Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi has introduced a new smartphone in its Redmi Note 10 series in India. Dubbed as Redmi Note 10S, the smartphone is said to bridge the gap between the Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro. The phone is loaded with some interesting features like an AMOLED display, 64MP quad rear cameras, 33W fast charging support, and more. With this, the phone is going to face tough competition from the likes of Realme 8 and Moto G40 Fusion. Both the handsets come with a value-for-money proposition. So, the question here is: Which one is the best option? To answer this, let’s put all three smartphones against each other and see who emerges as the best value-for-money smartphone in this price segment.
Redmi Note 10S vs Realme 8 vs Moto G40 Fusion: Price in India
The Redmi Note 10S India price starts at Rs 14,999 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage option. The 6GB RAM + 128GB of storage option comes with a price tag of Rs 15,999. The Realme 8 is available at a price tag of Rs 14,999 for 4GB RAM + 128GB of internal storage. The 6GB RAM + 128GB option is priced at Rs 15,999. The 8GB RAM + 128GB of internal storage option comes with a price tag of Rs 16,999. The Moto G40 Fusion comes with a price tag of Rs 13,999 for a 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option. The high-end 6GB RAM and 128GB storage option is priced at Rs 15,999. That said, Moto G40 Fusion offers the most affordable option at Rs 13,999. However, the rest of the pricing is eerily similar for each model. So, Moto G40 Fusion wins this round as you get the cheapest option with the base configuration.
Winner: Moto G40 Fusion
Redmi Note 10S vs Realme 8 vs Moto G40 Fusion: Design
Coming to the design, all three smartphones offer an interesting design language. The Redmi Note 10S is crafted on similar lines to the Redmi Note 10 series and there is no major distinguisher in terms of design. The phone is available in Shadow Black, Frost White and Deep Sea Blue colours. The Realme 8 also comes with an interesting design language. The phone is available in Cyber Silver and Cyber Black colour options. Lastly, the Moto G40 Fusion looks a bit similar to the Moto G60 smartphone. The handset is available in Dynamic Gray and Frosted Champagne colour options. That said, all three smartphones offer an interesting design language and it all boils down to consumer preference. Hence, we are calling this round a tie.
Redmi Note 10S vs Realme 8 vs Moto G40 Fusion: Display
Coming to the display, the Redmi Note 10S packs a 6.43-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. The display comes with 1100nits brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and no higher refresh rate. The Realme 8 packs a 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels along with up to 1000nits brightness. Coming to Moto G40 Fusion, the handset offers a 6.8-inch Full HD+ IPS display with a screen resolution of 2460 x 1080 pixels. The Moto G40 Fusion also comes with a 120Hz screen refresh rate along with HDR10 support. The answer is quite clear here. The Moto G40 Fusion offers a much better screen refresh rate and HDR10+ support surely makes it a good device for video playback.
Winner: Moto G40 Fusion
Redmi Note 10S vs Realme 8 vs Moto G40 Fusion: Performance
In terms of performance, the Redmi Note 10S and Realme 8 are powered by the same MediaTek Helio P95 processor. The Moto G40 Fusion comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chipset. Although all three smartphones offer good day-to-day performance, the real battle is between Redmi Note 10S and Realme 8. Both of them offer the same chipset. However, it is Realme that comes with up to 8GB of RAM, while the Redmi Note 10S max out at 6GB RAM. So, in terms of sheer specifications, the Realme 8 wins this round.
Winner: Realme 8
Redmi Note 10S vs Realme 8 vs Moto G40 Fusion: Cameras
Coming to the cameras, the Redmi Note 10S packs a quad-camera setup with a combination of 64MP primary lens with f/1.79 aperture, 8MP ultra-wide sensor with 118-degree FoV, 2MP depth and 2MP macro lens. For the front, there is a 13MP shooter for selfies and video calling.
The Realme 8 also features a quad-camera setup with a combination of 64MP primary lens with f/1.79 aperture along with 8MP wide-angle lens with 119-degree FoV, 2MP B&W portrait lens, and 2MP macro shooter. On the front, there is a 16MP shooter for selfies and video calling.
Lastly, we have Moto G40 Fusion. The handset comes loaded with a triple-camera setup with a combination of 64MP primary lens along with an 8MP ultra-wide sensor that doubles as a macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. For the front, there is a 16MP shooter for selfies and video calling. That said, all three smartphones offer the same camera configurations. Moto G40 Fusion has played it smart by using the wide-angle lens as a macro shooter. With this, we are once again calling this round a tie.
Redmi Note 10S vs Realme 8 vs Moto G40 Fusion: Battery
The Redmi Note 10S features a 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging support. The Realme 8 comes loaded with a 5,000mAh battery with 30W Dart Charge fast charging support. The Moto G40 Fusion is juiced up by a 6,000mAh battery with 20W TurboPower fast charging support.
Winner: Moto G40 Fusion
Redmi Note 10S vs Realme 8 vs Moto G40 Fusion: Verdict
All three smartphones offer neck-to-neck competition. The Redmi Note 10S and Realme 8 offer almost identical specifications at this price point. However, out of nowhere, the Moto G40 Fusion looks like a better option out of the two. The phone offers a higher screen refresh rate, a better battery backup and a stock Android experience. The Redmi Note 10S does not really make sense as you have the Redmi Note 10 Pro that gives you a better performance.
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