Xiaomi became the leading smartphone company in India in the first quarter of this year. Samsung overtook Xiaomi in the race in the second quarter owing to the massive sales of Galaxy J6 and J8. However, Xiaomi is not lagging behind Samsung with a large gap. Both the companies are in constant competition in their budget segment. Now with Samsung launching the Galaxy On8 smartphone and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro already selling in the market, it is a big question mark as to what phone will the users prefer. While the On8 will sell for Rs 16,990, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro retails for a starting price of Rs 14,999 and Rs 16,999 for the 6GB variant. Read further to know more about how the two phones compare with each other.
The Samsung Galaxy On8 sports a 6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display with Samsung’s signature aspect ratio of 18.5:9. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 5 Pro gets a 5.99-inch IPS LCD with 1080 x 2160p resolution, and it comes with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Owing to the super AMOLED Infinity display, On8 stands ahead of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, but the latter has Full HD+ resolution, going its way.
Speaking of performance, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro performs better than the On8. The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC which comes paired with Adreno 509 for graphics. The Samsung Galaxy On8 comes powered by the slightly underwhelming octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset which mostly makes its way to budget phones like Redmi 5. Given that Samsung is going to be selling the phone above the price point of Rs 15,000, the device feels a little underpowered in terms of processing power.
Both the Samsung Galaxy On8 and Redmi Note 5 Pro currently runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. And both the manufacturers are very slow in pushing new software updates. The Note 5 Pro comes layered with MIUI 9.5 on top of Android, while the On8 runs the company’s proprietary Experience UI, built on top of Android again.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a 12MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 5MP secondary shooter with f/2.0 aperture and depth sensing feature. There is also the dual-LED flash, panorama and HDR support. On the front side, the phone comes with a 20MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.2.
The Samsung Galaxy On8 comes with a 16MP primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 5MP secondary sensor with f/1.9 aperture. Samsung ships the Live Focus feature on this phone for bokeh shots along with Background Blur Shape, Portrait Dolly, and Portrait Backdrop. On the front side, there is a 16MP sensor with a f/1.9 aperture.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro also fares to be a better-powered phone. Xiaomi has packed a 4000mAh battery in the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The battery on the Samsung Galaxy On8 is a 3500mAh one, and there is also no news of Quick Charge support.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro comes in the variants of 4GB RAM+64GB storage and 6GB RAM+64GB storage. However, the Galaxy On8 will come in only one option of 4GB RAM+64GB storage, and it will start retailing on August 6.
Given the price point of both the phones, it can be said that Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro comes out as the winner in this competition given that it sports a much better processor and a larger battery. The Note 5 Pro has no competition when it comes to cameras, while the design of the On8 could be better than the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.