The entry-level segment of smartphones is recently buzzing with a slew of launched from Xiaomi, Oppo, and others. Recently, Nokia added two new smartphones to the segment by launching the Nokia 2.1 and Nokia 3.1. The latest additions from Nokia are bound to compete with Xiaomi’s already available smartphones on the market. It must be noted that Nokia is yet to launch its Android One and Android Go powered smartphones in India, but a recent leak revealed the pricing of the upcoming phones. In this article, we will be comparing the Nokia 3.1, Xiaomi Redmi 5, and the Redmi Y1.
Nokia 3.1 vs Redmi 5 vs Redmi Y1: Price in India
The Redmi 5 price in India starts at Rs. 7,999 for the 2GB RAM +16GB storage variant, Rs. 8,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant, and Rs. 10,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. On the other hand, the Redmi Y1 price in India starts at Rs. 8,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model and Rs. 10,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage version. As for the Nokia 3.1, according to the leaked pricing from its official website, the phone could be priced at Rs. 9,499. The phone has been launched in two variants – 2GB RAM+16GB storage and 3GB RAM+32GB storage.
Going by the pricing of all the three smartphones, the comparison battle is going to be a bit intense as they almost fall in the same price bracket.
Nokia 3.1 vs Redmi 5 vs Redmi Y1: Display
The Redmi 5 comes in an aluminium body with plastic frame. The phone features a 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen bearing 720×1440 pixels resolution with 18:9 aspect ratio. On the other hand, the Redmi Y1 settles for a 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel with 720×1280 pixels resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. Lastly, the Nokia 3.1 features a 5.2-inch display with 1280×720 pixels resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio.
In this segment, the Redmi 5 emerges as the winner with its larger display and better resolution.
Nokia 3.1 vs Redmi 5 vs Redmi Y1: Performance, Camera
The Nokia 3.1 is powered by a 64-bit 1.4GHz MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor with 2GB/3GB RAM and 16GB/32GB storage. It sports a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera. Being an Android One device, the phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo and is upgradable to Android P whenever it goes official.
The Redmi 5 comes powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC with Adreno 506 GPU clubbed with 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM and 16GB/32GB/64GB storage, depending on the variant. The phone runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based MIUI 9 out of the box. It sports a 12MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera.
Whereas, the Redmi Y1 is powered by a Snapdragon 435 processor with Adreno 505 GPU, 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage. The phone boasts a 13MP rear camera and a 16MP selfie snapper. It was originally launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 but was later updated to Android 7.1 Nougat-based MIUI 8.
Based on this comparison, we can see that the Redmi 5 has the better processor than the other two while the Redmi Y1 gets the better front camera. The Nokia 3.1 loses the battle because of its SoC, but if you are someone who cares about timely updates then the Nokia 3.1 comes with a promise of continual updates.
Nokia 3.1 vs Redmi 5 vs Redmi Y1: Verdict
After putting the three phones through comparison, we can say that both the Redmi 5 performs better in the display and performance segment. The Redmi Y1 would please the buyers who want a powerful selfie camera while the Nokia 3.1 is for those who like stock Android UI and want to receive Android P update when it comes out. If you are planning to buy any smartphone between the three then you must choose the specification that you truly care for.