Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S vs realme 8: Specs Comparison

Xiaomi and realme have recently unveiled their new mid-range smartphone offerings, including the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S and the realme 8. Both are equipped with a MediaTek Helio G95 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, quad rear cameras, and a 5,000mAh battery. So which one looks better on paper? Let’s find out!

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 10Srealme 8
6.43-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) AMOLED DotDisplay6.4-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2400) super AMOLED
180Hz touch sampling rate
MediaTek Helio G95 processorMediaTek Helio G95 processor
ARM Mali-G76ARM Mali-G76
128GB UFS 2.2 storage128GB UFS 2.1 storage
microSD card (dedicated)microSD card (dedicated)
Quad-rear cameras:Quad-rear cameras
• 64MP F1.79 (main)• 64MP F1.79 (main)
• 8MP F2.2 (ultrawide)• 8MP F2.25 (ultrawide)
• 2MP F2.4 (macro)• 2MP F2.4 (macro)
• 2MP F2.4 (depth)• 2MP F2.4 (b&w)
13MP F2.45 front camera16MP front camera
Dual-SIM (nano)Dual-SIM (nano)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.1
Multifunctional NFC (market dependent)
USB Type-CUSB Type-C
IR blaster
Fingerprint scanner (side)Fingerprint scanner (in-display)
Hi-Res Audio certificationHi-Res Audio certification
3.5mm audio jack
IP53 splash-proof
MIUI 12.5 (Android 11)realme UI 2.0 (Android 11)
5,000mAh battery w/ 33W fast charging5,000mAh battery w/ 30W dart charge
160.46 x 74.5 x 8.29 mm160.6 x 73.9 x 7.99mm
178.8 g177g
Ocean Blue, Onyx Gray, Pebble WhiteCyber Silver, Cyber Black

Summary of advantages

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S:
• UFS 2.2 storage
• Faster charging rate
• NFC (market dependent)
• IR blaster
• 3.5mm audio jack
• Dual speakers
• IP53 splash-proof

realme 8:
• Super AMOLED display
• 180Hz touch sampling rate
• Higher front camera resolution
• Bluetooth 5.1


Starting with the display, the two sport a 6.4-inch screen with FHD+ (1080 x 2400) resolution. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S has AMOLED display, whereas the realme 8 boasts a more advanced Super AMOLED display as it integrates touch-sensors and the actual screen in a single layer. You can expect rich colors and deep blacks with both devices, but you can expect a slightly better viewing experience on the latter. Plus, the realme 8 also features a 180Hz touch sampling rate that could deliver a highly responsive experience, which is essential in gaming.


Powering these two smartphones are the same MediaTek Helio G95 CPU and ARM Mali-G76 GPU so we can expect the same level of performance on both. However, do note that we can only determine the extent of their performance and thermals once we have both units for a review.

RAM & Storage

Both smartphones come in 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB storage. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S has a more advanced UFS 2.2 storage, while the realme 8 comes with UFS 2.1 storage. The major difference between UFS 2.2 and UFS 2.1 is the addition of Write Booster (write accelerator) function. Both devices also feature a dedicated microSD card slot for easy expansion without the need to sacrifice its dual-SIM capabilities.


The two are equipped with quad rear cameras with almost identical details. Both have 64MP (main), 8MP (ultra-wide), and 2MP (macro) sensors. However, the two differ on the fourth sensor as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S has 2MP depth, while the realme 8 has 2MP B&W lens. The depth sensor is good for blur effects, while the B&W lens is for the benefit of black-and-white photos but could also aid in depth sensing.

For the front camera, the realme 8 also has a higher 16MP resolution for more detailed selfies, compared to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S’ 13MP.

Other features

Both smartphones feature similar specs such as 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, USB-C, and fingerprint scanners. Meanwhile, although the realme 8 has an advanced Bluetooth 5.1 (vs 5.0), the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S takes a step forward with additional features such as NFC, IR blaster, 3.5mm audio jack, and IP53 water resistance. These are the features that are missing on the realme 8. What’s more, the Xiaomi device also features dual speakers for a more immersive sound when watching videos or playing games.


Powering both smartphones is the same 5,000mAh battery capacity. Both smartphones have huge batteries, but the former can replenish quicker. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S has a bit faster 33W fast charging, as the realme 8 supports 30W.


The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S is more budget-friendly at PHP 11,990, while the realme 8 retails at PHP 13,990.

Which one to get?

Although both smartphones have their advantages; the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, despite being more affordable at PHP 11,990, has more to give. It takes a leap against the realme 8 with its extra features, such as UFS 2.2 storage, NFC, IR blaster, 3.5mm audio jack, dual speakers, a faster charging rate, and even IP53 water resistance.

On the flip side, we shouldn’t also set aside the point that the realme 8 carries a better display with a Super AMOLED panel and 180Hz touch sampling rate, as well as a higher front camera resolution for selfies. If these are the features you want and you won’t mind paying an extra PHP 2K, then you can go for the realme 8 instead.

Which would you pick? Let us know in the comments below.

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1 Response

  1. Avatar for joberta joberta says:

    Of course people will pick the cheaper option, they always do. Not a lot of people will spend an extra 2k for those extra features mentioned unless you are obsessed with Realme.

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