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Comparing Nokia 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi 4X: Which is Better?

06 October 2017 | Jonathan So

2017 is a year to remember for Nokia as the former king of mobile phones makes its appearance in the smartphone world. One standout device has been the budget Nokia 5 that many have claimed is holding its own against models in higher price ranges. Many experts are comparing it with the Xiaomi’s Redmi 4X, another budget-friendly phone that is also hitting above its retail price. Shall we compare to see which of these two smartphones fare better?

Design

The Nokia 5 is regarded as the best-looking smartphone in its price bracket. Sporting a seamless metal unibody made from a single block of 6000-series aluminium gives it that oh-so-classy premium look way above its price range. Its ergonomic design with curved edges makes it comfortable to hold. Despite being a budget-friendly model, it sports a piece of technology that is often seen on higher-tier devices – a fingerprint scanner below the screen which doubles as a home navigation key.

On the other hand, you should also have no complaints when it comes to the Redmi 4X from Xiaomi in the design aspect. In terms of aesthetics, the Redmi 4X is another smartphone that looks premium despite its price range. It sports a beautiful metal frame made of anodised aluminium. The back cover was crafted through a diamond cutting that gives the device added glossiness and sparkle. The smartphone’s curved back and rounded corners provide comfortable handling, enabling the phone to sit in your hand snugly even during marathon gaming and movie sessions.

Hence, both phones are neck-and-neck in terms of design. At the end, it depends on personal preference and the “feel” you have with the devices.

Display

Nokia 5 Xiaomi Redmi 4X
Screen Size (inches)
  • 5.2
  • 5.0
Touchscreen
  • Yes
  • Yes
Resolution
  • 720 x 1280 pixels
  • 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixels per inch
  • 282ppi
  • 292ppi

The Nokia 5 comes with a 1280 x 720-megapixel HD display at 282ppi that provides necessary brightness and vividness, sufficient for you to watch videos and enjoy gaming sessions. However, the display lacks the colour reproduction offered by many phones today, especially higher-ranged models equipped with AMOLED displays. This is one feature that might hold back the Nokia 5, as other brands have models with similar price points but have better FHD panels.

Like the Nokia 5, the Xiaomi Redmi 4X also has a 5-inch 720 x 1280-pixel resolution LCD display. However, the display has a slightly higher pixel density compared to the Nokia 5, at 294ppi density. Although the 720p screen might seem a little low in this era of FullHD and QuadHD screens, the display is more than sufficient to handle regular everyday tasks.

Hence, in terms of display, the Redmi 4X has a slight advantage over the Nokia 5, providing more accurate colour reproduction and sharper details.

Camera Capabilities

Nokia 5 Xiaomi Redmi 4X
Rear Cameras
  • 13MP, f/2.0
13MP, f/2.0
Features
  • Phase Detection Autofocus
  • Dual-LED (dual tone) Flash
  • Phase Detection Autofocus
  • LED Flash
Video
  • 1080p@30fps
  • 1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera
  • 8MP, f/2.0
  • 5MP, f/2.2

At the back, the Nokia 5 sports a 13-megapixel camera as its primary shooter with dual-tone flash. The camera could capture commendable photos in all lighting conditions, suitable to be shared on Facebook and Instagram. However, there is room for improvement as the images are not what is expected from a 13MP camera. You might also require a little patience to wait for the camera to load and focus. However, these flaws are forgivable considering its budget-friendly price.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4X also has a 13MP primary camera with a f/2.0 aperture. The camera performs relatively well compared to other phones in the same price range, providing good colours, reasonable sharpness, and acceptable amount of noise. The standout feature about the camera is its shutter speed as there is minimal delay between pressing the camera button and the picture being taken.

With that said, it seems that the primary shooter on the Redmi 4X performs slightly better than the Nokia 5.

Performance

Nokia 5 Xiaomi Redmi 4X
Processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset
GPU
  • Adreno 505
  • Adreno 505
Storage RAM
  • 16GB, 2GB RAM
  • 16GB / 2GB RAM
  • 32GB / 3GB RAM
  • 64GB / 4GB RAM
Expandable Storage
  • Yes
  • Yes

Under the core, the Nokia 5 is equipped with a Snapdragon 430 processor paired with 2GB RAM and an Adreno 505 graphics chip. Although it is not mind-blasting in any way, it is still sufficient to handle everyday tasks such as checking emails, sending messages, and browsing the web. When it comes to loading games and watching movies… well, let’s just say you’ll need to be patient. Load times are noticeable but considering the asking price, you can’t really complain. The Nokia 5 has 16GB worth of internal storage, but you can expand it up to 128GB with a MicroSD.

The Redmi 4X comes with a Snapdragon 435 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage and Adreno 505 graphics. These specifications enable the Redmi 4X to handle multitasking smoothly without showing signs of slowing down. The device can also handle games and other forms of media consumption effortlessly.

Looks like the Redmi 4X has a slight edge over the Nokia 5 in terms of overall performance, with faster response times and stronger processing power.

Software

Nokia 5 Xiaomi Redmi 4X
Operation System
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
User Interface

  • MIUI 8

Enough talk about the hardware features, let’s proceed to what the phones have to offer software-wise. Let’s be frank and state that the Nokia 5 is not going to blow anyone away with its performance. What it does offer though is a pure Android experience. Running on Google’s latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system means that it is up to date with the latest Android smartphones. The Nokia 5 comes pre-installed with the standard suite of Google applications, which means that there is no additional bloatware (like finally!) that most of us might not use anyway! Moreover, the Nokia 5 also offers Google Assistant which is a rare sight in budget models.

The Redmi 4X proudly comes with Xiaomi’s latest MIUI8 interface that is easy to navigate, even for new users. However, there is a slight let down in terms of the operating system as the phone is still running on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The MIUI 8 comes with a flurry of additional features, icon packs, and bloatware apps that might appeal to individuals who enjoy customising their smartphones. The MIUI interface also eats up more RAM compared to the stock Android.

Looks like Nokia 5 edges over the Redmi 4X in this department.

Battery

Nokia 5 Xiaomi Redmi 4X
Battery Size
  • 3000mAh
  • 4100mAh
Quick Charge
  • No
  • No

Nokia 5 has a non-removable 3000mAh battery that charges via MicroUSB. On reasonably heavy usage, the Nokia 5 can last through a full day of charge but if under intensive usage (gaming + binge video-watching + repeated music playback), it can potentially run out of juice by early evening.

One of the best features for the Redmi 4X is its battery life. The device is powered by a massive 4,100mAh lithium-polymer battery which provides enough juice to power even the heaviest power users through the day with an average of 20-25 percent of battery life left. Although it does not have Quick Charge capabilities, the Redmi 4X can get a day’s worth of charge in two hours.

Hence, battery-wise, the Redmi 4X outlasts the Nokia 5.

Verdict

Although the Redmi 4X over the Nokia 5 has the upper edge in terms of display, camera, performance, and battery life, the latter is still a decent budget smartphone that you can consider purchasing if you are facing financial strain. Besides the Redmi 4X, Xiaomi also manufactures a wide variety of smartphones and accessories that you should check out!

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