While the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro are popular options if you have between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000 to spend, the segment reaching up to Rs 10,000 (or a bit higher) had a bit of a gap as far as Xiaomi is concerned. Indeed, most of the phones in this segment come across as dated; the Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt and Moto G5S are both a few months old, running on even older hardware. Xiaomi’s own Redmi 4 is close to a year old. Xiaomi’s newly launched Redmi 5 then promises to be that much needed update.
With prices starting at Rs 7,999 for the variant with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, the Redmi 5 is typically competitive in pricing as has become the Xiaomi way of life. The phone launches in three variants, with the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant priced at Rs 8,999, and 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant priced at Rs 10,999. Throughout the launch, Xiaomi stressed on how it’s a better device than its two leading competitors, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt and Moto G5S. So we decided to compare the three phones for your convenience.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 comes with a 5.7-inch HD+ 18:9 IPS LCD screen. It’s the only one of the three phones on comparison here to feature the now-contemporary tall aspect ratio. In comparison, both the Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt and the Moto G5S feature smaller 16:9 screens. The Moto G5S has an advantage here though, thanks to its full HD 5.2-inch screen.
A higher resolution full HD+ screen would have really benefited the Xiaomi Redmi 5 here, which comes across as lacking in sharpness and quality, at least on paper. However, being the only phone in this price range, and with these specifications to feature the tall aspect ratio gives the Redmi 5 a distinct advantage.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is one of the earliest smartphones in India to sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, which was launched back at MWC Shanghai 2017 in June last year. The first devices in India to sport the excellent new chipset were the Vivo V7 and V7 Plus, which are of course priced significantly higher than the Xiaomi Redmi 5. The new chipset offers a significant advantage over older Snapdragon 400-series chipsets, since it’s fabricated on the 14nm process and features newer internals. The phone also comes with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage, depending on the variant you purchase.
As always, Xiaomi is the dominant force on the spec-sheet. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt and Moto G5S both feature older chipsets in the Exynos 7870 Octa and Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 respectively. The Samsung device is offered in variants of 2GB RAM/16GB storage and 3GB RAM/32GB storage, while the Moto G5S has a single variant with 4GB RAM/32GB storage. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 also sports a slightly larger 3,300mAh battery, compared to the 3,000mAh units on the competing devices.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 features a 12-megapixel rear camera, with f/2.2 aperture and 1.25-micron pixel size. There is also a 5-megapixel front camera with flash on both the front and back of the phone. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt has a 13-megapixel primary camera with f/1.9 aperture, along with a 5-megapixel front camera that also features LED flash. The Moto G5S has a 16-megapixel f/2.0 rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera with flash. On paper, all three smartphones are on par.
As mentioned, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 trumps the competition on pricing. When compared to the Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt on equivalent variants, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000 more affordable for the 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM variants respectively. The 4GB RAM variant of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 has the same amount of RAM as the single Moto G5S variant, but offers twice as much internal storage at the same price.
For the better pricing, you’re also getting better value in the form of the modern design and feel of the Xiaomi Redmi 5, along with its capable SoC. However, Xiaomi phones are known for poor availability in the early days, while the Motorola and Samsung smartphones are both widely available today through a combination of online and offline channels. If you’re looking to buy a Xiaomi Redmi 5, you’ll have to contend with the flash sales and out-of-stock messages, or make your way to a Mi Home store once stocks normalize.
|Specifications||Xiaomi Redmi 5||Moto G5S||Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt|
|Display||5.7-inch HD+||5.2-inch Full-HD||5.5-inch HD|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 450||Qualcomm Snapdragon 430||Exynos 7870 Octa|
|RAM||2GB / 3GB / 4GB||4GB||2GB / 3GB|
|Storage||16GB/ 32GB / 64GB (expandable)||32GB(expandable)||16GB / 32GB(expandable)|
|Front Camera||5-megapixel with flash||5-megapixel with flash||5-megapixel with flash|
|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 with MIUI 9||Android 7.1||Android 7.0|
|Price||Rs 7,999 onwards||Rs 10,999||Rs 9,990 onwards|
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