Just yesterday, Nokia and OPPO launched their latest offerings in the sub 15,000 segment in India, the latest devices from the brands are Nokia 5.3 and OPPO A53 respectively. It’s been almost a month since Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 9 in India and let’s see if any of the recently launched devices can be a good alternative to the Redmi Note series device.
Nokia 5.3 vs OPPO A53 vs Redmi Note 9: Price in India
Nokia 5.3 is priced at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option, while the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant costs Rs 15,499. OPPO A53 costs Rs 12,990 for 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, while the higher storage variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs 15,490. Redmi Note 9 comes in three different variants, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at Rs 11,999, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is priced at INR 13,999, and the top variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs 14,999. Going by the pricing of base 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, Redmi Note 9 looks like a clear winner.
Nokia 5.3 vs OPPO A53 vs Redmi Note 9: Design
Talking about the design, all three phones feature a modern bezel-less display. Nokia 5.3 features a waterdrop notch while the OPPO A53 and Redmi Note 9 have a trendy punch-hole notch on the left side of the display. Coming to the back, all the three devices feature a polycarbonate back with a fingerprint sensor on it. Nokia 5.3 has a circular camera module, Redmi Note 9 has a squircle camera module right in the middle above fingerprint scanner while the OPPO A53 has a rectangular camera module on the top left side. Coming to the color variants, Nokia 5.3 comes in Cyan, Sand, and Charcoal colors, Redmi Note 9 comes in Grey, White, and Green colors while the OPPO A53 comes in Black, Blue, and Fairy White colors.
Nokia 5.3 vs OPPO A53 vs Redmi Note 9: Display
Nokia 5.3 features a 6.5-inch HD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, the OPPO A53 packs a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate while the Redmi Note 9 has a 6.53-inch Full HD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. In terms of display, OPPO A53 and Redmi Note 9 have a clear edge over Nokia 5.3 since both the devices feature a trendy punch-hole display and have a 90Hz refresh rate and FHD+ resolution respectively.
Nokia 5.3 vs OPPO A53 vs Redmi Note 9: Performance
Coming to the performance, Nokia 5.3 packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 built and OPPO A53 pack Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 both built on 11nm process, while the Redmi Note 9 sports a gaming-centric MediaTek Helio G85 built on 12nm process. Redmi Note 9 and OPPO A53 have LPDDR4X RAM while the RAM type on the Nokia 5.3 is not mentioned anywhere. All three devices come with emmc5.1 storage. In terms of the performance, Redmi Note 9 will easily outperform OPPO A53 and Nokia 5.3 and hence is the winner in the performance category.
Nokia 5.3 vs OPPO A53 vs Redmi Note 9: Cameras
On the optics front, Nokia 5.3 packs a quad-rear camera setup with a 13MP primary sensor, a 5MP wide-angle lens, a 2MP Marco sensor, another 2MP depth sensor, and a LED flash. The OPPO A53 packs a triple-rear camera setup with a 13MP primary sensor, a 2MP Marco sensor, another 2MP depth sensor, and a LED flash, while the Redmi Note 9 packs quad-rear camera setup with a 48MP primary sensor, 8MP 118° ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP Marco sensor, another 2MP depth sensor, and a LED flash. Lack of ultra-wide-angle lens is a compromise on the OPPO A53, while Redmi Note 9 is the only device amongst the three to pack a 48MP camera.
On the selfie side, Nokia 5.3 has an 8MP sensor, OPPO A53 packs a 16MP shooter while the Redmi Note 9 features a 13MP lens.
Nokia 5.3 vs OPPO A53 vs Redmi Note 9: Battery and Charging
Nokia 5.3 packs a 4000mAh battery with 10W charging while the OPPO A53 and Redmi Note 9 Pro have 5000mAh battery with 18W charging and 5020mAh battery with 22.5W charging respectively. The Redmi Note 9 also supports 9W reverse charging. All three devices have a Type-C charging port. In this department, Redmi Note 9 stands as a winner due to reverse charging support.
Nokia 5.3 vs OPPO A53 vs Redmi Note 9: Verdict
Redmi Note 9 comes out as a winner in most of the departments and is priced lower compared to the other two devices. OPPO A53 has trendy features such as 90Hz display but compromises on the display resolution and ultra-wide-angle lens. Nokia 5.3, the costliest amongst the trio doesn’t stand out in any department but it makes a case for itself due to the clean stock Android and faster updates.