Realme 6 vs Redmi Note 8: Who Wins The Budget Smartphone Battle?

Can Redmi Note 8 beat Realme 6? The company unveiled Realme 6 series alongside Realme Band, the first fitness tracker by Realme. The company also has introduced a punch-hole display for the first time on any Realme series smartphone.

Realme 6 vs Redmi Note 8: Who Wins The Budget Smartphone Battle?

Realme 6 comes with a single-cut punch-hole, while Realme 6 Pro comes with a dual-camera punch-hole.

Both the smartphones are backed by top features packed with exclusive functions.

Let’s compare both these budget smartphones to know which is the best smartphone under in the upper budget section. We are pitching Realme6  and Redmi Note 8 against each other head to head to know who offers the best value for money.


Design & Build: Glass vs Plastic

Realme 6 comes with a polycarbonate body on the out, made to look like glass. It offers a gradient finish on the out with some highlighting colour combinations, made out of high quality plastic. 

Different from Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 8 has a vertical camera strip and the module isn’t at the middle.

Both the devices are fingerprint magnets, and they come with good quality plastic cases in the box.

The colour scheme and gradient style is different in the two.

Both Redmi Note 8 and Realme 3 Pro have a notched display with the rear camera module placed on top left. Both the budget smartphones come with a rear-mounted physical fingerprint sensor supporting face unlock.

Realme 3 Pro misses out on a glass body, but the plastic makes it a more durable. 

Most importantly, both the smartphones feel premium in hand, but Redmi Note 8 here’s a winner with the glass built. The overall ergonomics are perfect on both the Redmi and Realme smartphones, they are sturdy, stylish and feel premium to be held.

Display, Bezels: Punch-Hole vs Water Drop Notch

Redmi Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ IPS screen with a silver Redmi logo at the bottom featuring a water drop notch at the top. The notch has got smaller on Note 8, and it’s turned into a V-shape, an upgrade over the U-shaped notch on Redmi Note 7 Pro.

Realme this time has chosen to go with a brand new hole-punch design for the Realme series. Realme 6 will come with a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display. Realme 6 houses a single punch-hole camera.

Realme 6 has a 90Hz display offering a screen-to-body ratio of 90.5 per cent. The 90Hz display is first of its kind in this range, and that directly gives Realme 6 a heads-up.

The chins on both the devices are slightly thick. The displays are vibrant with minimal bezels on the sides with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top.

The displays on both the smartphones have very thin bezels. Realme and Redmi have done a great job in terms of the overall screen experience.

Both Redmi Note 8 and Realme 6 are apt choices for content consumption. Both displays are quite vibrant with minimal bezels on the sides with a little chin down under and tie with each other.

Hardware: Helio G90T vs Snapdragon 665

Redmi Note 8 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 665. The chip stands between Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 675. While it does have a bit more to offer than its predecessor, the new chip comes with added artificial intelligence capabilities.

Realme 6 runs on the MediaTek gaming-centric processor, the Helio G90T SoC. It’s the same chip which currently powers the much-popular Redmi Note 8 Pro, the Pro model of Redmi Note 8.

Both the smartphones can run top-end games with extensive multitasking performance.

In terms of daily performance, there won’t be any issue. Though Realme 6 with a dedicated gaming chip, it will have leverage over the Snapdragon 665 on Redmi Note 8. If gaming is your concern, Realme 6 will have an edge here.

Software: MIUI vs Realme UI

Realme 6 runs on the new Realme UI based on the latest Android 10. Realme UI is based on the ColorOS 7 by Oppo, and it’s also based on Android 10. The new interface has some new additional customisations with a more stock Android look.

Such new features are: Animated Wallpapers, Dual Earphone Connection, Smart Sidebar, Private Information Protection, Screen-off Display and Dark Mode.

Redmi Note 8 comes with the MIUI 10 based on the same Android 9 Pie (MIUI 11 update available).

MIUI 11 has a new minimalistic design with features as Dark Mode, Always On Display, Dynamic Clock and more. MIUI 11 also includes lock screen personalisations, a redesigned notification light, a wallpaper carousel and new dynamic wallpapers.

MIUI 11 has different new features including thumbnails of files in the file manager for easy searching, previews of documents directly within the file manager, all new document viewer, upgraded To-Do functionality, Tasks Integration, floating calculator and more.

Added features include natural sounds for alarms, wireless print, dual clock, new Game Turbo, Mi Share, Gallery monthly view, new Panchang, casting, Mint Keyboard with support for 25 Indic languages and real-time emoji suggestions for Hinglish.

Cameras: 48MP vs 64MP, How They Differ?

Redmi Note 8 features a quad camera setup including a primary 48MP Samsung GM1 sensor with f/1.7 aperture, 2MP depth sensor, 8MP Ultra Wide lens and 2CM Macro lens. Upfront, Note 8 has a 13MP shooter. 

Realme 6 comes with a quad camera setup featuring a 64-megapixel main f/1.8 sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle f/2.3 sensor, a 2-megapixel macro f/2.4 sensor, and a 2-megapixel monochromatic f/2.4 sensor.

Both the smartphones do a fair job offering great dynamic range with almost accurate colours irrespective of lighting conditions.

Both can take good detailed and sharp pictures in bright light with accurate colours. In poorly lit conditions, Realme 6 manages to click decent photos with almost accurate details and colours. 

The dynamic range on the new Realme 6 is better and it captures quite accurate details and produces good colours. The HDR works fine, and the ultra-wide lens works fine.

Battery: 18W QuickCharge 3.0 vs 30W VOOC 4.0 Fast Charging

Redmi Note 8 houses a similar 4,000 mAh battery backed by AI smart optimization to extend the phone’s battery to last longer supporting 18W fast charging technology. The charge time varies from 100 to 110 minutes.

Realme 6 is backed by a 4,300mAh battery with support for 30W Super VOOC 4.0 fast charging technology.

With continuous video playback, gaming and performing multi-tasking processes, both the Redmi and Realme smartphones can easily shoot up for a whole day without being charged.

The respective 30W and 18W fast chargers with the box.

Pricing, Availability

Realme 6 will sell starting at Rs12,999 for the base model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. The model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage will sell at Rs 14,999 and the 8GB RAM model with 128GB storage at Rs 15,999. Realme 6 will be available via Flipkart. 

In comparison, Redmi Note 8 is available in two models.

The base model comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage at Rs 9,999. The other model and top model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs 12,999. Redmi Note 8 is available via Amazon.

Let’s do a comparison short comparison to see who’s better in which department.

..Redmi Note 8Realme 6
BuildGlass BodyPlastic Body
DisplayFull HD+ (notched)Full HD+ (punch-hole)
ProcessorSnapdragon 665Helio G90T
SoftwareMIUIRealme UI
Fast Charging18W fast charging30W fast charging
Camera 48MP powered Quad Camera64MP powered Quad Camera
PortType CType C

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