Realme 5s went official earlier today and it hits the shelves in India starting at Rs. 9,999, packing a quad rear camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel main camera. The latest Realme budget offering comes equipped with a 5,000mAh battery and is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC. Going by the asking price and specifications, the Realme 5s goes up against Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 Pro. Read on to find out how the two phone stack up and which one comes out as the more capable offering, at least on paper.
Realme 5s vs Redmi Note 8 price in India
The Realme 5s starts at Rs. 9,999 for the base 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, while the 4GB RAM + 128GB storage model is priced at Rs. 10,999. The Realme 5s will be available in Crystal Blue, Crystal Purple, and Crystal Red colour options. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 also starts at Rs. 9,999 for the base 4GB + 64GB model, while the higher-end 6GB + 128GB variant carries a price tag of Rs. 12,999. The Redmi Note 8 is available in Moonlight White, Neptune Blue, and Space Black colour options.
Realme 5s vs Redmi Note 8 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Realme 5s runs ColorOS 6 skin based on Android Pie, while the Redmi Note 8 runs MIUI 10.3 based on Android Pie. Coming to the hardware specifications, the Realme 5s sports a 6.5-inch HD+ (720 x 1600 pixels) display with 89 percent screen-to-body ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ protection. The Redmi Note 8, on the other hand, features a smaller 6.39-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) display with 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and Gorilla Glass 5 for protection.
Both the Realme 5s and Redmi Note 8 are powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor. However, the Redmi Note 8 offer up to 6GB of RAM paired with 128GB of internal storage, while the Realme 5s packs only 4GB of RAM ticking alongside a peak 128GB of internal storage. Moreover, the Redmi Note 8 offers storage expansion up to 512GB via a microSD card, while the Realme 5s limits storage expansion to 256GB only.
In the camera department, both the phones pack four sensors at the back with a 48-megapixel primary camera. The Realme 5s’ 48-megapixel primary camera has an f/1.8 aperture and employs the Samsung ISOCELL GM1 sensor. It is accompanied by an 8-megapixel wide-angle shooter with 119-degree field of view and an f/2.25 aperture, a 2-megapixel macro lens with an f/2.4 aperture, and a 2-megapixel portrait camera with an f/2.4 aperture. A 13-megapixel camera is there on the front to handle selfies.
Redmi Note 8 Pro also employs a 48-megapixel main camera, but with a slightly larger f/1.79 aperture. The main snapper is assisted by an 8-megapixel wide-angle shooter with 120-degree field of view and an f/2.2 aperture, and a couple of 2-megapixel cameras with an f/2.4 aperture – one serving as a macro shooter and the other one for depth sensing. Selfies on the Redmi Note 8 are handled by a 13-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture.
Realme 5s packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 10W charging and comes bundled with a charger of equivalent capacity in the retail package. The Redmi Note 8 comes equipped with a 4,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging that is facilitated by the 18W charger in the phone’s retail package.
Connectivity options on the Realme 5s include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, Beidou, Galileo, and Glonass. It tips the scales at 198 grams and measures 164.4×75.6×9.3mm. Sensors packed inside the Realme 5s include accelerometer, proximity, ambient light, gyroscope, compass, and a fingerprint sensor for authentication.
As for the Redmi Note 8, connectivity options on the Xiaomi phone include a 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster, GPS, A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth v4.2, and Wi-Fi Direct. Sensors onboard include proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, acceleration sensor, gyroscope, digital compass, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Redmi Note 8’s dimensions are 158.3×75.3×8.35mm and it weighs 188 grams.
Realme 5s vs Redmi Note 8 comparison