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Realme 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: Should You Save Some Bucks?

author Luis Silva (March 2020 Updated: August 2021 - 6 min. reading time)

You'll spend more on the Redmi Note 8 Pro, but it isn't the smartphone you should pick.

It comes with a glass back. But with the 5 Pro, you can get better cameras and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB).

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The Redmi Note 8 Pro also features a larger (+0.2") display, more RAM (6GB vs. 4GB), and NFC. But with the 5 Pro, you can also get an Always-On display.

However, any of them will do because they almost share the same score.

But how much more will I have to pay for the 5 Pro?

If you're going off-contract, since it is more affordable, you can end up saving up to about $36.

Is the 5 Pro still worth buying in 2021?

You shouldn't pick the 5 Pro in 2021 unless you can find an outstanding deal. It's losing its security updates, and the Samsung Galaxy A42 is an overall better phone, as it will offer you better performance, better battery life, more security updates, and an AMOLED display.

Is it worth buying the Redmi Note 8 Pro in 2021?

The Redmi Note 8 Pro remains a great smartphone in part thanks to its good cameras, good battery life, and tons of RAM. It still makes sense in 2021, but a fantastic device like (again) the Samsung Galaxy A42 does have better performance, more storage, more security updates, and an AMOLED display.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they fare against their competition, and you'll know how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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Realme 5 Pro, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

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Introduction

Realme and Xiaomi released these smartphones in September 2019.

In this article, we see how the 5 Pro and the Redmi Note 8 Pro compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

Do consider avoiding the 5 Pro, as it will be losing it's security updates sooner than later.

The weight of each section

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to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device 5 Pro Redmi Note 8 Pro
Release Date 2019, September 2019, September 0y.
OS Updates 2 years 1 year -1y.
Security Updates 2 years 4 years 2y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the Redmi Note 8 Pro was, on average, 9% quicker while finishing its tests. Basically, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

By the way, you can define the 5 Pro as a low to mid-range and the Redmi Note 8 Pro more like mid-range.

Update: Geekbench just delisted the Redmi Note 8 Pro because they don't trust this score, so you should take it with a grain of salt.

Performance*
vs.
Features 5 Pro Redmi Note 8 Pro
SoC Snapdragon 712 Mediatek Helio G90T
Graphics Adreno 616 Mali-G76 MC4
Geekbench 5 Score 1458
1586
128
OS Android 9 (Pie) and Realme UI Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 11
Tek-Score
4.4
4.6
0.2

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Realme 5 Pro front transparent png Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro front transparent png

The 5 Pro is the title-holder here, and it should be noticeable. But the glass on the Redmi Note 8 Pro is much rougher.

Usually, anything below 500 nits isn't your best option for HDR content and outdoor readability. Speaking of HDR content:

If you're leaning towards the 5 Pro, 75% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen. However, none of them have refresh rates over 60hz, and only 12% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Should you stick with the Redmi Note 8 Pro? Only 22% of its competitors can play HDR content, and only 6% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, and feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features 5 Pro Redmi Note 8 Pro
Size 6.3
6.5
0.2
Screen Type LCD LCD
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1080x2340
0
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 409.08
396.49
-12.59
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Teardrop Teardrop
Peak Brightness 512 nits
630 nits
118
HDR - HDR
Sub Tek-Score
7.1
1.9
-5.2
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
3.7
4.3
0.6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Realme 5 Pro back transparent png Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro back transparent png

Overall, I'm sure the Realme 5 Pro has a better camera.

About the 5 Pro: DXOMARK hasn't evaluated this shooter yet, but the approximately calculated and equivalent camera score is 100*. By including its wide-angle lens, that will go up to 111**.

To put things in perspective: you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens. However, none of them come with a telephoto lens.

About the Redmi Note 8 Pro: DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 83. And if we consider its wide-angle lens, we get a score of 96** points. Just click here to read about it.

Lastly, just to let you know, 78% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Regardless, none of them come with a telephoto lens.

If you prefer, we can grade the 5 Pro as an upper mid-range and the Redmi Note 8 Pro more as mid-range.

*DXOMARK is a well-known market reference when it comes to camera benchmarking. I'd love to see more tests, but some phones are just left out. So whenever I come across one such camera, I score every camera spec (like sensor size, lenses, and so on) to get a similar global score. As of now, you can expect a 2 points (more or less) error threshold.

**This score still needs improvement, especially with cameras with less than 40MP and no telephoto lens. They just revised their formula, and I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera 5 Pro Redmi Note 8 Pro
Megapixels 48
64
16
Aperture 1.8
1.9
0.1
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS No No
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 111
96
-15

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) 5 Pro Redmi Note 8 Pro vs.
Megapixels 8
8
0
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 13mm 13mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 2 2 0
Aperture 2.4 2.4 0.0
Megapixels 2 2 0
Aperture 2.4 2.4 0.0
Lens Type Depth Sensor Depth Sensor
Score 11 13 2
Selfie Camera 5 Pro Redmi Note 8 Pro vs.
Megapixels 16
20
4
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens 25mm -
5 Pro Redmi Note 8 Pro vs.
Tek-Score
6.5
5.6
-0.9

Who has the best frame?

