Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Nokia 6 (2018) vs Honor 9 Lite: Price in India, Specifications, Features Compared

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If you ask which handset is the most sought-after phone in the sub Rs.20,000 price segment in India, the obvious answer today would be the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Sold only via weekly flash sales, the Redmi Note 5 Pro offers great specifications and performance at a very attractive price. In today’s article, we compare this relatively new phone with two other competitors made by worthy rivals. The first competitor is the Nokia 6 (2018) from HMD Global and the second handset in this comparison is the Honor 9 Lite from Xiaomi’s Chinese archrival Huawei. Let us check how these two handsets fare against the Redmi Note 5 Pro in this comparison

Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Nokia 6 (2018) vs Honor 9 Lite: Design, Display

The Redmi Note 5 Pro gets an aluminium body and toughened glass at the front. The display is a 5.99-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels in the 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone gets a Corning Gorilla Glass layer for scratch resistance as well. The display has a PPI density score of 403.

The Nokia 6 (2018) also gets an aluminium 6000 series body and toughened glass at the front. The display on the Nokia measures 5.5-inches across and has a standard resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels in the good old 16:9 aspect ratio. The display is an IPS LCD panel in case you were wondering. The display ends up with a PPI density score of 403.

The Honor 9 Lite also gets an aluminium frame – but is covered with toughened glass both at the front and the rear. The display of the Honor 9 Lite is an IPS LCD panel that measures 5.65-inches across. The panel has a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels in the 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone boasts of a PPI density score of 428 making it the sharpest display among the three handsets in this comparison.

Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Nokia 6 (2018) vs Honor 9 Lite: Specifications, Hardware

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 SoC and is arguably the most powerful Soc in this comparison. This chi[set integrates an octa core Kryo CPU as well as the Adreno 509 GPU for graphics. The handset is offered in two versions – a base 4GB RAM + 64GB version and a higher priced 6GB RAM + 64GB version. The camera department is handled by a dual camera setup at the rear (12-megapixel + 5-megapixel) and a single 20-megapixel selfie camera at the front. Both the cameras can capture 1080p videos at 30fps.

The Nokia 6 (2018) uses the Qualcomm SDM630 Snapdragon 630 SoC that integrates the Adreno 508 GPU for graphics and an octa core Cortex A-53 processor. The handset comes in two versions – a 3GB RAM +32GB version and a 4GB RAM + 64GB version. However, India, as of now, only gets the base 3GB RAM version. The camera department on the Nokia 6 (2018) is handled by a single 16-megapixel primary camera at the rear and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Honor 9 Lite uses Huawei’s own Kirin 659 SoC that is almost equivalent to the Snapdragon 625 chip found on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The phone is offered in a base 3GB RAM + 32GB version and a 4GB RAM + 64GB version. The phone gets a quad camera setup consisting of twin cameras at the front and the rear. Both the cameras are in a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel combination with the 2-megapixel unit acting as a depth sensor.

Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Nokia 6 (2018) vs Honor 9 Lite: OS Updates, Software

The Redmi Note 5 Pro even though a fairly new handset still runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat – a relatively old version of Android. There is good chance that the handset could be updated to Android 8 Oreo soon. Both the other devices come with Android 8 Oreo – the latest version of Android pre-installed. While the Nokia 6 (2018) runs a near stock version of Android, the Honor 9 Lite comes with Huawei’s EMUI 8.0.

Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Nokia 6 (2018) vs Honor 9 Lite: Price in India, Conclusion

The current prices of these three handsets and their different versions are as follows

  • Redmi Note 5 Pro 4GB RAM +64GB: Rs.13,999
  • Redmi Note 5 Pro 6GB RAM +64GB: Rs. 16,999
  • Nokia 6 (2018) 3GB RAM + 32GB: Rs. 16,999
  • Honor 9 Lite 3GB RAM + 32GB: Rs. 10,999
  • Honor 9 Lite 4GB RAM + 64GB: Rs. 14,999

Looking at the prices, the base version of the Honor 9 Lite that has the same storage capacity and RAM as the base version of the Nokia 6 is priced Rs.6,000 lesser and is the better choice for someone on a restricted budget. If budget is not an issue, the best option is the go for the 6GB RAM version of the Redmi Note 5 Pro.