Xiaomi recently announced the launch of its new entry-level smartphone the Redmi 5 in India. The launch came just a few weeks after the company also announced the new Redmi Note 5 series for India. With the arrival of this new handset, Xiaomi has a wider array of smartphones for the Indian consumer than ever before. While the consumer does have a lot of options now, all these new launches also end up confusing the buyer. In this article, we will compare two slightly older Xiaomi handsets – the Redmi 4 and the Redmi Y1 – with the Redmi 5. The aim, eventually, is to make your buying decision a bit easier.
Redmi 5 vs Redmi Y1 vs Redmi 4: Design, Display
The Redmi 5 gets an aluminium body and a plastic frame. The display is an IPS LCD panel that measures 5.7-inches across and has a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. As you might have guessed, the display is in the 18:9 aspect ratio and has a Gorilla Glass coating for scratch resistance.
The Redmi 4 also gets an aluminium body and has an IPS LCD panel that measures 5-inches across. The display is in the 16:9 aspect ratio and has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels.
The Redmi Y1 gets an aluminium frame and boasts of an IPS LCD panel that measures 5.5-inches across in the 16:9 aspect ratio. The resolution of the display is 720 x 1280 pixels.
Redmi 5 vs Redmi Y1 vs Redmi 4: Specifications, Hardware
The Redmi 5 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC and uses the Adreno 506 GPU for graphics. The phone is sold in three versions in India; a base 2GB RAM +16GB version, a mid-range 3GB RAM +32GB version, and a top-of-the-line 4GB RAM + 64GB version. The camera on the handset is a 12-megapixel primary unit and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Redmi 4 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chip and uses the Adreno 505 GPU. The handset is also sold in three versions in India starting with a 2GB RAM + 16GB version followed by a 3GB RAM + 32GB version, and a 4GB RAM + 64GB version. The camera department is handled by a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing unit.
The Redmi Y1 finds itself powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset and houses the Adreno 505 GPU for graphics. It is sold in a 3GB RAM +32GB and a 4GB RAM +64GB version. The handset uses a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 16-megapixel secondary camera at the front.
Redmi 5 vs Redmi Y1 vs Redmi 4: OS Updates, Software
The Redmi 5 runs MIUI 9.1 atop an Android 7.1 Nougat core. There is no word if the handset will get the official nod for Android 8 Oreo. However, since the handset is relatively new, there is a chance that the phone might get an update to Android 8.
The Redmi 4 originally ran MIUI 8 atop an Android 6 Marshmallow core. The phone has since then been updated to Android 7.1 Nougat underneath MIUI 8. There is little chance that the handset could be updated to Android 8 Oreo.
The Redmi Y1 runs MIUI 9 atop an Android 7.1 Nougat core. There is no word on an official update to Android 8 Oreo.
Redmi 5 vs Redmi Y1 vs Redmi 4: Price in India, Conclusion
Let us now check out the current prices of each of these handsets and their versions in India
- 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 Y1 3GB RAM + 32GB: Rs. 8,999
- Redmi Y1 4GB RAM + 64GB: Rs. 10,999
- Redmi 4 2GB RAM + 16GB: Rs.6,999
- Redmi 4 3GB RAM + 32GB: Rs. 8,499
- Redmi 4 4GB RAM + 64GB: Rs. 10,499
Of the three handset, it makes sense to buy the Redmi 5 since it is the newest of the lot. The only issue with the Redmi 5 is the flash sales mechanism that Xiaomi uses to sell its handsets.