There used to be a time when there were not many smartphones available in the market. Most of the manufacturers used to have limited inventory, which helped in finding out the best phone easily. However, the times have changed now, and we are now living in the era where the world of technology has more than enough to offer, filling us in with a plethora of smartphones on offer. These devices fall under different price brackets, starting from entry level budget friendly segment to flagship level heavy on the pocket segment. The middle layer, also known as the mid-range segment has also diversified with under 20k to under 40k price bracket. So, today, we decided to compare three smartphones falling under the 20k space. The three phones are – the Motorola Moto G6 Play, Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro, and the Xiaomi Mi 5.
Mi 5 vs Moto G6 Play vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro: Price
Before getting on with the comparison game, we first need to check out the pricing of these handsets. It’s worth noting that the Moto G6 Play is yet to launch so we will be comparing it from rumored specifications and expected pricing. According to the leaks, the Moto G6 Play could be launched with a price tag of Rs. 18,999. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi 5 are priced at Rs. 19,279 and Rs. 19,990 respectively. The Xiaomi Mi 5 was originally launched with a price tag of Rs. 25,000 but received a price cut of Rs. 6,000 last year.
Mi 5 vs Moto G6 Play vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro: Display
The Xiaomi Mi 5 boasts a 5.15-inch IPS LCD screen bearing a full HD 1080×1920 pixels resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. The Motorola Moto G6 Play is rumored to come with a 5.7-inch display with 720 x 1440 pixels resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD 1080×1920 pixels resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio.
In this display comparison, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro comes up as a better phone with its AMOLED display. The upcoming Moto G6 Play could have been a winner too, but it is still under the rumoured tag so we can’t give it the prize on speculated specifications.
Mi 5 vs Moto G6 Play vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro: Hardware, Software
The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes powered by a 1.8 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC with 3GB of RAM and 32GB non-expandable internal storage. The Mi 5 was launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8, but it recently got updated to Android 7.0 Nougat-based MIUI 9. The Moto G6 Play is expected to come powered by an unspecified entry-level Snapdragon chipset with 16GB storage and 2GB of RAM while on the software front, it is rumored to run Android 8.0 Oreo. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos chipset paired with 3GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage that can be further expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat.
Yet again, Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro takes the cherry with its better storage capacity and microSD slot for expansion.
Mi 5 vs Moto G6 Play vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro: Camera
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro sports 13MP rear and front cameras with capability of recording full HD videos at 30fps. The Moto G6 Play is tipped to boast a 12-megapixel camera at the rear and 5MP+5MP dual camera on the front for better selfies with Portrait mode like features. The rear camera on the G6 Play will be able to record full HD 1080p videos. The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a 16MP camera on the back and a 4MP selfie shooter at the front.
Well, on paper, the front camera setup of the upcoming Moto G6 Play does look good, but it is not yet confirmed to come with the exact specification. The Xiaomi Mi 5 has the better rear camera but loses on the selfie camera that is just 4MP. The Galaxy J7 Pro yet again emerges as a better buy with decent camera specification at 13MP each.
Mi 5 vs Moto G6 Play vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro: Battery
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is backed by a 3600mAh battery without support for fast charging while the Moto G6 Play is expected to come integrated with a 4000mAh battery. The Xiaomi Mi 5 has a 3000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.
In this segment, the Xiaomi Mi 5 emerges as the winner, thanks to fast charging support that has become an essential feature in smartphones.
Mi 5 vs Moto G6 Play vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro: Verdict
Keeping all the comparison segments in mind, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro comes up as the better smartphone in the lot. It has got a better display, camera setup, hardware, and software. The Xiaomi Mi 5 stands pretty close on the comparison bar, but being a rather old phone, it loses the battle to the J7 Pro.