The budget Android smartphone segment in India is witnessing a massive growth. After the entry-level segment populated by the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Series and the Micromax YU Ace, the affordable market has several interesting and capable handsets. These Android smartphones are successfully attracting buyers owing to their specifications and features. Let’s compare three smartphones from reputed brands with an extensive presence in India.
First up is the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro. The handset recently launched in India as part of the latest Redmi 6 Series and has participated in a few Flash Sales. Next is the Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus, which is clearly the Korean tech giant’s earnest attempt at competing in the affordable Android segment. Finally, we have the Nokia 5.1 Plus. The Android One smartphone from HMD Global is a capable device with a great body and good features at a very attractive price.
Redmi 6 Pro vs Nokia 5.1 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus: Price in India
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro costs Rs. 10,999, for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model. The 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model goes for Rs. 12,999.
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 Nokia 5.1 Plus is available in a single variant as well. It comes with 3GB RAM + 32GB internal memory at a price of Rs. 10,999 in India.
Needless to mention, only the Samsung smartphone sports 2GB RAM, while the rest of the devices have 3GB RAM.
Redmi 6 Pro vs Nokia 5.1 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus: Design, Display
The Redmi 6 Pro sports a notched 5.84-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2280 resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. The screen sports a notch, and hence, the smartphone has a good screen to body ratio.
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.
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The Nokia 5.1 Plus has a 5.86-inch HD+ IPS LCD notched display with 720 x 1520 resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone features a high-gloss body with CNC-machined metal camera bezels. Both the front and rear panels get 2.5D curved glass layer.
The Redmi 6 Pro clearly wins in this category with a Full HD+ display and the popular notch.
Redmi 6 Pro vs Nokia 5.1 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus: Performance, Hardware Specs
The Redmi 6 Pro features an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset clocked at 2GHz, and Adreno 506 GPU. Moreover, the smartphones has either 3GB or 4GB RAM paired with proportional 32GB and 64GB internal memory.
A Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4GHz and paired with Adreno 308 GPU, powers the Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus. The chipset works with rather limited 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal memory.
An octa-core 12nm MediaTek Helio P60 processor clocked at 2.0GHz and paired with a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU, powers the Nokia 5.1 Plus. Incidentally, the smartphone comes in two memory configurations in China: 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage. However, HMD Global has only brought the 3GB/32GB storage variant to the Indian market.
Redmi 6 Pro vs Nokia 5.1 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus: Camera Features
The Redmi 6 Pro features a dual 12MP primary + 5MP secondary camera unit on the back. It also has a 5MP front camera.
The Galaxy J4 Plus comes with a single 13MP rear camera unit. The smartphone gets a 5MP front-facing camera with an LED flash. 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 Nokia 5.1 Plus features a 13MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup and an 8MP front-facing camera. Both the front and rear cameras feature AI-assisted features like bokeh effect, portrait lighting, haze removal, and beauty mode.
Redmi 6 Pro vs Nokia 5.1 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus: Battery Life, OS
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro packs a large 4,000mAh battery. The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Xiaomi’s own MIUI 9.6 custom layer. Moreover, Xiaomi is already actively developing a stable MIUI 10 that’s based on Android 9 Pie.
The Galaxy J4 Plus packs a 3,300mAh battery. There’s no mention of any Fast Charging standard. 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 Nokia 5.1 Plus sports a decent 3,060mAh battery. The smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Since it is an Android One smartphone, the Nokia 5.1 Plus offers users a pure Android experience and assured security updates for a long time. The handset should receive Android 9 Pie update soon.
Redmi 6 Pro vs Nokia 5.1 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus: Verdict
Given the specifications, the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is the clear winner between the three affordable Android smartphones. However, with the pure Android experience, and potent hardware, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is a great choice as well. The Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus is certainly a good attempt by Samsung, but it falls behind these handsets in nearly every department, except for the additional software features that Samsung usually blends in with the Android OS.