On Wednesday, Lenovo launched the Moto G5 Plus in India. The successor to last year’s Moto G4 Plus is arguably one of the most awaited launches of 2017. In India, there are two variants of the Moto G5 Plus on offer – an entry-level, lower-priced version that comes with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, and a more expensive variant that gets 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Except for these changes, both these versions are identical in all other aspects. You might want to read our first impressions article on the Moto G5 Plus here for more details of phone and its variants. The purpose of this article, however, is something else.
How does the new Moto G5 Plus compare to the likes of the recently launched Redmi Note 4 and the quite capable Honor 6X – all of which share the same segment as the Moto G5 and happen to be very capable devices? Is it worth spending a few thousand rupees extra on the new Moto G5 Plus in spite of the phone sporting almost similar spec sheet compared to competition?
Let us find out.
While specs alone don’t tell you the complete story, they do matter to some extent in the Android ecosystem. In the chart below, you can clearly see how similarly spec’d our contenders are.
Let us address each of these aspects in detail below.
Both the Moto G5 Plus and the Redmi Note 4 use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC. Performance for the same reason would be on par on both the devices. However, thanks to the less-intensive, near-stock UI on the G5 Plus, it does have a slight edge over the Note 4 here. The Honor 6X on the other hands uses its own, in-house HiSilicon Kirin 655 chipset which is comparable to the Snapdragon 625 in several aspects. Needless to say, all the three phones are evenly matched when it comes to the SoC. In our time with the Redmi Note 4 and the Honor 6X, we found both the handsets to be extremely zippy in nature with almost zero lag. We did not get a chance to put the G5 Plus through the rigors of our review to find out how well it performs. Expect that pretty soon.
Also Read: Redmi Note 4 Review
Staying with hardware, you’ll notice that the Redmi Note 4 is available in three variants: 2GB/32GB, 3GB/32GB, and 4GB/64GB. Xiaomi deserves a lot of credit for doing away with a 16GB version, which we feel is way too low in this 10k to 17k price segment now. The Honor 6X comes in two versions: 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB. This is not bad at all and once again, Huawei has kept things really easy. Moving on to the Moto G5 Plus, we feel they should have skipped the 3GB/16GB variant and started off with a version with higher internal memory – especially for the 15k price it commands. Anyway, the two options available are the said 3GB/16GB version and the 4GB/32GB version. That’s right. No 64GB version yet.
All three handsets are dual SIM capable devices. However, only the Moto G5 Plus has the option to use two SIM cards and a microSD card at the same time. The other two phones feature hybrid SIM slots which means that only two things (SIM+SIM) or (SIM+Card) can be used at once.
Winner: Redmi Note 4 for the sheer number of trim levels and price points. The Honor 6X gets a special mention for keeping things simple.
Most of the people who buy handsets from the Moto G series get used to the near-stock Android UI on these devices and end up liking it. While stock Android helps keep the handset zippy, there is no denying the fact that the custom Android UI on the likes of the Redmi Note 4 and the Honor 6X do come with a plethora of their own software features which are actually useful and not gimmicky. It is entirely up to the end user to choose if he wishes to keep things simple or if he wants something more from the UI.
All said the Moto G5 Plus stands out as it comes loaded with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box — unlike the other two options here that still run Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Winner: Moto G5 Plus for offering Android 7.0 Nougat.
All the three contenders in this comparison have decent camera setups. The Honor 6X does stand out in this department with its dual-lens setup – becoming one of the first handsets in this category to sport such a feature. The Redmi Note 4 also sports a decent camera – but it still did not compare to the better camera on last year’s Moto G4 Plus. Considering the fact the G5 has a much better camera, the Redmi Note 4 finds itself languishing at the 3rd spot when it comes to camera prowess.
Also Read: Honor 6X Review
All the three handsets struggle to capture decent low light images and this is expected of a handset in this price bracket. All said the Moto G5 Plus does manage to do a better job with the camera when you compare all three handsets. The Moto G5 Plus also supports 4K video recording. Neither the Redmi Note 4 or the Honor 6X have this feature. As for the Honor 6X, the dual lens setup does help the phone capture some great looking images. It still cannot compete with the newer dual-pixel technology on the Moto G5 Plus, though. The Redmi Note 4 doesn’t take bad pictures at all but is definitely the least capable of the other two handsets when it comes to camera performance.
Winner: Moto G5 Plus, thanks to dual pixel technology and 4K video support
The Redmi Note 4 sports the largest capacity battery in this lot and the results reflect that. In our review, the Note 4 gave an astonishing 7 hours plus of screen on time – even beating the ASUS Zenfone 3s Max (which has a larger battery and a lower resolution display) in the process. Needless to say, it is the reigning battery life champion in this segment. The Moto G5 Plus gets a 3,000mAh battery and supports fast charging. Thanks to the near-stock Android UI the phone uses, we’re sure it would also deliver decent battery life. However, we will only be able to confirm this once we review the phone. Lastly, we have the Honor 6X which gets a 3,340 mAh battery. Even the 6X gave very good battery life with nearly five hours of screen-on-time when we reviewed it. In conclusion, though, it seems the Redmi Note 4 is the one to beat in this department. The only chink in its armour being the lack of support for fast charging.
Winner: Redmi Note 4
Before we discuss the pricing, let’s take a look at the prices and options each of these handsets come in:
Redmi Note 4
- 2GB/32GB: ₹9,999
- 3GB/32GB: ₹10,999
- 4GB/64GB: ₹12,999
- 3GB/32GB: ₹12,999
- 4GB/64GB: ₹15,999
Moto G5 Plus
- 3GB/16GB: ₹14,999
- 3GB/32GB: ₹16,999
As you can clearly see, the Redmi Note 4 is the clear winner in case you are looking at a device with the most bang for your buck. The top-of-the-line 64GB version of the Note 4 is ₹2k cheaper than the entry-level version of the Moto G5 Plus. Even the Honor 6X offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for ₹1k lesser than the top-end Moto G5 Plus. This sort of pricing makes it difficult for us to recommend the Moto G5 Plus right now. However, there is no denying the fact that the Redmi is a difficult phone to get thanks to Xiaomi’s flash sales mechanism. The Honor 6X started off with flash sales but is now available easily on Amazon. The Moto G5 Plus is a Flipkart exclusive, though.
Winner: Redmi Note 4