As the Christmas season nears, the demand for smartphones is expectedly rising as well. May it be a gift for someone or just something you’d like to spend your Christmas bonus on – getting a new smartphone is always a good option.

This statement is true, especially for mid-range phones with good enough features and a reasonable price in which both the Realme 5 Pro and Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro are great examples of.


If you’re in the market for a mid-range phone but unsure of which of Realme 5 Pro and Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro to choose – then this specs comparison came just right in time for you! Hopefully, we can help you decide on which unit to get.

Let’s start talking about the Realme 5 Pro first. For its price tag, you can say that the Realme 5 Pro is arguably a very cost-effective phone. You wouldn’t expect a phone to have a great body design, a lot of specs and features but only cost less than Php14,000.


The second contender is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. It’s also a sleek-looking device that feels very premium in construction. Similar to the former, it also has a quad-camera set up that has good video recording capabilities while in Macro mode. This is a great feature if you’re an avid fan of taking close-up pictures or videos.

Both phones seem to be evenly matched – but which one is the best in terms of overall specs and features? Are you better off purchasing a device from Realme or Xiaomi? These are the questions our Realme 5 Pro vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro will answer. Without further ado, let’s start matching the two phones up!

Realme 5 ProXiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie
ColorOS 6
Android 9 Pie
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.3-inch IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 3+
6.53-inch IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Processor2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 octa-core2.0GHz Mediatek Helio G90T octa-core
GPUAdreno 616 Mali-G76 MC4
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
Front camera16-megapixel
Rear Camera48-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.25)
2-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
AI Scene Detection
Chroma Boost
Super Nightscape
960fps @ 720p slow-mo
LED flash
64-megapixel (f/1.9, PDAF)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
2-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
960fps @ 720p slow-mo
LED flash
AudioSingle loudspeaker
Headphone jack
Single loudspeaker
Headphone jack
SecurityRear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Connectivity4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, BDS, Galileo, A-GPS
USB Type-C
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, BDS, Galileo, A-GPS
USB Type-C
OthersSplash ResistantSplash-proof coating
Dimensions157 x 74.2 x 8.9mm161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8mm
ColorsSparkling Blue
Crystal Green
VOOC 3.0 20W fast-charging
18W fast charging
Price4GB/128GB: Php11,990
8GB/128GB: Php13,990
6GB/64GB: Php 11,490
6GB/128GB: Php 12,990


As you can see, both devices pretty much share some similarities but they do differ in some major areas. An example would be the display size and its glass protection.

The Realme 5 Pro has a 6.3-inch display while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has a 6.53-inch screen. Protection wise, the former only has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ protection compared to the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 of the latter.


Processor wise, I feel like they’re a close match. It’s no secret that MediaTek processors are considered as inferior to its Snapdragon counterpart. But we think it’s not that easy of a call, in this case. Both processors can handle games smoothly and well. I believe this is a standstill.



On the camera front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro takes the cake in this one. Even though both phones has a quad-camera set up, the Redmi Note 8 Pro’s 64-megapixel primary shooter overpowers the Realme 5 Pro’s 48-megapixel main shooter.

It’s the same story in the front camera where the Redmi Note 8 Pro uses a 20-megapixel sensor compared to Realme 5 Pro’s 16-megapixel shooter.

See also: Realme 5 Pro Review

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro also has a bigger battery size, 4,500mAh, compared to the Realme 5 Pro (4,035mAh). Although, the Realme 5 Pro supports VOOC 3.0 20W fast-charging while the Redmi Note 8 Pro only uses an 18W charger.


With all things said, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is a really solid device for its price. Thanks to its bigger display size, better cameras and huge battery size, it takes the cake over the Realme 5 Pro.

Realme are getting really better at creating bang-for-the-buck smartphones. With that, the Realme Pro 5 still offers a great value for the price. It just got outmatched by the Redmi Note 8.


The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro can be bought at Php 11,490 for the 6GB/64GB version while the 6GB/128GB model is available for Php 12,990. The Realme Pro 5 is available for purchase at the price of Php 11,990 for the 4GB/128GB model and Php 13,990 for the 8GB/128GB model.

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