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Realme 5s Vs Redmi Note 8: Best Phone Under Rs. 10,000?

Realme launched its Realme 5s in India last week. The new budget phone from Realme is an upgrade to Realme 5 and comes with similar features like the Snapdragon 665 processor and a 5000mAh battery. However, the new Realme 5s has a 48MP main camera instead of a 12MP camera in Realme 5.

Realme announced the Realme 5s will be available starting from Rs. 9,999. Looking at this price and features, it is clear that this phone is targetting at Redmi Note 8. Xiaomi launched its Redmi Note 8 in India last month with features like 48MP quad rear cameras, Snapdragon 665, and a 4,000mAh battery, at a starting price of Rs. 9,999.

Let’s find out how these two budget phones stand against each other in our detailed comparison.

Realme 5s Vs Redmi Note 8

Design: Glass back vs Plastic back

The Redmi Note 8 comes with a glass back body with a new wave-like pattern in blue, black and white colors. The back is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and has P2i nano-coating as well.

The Realme 5s comes with a plastic body with a new glossy diamond-cut pattern, though it also looks premium.

With 8.35mm thickness, Redmi Note 8 is slimmer than Realme 5s that is 9.3mm thick. Redmi Note 8 is also lighter (190g) than Realme 5s (198g).

Both phones have a full-screen display with a small waterdrop notch at the top. Overall, in terms of design and build quality Redmi Note 8 wins because of the glass back panel.

Display: FHD+ Vs HD+

The Redmi Note 8 has a 6.39-inch FHD+(2340 ×1080 pixels) display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio. The display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

The Realme 5s comes with a slightly bigger 6.5-inch display but it has HD+ (1600 ×720 pixels) resolution. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3+.

The brightness levels and daylight visibility of both the displays are good, but Redmi Note 8 has more rich and vibrant colors because of the FHD+ resolution.

Performance: Snapdragon 665

Both the Redmi Note 8 and Realme 5s are powered by Snapdragon 665 processor with Adreno 610 GPU. The Snapdragon 665 is based on the 11nm process which is clocked at 2.0GHz. Redmi Note 8 is paired with up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB storage while Realme 5s comes with only 4GB RAM and up to 128GB storage.

Camera: 48MP, But Different Sensors

In the camera department, Redmi Note 8 features a quad-camera setup with a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8MP 120° ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro camera for 2cm macro shots. There is a 13MP selfie camera.

The Realme 5s also comes with a quad-camera set up at the back with a 48 MP primary camera but it has a Samsung GM1 sensor. It also has an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. Realme 5s also sports a 13 MP selfie camera.

Let’s check out some camera samples here.



Macro Mode


Software: MIUI Vs ColorOS

Both smartphones run the latest Android 9 Pie with their own OS on top. Redmi Note 8 runs on MIUI 10 and it will soon get MIUI 11 update with some new features. While Realme 5s comes with Color OS 6 that has its own set of features.

Battery: Realme Has Bigger

The Redmi Note 8 is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. While the Realme 5s is powered by a massive 5,000 mAh battery with 10W fast charging support.

Connectivity: Same Features

For connectivity, Redmi Note 8 and Realme 5s offer similar features like 3.5mm jack and three dedicated slots. However, Redmi Note 8 comes with a USB Type C port and Realme 5s has a micro USB port.

Price: Similar

The Redmi Note 8 price in India starts at Rs. 9,999 for the 4GB/64GB version. The 6GB/128GB model of the phone is priced at Rs. 12,999.

The Realme 5s price in India starts at Rs. 9,999 for the 4GB/64GB version and the 4GB/128GB variant is priced at Rs. 10,999.

Wrapping Up

These two offer good features at a budget price. Redmi Note 8 has an upper hand in terms of build quality, display, and better camera sensor. However, the performance is not that much an issue for you on any phone. So, you are looking for a 48MP quad-camera phone under Rs. 10,000, you can go for Redmi Note 8.


Satyendra Pal Singh

Satyendra explores the latest happenings in the tech world and writes stories about those. He likes to play around with the latest gadgets and shares his views through articles. In his free time, you can find him watching movies/TV shows and/or reading books.