Earlier today, Xiaomi officially announced the launch of its new budget offering for India – the Redmi 4. With the launch of this handset, Xiaomi has a wide array of handsets in the affordable and budget segment with prices starting from Rs. 5,999 and going up to Rs. 17,000. In this comparison article, we will take a brief look at the differences and similarities between the newly launched Redmi 5, the Redmi Note 5, and last year’s top seller for Xiaomi – the Redmi Note 4. We hope this article will help you home in on the perfect smartphone for your kind of usage.
Redmi 5 Vs Redmi Note 5 Vs Redmi Note 4: Design, Display
The Redmi 5 and the Redmi Note 5 are almost identical when it comes to the design department. Both the handsets get a plastic clad frame and edges and also come with an aluminium back panel. The differences between the handsets, however, start with the displays.
While the Redmi 5 gets a 5.7-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels, the Redmi Note 5 gets a larger 5.7-inch IPS LCD panel with a higher 1080 x 2160 pixel resolution. Both the displays, however, are in the 18:9 aspect ratio. Thanks to the higher screen resolution, the Redmi Note 5’s display is also a lot sharper than that of the Redmi 5’s. In case you are wondering, the PPi density of the Redmi Note 5 is 403 compared to the Redmi 5’s 282.
As for the older Redmi Note 4, this phone features an aluminium body and toughened glass at the front. The display on the Note 4 measures 5.5-inches across and happens to be an IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The display is in the 16:9 aspect ratio and has PPI density of 401.
Redmi 5 Vs Redmi Note 5 Vs Redmi Note 4: Specifications, hardware
The Redmi 5 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset and comes in three versions in India; a 2GB +16GB version, a 3GB RAM +32GB version, and a 4GB +64GB version. The handset gets a fingerprint scanner at the rear and uses a 3,300 mAh battery. The camera department is handled by a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.
The Redmi Note 5 uses the more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC from 2017 and gets the Adreno 506 GPU for graphics. The phone comes in two versions; a 3GB RAM +32GB version and a 4GB RAM +64GB variant. As for the camera, the Redmi Note 5 boasts of a 12-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera.
The Redmi Note 4 is the oldest handset in this comparison. However, it uses the same SoC as the one used on the Note 5 – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with Adreno 506 for graphics. The phone is offered in the 3GB RAM +32GB and 4GB RAM + 64GB versions in India. The imaging department is handled by a 13-megapixel, f/2.0 camera at the rear and a 5-megapixel, f/2.0 camera for selfies and video calling.
Redmi 5 Vs Redmi Note 5 Vs Redmi Note 4: OS Updates, software
All the three handsets being Xiaomi phones, run MIUI. However, none of these handsets run the latest version of Android and come with Android 7.1.1 as the operating system. The Redmi Note 4 being the older handset, originally ran Android 6.0 Marshmallow and has since then received the official update to Android Nougat. While there is a good chance that the Redmi 5 and the Redmi Note 5 both will be updated to Android Oreo, the Redmi Note 4 is likely to be restricted only to MIUI updates in the future.
Redmi 5 Vs. Redmi Note 5 Vs. Redmi Note 4: Price in India, conclusion
Before we tell you which of these devices to purchase, it would be better to take a look at the current prices of these phones.
- Redmi 5 2GB RAM + 16GB: Rs. 7,999
- Redmi 5 3GB RAM + 32GB: Rs. 8,999
- Redmi 5 4GB RAM + 64GB: Rs. 10,999
- Redmi Note 5: 3GB RAM + 32GB: Rs.9,999
- Redmi Note 5: 4GB RAM + 64GB: Rs.11,999
- Redmi Note 4: 3GB RAM +32GB: Rs. 9,999
- Redmi Note 4: 4GB RAM + 64GB: Rs. 10,999
Looking at the price tags, it seems the best option among these is to save some extra money and go for the 4GB RAM + 64GB version of the Redmi Note 5 instead of opting for the Redmi 5 (inferior hardware) or the Redmi note 4 (older handset).