The Indian smartphone market is currently filled with some great lower mid-range devices, starting from the Honor 9 Lite (review) to the Redmi Note 5 Pro (review). Anyone upgrading to a newer smartphone with a budget of anywhere between Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 can get quite confused due to the sheer number of options available in the market. Today, we’ll be comparing three recently launched lower mid-range smartphones, the Nokia 6 (2018), Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. We’re comparing them to explain which smartphone will be a better bet for you, and how you can choose the best phone tailored for your needs. So, let’s go ahead and check their pricing before comparing their features and specifications.
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo vs Nokia 6 (2018): Price In India
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo, which was launched yesterday in India, is priced at Rs. 16,990. On the other hand, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, which was launched a few weeks ago in India, has a starting price of Rs. 13,999 for the variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The price for the variant of the Redmi Note 5 Pro with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at Rs. 16,999. The Nokia 6 (2018), which was launched in the country last week, is priced at Rs. 16,999. In comparison, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is the most affordable smartphone.
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo vs Nokia 6 (2018): Screen
The Galaxy J7 Duo uses a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen, but its resolution is just 1280×720 pixels, which is on the lower side in this day and age. In comparison, the Redmi Note 5 features a 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD+ resolution (2160×1080 pixels), and features minimal bezels on its sides, in line with the latest smartphone design methodology. The Nokia 6 (2018) has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels). If you’re into watching a lot of videos, the Galaxy J7 Duo’s Super AMOLED screen might do you justice, thanks to inky deep blacks and infinite contrast ratio. However, if browsing the web is what you do most of the time, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is your best bet.
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo vs Nokia 6 (2018): Camera
The Galaxy J7 Duo and the Redmi Note 5 Pro feature dual-camera setups, but they vary slightly in terms of camera configurations. The Galaxy J7 Duo uses a 13MP+5MP dual rear-facing camera, with both the sensors featuring f/1.9 aperture. It can record 1080p videos. The Redmi Note 5 Pro uses a 12MP+5MP dual rear-facing camera configuration. The primary, 12MP sensor uses an f/2.2 aperture lens and phase-detection autofocus, while the secondary, 5MP sensor features f/2.0 aperture. It can record 4K videos, though, at 30fps. The Nokia 6 (2018) uses a 16MP rear-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone LED flash, phase-detection autofocus, and 4K video recording.
When it comes to clicking pleasing-looking selfies, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro shines the brightest among the three phones. The Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 20MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture, soft LED flash, and 1080p video recording. The Galaxy J7 Duo has an 8MP camera with f/1.9 aperture and a front-facing LED flash. The Nokia 6 (2018) uses an 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus, and 1080p video recording at 30fps. The Nokia 6 (2018) can offer sharper selfies, but there’s a chance of accompanying people getting slightly blurred out due to autofocus mechanism. The safest bet would be to go with the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo vs Nokia 6 (2018): Performance, Software
When it comes to performance, always choose the phone with the latest and greatest processing chipset and the largest amount of memory and storage space. The Galaxy J7 Duo uses a slower Exynos 7870 processor, which consists of octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU and a puny Mali-T830MP1 GPU. There’s 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, and the storage space can be further added through a microSD card. The phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung’s custom user interface, filled with software features.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro uses a powerful Snapdragon 636 processor, consisting of eight Kryo 260 CPU cores and Adreno 509 GPU, translating to a comparatively faster performance in day-to-day tasks. It also features 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage (expandable using a microSD card slot). The phone runs Android 7.1 Nougat based MIUI 9 software, filled up to the brim with features.
The Nokia 6 (2018) is equipped with a Snapdragon 630 processor with octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU cores and Adreno 506 GPU. There’s 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage, and a microSD card slot. Overall, the Redmi Note 5 Pro offers the fastest performance, be it browsing, navigating through the UI, opening apps, or playing games on the phone. The Nokia 6 (2018) runs Android 8.0 Oreo, and it is an Android One device, so it runs a stock version of Android, and will receive faster and more updates in the future.
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo vs Nokia 6 (2018): Verdict
After having a look at the pricing of all three phones – Galaxy J7 Duo, Nokia 6 (2018), and Redmi Note 5 Pro – we’re inclined to say that the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the overall winner, thanks to its great design, larger screen with minimal bezels, dual-camera setup, and long battery life. The Galaxy J7 Duo can be your choice if you want Samsung’s excellent after sales network and service. However, if software updates and stock Android user interface is what you’re after, the Nokia 6 (2018) should be your best bet.