Xiaomi Redmi 8 and Motorola One Macro
Xiaomi Redmi 8 and Motorola One Macro

First impressions: How Xiaomi Redmi 8 compares with Motorola One Macro

  • What gives the Redmi 8 an upper hand is the fact that it packs in a bigger 5,000mAh battery compared to Moto One Macro's 4,000mAh battery
  • Motorola One Macro is priced at 9,999 and comes in a single 4GB+64GB version

If you have been planning to buy a new smartphone and your budget is somewhere in the vicinity of 10,000, there are two new options you can consider. Launched on the same day—9 October—the two new smartphones are Xiaomi's big battery phone Redmi 8 and Motorola's camera centric Moto One Macro.

The former starts at 7,999 and is available in 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB variants, while the latter is priced at 9,999 and comes in a single 4GB+64GB version.

Redmi 8 starts at  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>7,999 and is available in 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB variants
Redmi 8 starts at 7,999 and is available in 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB variants

In terms of colours, the Redmi 8 has more eye catching options like blue and red in addition to black. Moto One Macro is currently available in a subtle-looking space blue finish only. Both handsets have got a glass based glossy finish on back and the teardrop-shaped cut-out on the front.

At 157.6x75.41mm and 186g, the Moto smartphone has almost similar dimensions and weighs as much as Redmi 8 (156.48x75.4mm, 188g).

What gives the Redmi 8 an upper hand is the fact that it packs in a bigger 5,000mAh battery compared to Moto One Macro's 4,000mAh battery.

Motorola phones have got a more natural looking tone and the Moto One Action is no different. This might give the screen a slightly dull look
Motorola phones have got a more natural looking tone and the Moto One Action is no different. This might give the screen a slightly dull look

Like most new budget phones under 10,000, Redmi 8 and Motorola have got a large 6.2-inch screen but with a modest resolution of 1,520x720p. Xiaomi sometimes enhance colours in its low resolution phones to make the display look more lively. In comparison, Motorola phones have got a more natural looking tone and the Moto One Action is no different. This might give the screen a slightly dull look.

The Redmi 8 is powered by Qualcomm's entry level Snapdragon 439 octa-core processor with up to 4GB RAM, which makes it adequately powerful for most everyday tasks. Motorola has used MediaTek's top of the line Helio P70 octa-core processor, which according to benchmarks is closer if not as powerful as Qualcomm's mid level Snapdragon 660 processor, which was used in the mid range Redmi Note 7. It should handle heavier tasks and games better.

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