While the arrival of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro might have taken the limelight away from Xiaomi’s lower-priced handsets like the Redmi Y1 Lite and the Redmi 5A, there is no denying that there is still considerable public interest in these phones thanks to their irresistible price tags. In today’s comparison article we take a closer look at both these devices and compare them to the entry-level offering from Finnish phone maker Nokia. That’s right! In today’s comparison article, we will analyse the differences and similarities between the Redmi 5A, the Nokia 2 and the Redmi Y1 Lite.
Redmi 5A vs Nokia 2 vs Redmi Y1 Lite: Design, Display
Let us start off by talking about the design characteristics of each of these handsets.
The Redmi 5A features an aluminium body and gets a toughened glass display at the front. The display on the 5A measures 5-inches across diagonally and is an IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The display is the standard 16:9 aspect ratio and ends up with a PPI density figure of 296.
The Nokia 2 features a plastic back panel mated to an aluminium frame. The handset also gets a toughened glass coating on the front for scratch resistance. The Nokia 2 gets a 5-inch LTPS IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen also gets a Gorilla Glass 3 layer for scratch resistance. The phone gets a decent PPI density figure of 294.
The Redmi Y1 Lite is similar to the Nokia 2 in that it gets an aluminium frame. However, unlike the plastic back panel, the Y1 Lite gets an aluminium panel. The display on the Y1 Lite is larger than the other two phones in this list at 5.5-inches. The resolution, however, remains the same at 1280 x 720 pixels. The phone also gets a Gorilla Glass 3 layer for scratch resistance and durability.
Redmi 5A vs Nokia 2 vs Redmi Y1 Lite: Hardware
The Redmi 5A uses the Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 SoC that houses a Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor within it. For graphics, the handset gets the Adreno 308 GPU. The 5A is offered in two versions – a base 2GB RAM, 16GB version and a higher priced 3GB RAM, 32GB version. The handset also gets a 3000mAh battery.
The Nokia 2 uses the Qualcomm MSM8909v2 Snapdragon 212 SoC – which is clearly a notch below the Snapdragon 4XX series used on the other two handsets in this comparison. The handset gets a Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 processor within the SoC . For graphics, the phone uses the Adreno 304 GPU. The Nokia 2 comes with just 8GB of internal storage and has 1GB of RAM which is honestly way too less for even an entry-level smartphone from 2017-18. The Nokia 2 gets a large 4100 mAh battery.
The Redmi Y1 Lite is powered by the Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 SoC that houses a Quad-core Cortex-A53 processor. For graphics, the handset uses the Adreno 308 GPU. The phone comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of memory. The phone also gets a dedicated slot for the microSD card. The battery on the Y1 Lite is has a capacity of 3080 mAh.
Redmi 5A vs Nokia 2 vs Redmi Y1 Lite: Camera and imaging
The Redmi 5A features a 13-megapixel primary camera with f/2.2 aperture and support for phase detection autofocus. The phone also gets an LED flash for low light imaging. The primary camera can record full HD videos at 30fps. At the front, the Redmi 5A gets a 5-megapixel f/2.0 camera for selfies and video calls.
The Nokia 2 gets an 8-megapixel camera at the rear with autofocus and LED flash. Video recording is supported in 720p resolution at 30fps. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel camera for selfies and video calls.
The Redmi Y1 Lite gets a 13-megapixel primary camera at the rear with support for phase detection autofocus and LED flash. The rear camera supports video recording in 1080p at 30fps. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture.
Redmi 5A vs Nokia 2 vs Redmi Y1 Lite: Price in India, conclusion
The Redmi 5A is available in two versions for the following prices here in India
- Redmi 5A 2GB + 16GB: Rs.4,999
- Redmi 5A 3GB + 32GB: Rs. 6,999
- Nokia 2: Rs. 6,433
- Redmi Y1 Lite: Rs. 6,999
Looking at the price tag and the features on offer, the Redmi 5A, 32GB version seems to be the most sensible buy in case you were considering these three handsets.