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Realme 5i vs Xiaomi Redmi 8 Specs Comparison

Realme Philippines has launched its even more budget-friendly version of the Realme 5, the Realme 5i. With a price of just under PHP 7k, we couldn’t help but compare it to one of Xiaomi’s entry-level devices in the same price, the Xiaomi Redmi 8. The handsets have displays measuring past 6 inches, Snapdragon chipsets, and armed with a 5,000mAh battery. See how they fare against each other in this comparison.

Realme 5iXiaomi Redmi 8
6.5-inch HD+ (1600 x 720) IPS Mini-drop display, Corning Gorilla Glass 36.22-inch HD+ (1520 x 720)Dot Notch IPS display, 270ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 439 CPU
Adreno 610 GPUAdreno 505 GPU
64GB Storage32GB/64GB storage
Expandable up to 256GB via microSDExpandable up to 512GB via microSD
12MP main camera + 8MP ultra-wide camera + 2MP portrait + 2MP macro quad rear cameras12MP + 2MP dual-rear cameras
8MP front camera8MP front camera
Dual Nano SIMDual Nano SIM
Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 4.2
3.5mm audio jack3.5mm audio jack
- Face unlock
- Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- AI Face Unlock
- Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- IR Blaster
5,000mAh battery capacity5,000mAh battery capacity with 18W fast charging support
micro USB portUSB-C
ColorOS6 Android 9 PieMIUI (Android 9 Pie)

Advantages of each smartphone:

Realme 5i

  • Slightly larger display
  • Mid-range processor
  • Quadruple-rear cameras

Xiaomi Redmi 8

  • Available in two RAM/storage configurations
  • Larger expandable storage size
  • 18W fast charging support
  • USB-C port

Let’s begin with the display; the Realme 5i comes with a larger-sized panel, measuring at 6.5-inches, while the Redmi 8 has a smaller 6.22-inch one. While both devices have an HD+ resolution, the Realme 5i slightly has more pixels at 1600 x 720, compared to the Redmi 8’s 1520 x 720. The handsets have employed a notch which houses their respective front cameras. For protection, the Realme 5i comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, while the Redmi 8 sports Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Under the hood, the Realme 5i runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset, paired with 3GB RAM. On the other hand, powering the Redmi 8 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor, coupled with 3GB/4GB RAM. While we’ve yet to compare the benchmarks scores on both smartphones, it should be noted that the SD665 is a mid-range chipset and the SD439 is an entry-level one. Indeed, the SD665 is the more powerful chipset between them. As for storage, the Realme 5i has 64GB, expandable up to 256GB. The Redmi 8 has base storage of 32GB and a bigger one at 64GB, expandable up to 512GB via microSD.

When it comes to cameras, the Realme 5i wins in quantity with its quadruple rear setup, consisting of a 12MP primary, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP portrait, and a 2MP macro lens. On the other hand, the Redmi 8 sports a dual-rear camera setup, comprised of a 12MP shooter and a 2MP one. Front-camera wise, both devices have an 8MP shooter.

The handsets both come with a 5,000mAh battery capacity. The Redmi 8 has the upper hand here, seeing that it has a USB-C port and that it supports 18W fast-charging technology. Compared to that, the Realme 5i has no form of fast charging support and comes equipped with a micro USB port.

For other features, the Realme 5i and the Redmi 8 both have face unlock and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. A 3.5mm headphone jack is also present in both devices. The Redmi 8 has an IR Blaster as well, which is a feature that the Realme 5i doesn’t have. The two handsets run on Android 9 Pie but differ in their UI skin as the Redmi 8 has the MIUI 10 skin, while the 5i operates on ColorOS 6.

The devices are priced as follows:

Realme 5i

  • 3GB + 64GB – PHP 6,990

Xiaomi Redmi 8

  • 3GB + 32GB – PHP 6,490
  • 4GB + 64GB – PHP 6,990

The Realme 5i has the same price as the Redmi 8’s highest configuration, although it’s also worth noting that the Redmi 8 is available at a slightly lower price and configuration. If you’d like to have a smartphone that has a mid-range chipset, quad-cameras, and a slightly bigger screen, get the Realme 5i. However, if you would like a device with a USB-C port, larger RAM, and bigger expandable storage, go for the Redmi 8.

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3 Responses

  1. Bijay says:

    Redmi smartphones are really a good and customized ui. so, Redmi is best. Thanks for making a clear difference between realme and redmi.

    • jobert_sucaldito says:

      True, I’ve used the Realme 3, most of the experience i had was pleasant, I just didn’t like the icons, and I know there are 3rd party apps for that, I don’t want to download that.

  2. Suraj says:

    It is good to get redmi 8 as compared to realme 5i, thanks.

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