The Redmi 5 Plus is a highly awaited phone in India and as February approaches, we are fairly certain we will see the phone hit the Indian markets or at least get an official launch date. We know the phone is amazing, given that the phone’s specifications are already available —but how does it fair against some heavyweights which are already available for smartphone buyers? Today, we will compare the Redmi 5 Plus against the Mi A1, the Nokia 5 and the new Honor 9 Lite, to see which one of the four is the best and offers maximum value for money. Let’s start off by comparing the prices.
Mi A1 vs Redmi 5 Plus vs Nokia 5 vs Honor 9 Lite: Price in India
The Mi A1 was released in September of 2017 and is currently priced at ?13,999. The Redmi 5 Plus, which is expected to make its debut sometime later this month, is expected to cost about ?12,999. The Nokia 5 was launched in November last year and is currently priced at ?11,800. And finally, we have the newest phone from Huawei, the Honor 9 Lite, which was launched in January this year and is currently available for ?14,999. The 32GB variant of the Honor 9 Lite is priced at ?10,999.
Mi A1 vs Redmi 5 Plus vs Nokia 5 vs Honor 9 Lite: Display
The Mi A1 sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display which offers a resolution of 1080×1920 at a density of 403ppi. The Redmi 5 Plus is rumoured to have a 5.99-inch display with a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels and a pixel density of 403ppi. The Nokia 5 offers a 5.2-inch HD (720p) display with a density of 282ppi whereas the Honor 9 Lite comes with a 1080×2160 display that is 5.65 inches and offers 428ppi. While the Redmi 5 Plus and Honor 9 Lite offer an aspect ratio of 18:9, the aspect ratio on the Mi A1 and Nokia 5 is 16:9. The Honor 9 Lite, however, is the only phone among the four which does not offer Gorilla Glass protection against dust and scratches.
Mi A1 vs Redmi 5 Plus vs Nokia 5 vs Honor 9 Lite: Performance and Battery Life
The processor on the Mi A1 is the excellent Snapdragon 625, which is a 2.0GHz octa-core processor. The Redmi 5 Plus too is powered by the same processor. The Nokia 5, on the other hand, comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core 1.4GHz chip whereas the Honor 9 Lite comes with the Kirin 659 octa-core SoC (4×2.36GHzand 4×1.7GHz) which delivers excellent performance also.
The Mi A1 and Redmi 5 Plus both offer 4GB and 64GB onboard storage, whereas the Nokia 5 offers 3GB RAM paired with 16GB of internal memory. The Honor 9 Lite offers 4GB 64GB like the Mi A1 and Redmi 5 Plus.
The Mi A1 is an Android One phone, which means it offers a stock experience and does not have the MIUI software that usually comes with other Xiaomi phones. The A1 has already received its Oreo update, which means you get the latest Android experience with this phone. We don’t have a confirmation on whether the Redmi 5 Plus will come with Android 8.0, but we’re fairly certain it should get an update soon enough. Nokia is currently rolling out Android 8.0 for the Nokia 5, so users can have the latest Android version. The Honor 9 Lite comes with EMUI 8.0 out of the box, which means you already have the best of Android available to you when you buy it.
The Mi A1 comes with a 3080mAh cell whereas the Nokia phone and the Huawei handset both offer 3000mAh batteries. The Redmi 5 Plus shines here thanks to its 4000mAh power unit.
Mi A1 vs Redmi 5 Plus vs Nokia 5 vs Honor 9 Lite: Camera
The camera specs on these phones are particularly impressive — the Mi A1 and the Honor 9 Lite both feature dual camera setups on the rear. The Honor 9 Lite pushes the envelope by adding a dual camera array on the front as well, taking the total number of cameras on the phone to four. While the Mi A1 offers a 12MP+12MP pair on the back, the Honor 9 Lite has a 13MP+2MP combo for bokeh photography. The Redmi 5 Plus in comparison offers a 12MP f/2.2 shooter and the Nokia 5 comes with a 13MP f/2.0 camera on the back.
On the front, as mentioned earlier, the Honor 9 Lite offers 13MP+2MP dual lens. The Mi A1 and Redmi 5 Plus come with 5MP selfie cameras, as compared to the Nokia 5 which comes with an 8MP front snapper.
You can shoot 2160p videos at 30fps on the Xiaomi phones rear cameras, whereas the Nokia 5 and Honor 9 Lite only allows 1080p videos at the same frame rate.
Mi A1 vs Redmi 5 Plus vs Nokia 5 vs Honor 9 Lite: Verdict
It was really difficult to choose between the Honor 9 Lite and the Redmi 5 Plus, but we’re going to go ahead and pick a winner — the Redmi 5 Plus. We chose the upcoming phone from Xiaomi because of its processor, display size and battery, which are pretty important parameters. However, if selfies are important to you and you don’t want to wait for the launch, we’d happily recommend the Honor 9 Lite.