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

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While it is true that high-end smartphones hog all the media limelight, there is no denying the fact that it is the entry-level and mid-range segment that rake in the most number of sales as far as smartphone companies are concerned. This is especially true in developing countries like India and China where there has been explosive growth in the number of smartphone users in the past few years. The entry-level segment, therefore, is a highly contested one in both the countries. In India, Xiaomi has been doing a commendable job releasing one superhit phone after the other with each passing quarter. In today’s comparison, let us take a look at the comparative spec sheets of two Xiaomi handsets the Xiaomi Redmi 4A and the Xiaomi Redmi 4, and analyze how they fare against Nokia’s new entry-level offering, the Nokia 2.

Without further ado, let us start the comparison, shall we?

Redmi 4A vs Nokia 2 vs Redmi 4: Design

Like mentioned in my recent MySmartPrice Mobile of the Year Awards post, smartphone designs have become a bit repetitive and boring these days. All the three devices in this comparison look similar (the Xiaomi Redmi twins more so) and feature almost similar spec sheets. All the handsets in this comparison feature a 5-inch 720p display. The Nokia, however, features Gorilla Glass 3 for scratch resistance. It seems to be an evenly matched contest as far as the display is concerned.

Redmi 4A vs Nokia 2 vs Redmi 4: Hardware, Software

This is where things get a bit interesting. Except the Nokia 2, all the other handsets in this comparison come in different trim levels. Here is how things stand

  • Redmi 4A: 16GB/2GB RAM, 32GB/2GB RAM
  • Redmi 4: 16GB/2GB RAM,32GB/3GB RAM, 64GB/4GB RAM
  • Nokia 2; 8GB/1GB RAM

When it comes to the amount of RAM and internal storage on offer, the Nokia 2 is trounced badly by both these Chinese handsets. Even the lowest priced variants of the Redmi 4A and the Redmi 4 offer more RAM and storage space than the Nokia 2.  All the phones offer an SD card slot for memory expansion.

It’s a similar story when we look at the processors used by these three devices. While the Nokia 2 uses a purely entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 chip, the Redmi 4A gets a comparatively decent Snapdragon 425 chip. The Redmi 4 is even better and offers you the faster Snapdragon 435 chipset. Moving on to the battery, the Nokia 2 and the Redmi 4 both boast of a huge 4100 mAh battery. The Redmi 4A falls short in this department and gets by with a 3120 mAh battery which doesn’t look that bad either.  As far as the hardware is concerned, we feel that the Redmi 4 offers you the most bang for your buck. The Redmi 4 is also the only handset in this comparison to offer a fingerprint scanner.

 As for software, all three devices run Android 7.1.1 Nougat at this point in time. The Nokia 2, however, has also been promised an official update to Android 8.0 Oreo. Both the Xiaomi phones run the company’s custom MIUI software while Nokia uses a near-stock version of Android.

Redmi 4A vs Nokia 2 vs Redmi 4: Camera

Moving on to the imaging bit, we see that both the Xiaomi Redmi phones use the same camera modules. Both the phones get a 13-megapixel camera at the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter. The Nokia 2, on the other hand, gets an 8-megapixel camera as the main camera and a 5-megapixel camera for the selfie freaks. Moving on to video recording, both the Xiaomi devices support full HD video recording. The Nokia 2 is restricted to just 720p videos. Clearly, both the Chinese phones manage to outshine the Nokia when it comes to sheer multimedia prowess.

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

Xiaomi is known for pricing its entry-level handsets aggressively. The Redmi 4A used to be the company’s most affordable handset until the recent launch of the Redmi 5A. The entry-level version of the Redmi 4A will set you back by Rs. 5,999 while the top-of-the-line 32GB version is only Rs.1000 more expensive at Rs.6,999.

 Moving on to the Redmi 4, this handset is offered in three versions with the entry-level 2GB +16GB version being priced at Rs. 6,999. The more expensive 3GB+32GB variant will cost Rs.8,499, while top-of-the-line 4GB+64GB version will cost you Rs.9,999.

The Nokia 2, on the other hand, retails for anywhere between Rs.6,700 to Rs.7,000 in India. Honestly, looking at the spec sheet of the phone compared to what the competition has on offer, it would be very difficult for anyone to recommend the Nokia 2 unless it gets a significant price cut. Even with a Rs.2,000 price cut, the Nokia 2 will still be an overpriced device now that the Redmi 5A is also around.