Competition in the entry-level mobile phone segment in India continues to heat up with each passing month. The past few months have seen the arrival of a bunch of promising handsets in the near 10k to 13k price range. In today’s article, we compare the spec sheet of four handsets from this highly competitive, dynamic segment. These four handsets include the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, the Nokia 5, the Honor 9 Lite from Huawei, and the Redmi Y1 from Xiaomi. Let us check out how these handsets stack up spec to spec.
Redmi Note 5 vs. Nokia 5 vs. Honor 9 Lite vs. Redmi Y1: Design, Display
As usual, let us start off things by talking about the design aspects of these four handsets starting off with the newly launched Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
The new Redmi Note 5 gets an aluminium frame and a dash of aluminium on the back panel. There is some plastic too on the edges of the handset. At the front, the handset gets a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. As evident from the resolution, you might have guessed that the display is in the new 18:9 aspect ratio. There front glass is also durable and scratch resistant thanks to it being Gorilla Glass certified.
Moving on, the next handset in this list happens to be the Nokia 5 which boasts of a full-aluminium body and a toughened glass layer at the front. The Nokia 5 gets a 5.2-inch 1280 x 720 pixel display with Corning Gorilla Glass layer for scratch resistance and durability. The display is in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio and offers a PPI density figure of 282 which is the among the lowest among the four handsets we are comparing today.
The next handset in the list is the Honor 9 Lite from Huawei. Announced just last month, the Honor 9 Lite is a smaller version of the Honor 9i. It features an aluminium frame and a glass clad back panel. At the front, the handset gets a 5.65-inch 18:9 display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. This translates to a PPI density figure of 428 which is not bad at all for a handset the costs just around Rs.10,000.
Next up, we have the last handset in this comparison – the Xiaomi Redmi Y1. This one features an aluminium frame and a plastic back panel. The display on this phone measures 5.5-inches across and has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. This also happens to be an IPS LCD panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection for scratch resistance. With a PPI density of 267, the Redmi Y1 falls even behind the Nokia 5 when it comes to display sharpness.
Redmi Note 5 vs. Nokia 5 vs. Honor 9 Lite vs. Redmi Y1: Hardware
The Redmi Note 5 as you might be aware is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset that its predecessor came with. That’s right! The Redmi Note 5 uses the tried and tested Snapdragon 625 that proved its mettle in the Redmi Note 4 with its performance and power management. The phone also uses the Adreno 506 GPU for graphics. The Redmi Note 5 is offered in two versions in India – a base 3GB RAM and 32GB version followed by a 4GB RAM, 64GB edition. The phone also gets a large 4000 mAh battery that promises all day battery life.
The Nokia 5 is powered by an entry-level Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 SoC that is positioned a notch below the 6XX offerings from Qualcomm. The graphics chip on this phone is the Adreno 505. You can buy the Nokia 5 in only the 16GB version in India. This version comes with 3GB of RAM and a microSD card slot for adding additional storage space. The handset also gets a 3000mAh battery.
The Honor 9 Lite gets to use Huawei’s inhouse Kirin 659 chipset which is also found doing duty on the honor 7X and the Honor 9i. This phone is also offered in two versions – a base 3GB RAM, 32GB version and a higher 4GB RAM, 64GB version. The handset uses the Mali-T830 MP2 chip for graphics and has a 3,000 mAh battery.
The last handset in this comparison – the Redmi Y1 gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset – an upgraded version of the SD 430 that we found on the Nokia 5. The handset comes in two versions – 3GB + 32GB, and a 4GB + 64GB version. For graphics, the handset uses the Adreno 505 GPU. There is a 3080 mAH battery under the hood.
Redmi Note 5 vs. Nokia 5 vs. Honor 9 Lite vs. Redmi Y1: Camera
The Redmi Note 5 gets a 12-megapixel f/2.2 camera with support for phase detection autofocus, as well as a dual-LED dual-tone flash at the rear. At the front the handset gets by with a 5-megapixel shooter. The phone can also record full HD 1080p videos at 30 fps.
The Nokia 5 boasts of a 13-megapixel f/2.0 camera at the rear with support for phase detection autofocus, as well as a dual-LED dual-tone flash as its primary camera. At the front, the handset gets an 8-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture. The phone can also record full HD 1080p videos at 30fps.
The Honor 9 Lite gets a dual camera setup both at the front and the rear. The primary camera at the rear is a 13-megapixel unit while the secondary camera is a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front too the phone gets a similar setup consisting of a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel sensor. This phone can also record full HD 1080p videos at 30 fps.
The Redmi Y1 gets a 13-megapixel camera at the rear with an aperture of f/2.2 and support for phase detection autofocus and a single LED flash. At the front, there is a 16-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/2.0. Both the front and the rear cameras can record full HD 1080p videos at 30fps.
Redmi Note 5 vs. Nokia 5 vs. Honor 9 Lite vs. Redmi Y1: Price in India, conclusion
Let us first check out the current prices of these handsets in India.
Redmi Note 5
- 3GB+32GB: Rs. 9,999
- 4GB+64GB: Rs. 11,999
- 3GB+16GB: Rs. 11,999
Honor 9 Lite
- 3GB+32GB: Rs.9,999
- 4GB+64GB: Rs.14,999
- 3GB + 32GB: Rs.8,999
- 4GB + 64GB: Rs.10,999
As evident from the prices, the Redmi Note 5 offers the most bang for your bucks considering the fact that its top end version only costs Rs.11,999. It even beats the company’s own Redmi Y1 that has a lower class processor and a 720p display. The Nokia 5 is simply too overpriced for what it offers while th Honor 9 Lite, even though a good phone, pays second fiddle to the Redmi Note 5.