The Christmas season is just right around the corner. Chances are, you’re looking for a brand new smartphone to spend your bonus on. Or, you’re planning on giving a pretty fancy gift to a special someone.

If you’re any of those people, then today’s smartphone comparison is for you. Today, we have two of possibly the best smartphone that you can get for the price. That is if your budget is in the sub-Php13k category.


The first one is the Realme 5 Pro. Recently launched in the Philippines, this latest from Realme is undeniably the best under-Php15k smartphone that you can currently get locally.

It packs a lot of specs and features that you’d never see in its mainstream competition. All of which are sandwiched in a chic-looking body.


But besides Realme’s offering, we also have the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Note 8. The company recently announced its upcoming arrival in the country, and there are tons of reasons why everyone should be excited.

Today, here in our Realme 5 Pro vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 specs comparison, we want to see which between these two devices is really worth your money. So, without further ado, let’s begin!

 Realme 5 ProXiaomi Redmi Note 8
Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie
ColorOS 6
Android 9 Pie
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.3-inch FHD+ IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 3+
6.39-inch FHD+ IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Processor2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 octa-core2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor
GPUAdreno 616Adreno 610
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
48-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
2-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
AI Scene Detection
Night Mode
240fps @ 720p slow-mo
LED flash
AudioSingle loudspeaker
Headphone jack
Single loudspeaker
Headphone jack
SecurityRear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
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 Resistant
Dimensions157 x 74.2 x 8.9mm164.4 x 75.6 x 9.3mm
ColorsSparkling Blue
Crystal Green
VOOC 3.0 20W fast-charging
18W fast charging
Price4GB/128GB: Php11,990
8GB/128GB: Php13,990
3GB/32GB: Php7,990
4GB/64GB: Php8,990
4GB/128GB: Php9,990


For those who are wondering why we didn’t compare the Realme 5 Pro to the Redmi Note 8 Pro: that’s because, as what you just saw, these two are more identical in prices.

We might have to compare the Note 8’s Pro model to the Realme XT, which is the more worthy competitor considering the price and specs similarities. But, we’ll still prepare a Realme 5 Pro vs Redmi Note 8 Pro for those who are looking.


Going back, the table above clearly shows that the Realme 5 Pro and Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 have tons of similarities with each other. Hence, the identical price tag.

However, it looks like Realme’s offering will have to take home the trophy on this one. That’s primarily due to the processor that it has. This thing is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor, which is obviously better than the Snapdragon 665 processor on the latter.


Both devices have an identical quad-camera setup on the back. There’s the 48-megapixel main shooter, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide, and two 2-megapixel sensors for macro shots and depth sensing.

But, the Realme 5 Pro’s extra features such as a 960fps slow-mo recording and Chroma Boost color enhancement one-up the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8.


Oh, and of course, there’s the Realme 5 Pro’s 16-megapixel selfie camera that simply outshines the 13-megapixel selfie camera on the competition.



The two share an identical 4,000mAh battery. But it’s evident that the 20W VOOC fast charging on the Realme device will refill its battery faster than the Xiaomi’s 18W fast charger.

But to the Redmi Note 8’s credit, it does have a bigger 6.39-inch screen and a tougher Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. But still, the rest of the rounds in this battle lead the win to Realme’s smartphone. You can check out our Realme 5 Pro full review for an in-depth look on this device.


To sum it up, both the Realme 5 Pro and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 are easily two of the best smartphones that you can get for the price. We’ll just have to wait for Xiaomi Philippines to announce the official SRP of their latest mid-range device on October 11.

But if you’re still interested to see how both Pro models of Realme and Xiaomi’s latest’ stack up against each other, we’ll have a full comparison ready for you so stay tuned for that.

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