Redmi Note 4 vs Redmi Y1 vs Nokia 3: Price in India, Specification and Features Compared


The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, the Xiaomi Redmi Y1, and the Nokia 3 are three phones which are commonly pitted against each other when people look to buy a smartphone under ₹10000. Smartphones have come a long way because these three phones offer features that were once only available with handsets that were much more expensive. But different buyers have different priorities, so how can you tell which is a better fit for you? We compared these three mobile phones by different parameters, and here’s what we found.

Redmi Note 4 vs Redmi Y1 vs Nokia 3: Price

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is the oldest release of this lot, being announced in January of 2017. The Nokia 3 was released a month after, in February 2017, and the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 was launched just a month ago, in November 2017. These three phones are nicely spread over the higher side of ₹10000 – while the Nokia 3 is priced at ₹7999, the Redmi Y1 is priced exactly ₹1000 higher, and the Redmi Note 4 just falls inside the ₹10000 range by being priced at ₹9999. While the Nokia 3 does win the price battle, we’ll examine the phones to see what difference ₹1000 can make.

Redmi Note 4 vs Redmi Y1 vs Nokia 3: Display

All three phones have IPS LCD capacitive touchscreens, which is great because budget phones tend to come with TFT displays, which are inferior. While the Nokia 3 has a 5-inch screen, the Redmi Note 4 and the Redmi Y1 win in terms of screen size, tied at 5.5 inches. However, the Redmi Note 4 has a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920, as compared to the Y1 which has a screen resolution of 720 x 1280. The Y1 also suffers in terms of pixel density, offering 236ppi as compared to the Redmi Note 4’s 401ppi. Comparatively, the Nokia 3 has a screen resolution of 720 x 1280, and a pixel density of 294ppi. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 clearly won this round.

Redmi Note 4 vs Xiaomi Redmi Y1 vs Nokia 3: Performance

The Note 4 we’re comparing here is the 32GB version that comes with 3GB RAM. The Note 4 also comes in a 4GB 64GB version. Comparatively, the Y1 also offers 3GB paired with 32GB, but the Nokia 3 falls short yet again, with its 2GB 16GB model. All three phones support expandable memory up to 256GB.

The Note 4 and Y1 both have been upgraded to MIUI 9, which was released last month. The MIUI 9 update is the latest Android fork from Xiaomi, which gives users a customized experience of Android Nougat. The Nokia 3 currently runs on Android Nougat as well, but news of an upgrade to Android 8.0 has been doing the rounds.

The Note 4 runs on a Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 octa-core chip and the Y1 comes with a Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 435 octa-core SoC, whereas the Nokia 3 has a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor. The Snapdragon 625 is superior to both chips in terms of clock speed and semiconductor size and is overall a better processor. The Nokia 3’s SoC just couldn’t match up with Xiaomi’s models. And a powerful processor is very important while choosing a mobile phone, so unless the price is the most important factor for you, we’d recommend that you stick with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.

Redmi Note 4 vs Redmi Y1 vs Nokia 3: Camera

The cameras on the Redmi Note 4 are a primary 13MP (rear) with a f/2.0 aperture and a secondary 5MP (front) camera with a f/2.0 aperture. The camera has features like phase detection and dual-LED, dual-tone flash. The Redmi Y1 has a better selfie camera, packing a powerful 16MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.0 on the front. The rear camera of the Y1 is 13MP like the Note 4 but has a bigger aperture of f/2.2. The Nokia 3 has 8MP cameras on both front and back, and both cameras have f/2.0 apertures.

While both the Note 4 and the Redmi Y1 can shoot at 1080p@30fps, the Nokia 3 can just manage 720p@30fps. We’d let the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 win this round.

Redmi Note 4 vs Redmi Y1 vs Nokia 3: Verdict

The Redmi Note 4 definitely emerged the victor in this comparison against the Y1 and the Nokia 3, even though it released before either of the phones. While there is a price difference, it’s small enough for buyers to consider the Note 4 over the other phones. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 even wins with respect to battery life and build quality as compared to both the Redmi Y1 and Nokia 3.