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!
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S||realme 8|
|6.43-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) AMOLED DotDisplay||6.4-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2400) super AMOLED|
|180Hz touch sampling rate|
|MediaTek Helio G95 processor||MediaTek Helio G95 processor|
|ARM Mali-G76||ARM Mali-G76|
|8GB LPDDR4X RAM||8GB LPDDR4X RAM|
|128GB UFS 2.2 storage||128GB 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 camera||16MP front camera|
|4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Dual-SIM (nano)||Dual-SIM (nano)|
|WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.1|
|Multifunctional NFC (market dependent)|
|GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU, GALILEO|
|USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|Fingerprint scanner (side)||Fingerprint scanner (in-display)|
|Hi-Res Audio certification||Hi-Res Audio certification|
|3.5mm audio jack|
|MIUI 12.5 (Android 11)||realme UI 2.0 (Android 11)|
|5,000mAh battery w/ 33W fast charging||5,000mAh battery w/ 30W dart charge|
|160.46 x 74.5 x 8.29 mm||160.6 x 73.9 x 7.99mm|
|Ocean Blue, Onyx Gray, Pebble White||Cyber 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
• Super AMOLED display
• 180Hz touch sampling rate
• Higher front camera resolution
• Bluetooth 5.1
Table of Contents
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.
CPU & GPU
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.
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.