Earlier today, India’s number one smartphone brand Xiaomi announced the launch of its most awaited smartphones for 2018 – the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Typical of Xiaomi, both the handsets have been competitively priced in the country. If you wish to learn more about the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro head over here to read our launch story. In this article let us compare the spec sheet of the Redmi Note 5 Pro to three other handsets that fall in almost the same price segment as the Redmi Note 5 Pro. These handsets include Xiaomi’s own Mi A1, the Honor 7X from Huawei, and the Nokia 6 from HMD Global.
Let us start things off by talking about the display and the design aspects of these phones
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs. Mi A1 vs. Honor 7X vs. Nokia 6 – Design Display
The Redmi Note 5 Pro features an aluminium body and 2.5D toughened glass at the front. The display happens to be a 5.99-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels in the 18:9 aspect ratio. The display has a brightness level of 450 nits and a PPI density score of 403 PPI.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 gets an aluminium frame and a back panel made of the same material. At the front, there is toughened glass covering the display. The display of the Mi A1 measures 5.5-inches across and has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. This is an LTPS IPS LCD panel that claims a PPI density figure of 403.
The Honor 7X has the same display size as the Redmi Note 5 Pro – a 5.93-inch 1080 x 2160 pixel IPS LCD panel in the same 18:9 aspect ratio. The Honor 7X also features an aluminium body with toughened glass at the front. The phone also claims a PPI density figure of 407.
Lastly, we have the Nokia 6 which also happens to be one of the oldest handset in this list. The Nokia 6 also boasts of an aluminium body with toughened glass at the front. The phone also gets a 5.5-inch display like the Mi A1 with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels in the 16:9 aspect ratio. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for scratch protection as well.
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs. Mi A1 vs. Honor 7X vs. Nokia 6 – Hardware
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC thereby making it the first smartphone on the planet to feature this brand new SoC. There are two versions of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, a 4GB RAM +64GB version, and a top-end 6GB RAM + 64GB version. The handset gets a fingerprint sensor at the rear. Like the standard Redmi Note 5, the Pro version also gets a 4,000 mAh battery. As for the software, the Redmi Note 5 Pro runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat underneath MIUI 9.
The Mi A1 is powered by the Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset. While fairly powerful, this is a product from last year and the Redmi Note 5 Pro has the better, newer chip. The Mi A1 comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There is a hybrid SIM/MicroSD card slot for additional storage space. The phone gets a 3340 mAh battery for day-long battery life.
The Honor 7X uses Huawei’s own Kirin 659 SoC and comes in two versions – a 4GB + 32GB version and a 4GB +64GB version. The SoC houses an Octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) processor as well as the Mali-T830 MP2GPU for graphics. The handset also gets a large 3340 mAh battery.
The Nokia 6 gets a lower end SoC compared to the other handsets in this comparison – the Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chip. This SoC houses an Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor along with the Adreno 505 GPU for graphics. The Nokia 6 gets a 3,000 mAh battery.
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs. Mi A1 vs. Honor 7X vs. Nokia 6 – Camera and imaging
The Redmi Note 5 Pro gets a dual camera set up at the rear that consists of a 12-megapixel primary shooter and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. The primary camera uses the Sony IMX 486 sensor. The secondary camera is primarily used as a depth sensor. At the front, the Redmi Note 5 Pro gets a 20MP front camera with a large f 2.2 aperture. The sensor used here is the Sony IMX 376. The Redmi Note 5 Pro also comes with a LED selfie light with 4500k temperature. The primary camera at the rear can record full HD videos.
The Mi A1 features a dual camera setup at the rear that consists of twin 12-megapixel sensors. The primary camera has an aperture of f/2.2 while the secondary camera has an aperture of f/2.6. Both the cameras support phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, and get dual-LED dual-tone flash for low light imaging. At the front, the Mi A1 features a 5-megapixel shooter. Both the front and rear cameras can record full HD videos at 30fps.
The Honor 7X also gets a dual camera setup at the rear. In its case, the primary camera happens to be a 12-megapixel unit with support for phase detection autofocus, as well as LED flash. The secondary 2-megapixel camera acts as a depth sensor. At the front, the Honor 7X gets an 8-megapixel camera. The phone can record full HD videos at 30fps using both these cameras.
The Nokia 6 uses a single 16-megapixel, f/2.0 camera at the rear with support for phase detection autofocus, and dual-LED dual-tone flash. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel f/2.0 shooter. Both the cameras also record full HD videos at 30fps.
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs. Mi A1 vs. Honor 7X vs. Nokia 6 – Price in India, Conclusion
As mentioned earlier, the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes in two versions in India – a 4GB RAM + 64GB version and a 6GB RAM + 64GB version. These are the prices for the two versions
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro 4GB + 64GB: Rs.13,999
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro 6GB + 64GB: Rs.16,999
The prices of the other handsets in this comparison are as follows.
- Mi A1 4GB+64GB: Rs.13,999
- Honor 7X 4GB + 32GB: 12,999
- Honor 7X 4GB + 64GB: 15,999
- Nokia 6: Rs. 14,999
Looking at the pricing of each of these handsets, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the current king of the performance ring thanks to its newer processor and overall specs.
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