Hello everyone! Today’s review is dedicated to two devices that entered the world market in the fall of 2019. These are the Redmi Note 8T and the Realme 5 Pro. Both gadgets are mid-budget.
The devices have a very similar appearance. There are no striking differences between them. In shape, these are classic rectangular frameless edges with rounded corners. The front side is almost completely occupied by the touch screen. On its upper edge, right under the speaker grill, there is a mini-drop-shaped cutout for the front camera. The lower edge of the display rests on the chin. The Realme 5 Pro is very narrow and almost invisible. The Redmi Note 8T has a wider chin. In addition, the brand logo is placed in the middle of it, which makes it difficult to miss it.
On the right side of the Redmi Note 8T are the volume rocker and power button. The Realme 5 Pro only has a power button on the right. The volume control for this model is represented by two separate buttons on the left side. Both smartphones also have a triple slot for two SIM cards and one microSD memory card. The bottom end of the devices has the same set of functional elements, consisting of a speaker, a USB Type-C connector, a microphone and a standard 3.5 millimeter headphone mini-jack.
On the rear panel in the upper left corner of both devices is a vertical unit of the main quad camera, which protrudes noticeably from the body. The Realme 5 Pro unit has a slightly more angular shape than the Redmi Note 8T. To the right of the unit, next to the main lens, is an LED flash. The Redmi Note 8T has a dual flash, while the Realme 5 Pro has a single flash. The main camera module for both gadgets sticks out noticeably from the case. Opposite the block, in the lower left corner is the vertical brand logo – Redmi and Realme, respectively. In the center of the upper half of the rear panel, not far from the quad camera unit, is the “round” fingerprint scanner. On both smartphones, it works quickly and accurately.
The materials of the cases of the models differ. The Redmi Note 8T has two 2.5D glass panels joined by an aluminum frame. The Realme 5 Pro has a glass panel installed only on the front side. The rest of the case is made of plastic. On both sides of the Redmi Note 8T there is a fifth-generation tempered Corning Gorilla Glass. The Realme 5 Pro has a third-generation Corning Gorilla Glass, and only on the front side. Both gadgets have a moisture-proof coating, but, of course, you cannot completely immerse them in water.
As for colors, the Redmi Note 8T is available in three versions (white, blue and gray), and the Realme 5 Pro is available in two versions (blue and green). Both devices look very stylish, attractive, and expensive. All color varieties of both models are made in the mother-of-pearl gradient color. The rear panels shine and shimmer in different shades. In addition, the 3D visual effect of the crystal texture is additionally reproduced on the glossy surface of the rear panel of the Realme 5 Pro. Because of vercatile multi-laser engraving technology, the back of the smartphone shines beautifully in the light. Although, of course, it is worth recognizing that the design is original and not everyone will like it.
The gadgets differ slightly in size. The Redmi Note 8T has a length of 161.15 millimeters, a width of 75.4 millimeters and a thickness of 8.6 millimeters. The weight of the device is 199.8 grams. The dimensions of the Realme 5 Pro are 157 millimeters in length, 74.2 millimeters in width, and 8.9 millimeters in thickness. The phone weighs 184 grams.
Both smartphones received a touch LCD display with the same characteristics. It has a diagonal of 6.3 inches, an IPS matrix, a Full HD Plus 2340 by 1080 pixels resolution, an aspect ratio of 19.5 to 9 and a pixel density of 409 ppi. The gadgets also do not differ in the image quality of the display. Both smartphones have an IPS matrix. In terms of image quality, it surpasses even some AMOLED panels, which are especially inexpensive. The color reproduction is accurate and natural, and the brightness and contrast are high. The viewing angles are decent. There is a vision protection mode, night mode, and much more. In general, both displays are not inferior to each other in quality and only delight the eye with an excellent picture.
Both devices are based on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system, packaged in a proprietary shell. The Redmi Note 8T has MIUI version 10 with a clear and smart interface. For 2020, Xiaomi has already planned a firmware upgrade to version 11.
The Realme 5 Pro runs on the proprietary Color OS 6. This OS features HyperBoost 2.0 mode, which optimizes gameplay, as well as extensive features for personalizing the settings. The firmware interface is simple and easy to use.
Both smartphones have a main AI quad camera and the same set of sensors. Just to emphasize – it is a set. The sensors themselves are different in both models. The main module has a resolution of 48 megapixels. The Redmi Note 8T has the Samsung ISOCELL GM1 ultra-fine six-lens sensor with an f / 1.75 aperture and a viewing angle of 79.4 degrees as the main lens. The main lens of the Realme 5 Pro is a six-lens Sony IMX586 sensor with an f / 1.79 aperture.
An 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle module with pronounced edging is located above the main sensor in the quad camera unit. The Redmi Note 8T has an f / 2.2 aperture and a viewing angle of 120 degrees. The Realme 5 Pro five-lens ultra wide angle module has an f / 2.25 aperture and a viewing angle of 119 degrees (plus or minus one and a half degrees).
