The Indian market is no stranger to Chinese phones, which have been around since before the widespread availability of Android devices. The devices were an instant hit with the masses as they offered decent features at a very reasonable price. The situation is more or less the same now, with devices from Chinese manufacturers such as Xiaomi selling like hot cakes. Other companies followed suit and were greeted with mild success, but Xiaomi has carved a niche for themselves in the market and continue to sell more devices compared to their Chinese counterparts.
Today, we’ll take a look at three upcoming mid-ranged Xiaomi devices and determine which one is the best value for money. The three devices in question are the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. The Redmi Note 5 is yet to be released, but we have a clear idea about its specifications and how it’ll fare against the other two.
Redmi 5 Plus vs Redmi 5 vs Redmi Note 5: Design and Build Quality
Keeping up with their trend of building sturdy devices, all three devices feature an aluminium body and Gorilla Glass protection for the display. It’s difficult to determine which one of the three is better, given that they’re not released yet. At this point, this segment is a three-way tie, but we’ll keep you updated.
Redmi 5 Plus vs Redmi 5 vs Redmi Note 5: Display
Both the Redmi 5 Plus and the Redmi Note 5 feature a FullView display with a nearly bezel-less design using a 5.99-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080×2160 (403ppi pixel density). The Redmi 5 opts for a more traditional design with its 5.7-inch IPS LCD panel (720×1080 resolution, 282ppi pixel density). This segment is tied between the Redmi 5 Plus and the Redmi Note 5, owing to their near-identical design concept.
Redmi 5 Plus vs Redmi 5 vs Redmi Note 5: Camera
The Redmi 5 Plus and the Redmi 5 employ the same 12-megapixel camera module, which supports Phase Detection Autofocus, touch focus, 1080p video recording at 30fps, HDR and panorama. The Redmi 5 Plus has a dual-tone LED flash, while the Redmi 5 has a single tone LED flash. The Redmi Note 5 has a more powerful 12+12-megapixel primary camera which can record 720p videos at 120fps. All three devices come with the same 5-megapixel secondary camera. The Redmi Note 5 is the better device here, owing to its better primary camera.
Redmi 5 Plus vs Redmi 5 vs Redmi Note 5: Performance
The Redmi 5 Plus and the Redmi Note 5 use the same octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chip clocked at 2.0GHz. The Redmi 5 uses a slightly older Snapdragon 450, clocked at 1.8GHz. All three devices use the same Adreno 406 GPU and run Android Nougat 7.1.2 out of the box. Once again, the segment is tied between the Redmi 5 Plus and the Redmi Note 5, as they run the same chip and are likely to perform the same.
Redmi 5 Plus vs Redmi 5 vs Redmi Note 5: Hardware
Yet again, the Redmi 5 Plus and the Redmi Note 5 are tied in a segment, as both devices feature a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a 4,000mAh Li-pol battery. The Redmi 5 is powered by a slightly lower 3,300mAh Li-pol battery and employs the same fingerprint scanner found in the other two.
Redmi 5 Plus vs Redmi 5 vs Redmi Note 5: Price in India
The Redmi 5 Plus is expected to retail at Rs. 12,999, while the Redmi 5 is slightly lower at Rs. 10,999. The Redmi Note 5, like its predecessors, will cost between Rs. 9,999 and 12,999, depending on the variant.
Redmi 5 Plus vs Redmi 5 vs Redmi Note 5: Verdict
It’s difficult to draw a conclusion as to which device is better, as the Redmi 5 Plus and Redmi Note 5 are nearly identical in specifications, with the exception of the camera. As expected, the Redmi 5 lags behind a little bit owing to its lower price. The three Xiaomi devices will take the market by storm upon release, prompting competitors to up their ante and release better devices.