Not too long ago, most reviewers and tech enthusiasts never advised their friends and acquaintances to buy an entry-level Android smartphone. Most handsets priced under the Rs.7,000 mark were notorious for being slow and of low quality. It was advisable to save some more money and get a slightly higher priced handset that used to be much better in quality and also offered a much better feature-set. That, however, was the past. As of 2018, there are some compelling handsets on sale under Rs.7,000 that totally make sense for users who are either looking for a no-nonsense, no-frills handset. In today’s comparison, we take a look at three handsets that are priced under the Rs.7,000 mark in India. These phones include the Redmi 5A from Xiaomi, the Moto C from Lenovo-owned Motorola and the Aqua Lions T1 from Intex. Let us see how these handsets fare against each other.
Redmi 5A vs. Moto C vs. Intex Aqua Lions T1 Lite: Design, Display
The Redmi 5A doesn’t look like a handset that belongs to the sub Rs.8,000 price segment. The handset boasts of a premium looking aluminium body and glass front. The display on the Redmi 5A measures 5-inches across and has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels in the 16:9 aspect ratio. The IPS LCD panel has a PPI density figure of 296 – which is acceptable for a handset in this price range.
The Moto C from Motorola also gets a 5-inch display. This one, however, is a TFT display and not an IPS panel like the one on the Xiaomi. The resolution too is lower at just 480 x 854 pixels in the 16:9 aspect ratio. The resulting PPI density figure is a rather low 196 PPI. The phone also does not have the premium feel of the Redmi 5A thanks to a plastic body.
The Intex Aqua Lions T1 Lite also gets a 5-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. The company, however, does not list the display type. Like the Moto C, the Intex Aqua Lions T1 Lite also has a low PPI density figure of 196. The phone also gets a plastic body in metallic colours.
Redmi 5A vs. Moto C vs. Intex Aqua Lions T1 Lite: Hardware
The Redmi 5A finds itself being powered by the new Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 chipset. While this is an entry-level chip from Qualcomm, it is still faster than the Snapdragon 2xx series that are found on more expensive handsets. This chip houses a Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor and the Adreno 308 GPU for graphics. The phone comes in two versions – a 2GB +16GB version and a 3GB +32GB version.
The Moto C is powered by a Mediatek MT6580m SoC that houses a Quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A53 processor and the Mali-T720MP2 GPU for graphics. In India, the handset is offered in a single version that gets 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
Moving on to the Intex Aqua Lions T1 Lite, this phone is powered by the Spreadtrum SC9832A chipset which is an entry-level chip. This SoC houses a .3 GHz Quad- Core, 32-bit processor and has the Mali 400 GPU for graphics. The phone gets by with just 1GB of RAM and has the least (8GB) internal storage among the handsets in this comparison.
Redmi 5A vs. Moto C vs. Intex Aqua Lions T1 Lite: Camera
Moving on to the imaging capabilities of these handsets. The Redmi 5A boasts of a 13-megapixel primary camera with f/2.2 lens and support for phase detection autofocus and LED flash. At the front, the handset gets a 5-megapixel shooter with support for full HD video recording at 30fps.
The Motorola Moto C uses a 5-megapixel primary camera at the rear and a basic 2-megapixel shooter with LED flash at the front for selfies. The handset supports features like Geo-tagging, touch focus, and panorama. Video recording on the Moto C is limited to 720p HD videos.
The Intex Aqua Lions T1 Lite gets a 5-megapixel autofocus camera at the rear and a 2-megapixel shooter at the front. Both the front and rear cameras get dual LED flash for low light situations. The company does not clearly mention the video resolution of the handset.
Redmi 5A vs. Moto C vs. Intex Aqua Lions T1 Lite: Price in India, Conclusion
Before we tell you to buy one of these devices, let us take a look at the current prices of these handsets in the country.
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
- 2GB + 16GB: Rs.4,999
- 3GB + 32GB: Rs. 6,999
Motorola Moto X
- 1GB+ 16GB: Rs. 5,599
Intex Aqua Lions T1 Lite
- 1GB + 8GB: Rs. 3,899
Looking at the spec sheets and the prices of these devices, it is clear that the Xiaomi Redmi 5A gives you the most bang for your money. Even the entry-level version of the phone has a better processor and more internal storage and RAM compared to what the Moto C and the Intex Aqua Lions T1 Lite offer. It is, therefore, a pretty easy choice for us to declare the Xiaomi Redmi 5A as the clear winner of this comparison.
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