Redmi 4 vs Nokia 2 vs Redmi 5A: Price in India, Specifications and Features Compared


The Nokia 2, released earlier this year, is HMD Global’s version of a budget phone. HMD Global is aware of the nostalgia that comes with the Nokia brand and has taken the experience to a next level by using ancient hardware in the Nokia 2. The Nokia 2 will likely be dead on arrival, as companies such as Xiaomi offer a lot more than the Nokia 2 has to offer at a lower price. Let’s take a look at how the Nokia 2 holds up against the Xiaomi Redmi 4 and the Redmi 5A.

Redmi 4 vs Nokia 2 vs Redmi 5A: Display and Build Quality

All three devices feature an identical 5-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720×1280. The Nokia 2’s panel is protected with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the Redmi 4 comes with an unspecified version of Gorilla Glass and the Redmi 5A lacks any kind of protection. The Redmi 4 and the Redmi 5A both have polycarbonate bodies, while the Nokia 2 has an aluminium frame with a plastic back. The Nokia 2 has a better construction overall and an excellent display, making it better than the Redmi 4 and the Redmi 5A.

Redmi 4 vs Nokia 2 vs Redmi 5A: Performance

The Nokia 2 runs an ancient Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 chip, which is no match for the Snapdragon 425 and 435 used by the Redmi 4 and Redmi 5A respectively. The Snapdragon 435 is marginally better than the Snapdragon 425 and the Adreno 505 GPU on the Redmi 4 is much better than the Adreno 308 on the Redmi 5A. Hence, the Redmi 4 performs better than the other two.

Redmi 4 vs Nokia 2 vs Redmi 5A: Software and UI

The Redmi 4 and Redmi 5A run Android Nougat 7.1.2 with MIUI 8 out of the box, with an incoming update for MIUI 9. The Nokia 2 runs Android Nougat 7.1.1 with virtually no customization. The Nokia 2 is set to receive an OTA update for Oreo 8.0 in the near future, confirmed by HMD Global. Xiaomi, on the other hand, has not yet announced any schedule for the Oreo update for any of their devices, but we can most likely expect it in the first quarter of 2018. MIUI is packed with useful features and is comparatively more user friendly than Stock Android. This segment is tied between the Redmi 4 and the Redmi 5A.

Redmi 4 vs Nokia 2 vs Redmi 5A: Camera

Once again, the Nokia 2 falls flat with its  8-megapixel primary camera which is overshadowed by the 13-megapixel shooters on the Redmi 4 and Redmi 5A. All three devices have a 5-megapixel secondary camera, but the one on the Nokia 2 isn’t as feature-rich as the ones on the Redmi devices.It’s difficult to ascertain which camera is better, as the cameras on the Redmi 4 and the 5A are identical in terms of specifications and performance.

Redmi 4 vs Nokia 2 vs Redmi 5A: Battery and Hardware

The Nokia 2 and the Redmi 4 both are powered by a 4,100mAh battery, while the Redmi 5A uses a 3,000mAh Li-Ion unit. The Redmi 4 features a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, a feature absent in both the Nokia 2 and the Redmi 5A. The Redmi 4 is the better device here, owing to the fingerprint scanner.

Redmi 4 vs Nokia 2 vs Redmi 5A: Price in India

The Redmi 4 is priced at Rs. 6,999 for the 16GB ROM, 2GB RAM variant, the Nokia 2 at Rs. 6,989 and the Redmi 5A at Rs. 4,999. The Redmi 4 is an excellent sub Rs. 5,000 phone for people on a tight budget. The Nokia 2 only really has the sturdy build quality and Stock Android to bring to the table with its relatively high price tag. The Redmi 4 is the best value for money as it offers all the features one would require in a smartphone at an affordable price.

Redmi 4 vs Nokia 2 vs Redmi 5A: Verdict

The Redmi 4 is the better device overall thanks to its better performance, better camera, fingerprint scanner and battery backup. The Redmi 5A scales down some features in order to keep the cost low but offers an experience close to that of the Redmi 4. The Nokia 2 has nothing to offer other than its superior display and build quality. The hardware on it is underpowered and will most likely run into troubles running even basic applications such as Facebook.