If you’re looking to buy a lower-mid-range Android smartphone in India, you may face a lot of issues in choosing a smartphone. This is because a lot of smartphones these days have become quite good, offering good day-to-day usage experience and longer battery life. Today, we’re comparing three phones that were launched in the Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 price category.
The first phone is the Vivo Y71, which is the first phone from the company to offer a bezel-less screen design. The second device in the comparison is the Redmi Note 5, which has become a huge hit in the country since its launch a couple of months ago. The final device fighting for the first place among the three smartphones is the Honor 9 Lite, which had been giving a tough fight to the Redmi Note 5, all thanks to its sharper looks and dual facing cameras at the front as well as the rear.
Vivo Y71 vs Redmi Note 5 vs Honor 9 Lite: Price In India
The Vivo Y71 was launched in Indian on April 12, 2018, and it has been priced at Rs. 10,990. The Redmi Note 5 has a starting price of Rs. 9,999 for the variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. There’s a higher-end variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, and that costs Rs. 11,999. The Honor 9 Lite costs Rs. 10,999 for the 32GB variant and Rs. 14,999 for the 64GB variant. The Redmi Note 5 is the cheapest of the three, and offers excellent value for the money.
Vivo Y71 vs Redmi Note 5 vs Honor 9 Lite: Screen
The Vivo Y71 uses a 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with 18:9 aspect ratio and minimal bezels, but with a meagre HD+ resolution (720×1440 pixels). The Honor 9 Lite uses a 5.65-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD+ resolution (1080×2160 pixels), while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 features a 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with 18:9 aspect ratio, minimal bezels, and Full HD+ resolution. Both Honor 9 Lite and Redmi Note 5 have good screens, but it depends on whether you’re comfortable with a 5.65-inch screen or a 5.99-inch screen.
Vivo Y71 vs Redmi Note 5 vs Honor 9 Lite: Camera
The Vivo Y71 has a 13MP camera with autofocus, LED flash, and 1080p video recording. There’s a 5MP camera at the front with a fixed-focus length which can be used to capture selfies and make video calls. The Redmi Note 5 has a 12MP camera sensor at the rear, featuring phase-detection autofocus, dual-tone LED flash, and 4K video recording. There’s a 5MP front-facing camera which can record 1080p videos.
The Honor 9 Lite offers a unique value proposition as it features a dual-camera setup at the front as well as the rear. The phone has a 13MP+2MP dual-camera setup at its front as well as rear, offering a capability to shoot images with background blur. If you’re into recording a lot of videos, the Redmi Note 5 would be your best bet since it can record the highest resolution video among all three phones.
Vivo Y71 vs Redmi Note 5 vs Honor 9 Lite: Battery Life, Performance, Software
The Vivo Y71 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage to run Android 8.1 Oreo-based user interface. There’s a 3360mAh battery, which is non-removable. The Redmi Note 5 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/4GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot. The phone also comes packed with a 4000mAh battery.
The Honor 9 Lite uses the company’s own chipset instead of sourcing one from Qualcomm. It features the Kirin 659 processor with ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores and Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. The phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 interface, and has a 3000mAh battery. All the phones have dual-SIM card slots, and are compatible with 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-FOverall, the Redmi Note 5 has the perfect balance of software, performance, and battery life.
Vivo Y71 vs Redmi Note 5 vs Honor 9 Lite: Winner?
Unless you absolutely need the Honor 9 Lite for its quad camera setup, you would be better off with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, all thanks to its metal body, bezel-less screen design, 18:9 aspect ratio, a 12MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, a Snapdragon 636 processor, up to 4GB RAM, and up to 64GB of internal storage. It also features a huge, 4000mAh battery for longer endurance. The Vivo Y71 is the worst choice among the three phones due to its lower-resolution screen, a single rear-facing camera, a smaller capacity battery.