Realme 8i launched in India earlier today as the brand’s latest budget offering and as the first phone in the country to ship with the MediaTek Helio G96 chipset. This comes just days after Realme’s close rival Xiaomi launched the Redmi 10 Prime in the country. The Realme 8i comes with a 120Hz IPS LCD display, a 50MP primary camera, a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging support and Android 11 OS out of the box. On the other hand, the Redmi 10 Prime has a 90Hz panel, MediaTek Helio G88 chipset, Android 11 OS, but with a large 6,000mAh battery with similar 18W charging speeds. Today, we will be comparing the Redmi 10 Prime and Realme 8i to see which offers better value for money.
Redmi 10 Prime vs Realme 8i: prices in India
|Realme 8i||4GB + 64GB||Rs 13,999|
|6GB + 128GB||Rs 15,499|
|Redmi 10 Prime||4GB + 64GB||Rs 12,499|
|6GB + 128GB||Rs 14,499|
The Realme 8i price in India is Rs 13,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant and Rs 15,499 for the top-end 6GB RAM + 128GB model. It comes in Space Black and Space Purple colourways and will be on sale via Flipkart and Realme websites.
Similarly, the Redmi 10 Prime price in India for the 4GB + 64GB variant is Rs 12,499 and Rs 14,499 for the top-end 6GB RAM + 128GB model. It comes in White, Black, and Blue colour hue and will be on sale via Amazon, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores.
Redmi 10 Prime vs Realme 8i: display
Redmi 10 Prime sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ LCD display with 2,400 X 1,080 pixels resolution, reading mode 3.0, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 layer, 400nits brightness, 1500:1 contrast ratio, and a 90Hz refresh rate. There is a centre-positioned punch-hole cutout for the selfie snapper.
The Realme 8i flaunts a 6.6-inch FHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 2412×1080 pixels resolution, 90.80 percent screen-to-body ratio, a punch-hole camera, 100 percent DCI-P3 colour Space, a 180Hz touch sampling rate, and 600nits brightness. Interestingly, the phone is claimed to go as low as 1nit, which is especially useful during night time.
Redmi 10 Prime vs Realme 8i: design
Redmi 10 Prime has a punch-hole cutout on the centre for the selfie snapper. There is a large module on the back where the quad-cameras are present alongside the LED flash.
The volume rocker and power button with a fingerprint sensor embedded are present on the right. The top edge houses a 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster, speaker grille, and a secondary microphone for noise cancellation are on top. The USB Type-C port, speaker grille, and microphones are at the bottom. The phone has Redmi branding on the back.
The Realme 8i has a familiar design. It has a punch-hole cutout on the top left corner for the selfie snapper. The volume rocker and SIM tray section are on the left, while the power button with a fingerprint sensor embedded is on the right.
Redmi 10 Prime vs Realme 8i: camera
Redmi 10 Prime has a quad-camera setup on the back, comprising a 50MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor. There is an 8MP snapper on the front for selfies and video chats. Realme 8i has a triple camera setup on the back, with a 50MP primary Samsung S5KJN1 sensor with f/1.8 aperture, PDAF HDR, and 5P lens, a 2MP B&W lens and a 2MP 4cm macro lens. There is a 16MP snapper on the front for selfies and video chats.
Also read: Redmi 10 Prime review
Redmi 10 Prime vs Realme 8i: performance
Redmi 10 Prime is powered by the MediaTek Helio G88 chipset paired with Mali-G52 MC2 GPU, 4GB or 6GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB or 128GB internal storage that is further expandable via a microSD card. The phone comes with 2GB of expandable RAM and runs on MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11.
Realme 8i comes with the MediaTek Helio G96 coupled with ARM Mali-G57 with 4GB or 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB internal storage that is further expandable via a microSD card up to 256GB. The 6GB RAM model ships with an additional 5GB virtual RAM for better multitasking. It runs on Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0 custom skin out of the box.
Redmi 10 Prime vs Realme 8i: battery
Redmi 10 Prime packs a 6,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging support. However, the company is bundling a 22.5W adapter in the box. It has support for 9W reverse charging as well. On the other hand, the Realme 8i packs a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging support.
Redmi 10 Prime vs Realme 8i: conclusion
Though the Redmi 10 Prime is priced slightly cheaper than the Realme 8i, the latter gains the edge thanks to a more powerful chipset that should offer better performance than the MediaTek Helio G88 on the Redmi 10 Prime, a slightly more smoother 120Hz display, and a taller 6.6-inch display. Most importantly, Realme UI should throw fewer ads in comparison to MIUI 12.5. However, the Redmi 10 Prime does take the lead with a slightly larger 6,000mAh battery, if that’s a priority. For those on the lookout for a phone, we suggest you increase the budget slightly and get the Realme 8i, which looks to be a better value for money offering.