Redmi Note 8 vs Realme 5: Price, Specifications Compared


Redmi Note 8 series has been launched in China, and the phones come with quad rear camera setups, run on Android Pie, sport a 3.5mm audio jack, and feature waterdrop-style notch displays. The first sale for Redmi Note 8 will take place on September 17 in the company’s home market. It will go up against the Realme 5 that has already been launched in India. The Redmi Note 8 India launch is pegged to be roughly two months away.

We pit the Redmi Note 8 with the Realme 5 to see which one fares better, on paper.

Redmi Note 8 vs Realme 5 price

Redmi Note 8 price has been set at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,000) for the base 4GB + 64GB model in the company’s home market. The smartphone’s 6GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB variants will be sold at CNY 1,199 (roughly Rs. 12,000) and CNY 1,399 (roughly Rs. 14,000), respectively. The first sale for Redmi Note 8 will take place on September 17 in China. Its India availability is said to be eight weeks away. According to Xiaomi, it will be offering the Redmi Note 8 in three colours – Dream Blue, Meteorite Black, and White.

Realme 5 Review

Realme 5, on the other hand, was launched in India last week, and its price is set at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB + 32GB storage variant, Rs. 10,499 for the 4GB + 64GB model, and Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB RAM + 128GB storage model. It is available via flash sales via Flipkart and, and will is being offered in Crystal Blue and Crystal Purple colour variants.

Redmi Note 8 vs Realme 5 specifications

Both Redmi Note 8 and Realme 5 feature dual-SIM (Nano) slots and run on Android Pie, with MIUI 10 and ColorOS on top, respectively. The Realme 5 packs a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1600 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ for protection. The Redmi Note 8, on the other hand, features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Both phones sport waterdrop-style notches.

Coming to the processors, the Realme 5 and the Redmi Note 8, both are powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC. The Realme 5 offers up to 4GB of RAM, whereas the Redmi Note 8 comes with up to 6GB of RAM. Both smartphone also include up to 128GB of internal storage. The Realme 5 packs a dedicated microSD card slot for expansion of memory (up to 256GB) and the same is true for Redmi Note 8.

As for cameras, the Redmi Note 8 has a quad rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle shooter, a 2-megapixel depth camera, and 2-megapixel macro camera. The Realme 5 also has a quad rear camera setup, but it houses a 12-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel sensor, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor for portraits. Up front, both the phones sport a 13-megapixel selfie shooter.

The Realme 5 runs off a 5,000mAh battery while the Redmi Note 8 packs a slightly smaller 4,000mAh battery. Connectivity options on both the phones include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, a GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Realme 5 houses a Micro-USB port, whereas the Redmi Note 8 houses a USB Type-C port. The two phones also include a rear fingerprint sensors.

The Redmi Note 8 measures at 158.3×75.3×8.3mm and weighs 190 grams. The Realme 5, on the other hand, measures at 164.4×75.6×9.3mm, and weighs 198 grams.

Redmi Note 8 vs Realme 5 comparison

  Redmi Note 8

Realme 5
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Brand Xiaomi Realme
Model Redmi Note 8 5
Release date 29th August 2019 20th August 2019
Body type Glass
Thickness 8.35
Weight (g) 190.00 198.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 4000 5000
Removable battery No
Fast charging Proprietary
Colours Dream Blue, Meteorite Black, White Crystal Blue, Crystal Purple
Launched in India Yes
Dimensions (mm) 164.40 x 75.60 x 9.30
Screen size (inches) 6.39 6.50
Resolution 1080×2340 pixels 720×1600 pixels
Protection type Gorilla Glass Gorilla Glass
Aspect ratio 19.5:9
Processor octa-core 2GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE
Internal storage 64GB 128GB
Dedicated microSD slot No Yes
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256
Rear camera 48-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel 12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.25-micron) + 8-megapixel (f/2.25) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)
Rear autofocus Yes Phase detection autofocus
Rear flash Yes Yes
Front camera 13-megapixel 13-megapixel
Operating system Android 9 Pie Android 9 Pie
Skin MIUI 10 ColorOS 6.0.1
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes Yes, v 5.00
USB Type-C Yes
Number of SIMs 2 2
Active 4G on both SIM cards Yes
Micro-USB Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Face unlock Yes

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