It was a little over a week ago that Xiaomi announced the launch of its newest budget Android smartphone – the Redmi Note 5 in India. As you might have guessed, the Note 5 is the much-awaited successor to the Redmi Note 4 from last year. It is possible that many of our readers might be wondering how much of an improvement the new Note 5 is over the old phone. Well, we will attempt to figure out the same in this comparison article. Just for fun, we have also added a mythical, yet-to-be-announced Nokia 4 to the comparison as well. Note that the Nokia 4 has not been officially announced by the HMD Global and all its current specifications are based on Internet rumours.
Redmi Note 5 vs Nokia 4 vs Redmi Note 4: Design, Display
Let us talk about the design and display technologies these smartphones use.
The Redmi Note 5 gets an aluminium frame and a back panel made of the same metal. There are some plastic elements at the edges of the handsets, though. At the front, the handset uses a scratch resistant glass cladding. The display on the Redmi Note 5 measures 5.99-inches across and is in the 18:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display is of the IPS-LCD type and boasts of a PPI density score of 403.
The Nokia 4 is rumoured to get a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display. The resolution is likely to be 1280 x 720 pixels in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. Little is known about the build quality and other design aspects of the phone.
The Redmi Note 4 like its newer brother gets an aluminium body and toughened glass at the front. The display happens to be an IPS LCD panel in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. This display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and measures 5.5-inches across. The phone has a PPI density figure of 401.
Redmi Note 5 vs Nokia 4 vs Redmi Note 4: Hardware
The Redmi Note 5 is powered by the Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset that houses an Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor. For graphics, the phone uses the tried and tested Adreno 506 GPU. There are two versions of the handset; a 3GB RAM + 32GB version and a 4GB RAM + 64GB version. The handset also gets a 4000 mAh battery.
The Nokia 4 is rumoured to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC and is likely to feature 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
The hardware of the Redmi Note 4 is quite similar to its successor – the Redmi Note 5. It uses the same Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset that houses an Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor for number crunching and the Adreno 506 GPU for graphics. Battery capacity on the phone is higher by a small margin thanks to a 4100 mAh battery. Like the Note 5, the Note 4 is also offered in two versions; 3GB RAM +32GB and 4GB RAM +64GB.
Redmi Note 5 vs Nokia 4 vs Redmi Note 4: Camera and Imaging
The Redmi Note 5 gets a 12-megapixel f/2.2 camera at the rear as its primary shooter. This camera supports phase detection autofocus as well as dual-LED dual-tone flash. At the front there is a 5-megapixel camera with support for 1080p videos. The primary camera can capture 4K videos as well.
Little is known about the camera capabilities of the Nokia 4.
The Redmi Note 4 gets a 13-megapixel camera at the rear with f/2.0 aperture and support for phase detection autofocus, as well as dual-LED dual-tone flash. The main camera can record 1080p videos at 30fps and slow-motion videos in 720p at 120 fps. The front camera on the device is a 5-megapixel unit with a f/2.0 lens and support for 1080p videos.
Redmi Note 5 vs Nokia 4 vs Redmi Note 4: Price in India, Conclusion
Before we conclude this article, let us take a look at the current prices of these handsets in India.
Redmi Note 5
- 3GB+32GB: Rs.9,999
- 4GB+64GB: Rs. 11,999
Redmi Note 4
- 3GB+32GB: Rs.9,999
- 4GB+64GB: Rs.10,999
The Redmi Note 5 can be best described as an incremental update to the Note 4 from last year. If you already own a Note 4, there is no compelling reason for you to upgrade to the new model. That is unless you really dig the larger 18:9 aspect ratio display on the Note 5. If you are, however, buying a new phone, it makes sense to go with the newer model.