Vivo Y53i vs. Redmi 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018): Price In India, Specifications, Features Compared


The Vivo Y53i was launched in India yesterday. It’s an entry-level smartphone, which succeeds last year’s Vivo Y53, but comes with the same specifications as the last year’s model. It is priced at Rs. 7,990, and competes with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018).

The Redmi 5 is currently the king of entry-level smartphones priced below Rs. 10,000. Today, we will compare the price and specifications of the Vivo Y53i with those of the Redmi 5 and the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018). The Galaxy J2 (2018) was launched in India last week with the Samsung Mall app. Let’s get ahead with the comparison then.

Vivo Y53i vs. Redmi 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018): Price In India

The Vivo Y53i is priced at Rs. 7,990 and it is available in gold colour through offline retailers across India. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 price in India starts at Rs. 7,999, and it’s for the variant with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. There are two other variants of the phone: 3GB RAM+32GB storage and 4GB RAM+64GB storage. These variants are priced at Rs. 8,999 and Rs. 10,999. The Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) is priced at Rs. 8,190 in India.

Vivo Y53i vs. Redmi 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018): Features, Specifications Compared

The Vivo Y53i has a 5-inch IPS LCD screen with qHD resolution, while the Redmi 5 has a 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ resolution (1440×720 pixels). The Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) has a 5-inch Super AMOLED screen with qHD resolution. While the large and bezel-less screen on the Redmi 5 is modern, the Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy J2 (2018) has more contrast and lively colours, and better sunlight legibility.

The Vivo Y53i runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with Funtouch OS 3.0 customisations. The Redmi 5 runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system with MIUI 9.2 user interface customisations. The Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) runs Android 7.1 Nougat operating system. Chances are that the Redmi 5 will receive more security and operating system version updates than the other two phones.

The Vivo Y53i is equipped with a Snapdragon 425 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot. The Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) uses the same processor as that of the Vivo Y53i and the same amount of RAM and storage. It has a microSD card slot as well. The Redmi 5 uses the Snapdragon 450 processor, 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM and 16GB/32GB/64GB, depending in the variant, and a microSD card for storage expansion. The Redmi 5 clearly has a faster processor and more memory and storage to work with.

While the Vivo Y53i and the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) have just 8MP rear-facing cameras, with f/2.2 aperture and f/2.0 aperture, respectively, the Redmi 5 uses a superior 12MP rear-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture and larger 1.25µm pixels. While the Redmi 5 and the Galaxy J2 (2018) can record 1080p videos, the Vivo Y53i can only record 720p videos. All the phones have 5MP front-facing cameras at the front. The Galaxy J2 (2018) has a front-facing LED flash as well for brighter selfies even in low-light conditions.

All three phones have dual-SIM card slots, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, FM Radio, microUSB 2.0 ports, and 3.5mm headphone ports. The Redmi 5 sprints ahead in the connectivity department with an IR port, something that’s amiss from the other two phones. The Vivo Y53i has a 2500mAh battery, while Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) and the Redmi 5 have 2600mAh and 3300mAh batteries, respectively.

Vivo Y53i vs. Redmi 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018): Which Is The Best?

As we’ve studied above, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is clearly a better phone than the other two phones: Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) and Vivo Y53i. It not only has a larger, bezel-less screen with higher resolution, it also features a faster processor and more memory as well as storage. It will most probably receive more software updates in the future. The Redmi 5 also has a camera with not only a higher megapixel count but also larger pixels and phase-detection autofocus.

The phone also has an IR port so users can control home appliances and electronics using the Redmi 5 as a remote control. It also has a larger battery so it lasts longer in comparison. This comparison was a whitewash and the Redmi 5 won in nearly every aspect against the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) and the Vivo Y53i even if you consider the lower-end variant of the phone. What do you think? Which phone would you go for if you were in the market for an entry-level Android smartphone?