13MP 25MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size F/2.0 Aperture, Sony IMX576 Sensor, AI Beauty+
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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.35 mmMedium 8 mmMedium
Weight 188 gmMedium 168 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 N/A
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
  • Classy, eye-catching design - identical to the Realme 2 Pro
  • The light pillars (as Realme likes to call the reflective pattern on the back) on the Realme U1 make it look stunning in different lighting conditions
  • Attractive color options
  • Light-weight
  • Comfortable grip and in-hand feel - it’s also slightly thinner than the 2 Pro and that makes a considerable difference in daily use
  • Nice, responsive fingerprint sensor
  • Fast, snappy Face unlock (it's even a tad quicker than the OnePlus 6’s Face unlock)
  • Very good display - one of the best in this segment - with the tiny dewdrop notch - it's a 6.3-inch Full-HD+ LTPS IPS display, with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and an impressive 90.8% screen-to-body ratio - the color reproduction is on point, the display gets quite bright in indoor conditions and holds up quite well in direct sunlight as well - it's only slightly behind the excellent display on the Realme 2 Pro
  • ColorOS is iOS inspired and packs a number of ad-on features (including the Smart Assistant and Smart Sidebar, along with Kids Space, Voice Call Effects, and many others)
  • Supports gesture-based navigation (though it can sometimes be a bit buggy - hopefully that will resolve with software updates)
  • Snappy performance backed by the new Helio P70 chipset which offers performance similar to the Snapdragon 660 - it smoothly handles anything you throw at it with no lag or stutter in sight
  • Realme U1 also comes packed with the Realme Game Space and it comes in handy for freeing up the memory to run games smoothly, while also muting app and call notifications so as not to hinder your gaming experience
  • Decent dual rear camera setup - especially in broad daylight, the Realme U1 performs well and can give some really good images - the device is quick to focus and manages to capture details and shadows right
  • Excellent selfie camera - is especially good at capturing details - and has a good portrait mode too
  • It also comes with portrait lighting effects – similar to iPhones (but of course not as good) - there are also some cute AR face stickers
  • Decent, loud, bottom-firing speaker
  • Good battery life with a 3500mAh battery on board - lasts about 1 and a half days with moderate use
  • The Realme U1 is another winner from the Realme camp - and will likely dominate this price segment along with the Redmi Note 6 Pro (better camera, better software, but bigger display notch and bigger chin), and Realme 2 Pro (better rear camera but not as good selfie camera)
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
  • Body attracts smudges easily
  • There is plenty of app bloat - as if often the case with custom Android UIs
  • There is no notification LED and ColorOS is typically never in the mood to surface the latest notifications as they come in
  • On the whole, software continues to be the one area where Realme phones tend to fall behind the best in the business (the stock Android UI of Nokia's phones, or MIUI of Xiaomi phones tend to be a much better experience)
  • No 4K video recording, and only average overall video recording performance, with no stabilisation
  • In low light, the performance of both the rear and front camera is average
  • Overall, while the front camera is excellent and does better than Realme's sister phone, the Realme 2 Pro, the rear camera setup (for both photos and videos) is a notch below the best camera phones of this segment - the Redmi Note 6 Pro, and the Realme 2 Pro
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. Insane bang for buck ratio
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Arguably Realme's best effort to date
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Worth recommending
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A fairly good phone
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Has a lot going in its favor
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The best Realme smartphone till date
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Another winner from a brand that seems to be moving from strength to strength
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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