The budget Android smartphone segment has been steadily growing. Reputed international companies have been launching their smartphones at a very aggressive price and still offering several specifications and features that aren’t commonly seen in the category. Today we see three such devices that sport a very attractive price.
Interestingly, Xiaomi is well-known in India for selling attractively priced Android handsets. Hence we have two of the three smartphones from the Chinese smartphone and electronics giant. The third device to feature in the affordable smartphone segment is surprisingly from Samsung. The Korean tech giant usually refrains from offering devices within the segment, but the Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus competes against Xiaomi’s recently launched Redmi 6 Pro, and the Redmi Note 5. Let’s compare the prices, specifications and features of these aggressively priced Android smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus vs Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5: Price In India
Samsung has priced the Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus at Rs. 10,990 in India. The smartphone is available in a single memory configuration of 2GB RAM and 32GB internal memory.
The Redmi 6 Pro is available in two memory options, 3GB RAM +32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM +64GB internal storage versions. The Redmi 6 Pro recently went on sale and usually makes an appearance in Flash Sales. The base variant of the smartphone costs Rs. 10,999 in India, while the 4GB/64GB variant costs INR 12,999.
The Redmi Note 5 too, comes in two memory variants. The 3GBRAM + 32GB internal storage model sells for Rs. 9,999 while the higher 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage model costs Rs. 11,999.
Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus vs Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5: Design, Display
The Galaxy J4 Plus comes with a 6-inch True HD+ Infinity display with a 720 x 1480 resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone features a fluid body design with a glass finishing. Incidentally, there’s no notch.
The Redmi 6 Pro sports a notched 5.84-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2280 resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. The Redmi Note 5 features a slightly bigger, 5.99-inch IPS LCD panel with 1080 x 2160 Full HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. Needless to mention, Samsung has clearly embedded a lower resolution display in the Galaxy J4 Plus.
Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus vs Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5: Performance, Hardware, and Software
A Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4GHz, and paired with Adreno 308 GPU, powers the Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus. The SoC works with just 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal memory.
Xiaomi’s Redmi devices easily outpace the Samsung smartphone in this department. The Redmi 6 Pro and Redmi Note 5 feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset clocked at 2GHz, and Adreno 506 GPU. Moreover, they each have a 3GB and 4GB RAM variant with proportional 32GB and 64GB internal memory.
Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus vs Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5: Camera, Imaging
The Galaxy J4 Plus comes with a single 13MP rear camera unit with a f/1.9 aperture. There’s a rather small 5MP selfie camera on the front, which is coupled with a f/2.2 aperture lens. The camera unit also gets an LED flash for handling low-light shots. Interestingly, the smartphone supports Face Unlock via the front camera, along with a standard fingerprint scanner on the side instead of the back. The combination of biometric authentication is unique for the price point.
The Redmi 6 Pro features a dual 12MP primary + 5MP secondary camera unit on the back. It also has a 5MP front camera. The Redmi Note 5 too, has a 12MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup as well as a 5MP front selfie camera.
Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus vs Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5: Battery life, OS
The Galaxy J4 Plus packs a 3,300mAh battery. Although there’s no mention of any Fast Charging standard, the price doesn’t demand the same. The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo, and should receive at least Android 9 Pie update. The smartphone benefits from several additional features that Samsung embeds within the OS.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro and the Redmi Note 5 pack a significantly larger 4,000mAh battery. The Redmi 6 Pro runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Xiaomi’s own MIUI 9.6 custom layer. The Redmi Note 5 runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat with Xiaomi’s MIUI interface. Incidentally, Xiaomi is already actively developing a stable MIUI 10 that’s based on Android 9 Pie.
Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus vs Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5: Verdict
Samsung has certainly made a commendable attempt at offering a good Android smartphone in the budget Android segment. It also offers a unique fingerprint scanner. However, it has made several compromises in nearly every feature, including the display, RAM, battery, and even the processor, to fit the Galaxy J4 Plus within the segment.
On the other hand, Xiaomi is a well-established player in this area. The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro and the Redmi Note 5 sport near identical specifications. They race ahead of the Galaxy J4 Plus with a bigger battery, more RAM, a better grade processor with a higher clock speed, and a powerful GPU. Not to mention, the displays on these smartphones sport a 1080p resolution against the 720p display in the Galaxy J4 Plus.