It's a tie, so any will do.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a little bit heavier: About 16 g. (0.63 oz). If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The 5 Pro got 5.1, showing it has an acceptable score for its screen size. The Redmi Note 8 Pro, in its turn, has 4.0, so nothing to state here.

Looks*
vs.
Body 5 Pro Redmi Note 8 Pro
Size 157 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.54 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
161 x 76 x 8 mm
(5.68 x 2.68 x 0.28 in)
4944
Weight 184 g. (6.49 oz)
200 g. (7.05 oz)
16
Build Front glass Front and back glass
Colors Crystal Green and Crystal Blue Black, Blue, Red, Midnight Blue, Deep Sea Blue, White, Electric Blue, and Twilight Orange
Screen To Body Ratio 83.86%
84.76%
0.90
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.1 4.0 -1.1
Looks 5.1/10 9.4/10 4.4
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Fingerprint Fingerprint
Tek-Score
1.8
2.1
0.3

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The 5 Pro does have a battery capacity of 4035 mAh versus the 4500 mAh of the Redmi Note 8 Pro. But by GSMArena's standards, you should get the same battery life with either device.

You should know that the Redmi Note 8 Pro also doesn't have many rivals at any given price range. Let's see if it still has a place on our top 10 list with the best battery life.

Battery*
vs.
Features 5 Pro Redmi Note 8 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4035 4500 465
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
84% left
1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
70% left
-1
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 69% left
72% left
3
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.8 3.8 -1.0
Sub Tek-Score
7.4
7.5
0.1
Fast Charging 20w
18w
-2
Wireless Charging No No 0
Tek-Score
6.4
6.4
0.0

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The 5 Pro. Twice as much.

In terms of RAM, the 5 Pro brings 4GB. In terms of storage, it has 128GB. Be aware that at this price segment, others have more RAM but less storage. Right now, the average is 76Gb of storage and 5GB of RAM.

Most people should be OK with their internal storage. However, if videos or big games are your thing, 64 GB may be too short for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features 5 Pro Redmi Note 8 Pro
RAM (GB) 4GB
6GB
2
Internal (GB) 128GB
64GB
-64
Micro SD microSDXC (dedicated slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
7.5
6.3
-1.3

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

I'd go for the Redmi Note 8 Pro if you really value NFC.

Both have a single network variant: LTE. Do you want 5G on your next phone? Then, you should look at the Samsung Galaxy A42 instead.

Connectivity
vs.
Features 5 Pro Redmi Note 8 Pro
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC No Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
6.4
8.5
2.1

Which is more affordable?

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:

Realme 5 Pro

Reference: $179

Realme 5 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

Reference: $215

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money 5 Pro Redmi Note 8 Pro VS
Amazon 3.09 2.66 -0.43
eBay - 2.06 -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. Let me point out the average of its competitors. The 5 Pro class is at 5.6, and the Redmi Note 8 Pro 5.4.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

In this segment, the major deal-breaker is obviously the price. Nevertheless, because features are also important, you should be aware that the Realme 5 Pro has an Always-On display, but it lacks NFC.

It also wins on weight and internal storage. There's also a chance that you'll find it cheaper than the Note 8 Pro, so it really is a no-brainer.

Pros 5 Pro Redmi Note 8 Pro
#1 Always-On-Display Battery Life
#2 Cameras Fast Charging
#3 Battery Life MicroSD Slot
#4 Fast Charging 3.5mm Jack
#5 MicroSD Slot Price
#6 3.5mm Jack
#7 Price
Cons 5 Pro Redmi Note 8 Pro
#1 AMOLED AMOLED
#2 Wireless Charging Always-On-Display
#3 Weight Wireless Charging
#4 Glass Protection Weight
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score 5 Pro Redmi Note 8 Pro
Gaming Score
3.9
4.5
0.6
Tek-Score
5.53
5.45
-0.08
Your Score

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 Realme 5 Pro 
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 8 Pro
    $204
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 8
    $171
  • ApplerivaliPhone 6s
    $199
  • XiaomirivalMi A3
    $200
  • GooglerivalPixel 2
    $150
  • GooglerivalPixel 3
    $173
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7
    $197
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $165
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S8
    $190
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $189
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $210

 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
    $229
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A30
    $220
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A40
    $240
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 8
    $171
  • ApplerivaliPhone 6s
    $199
  • XiaomirivalMi A3
    $200
  • Realmerival5 Pro
    $179
  • GooglerivalPixel 3
    $173
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7
    $197
  • OnePlusrival6
    $232
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $165
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S8
    $190
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $189
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $210
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
    $223
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A31
    $225
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $239
  • XiaomirivalPoco X3 NFC
    $224
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A42
    $215
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10
    $234
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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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