Realme 5i or Redmi Note 8: Which One Should You Buy?

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Realme 5i or Redmi Note 8: Which One Should You Buy?

Realme 5i price in India is Rs. 8,999

Realme 5i price in India has been revealed and having reviewed this smartphone, we're here to talk about it on our weekly podcast — Orbital. Reviewer Aditya Shenoy joins host Pranay Parab to discuss what makes this smartphone different from other Realme 5 series devices and whether it is worth buying. We begin this episode by talking about the Realme 5i's design. This is where there have been some subtle but useful changes on the Realme 5i. We talk about some curious design choices that make the Realme 5i feel outdated as well.

Next we talk about Realme 5i price in India and how it affects its camera quality. While the price is low enough for us to not have too many expectations from Realme 5i's camera, but you still have a right to expect a certain level of camera performance. Does the Realme 5i meet these expectations? We discuss at length. Then we talk about the software, performance, and battery life on the Realme 5i and whether the phone is worth buying.

Finally we talk about the competition for the Realme 5i. As we mentioned in our review, the Realme 5i faces stiff competition from Redmi Note 8 (Review), which offers a lot more for a slightly higher price. Which smartphone should you buy? We help you decide that on this episode.

That's all for this week's episode of Orbital, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Decent build quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Good daylight camera performance
  • Dedicated microSD card slot
  • Bad
  • No fast charging
  • Below average low-light camera performance
Display 6.52-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
OS Android 9
Resolution 720x1600 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good battery life
  • Full-HD+ screen
  • Bad
  • Not great for gaming
  • Camera quality and UI could be improved
  • Bloatware and spammy notifications in MIUI
Display 6.30-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
Front Camera 13-megapixel
Rear Camera 48-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
OS Android 9 Pie
Resolution 1080x2280 pixels
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Pranay Parab Pranay is in charge of podcasts and videos at Gadgets 360. Over the years, he has helped build the tutorials section of this site from the ground up, got the Guide section off the ground, started two podcasts, written several in-depth features, reviewed fitness gadgets, handled social media and most recently, taken charge of videos as well. He loves travelling, particularly to places not frequented by tourists. He keeps running half-marathons across the country and hopes to complete a full ...More
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