Alongside the Redmi Note 5, Xiaomi also revealed a second successor to last year’s popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is the more expensive of the new devices, and represents a significant step-up in terms of specifications and features. The device brings Xiaomi’s portfolio up-to-date in the important sub-Rs 15,000 space, and promises a lot of value for the price.
However, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro will face tough competition from two other devices in this price range that currently rule the space. The company’s own Xiaomi Mi A1 and the Moto G5S Plus are priced similarly, and will give tough competition to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. We’ve outlined the key differences between the three phones, to help you decide which of these is best for you.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 and Moto G5S Plus are older devices that are nearing six months into their respective life cycles. As such, both have 5.5-inch full HD screens with 16:9 aspect ratios, which also makes for significant non-screen space at the front with thick bezels. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro adopts the now popular 18:9 aspect ratio, and also sports a larger 5.99-inch full HD+ screen, with only a slight bump in overall size and form factor. This gives it the edge over the competition when it comes to the screen.
While the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC is widely praised for its balance between performance and battery efficiency, it is now well into its product cycle, having originally debuted in India on the Moto Z Play in 2016. The quality of the chipset can be attested to by the fact that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 also sports the chipset. The Mi A1 and Moto G5S Plus both use this chipset, and benefit from the qualities it’s known for. However, the Redmi Note 5 Pro sports the newer and significantly better Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, which is fabricated on the 14nm process and features Qualcomm’s custom Kryo 260 cores and the Spectra 160 ISP.
Additionally, while the Mi A1 and Moto G5S Plus are available in standard 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variants, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is available in two variants with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. Storage is standard across both variants at 64GB. The Redmi Note 5 Pro also features the largest battery of the three phones, with a 4,000mAh battery compared to the 3,000mAh (or whereabouts) batteries on the other two phones.
In terms of software, the three phones here offer varying experiences that truly differentiate them from each other. Fans of MIUI will of course appreciate MIUI 9 on the Redmi Note 5 Pro, although the phone disappointingly launches with only Android Nougat despite being the newest option here. With the Mi A1, Xiaomi launched its first stock Android device. This adheres to the Android One software program and offers a version of Android that sticks to Google’s vision of the platform. The Mi A1 launched with Android Nougat, but the update for Android Oreo has already rolled out. The Moto G5S Plus also features a near-stock version of Android Nougat, but is still awaiting the update to Android Oreo.
Another popular feature on phones in 2017 and going forward is the dual-camera setup. All three phones here feature dual-camera setups for their rear cameras, although the configurations vary. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro features a 12-megapixel plus 5-megapixel setup that enables portrait mode. The Xiaomi Mi A1 has a combination of two 12-megapixel cameras, which not only enables portrait mode but also allows for up to 2X lossless zoom. The Moto G5S Plus uses two 13-megapixel sensors to enable depth-of-field shots just like the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has the best front camera of the three phones here, with a 20-megapixel sensor that’s assisted by front flash. The Mi A1 and Moto G5S Plus have 5-megapixel and 8-megapixel front cameras respectively, and the Moto G5S Plus also sports front flash to assist with selfies in low-light conditions.
With similar pricing across the equivalent variants, your choice of smartphone entirely depends on your preferences and needs from your smartphone. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro stands out when it comes to screen, front camera, performance and battery, while the Xiaomi Mi A1 sports what is in our opinion a better dual-camera setup with more features, as well as better software. The Moto G5S Plus falls a bit short in comparison to the other two devices here but will nonetheless appeal to fans of Motorola.
Additionally, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is also available in a 6GB RAM variant, which costs a bit more than the Mi A1 and Moto G5S Plus at Rs XX,XXX. If you have the budget, this is of course the best device on offer, since the additional RAM will help with multi-tasking and performance in the long run.
|Specifications||Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro||Xiaomi Mi A1||Moto G5S Plus|
|Display||5.99-inch Full-HD+||5.5-inch Full-HD||5.5-inch Full-HD|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625|
|Rear Camera||12-megapixel + 5-megapixel||12-megapixel + 12-megapixel||13-megapixel + 13-megapixel|
|Connectivity||4G VoLTE, Dual-SIM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS||4G VoLTE, Dual-SIM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS||4G VoLTE, Dual-SIM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS|
|Android OS||Android 7.1||Android 7.1 (upgradeable to Android 8.0)||Android 7.1|
|Price||Rs XX,XXX onwards||Rs 13,999||Rs 13,999|