Xiaomi’s recently-launched Redmi 5A is the current star of smartphone comparisons. Almost all the entry-level and mid-range smartphones are now compared to this new king of the entry-level segment. Today’s comparison is a rather odd one wherein we compare two older mid-range smartphones from Samsung to the new Redmi 5A. The handsets in question are the Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 edition and the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime. To make things simpler, we will compare the top-of-the-line version of the Redmi 5A to the pricier Samsung Galaxy J5 and the even more pricey Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime. Additionally, we will also consider the newer, 32GB version of the J7 Prime that was released as a mid-life upgrade to the model earlier this year instead of the ‘original’ 16GB model.
Redmi 5A vs Samsung Galaxy J5 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Display
Let us start off things by talking about the display on each of these handsets. All three handsets in this comparo come in different display sizes. While the Galaxy J7 Prime uses a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display, the Galaxy J5 gets a 5.2-inch super AMOLED panel. The Redmi 5A has the smallest display of the lot and uses a 5-inch LCD panel. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is the only handset in this comparo to get a full HD display. Both the Redmi 5A and the Galaxy J5 use an HD (720p) display. Naturally, the Galaxy J7 Prime has the upper hand in this case just because of its higher resolution. Unlike typical Samsungs, the J7 Prime uses an LCD display and not an AMOLED panel.
Redmi 5A vs Samsung Galaxy J5 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Hardware and Performance
Let us now talk about the performance aspect of each of these handsets. To talk about performance, it is essential that we have some basic knowledge regarding the hardware each of these handsets use. The Redmi 5A and the Galaxy J7 Prime use chips that were announced at around the same time – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 and the Exynos 7870 respectively – both of which were announced back in the first quarter of 2016. The Galaxy J5 2016, however, uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chip that was announced one year earlier in January 2015. Needless to say, it is safe to say that the J5 loses out on the performance front in the very first round. The paltry 2GB of RAM doesn’t help its case either. The Exynos 7870, thanks to its 14nm manufacturing process and eight Cortex-A53 cores chugging along at 1.6 GHz is the fastest of the lot. In comparison, the Snapdragon 425 is based on a 28 nm manufacturing process and gets quad cores clocked at 1.4 GHz. As for RAM, both the J7 Prime and the top version of the Redmi 5A get 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Both these phones are also available with 16GB of internal storage. The 16GB version of the J7 Prime, however, gets 3GB of RAM as well as opposed to the Redmi 5A that only gets 2GB of RAM. The Galaxy J5 gets by with just 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
Redmi 5A vs Samsung Galaxy J5 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Camera
Moving on to the camera, all the three handsets in this comparo get 13-megapixel rear cameras. While the Samsung Galaxy J5 and the J7 Prime get a 13-megapixel, f/1.9, 28mm lens, the Redmi 5A gets a 13-megapixel, f/2.2, lens with support for phase detection autofocus. All these handsets are capable of recording full HD videos at 30fps. Moving on to the front camera, the Galaxy J5 gets a 5-megapixel, f/1.9 shooter at the front while the Galaxy J7 Prime gets a slightly better sounding 8-megapixel shooter with the same specs. The Redmi 5A gets a 5-megapixel camera at the front with f/2.0 aperture. All three cameras seem to be decently spec’d as far as the hardware is concerned.
Redmi 5A vs Samsung Galaxy J5 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Price
If you have read this article until here, you will surely know that the Redmi 5A is currently one of the best handsets that you can buy under Rs.7000. The top version of the Redmi 5A is priced at just Rs.6,999 and offers a bunch of compelling features at that price. The Galaxy J5 in comparison currently retails for Rs. 12,499 on Flipkart which frankly is outright ridiculous for a handset of its class. The same handset, however, is also available for Rs. 8,990 from Samsung’s own store. While this is far lesser than the ridiculous near the Rs.13k price we saw on Flipkart, it is still expensive compared to the Redmi 5A. Moving on to the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime, the lowest price we have seen for the 32GB version of the handset is Rs.13,900 which is almost twice the price of the Redmi 5A.
Redmi 5A vs Samsung Galaxy J5 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Verdict
Right at the outset, we did mention that these three handsets were not in the same price segment and are not likely to be directly compared. However, the excellent pricing of the Redmi 5A does make us do some really odd things. Anyway, as far as the hardware specs go, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is the clear winner here. However, we do not think it is 2X better than the Redmi 5A and is definitely not worth the near Rs.14k price it commands. The Samsung Galaxy J5 is the clear underdog here and even its lowered price of Rs.8,990 isn’t good enough for it to earn a recommendation. The Redmi 5A once again manages to win this three phone comparison with relative ease.