The budget smartphones space in India includes handsets that are generally priced between the Rs.5000 and Rs.15,000 mark. This segment has seen a sharp increase in sales over the past few years. Most handsets sold in this price range are only slightly less powerful compared to more expensive devices that are priced above the Rs.20,000 mark. In today’s comparison article, we will take a look at three smartphones that are in this price segment and compete with each other. The three smartphones are the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, the Moto E4 Plus, and the Nokia 3. Let us now take a look at how all these handsets stack up against each other. Note that we will compare the base version of the Redmi Note 4 (3GB/32GB) to the other two phones.
As the norm is, let us talk about the displays on these handsets first
Redmi Note 4 vs Moto E4 Plus vs Nokia 3: Display
While all the three handsets in this comparison get an IPS LCD display, the Redmi Note 4 is the only one to sport a full HD panel. Both the Moto E4 Plus and the Nokia 3 manage with a 1280 x 720-pixel display. While the Redmi Note 4 and the Moto E4 Plus get a 5.5-inch panel, the Nokia 3 is the smallest of the three and uses a 5-inch display. What the Redmi Note 4 scores in terms of display resolution and size, is lost when it comes to durability. Both the Nokia 3 and the Moto E4 Plus get Gorilla glass 3 coating for added durability while the Redmi Note 4 does not.
Redmi Note 4 vs Moto E4 Plus vs Nokia 3: Hardware, software and performance
One look at the spec sheet, and it’s clear who is the clear winner here. The Redmi Note 4 gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset which at the time of its launch was widely considered to be the best mid-range chipset from Qualcomm. The other two handsets in this comparison use Mediatek’s M6737 chip which is considered a notch below the Snapdragon 625 in terms of overall performance. The Redmi Note 4 also gets 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. There is also a 64GB version of the Redmi Note 4 which is outside the purview of this comparison. The Moto E4 Plus does match the Redmi Note 4 when it comes to RAM and storage space with the handset also getting 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. The Nokia 3 on the other hands only comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. All three handsets get a microSD card slot for additional memory expansion.The Redmi Note 4, however, is the clear winner here. As far as the software is concerned, all three handsets here run Android 7.1 Nougat. While the Redmi Note 4 uses a highly customized version of Android, the other two handsets, the Nokia 3 and the Moto E4 Plus run a near-stock version.
Redmi Note 4 vs Moto E4 Plus vs Nokia 3: Camera
Moving on to the camera, both the Redmi Note 4 and the Moto E4 Plus get a similar primary camera set up at the rear – a 13-megapixel unit. The Nokia 3, on the other hand, gets by with an 8-megapixel unit. Moving on to the front camera, the Redmi Note 4 and the Moto E4 Plus get a 5-megapixel shooter at the front. The Nokia 3 on the other hand, gets an 8-megapixel camera at the front. The Redmi Note 4 is also the only handset in this group to support full HD video recording.
Redmi Note 4 vs Moto E4 Plus vs Nokia 3: Price in India
As you might be already aware, all the three handsets in this comparison are priced below the Rs.10,000 mark. The Redmi Note 4 will set you back by Rs. 9,999 for the 32GB version and in our opinion, is the best of the lot. The Moto E4 Plus also finds itself priced at Rs.9,999 thereby matching the price of the Redmi Note 4. However, hardware wise, it is clear that the Redmi Note 4 is clearly the better specced of the two. The Nokia 3, on the other hand, is slightly more affordable with the handset being sold on Amazon for around Rs.8,600. While this is definitely cheaper than the other two handsets, we still do not think the Nokia 3 has the specs to take on the other two. Also, we feel the internal storage space on the Nokia 3 is way too less for a smartphone that is priced at over Rs, 8,000.
Redmi Note 4 vs Moto E4 Plus vs Nokia 3: Verdict
Following the close analysis of all three handsets in this segment clearly, it is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 that is the winner of this segment. The Moto E4 Plus does come up close, but it loses out on account of a lower resolution display and that MediaTek chip.