Time for yet another comparison article here on Gear by MySmartPrice. In this article, we will take a close look at three budget Android smartphones that vye for your attention under the Rs.8,000 mark. Today’s comparison compares the Xiaomi Redmi 4A, the Nokia 2, and the Samsung Galaxy On5. Hopefully, by the time you read this article, you will have a clearer picture of the right phone for you among these three. As usual, we start off things by talking about the displays used on each of these handsets.
Redmi 4A vs Nokia 2 Vs Samsung Galaxy On5: Display
All three smartphones in this shootout feature 5-inch LCD displays with identical resolution. At this price point, even Xiaomi is not in a position to offer a full HD panel and as expected, all the handsets use a 1280 x 720 pixels display. There are a few differences in the display technology being used on these displays, though. While both the Redmi 4A and the Nokia 2 use an IPS LCD panel, the Samsung Galaxy On5 uses a slightly antiquated TFT display. IPS LCD panels are generally considered superior compared to their TFT brethren and for the same reason, in this segment, it is a tie between the Nokia 2 and the Redmi 4A.
Redmi 4A vs Nokia 2 Vs Samsung Galaxy On5: Hardware, Software
One look at the spec sheet of each of these phones and it is clear why Xiaomi had earned the label for being the entry-level king of India. The Redmi 4A uses the fastest chipset in this comparison – a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC – compared to the Snapdragon 210 that is found on the Nokia 2. As for the Galaxy On5, this one uses Samsung’s in-house Exynos 3475 chipset. The Redmi 4A also gets 2GB of RAM which is more than what the Nokia 2 (1GB RAM) and the Galaxy On5 (1.5GB RAM) offer. In fact, even the entry-level version of the Redmi 4A offers 16GB of storage which is more than what the Nokia 2 (8GB) and the Galaxy On5 (8GB) provide. The top version of the Redmi 4A is in a different league altogether with 32GB of storage. All three smartphones do get a microSD card slot for additional memory expansion. Moving on to the battery, the Nokia 2 is the clear winner here thanks to its massive 4100 mAh battery. The Redmi 4A finds itself in the second place with its 3120 mAh battery while the Galaxy On5 with its 2600 mAh battery languishes in the last spot.
As far as the software part is concerned, both the Xiaomi Redmi 4A and the Nokia 2 now run Android 7.0 Nougat. The Samsung On5 on the other hand still runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Nokia 2 runs a near-stock Android UI while the Xiaomi and the Samsung use their own Android skins. While it is up to the user to choose between the three on the basis of their software preferences, it is clear that the Redmi 4A once again is the clear winner here.
Redmi 4A vs Nokia 2 Vs Samsung Galaxy On5: Camera
It is a similar story when we look at the camera capabilities of the three smartphones being compared here. The Redmi 4A gets a 13 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, camera at the rear with LED flash, while the Nokia 2 gets an 8-megapixel primary shooter at the rear with autofocus and LED flash. As for the Samsung Galaxy On5, this handset also gets an 8-megapixel camera at the rear with autofocus and LED flash. The Nokia 2 is the only smartphone in this comparo to not support full HD video recording due to the limitation of the Snapdragon 210 chip. The other two handsets can record full HD videos at 30 fps. Moving on to the secondary camera at the front, all three phones use a 5-megapixel shooter at the front for selfies and at least on paper seem to be evenly matched.
Redmi 4A vs Nokia 2 Vs Samsung Galaxy On5: Price in India
When we talk budget smartphones, the spec sheet and the features on offer are important facets. However, it is the final price that the customer is ready to pay for these phones that eventually matter. Customers in India are also now a pampered lot and expect feature-packed smartphones even if they are on a relatively tight budget. The Xiaomi Redmi 4A which is being sold for Rs, 5,999 (2GB/16GB) and Rs. 6,999 (3/GB32GB) clearly offers better value for money when you look at the spec sheets and features of all the three phones on offer here. The Nokia 2 costs nearly Rs.7,000 in India and in spite of its great battery, loses out to the Redmi 4A because of lower storage and lower RAM. The Samsung Galaxy On5 too faces a similar issue and even with its reduced price tag of Rs, 6490, cannot match the Redmi 4A when it comes to sheer value for money.