It is never easy when you need to advise which one smartphone buy within a low price range. In fact, among all the devices belonging to this category there are many different products. All new brands competing in middle band, therefore, they literally conquered the market, growing at a really impressive speed even in our country. Among these we cannot fail to mention Redmi and Realme, which derive respectively from the more famous Xiaomi and OPPO. Which is why we're going to see, in that confrontation, which smartphone will pop up in between Notes redmi 8 Pro e Realme 5 Pro. Although these two phones have come out in slightly different periods, in fact, they have many features in common. Let's find out together, in this article!
Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme 5 Pro
Inside the two sales packages of these smartphones we find the same sales equipment. On each box, therefore, the images of the product are illustrated and, opening the casings, we find almost the same type of accessories. Therefore, there is no lack of a cable USB / USB Type-C, a wall power supply with European socket, a short instruction manual, one cover soft transparent TPU and the pin for the SIM slot.
Design & Materials
- Redmi Note 8 Pro: 161.3 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm, 199 g;
- Realme 5 Pro: 157 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm, 188 g.
From the constructive point of view these two smartphones are equivalent, showing a care in the realization of the whole supporting structure really exceptional. Both have a slightly curved surface on the back, which makes it easier to grip. On Realme, however, this is made of plastic. Obviously the proposed style is different, with a back characterized by some particular designs for Realme 5 Pro that, in this respect, wins the challenge with Redmi Note 8 Pro. On the latter smartphone, however, find space on the right On / off button and the volume balance, while on the left we have the SIM slot. On the upper part, then, reside the according to microphone and the infrared sensor, while below we have the mini jack hole for headphones, the entrance USB Type-C, main microphone and system speaker. The layout of these components on Realme 5 Pro does not differ that much, besides the absence of the infrared sensor, it does not present any other difference.
Taking a look at the back, however, we find a different arrangement of the whole photographic department. On Redmi Note 8, in fact, this is arranged along the central axis, also including the relative biometric sensor. Realme 5 Pro, on the other hand, decided to place these elements on the left, always vertically, leaving space centrally only to the fingerprint reader. We are always in the presence, however, of one Quad Room.
These smartphones are characterized by the same type of unlocking systems, exploiting both the biometric sensor and the Face Unlock in 2D. With regard to the first method, therefore, it seems that Redmi Note 8 Pro behaves slightly better, showing a reactivity to the best touch. If on this device the release takes place about 9 times on 10, with Realme 5 Pro the result of is not exceeded 8 times on 10. That said, the two sensors are not uncomfortable and can be easily intercepted by any user with not too small hands.
If you were looking for another type of unlock you might find comfort in the Face Unlock, only in 2D. During daylight hours, therefore, both work very well, showing almost identical reaction times. Only at night do they tend to offer less reliability, failing to recognize our face in the dark.
- Redmi Note 8 Pro: 6,53 ″, LCD IPS, FHD + (2340 x 1080 pixels), 395 PPI;
- Realme 5 Pro: 6,3 ″, LCD IPS, FHD + (2340 x 1080 pixels), 409 PPI.
To confirm the greater dimensions, su Notes redmi 8 Pro find space a display slightly wider, with the same features as the one mounted on Realme 5 Pro. From the qualitative aspect, however, this presents colors slightly duller and less saturated than the Realme counterpart, showing whites slightly tending to gray. On the second smartphone, instead, the whole palette is well reproduced and the colors are bright, very close to reality. Here the contrasttherefore, it is certainly better. Despite this, both are equipped with a drop-shaped notch in the upper part, which has the same shape on both phones. Realme 5 Pro, however, shows a smaller earpiece than Redmi Note 8 Pro.
At the maximum brightness you don't notice big differences, as under the direct sunlight both panels are legible. However, I was not convinced by the touch screen by Realme, which on some occasions seemed to me to be unresponsive and precise, especially during the most agitated writing phases. Of the oleophobic treatmentmoreover, it is not nearly the case to speak, given that all the protective glasses hold many fingerprints.
