These are exciting times for budget segment phones as some very attractive options have appeared in recent times. In fact, Xiaomi has led the change in this segment and has managed to capture the biggest piece of the Indian smartphone market, toppling the mighty Samsung. In fact, the Redmi Note 5 was launched as a follow up to the incredibly popular Redmi Note 4, which was the most sold smartphone in India last year. We decided to compare the Redmi Note 5, the Redmi Note 4 and the Samsung Galaxy J7, so we could get a better idea of where each phone stands in terms of various parameters. So let’s go right ahead and see which the best phone is, among these three.
Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy J7: Price in India
The Redmi Note 5 was released on February 14th this year and is currently priced at Rs.9,999 for the 3GB RAM 32GB ROM variant. The Redmi Note 4, which was released in January 2018, is priced at Rs.10,999 for the 4GB RAM 64GB onboard storage model. Comparatively, the Samsung Galaxy J7 is priced at Rs.10,990 and was released in March 2016 and is the oldest phone among the three.
Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy J7: Display
The Redmi Note 5 sports a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display which offers a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels at an aspect ratio of 18:9 with a pixel density of 403 pixels per inch. Comparatively, the Redmi Note 4 has a resolution of 1080×1920 on its 5.5-inch IPS LCD display. It has a pixel density of 401ppi and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The Samsung Galaxy J7, on the other hand, comes with a 5.5-inch super AMOLED display with HD resolution (720p) and 267ppi. Of the three, only the Redmi Note 5 offers Gorilla Glass protection.
Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy J7: Performance
The Redmi Note 5 is powered by the same chip as its predecessor, the Redmi Note 4: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2.0GHz processor. It comes with an Adreno 506 graphics processing unit (GPU). The Samsung Galaxy J7 is equipped with Exynos 7870 Octa octa-core 1.6GHz SoC with a Mali-T830MP2 GPU.
The Redmi Note 5 offers 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory whereas the Redmi Note 4 offers 4GB RAM paired with 64GB of onboard storage. Note that there is a higher spec Note 5 which is marginally more expensive (by Rs.2000) and offers 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Samsung Galaxy J7 is available only as a 1.5GB RAM 16GB ROM configuration. All three phones offer support for expandable memory — you can add up to 256GB additionally. Note that on the Xiaomi phones, you have to use the SIM2 hybrid slot for memory whereas the Galaxy J7 has a dedicated memory slot.
All three phones run on Android Nougat (7.0), but while the Xiaomi phones run on MIUI 9.0, the Samsung Galaxy J7 offers more of a stock experience. Also, both Xiaomi phones offer fingerprint readers whereas the Samsung device does not.
Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy J7: Camera
The Redmi Note 5 has a 12MP f/2.2 primary shooter whereas the Redmi Note 4 offers a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera. In real-world application, however, the Redmi Note 5’s camera is far superior to the Redmi Note 4. The Samsung Galaxy J7 sports a 13MP f/1.9 camera on the back. As for video recording capabilities, the Redmi Note 5 can manage 4K recording at 30 frames per second while the Redmi Note 4 and Galaxy J7 can record full HD (1080p) videos at 30fps.
On the front, all three phones offer 5MP selfie shooters.
Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy J7: Verdict
Of the three, the Redmi Note 5 is easily the best option. It has a far better display, a superior camera and a beautiful design. So if you ever need to choose between the Redmi Note 5, the Redmi Note 4, and the Samsung Galaxy J7, we recommend you choose the Redmi Note 5.