The Redmi Note series of phones by Xiaomi took the Indian market by storm by outselling their competitors by a wide margin. It’s a mystery how Xiaomi managed to keep the price of the devices as low as they were, considering the hardware they packed. Needless to say, the Redmi Note 3 and Redmi Note 4 were sold out in a matter of minutes after going on sale for a long time after their release. The Redmi Note 5 is the latest addition to the spectacular series of phones and is likely to be released sometime next year. Speculations indicate that the ‘note’ tag is going to be dropped off of the name completely and the device will be named the Redmi 5 Plus instead. Today we’ll take a look at two other mid-range devices namely the Nokia 6 and Motorola Moto G5S Plus and determine if they have what it takes to outsell the Redmi Note 4.
Redmi Note 5 vs Nokia 6 vs Moto G5S Plus: Design and Build Quality
The Nokia 6 and the Moto G5S Plus opt for a more traditional design with a front-facing fingerprint scanner and a not so bezel-less screen. The Redmi Note 5 is very likely going to be near bezel-less, something along the lines of the Mi Mix 2. We’re not sure about the exact material used in the construction of the Redmi Note 5, but if its predecessors are any indication, it’ll likely be a metal-plastic hybrid. The Nokia 6 has an all-metal, aluminium body which is sturdy and impervious to drops and daily wear and tear. The Moto G5S Plus, much like the Redmi Note 5, uses a metal-plastic hybrid body. The build quality on the new Nokia phones are excellent and the Nokia 6 is the better device of the three.
Redmi Note 5 vs Nokia 6 vs Moto G5S Plus: Display
The Redmi Note 5, as previously indicated, has a bezel-less IPS LCD panel with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It offers a full HD plus resolution of 2160×1080 (403ppi pixel density). The Nokia 6 and the Moto G5S Plus both use a 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1920×1080 (401ppi pixel density) with an aspect ratio of 16:9. All three panels are protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Despite the outstanding colour accuracy and direct sunlight legibility of the Nokia 6’s display, the Redmi Note 5 is the winner here, on account of its bezel-less design.
Redmi Note 5 vs Nokia 6 vs Moto G5S Plus: Camera
The Nokia 6 is the only device of the three to sport a single primary camera setup. The 13+13-megapixel lenses on the Moto G5S Plus are of f/2.0 each, support autofocus (not phase detection autofocus, unfortunately), HDR and panorama. A dual-tone LED flash aids the cameras in low light situations. The secondary camera is an 8-megapixel shooter with a f/2.0 lens and comes with a LED flash of its own. The Nokia 6 has a single 16-megapixel primary camera that supports PDAF, HDR and panorama and comes with a dual-LED-dual-tone flash. The secondary camera is 8-megapixels with a f/2.0 lens, without a LED flash. The Redmi Note 5 is likely to feature a dual 12+12-megapixel primary camera with a dual-tone LED flash. The secondary camera is rumoured to be only 5-megapixels. At this point, I’d give this segment to the Moto G5S Plus. The quality of the images shot by the Moto G5S Plus is crisp and devoid of noise. Also worth noting is the fact that the Moto G5S Plus can record videos at 4K, while the other two max out at 1080p.
Redmi Note 5 vs Nokia 6 vs Moto G5S Plus: Performance
The Moto G5S Plus and the Redmi Note 5 both use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (2.0GHz base clock) as their SoC. The Nokia 6 uses a slightly older and less powerful Snapdragon 430 (1.4GHz base clock). Similarly, the GPU on the Redmi Note 5 and the Moto G5S Plus are the same Adreno 506, while the Nokia 6 uses an Adreno 505. On the software side of things, the Nokia 6 and the Moto G5S Plus run a clean, customization free version of Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box while the Redmi Note 5 runs Android Nougat 7.1.2 customized with MIUI 9. This segment is tied between the Moto G5S Plus and the Redmi Note 5, as their underlying hardware is the same. It boils down to personal preference, with the Moto G5S Plus being better for Stock Android enthusiasts and the Redmi Note 5 for MIUI regulars.
Redmi Note 5 vs Nokia 6 vs Moto G5S Plus: Hardware
The Redmi Note 5 is likely to stick to the tried and tested 4,000mAh battery like its predecessors. The Nokia 6 and Moto G5S Plus have a lower, 3,000Mah battery powering them. Of the three devices, only the Moto G5S Plus supports fast battery charging and that’s definitely a plus. Still, the Redmi Note 5 is better owing to its superior battery backup.
Redmi Note 5 vs Nokia 6 vs Moto G5S Plus: Price in India
The Redmi Note 4 is likely to be the cheapest of the lot and is likely to retail at around the Rs. 12,000 mark, depending on the variant. The Nokia 6 is currently retailing at Rs. 13,999 for the 3GB RAM 32GB storage variant and the Moto G5S Plus at the same price, but for a 4GB RAM 64GB storage variant.
Redmi Note 5 vs Nokia 6 vs Moto G5S Plus: Verdict
The Moto G5S Plus and the Redmi Note 5 are both solid devices and excellent value for money. The Nokia 6 would have been an excellent device, had it not used the slightly older Snapdragon 450 chip. It is, however, a very good smartphone and we recommend it to any old Nokia fans who’re thrilled about the brand making yet another comeback.