Below the main sensor is a pair of additional sensors. Each of them has a resolution of 2 megapixels and an aperture of f / 2.4. This is a multi-mode portrait module or depth sensor and a macro lens for shooting small objects at a distance of 2 centimeters with the Redmi Note 8T and 4 centimeters with the Realme 5 Pro.
By default, the main quad camera sensor of both gadgets shoots in Super Pixel 4 in 1 mode, combining four neighboring pixels into one. That is, the output is 12 megapixels. You can start shooting at full 48 megapixels in the settings. The rear cameras of both models are equipped with autofocus and digital image stabilization. They also have HDR, built-in filters, beautification filters and other various enhancements. It supports night, portrait, panoramic and expert modes. In addition, the quad cameras of both smartphones can shoot video with a resolution of up to 4K and slow motion with a resolution of 720 and 1080 pixels. In terms of frame rate per second for the slow motion video, 120 and 240 fps is supported in both gadgets, but 960 fps is available only in the Realme 5 Pro.
It’s difficult to determine which of the smartphones has a better camera. The main sensor for both models produces bright, rich images with excellent detail and accurate color reproduction. Ultra-wide angles are not bad, but both “limp”. There’s a clear blurring around the edges of the frames. There are no particular complaints about depth sensors and macro lenses. Both phones are competent at what they do.
As for the front camera, these phones differ quite a bit. The Redmi Note 8T has a front-facing resolution of 13 megapixels and an f / 2.0 aperture. It has 25 levels of aperture settings and a silhouette highlighting function. It supports palm descent and mirror image, and is also equipped with a set of filters and enhancements.
The Realme 5 Pro got a five-lens Sony IMX471 sensor as a selfie camera. Its resolution is 16 megapixels and the aperture is f / 2.0. It is equipped with artificial intelligence, has HDR, and many different beautification functions.
The Redmi Note 8T smartphone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 11-nanometer 8-core chipset with a third-generation neural module. The processor can handle almost any task. Well, at least it copes with set tasks. The phone plays modern games and heavy apps with great efficiency. It rarely slows down. The Adreno 610 accelerator is responsible for the graphics.
The Realme 5 Pro received a powerful 10-nanometer Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor with 8 cores. Iron works vigorously and demonstrates high performance. Applications, even heavy ones, start quickly. The interface works smoothly. There are also no problems with games. The GPU Adreno 616 is installed as a video accelerator.
In terms of memory, the Redmi Note 8T is available in three configurations – 3 gigabytes of RAM plus 32 gigabytes of internal memory, or 4 gigabytes of RAM plus 64 or 128 gigabytes of internal memory. The Realme 5 Pro is available in only one memory configuration on the Russian smartphone market – 4 gigabytes of RAM plus 128 gigabytes of flash memory. For a number of other countries, a version with 8 gigabytes of RAM is also available.
In both models, it is possible to expand the memory by connecting an external drive to a special tray in the triple slot. Both smartphones support microSD cards up to 256 gigabytes.
Both devices support all the necessary modern communication standards, but the Redmi Note 8T communication capabilities are still somewhat more extensive. Among other things, the phones have support for dual-band Wi-Fi version 802.11. As for Bluetooth, the Redmi Note 8T uses version 4.2, and the Realme 5 Pro uses version 5.0. The Redmi Note 8T smartphone is equipped with a multifunctional NFC module with support for Google Pay. The Realme 5 Pro has no NFC chip for cashless payments.
The Redmi Note 8T received a built-in lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 4000 mAh. It supports fast charging power of 18 watts.
The Realme 5 Pro is equipped with a non-removable lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 4035 mAh. There is support for fast charging VOOC 3.0 with a power of 20 watts. After charging for half an hour, it replenishes 50 percent of the battery. The battery achieves a full charge after 90 minutes.
On average, a full carge for these smartphones is enough from one and a half to two days of active use.
I’ve analyzed reviews on the internet. Now I’ll tell you what they wrote about these smartphones. Let’s start with the negatives.
The Redmi Note 8T
- Slippery case – definitely needs a cover
- The protruding block of the main camera
- There is no notification indicator
The Realme 5 Pro
- The case is made of plastic and, moreover, it gets dirty very quickly
- There is no NFC module
- The main camera sticks out of the case
The Redmi Note 8T
- There is an NFC module
- Good battery life and fast charging
- Quality main camera
- It supports memory cards and has a slot for them in the triple tray
The Realme 5 Pro
- High performance
- It charges quickly
- Excellent quality cameras – no complaints
- Large colorful display
Both gadgets are mid-budget. They have many similarities. For example, the display and the main quad camera. But there are many differences. The Redmi Note 8T’s advantages are the flagship glass case and the presence of a multifunctional NFC module. As for the Realme 5 Pro, there is a more powerful front camera, higher performance, a slightly more capacious battery, and a little faster charging.