Redmi Note 8 Pro OR RealMe XT: Best Budget Phone?

Budget smartphones have improved drastically over the past year. We have seen better cameras, more powerful processors, and bigger batteries in these budget-friendly devices. There is also no doubt that for the past few months Xiaomi and Realme have sought to outdo each other, and as a result the consumers have benefited. Realme was the first to introduce a 64-megapixel smartphone. This smartphone at an affordable price also sported many impressive specs. Xiaomi has now released a rival for the Realme XT in the form of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, not wanting to be left out. The new model is trying to unify its rival, but did it cut corners to do that? In a head-to-head comparison, we put the Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Realme XT to find out. 

Redmi Note 8 Pro Vs RealMe XT

The Realme XT (Review) and Redmi Note8 Pro (Review) both on the front and back of the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. These smartphones have curved glass at the back to make them look and feel luxurious. All models feature large displays with a screen measuring 6.53 inches on the Redmi while the screen measures 6.4 inches on the Realme XT. Both have upstairs dewdrop notches, which h 

The buttons on the Realme XT were found to be more ergonomically arranged, while the volume buttons on the Redmi Note 8 Pro were a little too high for our taste. Together with dual Nano-SIM slots, both Redmi Note 8 Pro and Realme XT have dedicated microSD card slots which is cool. Both of these smartphones have 3.5 mm headphone jacks at the bottom of their USB Type-C ports and their main microphones. 


The Realme XT at 183g is lighter than the Redmi Note 8 Pro at 200g. This could be down to the Redmi Note 8 Pro’s smaller 4,500mAh battery while the Realme XT packs a 4,000mAh battery. Surprisingly, the Realme XT features the two’s most powerful battery, the fast charging VOOC 20W, while the Redmi comes with an 18W adapter. 

Storage And Performance

There are three configuration options for the Realme XT. The base variant has RAM 4 GB and storage 64 GB. The middle variant has RAM 6GB and storage 64 GB; while the top variant has RAM 8GB and storage 128 GB. With the base version of Redmi offering 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, Xiaomi was able to undercut the Realme XT. The middle version has a memory of 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB. 

When it comes to technology, each device takes a different approach. The Redmi runs MIUI 10 on top of Android 9 Pie. The Realme XT runs ColorOS and has loads of pre-installed apps, but we haven’t seen spam advertising like we did on the Redmi. The Realme XT runs ColorOS and has loads of pre-installed apps, but as we did on the Redmi, we haven’t seen spam advertising. 


All smartphones sport quad camera rear setups consisting of a main 64-megapixel lens, a wide-angle8-megapixel camera, a2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The Realme XT has a selfie 16-megapixel camera on the front while the Redmi Note 8 Pro packs in a 20-megapixel lens. 

Nayab Khan

Nayab Khan is a freelance tech-writer whose specialty is absorbing the key data and articulating the most important points. She helps IT based organizations communicate their message clearly across multiple channels.
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