The Redmi Note 5 has finally released in India, which is a huge relief to Xiaomi fans who were awaiting the follow up to the Redmi Note 4. And now that we know all about the phone and even got some hands-on time with it, we decided to compare the phone against 3 other excellent alternatives: the Honor 9 Lite, the Samsung Galaxy J7 and of course, the outgoing Redmi Note 4, so we can see what has changed. Let’s start off by comparing prices of the four handsets.
Redmi Note 5 vs. Honor 9 Lite vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 vs. Redmi Note 4: Price in India
The Redmi Note 5 was launched on 14th February this year and is currently priced at ?9,999 for the 3GB 32GB variant. The Honor 9 Lite was launched in January this year and is currently available at ?10,999 for the 3GB 32GB version. The latest iteration of the Samsung Galaxy J7 is yet to get an official release date in India (it was released internationally in June 2017), but we expect the phone to be priced at approximately ?15,990 when it does come out. Lastly, we have the Redmi Note 4, which was launched in January 2017 and currently carries a price tag of ?8,999 for the 3GB 32GB combo.
Redmi Note 5 vs. Honor 9 Lite vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 vs. Redmi Note 4: Display
The new Redmi Note 5 sports a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display that offers a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels at 403ppi. The Honor 9 Lite has a 5.65-inch IPS LCD display that offers a full HD resolution of 1080×2160 as well but at a pixel density of 428ppi. The Samsung Galaxy J7 comes with a 5.5-inch super AMOLED display and offers 1080×1920 at 401ppi. The Redmi Note 4 has a 5.5-inch screen as well and offers the same resolution of 1080×1920 at 401ppi. The Note 5 and Honor 9 Lite offer an 18:9 aspect ratio whereas the other two phones come with 16:9 aspect ratio. The Redmi Note 5 is the only phone with Gorilla Glass protection for its display.
Redmi Note 5 vs. Honor 9 Lite vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 vs. Redmi Note 4: Performance
The Redmi Note 5 is powered by the same processor that its predecessor, the Redmi Note 4, is equipped with: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2.0GHz SoC. In comparison, the Honor 9 Lite is driven by the Kirin 659 octa-core (4 x 2.36GHz + 4 x 1.7GHz) chip. The Samsung Galaxy J7, on the other hand, comes with an Exynos 7870 octa-core 1.6GHz processor under the hood.
The Redmi Note 5, Honor 9 Lite, and Redmi Note 4 all come as 3GB 32GB configurations whereas the Samsung Galaxy J7 comes as a 3GB RAM 16GB ROM version. While the Redmi Note 5 lets you add expandable memory up to 128GB, the other three offer 256GB expandable storage.
Redmi Note 5 vs. Honor 9 Lite vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 vs. Redmi Note 4: Camera
The Redmi Note 5 sports a 12MP f/2.2 rear camera whereas the Honor 9 Lite offers a dual 13MP+2MP dual camera setup on the back. The Samsung Galaxy J7 comparatively offers a 13MP f/1.7 back camera. The Redmi Note 4 offers a 13MP f/2.0 back camera. The Redmi Note 5 manages video 2160p recording at 30fps whereas the Honor 9 Lite lets you shoot 1080p video at the same frame rate.
The Redmi Note 5 is equipped with a 5MP f/2.0 front camera, whereas the Honor 9 Lite offers a dual camera array on the front as well, which is identical on paper to the rear camera (13MP+2MP). The Samsung Galaxy J7 comes with a 13MP f/1.9 front camera and the Redmi Note 4 has a 5MP f/2.0 selfie shooter.
Redmi Note 5 vs. Honor 9 Lite vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 vs. Redmi Note 4: Verdict
The Redmi Note 5 wins the comparison because it offers an excellent processor as compared to the others. It also offers a better display. However, if you indulge in photography extensively, we would happily recommend the Honor 9 Lite as the phone is pretty good too. So there you go, it’s the Redmi Note 5 for us.