Hardware & Performance
- Redmi Note 8 Pro: MediaTek Helio G90T SoC (2x 2.27GHz Cortex A76 + 6x 1.7GHz Cortex A55), Mali G76 GPU, 6GB RAM, 64GB internal memory;
- Realme 5 Pro: Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC (2x 2.3GHz Kryo 360 Gold + 6x 1.7GHz Kryo 360), Adreno 616 GPU, 8GB RAM, 128GB internal memory.
It is not to be underestimated that these two mid-range smartphones present hardware so different. In fact, we often tend to demonize MediaTek but, from what we could see, the performances do not differ from those offered by a CPU Qualcomm of the same category. Both, in fact, work very well in everyday life, taking advantage of all their available power. So you will have the chance to browse the various menus without problems with both phones. Even within the various applications everything will flow very quickly, showing absolutely comparable opening times.
Although two completely different systems are mounted on these devices, the user experience is almost identical. I have not found, therefore, an excessive overheating of these units during daily use, even in the phases of Gaming more excited. Thanks to these GPUin fact, you can enjoy any type of title on the Play Store. But with more powerful games, like Call of Duty Mobile, the system itself will set the graphic quality to a low level, allowing us to enjoy a good frame-rate it's almost no lag.
These two displays are similar in size, therefore Netflix e Amazon Prime Video can be enjoyed without any problem. We remind you, in fact, that the certification Widevine it's kind of L1 on both phones, allowing streaming video content to be viewed at the highest possible resolution.
- Redmi Note 8 Pro: MIUI Global 22.214.171.124 (PGGEUXM), Android 9 Pie, 2019 October security patch;
- Realme 5 Pro: ColorOS 6.0, Android 9 Pie, November 2019 security patch.
If we analyze the systems on these devices, we find some big differences. With Redmi Note 8 Pro, in fact, we must report the presence of a MIUI 11 now already very tested. Thus, within this system there are many different options and various levels of customization. Unlike the Realme interface, however, everything is arranged in a more orderly manner and some items have been relocated, over time, into other macro-categories. On colorostherefore, this type of system does not exist and many items are still present individually in the settings menu, making everything less clear and clean.
As with many other products from the Asian market, however, the applications of phone management, which allow to detect viruses, clean the cache and much more. On a graphic level, however, the two interfaces are very different but, in substance, they do not differ much. We must report, however, that while on Notes redmi 8 Pro la dark mode is already present in the system, on Realme 5 Pro this is in beta phase and does not work perfectly with all applications and notifications. On both smartphones, however, there is no lack of the possibility of cloning apps, taking advantage of the features of the game space and managing applications in full screen. With a swipe on the right, from the home, you access a page dedicated to some quick functions, which on both smartphones is really very similar. In fact, some quick links, calendar events, advanced tools and much more are offered.
Both can take advantage of the Full Screen Gesture, which work the same way on these two smartphones. You won't have any problems, then, with the use of the Google voice assistant, which can be activated in different ways, besides our voice.
- Notes redmi 8 Pro
- Rear: 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP, f / 1.8 + 2.2 + 2.4 + 2.4, PDAF autofocus;
- Front: 20 MP, f / 2.0.
- Realme 5 Pro
- Rear: 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP, f / 1.79 + 2.25 + 2.4 + 2.4, PDAF autofocus;
- Front: 16 MP; f / 2.0.
in daytime hours behave more or less in the same way, although Redmi Note 8 Pro returns less detail and colors much less real than those shown by Realme 5 Pro. Keeping theAutomatic HDR el 'AI active, it is possible to get slightly better photos just with this last device. In fact, on the Redmi product the sky is often overexposed too. On a chromatic level, then, it seems that all the photos are more yellowish than normal, thus distorting the final rendering of the image. This same argument obviously also applies to the other sensors, including that one wide-angle lens. These have the same 120 ° aperture and the level of detail, in this case, is virtually identical. With macros both smartphones do a good job, although on Realme it is possible to get closer to the subject to put in the foreground.
