Xiaomi is among the most successful smartphone manufacturers in India. The company has a diversified lineup of smartphones catering to different price points. Right from entry-level smartphones to flagships, Xiaomi has something for every buyer. Keeping its growing success in mind, we decided to compare three smartphones from the company – Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Xiaomi Redmi Y1, and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. As we know, the Redmi Note 5 is yet to launch officially, so we will be comparing its rumoured features and specifications in this post that will be subsequently updated once it goes official. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what these phones have to offer.
Redmi Note 5 vs. Redmi Y1 vs. Redmi Note 4: Price in India
Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 4 at a starting price of Rs. 9,999 for the 2GB RAM/32GB storage variant. The device turned out to be Xiaomi’s best selling smartphone in India, which made Xiaomi go a step ahead and reduce its pricing to Rs. 8,999 for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant. The 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant of the Redmi Note 4 retails at Rs. 11,999. The Xiaomi Redmi Y1, on the other hand, was launched at a starting price of Rs. 8,999 for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant and Rs. 10,999 for the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant. The upcoming Redmi Note 5 is expected to be priced at Rs. 9,999 in India for the 4GB RAM/32GB storage variant.
Given the pricing, storage, and RAM capacity, the Redmi Y1’s 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant looks like a better choice in the lot and it is Rs. 1,000 cheaper than the Redmi Note 4.
Redmi Note 5 vs. Redmi Y1 vs. Redmi Note 4: Display
The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 comes with a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 16:9 aspect ratio while the Redmi Note 4 also boasts a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen but with a better resolution, i.e. full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The upcoming Redmi Note 5 is also expected to feature a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. So, in this segment, the Redmi Note 4 comes up as the winner with its price tag lower than the yet to launch Redmi Note 5 and FHD resolution.
Redmi Note 5 vs. Redmi Y1 vs. Redmi Note 4: Camera
The Redmi Y1 sports a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF while on the front it settles with a 16MP camera with LED flash. The Redmi Note 4 features a 13MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and a 5MP camera on the front with 85-degree wide-angle view and f/2.0 aperture, but lacks front flash. The rumoured specifications on the Redmi Note 5 include a 16MP rear camera with an LED flash along with an 8MP front-facing camera. This segment is won by the Redmi Y1 due to its superior 16MP front camera.
Redmi Note 5 vs. Redmi Y1 vs. Redmi Note 4: Performance
The performance on a smartphone highly depends on the software version, chipset, RAM and storage capacity on it. The better the software version, chipset, RAM, and storage capacity, the better the smartphone would perform. In this comparison, the Redmi Y1 comes powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 435 SoC with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage depending on the variant and runs Android 7.0 Nougat-based MIUI 9. The Redmi Note 4 is powered by a more powerful 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC paired with 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage according to the variant. It was launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 but has now started receiving update for the Android 7.0 Nougat-based MIUI 9. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 5 is expected to arrive with a deca-core MediaTek Helio X25 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, and Android 7.0 Nougat-based MIUI 9.
Well, in this segment, Redmi Note 4 yet again takes the cherry as it is powered by a powerful SoC Snapdragon 625. Even the upcoming Redmi Note 5 could have made to the first spot, but it lost it to the Redmi Note 4 as MediaTek does not have a good reputation when it comes to the overall performance.
Redmi Note 5 vs. Redmi Y1 vs. Redmi Note 4: Battery Life
Regarding battery capacity, the Redmi Y1 settles at just 3080mAh battery while the Redmi Note 4 boasts a 4100mAh battery with fast charging support (read our in-depth review for more insights on the battery output on Redmi Note 4). The upcoming Redmi Note 5 is tipped to come with a 4000mAh battery. Yet again, the Redmi Note 4 wins this segment with its higher battery capacity and support for fast charging that is not available on the Redmi Y1.
Redmi Note 5 vs. Redmi Y1 vs. Redmi Note 4: Verdict
Keeping in mind all the segments and their results, the Redmi Note 4 wins the comparison race over Redmi Y1 and Redmi Note 5. With its better display, battery life, and performance, the Redmi Note 4 has surfaced as the best buy when pitted against the other two Xiaomi phones. However, if you do not care much about performance and processing speed, and are looking for an under 10k device with superior selfie camera, then the Redmi Y1 seems to be a good pick. For the ones who want a smartphone with fabulous overall performance, battery life and full HD display then the Redmi Note 4 is the absolute best among the three.