Redmi Y1 Lite vs Redmi 4 vs Nokia 3: Price in India, Specifications and Features Comparison


Today we decided to compare three excellent budget-range phones and pit them against each other with respect to parameters like display quality, pricing, processing power, operating system, battery life, and of course camera calibre. We have two phones from Xiaomi – the Redmi 4 and the newer Redmi Y1 Lite. We also threw in the Nokia 3, which seems to be doing quite well in this segment as well. Let’s go ahead and take a look at which phone is the best, among the three.

Redmi Y1 Lite vs Redmi 4 vs Nokia 3: Price in India

To start off the comparison, we have the Redmi Y1 Lite which released in November this year and is currently priced at ?6,999. The Redmi 4 does have a lower spec variant which is the same price as the Y1 Lite but for this competition, we chose the higher spec 3GB 32GB variant. The phone was released in May 2017 and is currently priced at ?8,999. And lastly, we have the Nokia 3, which was released in February of this year and is priced at ?8,146. So the Y1 Lite is the cheapest of the three, but are you missing out on anything? Let’s dive right into the specs and features.

Redmi Y1 Lite vs Redmi 4 vs Nokia 3: Display

The Y1 Lite comes with a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display, which is the largest of the three. It offers a resolution of 720 x 1280 and has a density of 267ppi. The Redmi 4 sports a 5-inch IPS LCD screen, which offers the same HD resolution as the Y1 Lite but has a higher pixel density at 294ppi. The Nokia 3 has a screen which is exactly like the one on the Redmi 4, at least on paper – a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 and a density of 294ppi.

Redmi Y1 Lite vs Redmi 4 vs Nokia 3: Performance and Battery Life

The Redmi Y1 Lite is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon quad-core 425 chip, one of the best processors in the segment. It is paired with an Adreno 308 GPU. The Redmi 4 takes it up a notch as it comes with a Snapdragon 435 octa-core 1.4GHz SoC with an Adreno 505 GPU handling all the graphics processing. The Nokia 3 hands over all processing work to its quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor, which comes with a Mali-T720MP1 graphics processing unit. The Redmi 4 clearly has the best processor. The same processor is available in the lower specs model of the Redmi 4 as well.

The Redmi Y1 Lite comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, as compared to the Redmi 4 which offers 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage. The Nokia 3, like the Y1 Lite, offers 2GB RAM paired with 16GB of internal memory. All three phones are dual-SIM compatible and support expandable memory.

All three phones currently run on Android 7.1 (Nougat) – while the Nokia phone offers closer to a stock Android experience, the Xiaomi phones come loaded with MIUI 9.0, which is Xiaomi’s take on the Android OS.

Battery life is a crucial deciding factor for many smartphone buyers. In terms of battery, the Redmi 4 takes a comfortable lead as compared to the other two. It comes with a 4100mAh power storage unit whereas the Redmi Y1 Lite has a 3080mAh battery and the Nokia 3 offers a 2630mAh cell.

Redmi Y1 Lite vs Redmi 4 vs Nokia 3: Camera

The Xiaomi phones really deliver in terms of camera specs – the Y1 Lite comes with a 13MP f/2.2 rear shooter whereas the Redmi 4 offers a 13MP f/2.0 camera on the back and both offer phase detection autofocus. The Nokia 3, in comparison, offers an 8MP snapper on the rear, with a f/2.0 aperture. Both Xiaomi phones allow 1080p video recording, whereas the Nokia 3 allows only HD (720p) recording at 30 frames per second.

On the front, the Y1 Lite comes with a 5MP selfie snapper, just like the Redmi 4. The Nokia 3 offers a marginally better camera – it has an 8MP front cam.

Redmi Y1 Lite vs Redmi 4 vs Nokia 3: Verdict

There’s a reason the Redmi 4 won against all of its competitors in the budget segment, at the MySmartPrice Mobile Of The Year awards for 2017. It’s unbeatable from almost every angle and offers value for money like no other mobile phone can. It also offers excellent build quality when compared to its peers. This comparison was over before it began – the Redmi 4 is the unquestionable choice to go for when it comes to buying a phone below ?10,000.