During the notte the shots appear to be discreet for both, although in this case Redmi Note 8 Pro returns a slightly better quality with the standard mode. All the photos, in fact, are managed a little better in terms of lighting, burning less artificial light sources. Despite this, the Night Mode, present on both models, is much more effective on Realme 5 Pro, because it offers good details and a result closer to reality. That of Redmi Note 8 Pro, therefore, I found that it is excessively aggressive and tends to distort the entire chromatic scale. I do not recommend, then, to exploit the wide-angle cameras on such models, although Realme 5 Pro still offers a better quality with this lens, even with the night mode active. Redmi Note 8 Pro, then, can practically not be used in the dark in macros, because with the LED flash it fails to focus well, overexposing the subject excessively.
from selfie camera it is possible to obtain noteworthy shots in both cases. In fact, I didn't notice any particular differences between these two smartphones. That of Realme shows, however, a bokeh effect slightly more natural than that of Note 8 Pro. Despite this, both devices show sufficient quality. What leads to victory Realme 5 ProHowever, it is the Night Mode. With the last update, in fact, this has also definitely arrived on the selfie camera, giving really good shots, even if they are not true from a chromatic point of view.
Connectivity & Audio
On these smartphones we find a very similar audio sector, although there is in particular a difference that, as far as I am concerned, I find substantial. On board of Remi Note 8, as with Realme 5 Pro, a module resides 802.11 Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac, support for the LTE network, which with Fastweb's 4G gave me no problem on both smartphones, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C 2.0, GPS / A-GPS / Galileo / GLONASS / Beidou. What is missing on the Realme device, however, is theNFC (in addition to the infrared sensor).
At the level audio we do not have to report many differences, as on both units the sound is fairly flat and the high frequencies are essentially privileged. Up Notes redmi 8 Pro, however, the volume, at maximum power, it is slightly less incisive than that of its rival. From the lower speaker, however, I found no disturbance and the case does not seem to croak in any case.
During the various calls audio I found no problems with these two smartphones. We and our interlocutor can both hear clearly and cleanly, without any problems. To signal the presence of an audio slightly higher up Realme 5 Pro.
- Redmi Note 8 Pro: 4.500 mAh;
- Realme 5 Pro: 4035 mAh.
With these two phones it is possible to reach the evening hours without any problems, even after a busy working day. Up Realme 5 Pro, in fact, I managed to quietly total 6 hours on screen turned on, on a basis of 14-15 hours of continuous use. It is not far behind, though, Notes redmi 8 Pro than with his 4.500 mAh also guarantees 7 hours of active display, on about 15 hours of use. It then depends on how you use the phone. In our tests, in fact, we have always traveled on a mixture of Wi-Fi and 4G, using a lot of Instagram, Telegram, web browsing and keeping four different mailboxes active at the same time.
Regarding recharge times, up Notes redmi 8 Pro it is possible to use the power supply in the package, with output from 5V / 3A-9V / 2A-12V / 1,5A. Thanks to it, therefore, it is possible to switch from 10 to 100% in just under 1 30 hours and minutes. With Realme 5 Pro, instead, it will take around 1 now and 30 minutes to carry out the same type of charge, but using the power supply from 5V / 4A.
Price & Conclusions
Following the current prices of these two devices, we find Notes redmi 8 Pro about 230 € in the basic version from 4 / 64GB, while Realme 5 Pro it costs roughly 200 €, also in the basic version from 4 / 128GB. It is therefore a very small price difference which, over the next few months, could even be reduced. In the face of these figures, therefore, I would recommend the purchase of a Realme device, although there are some compromises to be accepted. Not having the NFC available, for example, could penalize some users a lot, so they would be more inclined to choose Note 8 Pro. However, these are personal evaluations that do not go to undermine the perception of quality returned by these two smartphones .