Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Infinix Hot S3 (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Infinix Hot S3 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Xiaomi Redmi 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
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Excellence Score
27.1
30.0
Value for Money Score
75.3
82.8
Price ₹ 8,999 onwards ₹ 8,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2018 Mar, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.65 inches 5.7 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 285 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 5P lens, HDR, Panorama F/2.2 Aperture, 1.25um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1.25um large pixel, 5P lens, Low light enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition
Secondary Camera 20.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Dual LED Flash, Beauty Mode, HDR Beautify 3.0, Selfie countdown, Face recognition, Selfie Light, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.4 mm 7.7 mm
Weight 150 gm 157 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Face Unlock; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration WiFi Direct; WiFi Display; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Modern, trendy looks with minimal bezels
  • Textured power button comes handy while pulling out the phone from your pocket - you precisely know which button to press
  • You can trigger the camera by double pressing the volume down button
  • The fingerprint sensor at the back is easy to reach and unlocks the device almost instantaneously
  • Bright, vivid 5.65 inch display with a HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels and a tall, modern 18:9 aspect ratio - which basically allows for more screen real estate in a compact form factor
  • Infinix has customized the Android operating system with a light skin called XOS 3.0, which brings a tweaked icon and launcher system, apart from features such as dual accounts, and a file sharing service - it all works reasonably well
  • Good day-to-day performance, thanks to the solid Snapdragon 430 SoC - basic tasks such as calling, social networking, clicking pictures and running multiple apps are smooth, and games are also handled reasonably well
  • Good selfie camera, easily one of the best in the budget segment - and arguably better than the previous selfie camera leader in this segment, the Redmi Y1 - the camera is really quick to focus on the subject, and then layers the picture with beautification stuff to give you a crisp and beautified selfie - the beautification seems natural and and it isn’t as aggressive as that of its Chinese rivals - there is also a dual LED flash at the front to capture selfies in low-light, which is a great addition
  • Very good battery life - can last up to two full days of moderate use (again going one up on the Redmi Y1 which is its primary competitor)
  • On the whole, the Infinix Hot S3 is one of the more impressive all-rounders in the budget segment, and will provide strong competition to the Xiaomi phones that otherwise dominate this segment
  • Decent design and build, pretty much in the style that has been pioneered by Xiaomi
  • Nice, tall 5.7 inches 18:9 display with minimal bezels, and a pretty compact form factor
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • MIUI is one of the better Android UIs around
  • Very good performance, backed by the capable Snapdragon 450, that can be considered almost on par with the current-generation Snapdragon 600-series options - on the whole, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 matches up well with devices that usually cost a fair bit more - this is visible even in practical use of the phone - it’s smooth, easy to use and performs well in most situations
  • Decent (though not great) rear and front cameras - you will get decent shots in good light - brightness, composure and sharpness are all reasonable
  • Very good battery life - thanks to MIUI 9’s frugal power consumption and the capabilities of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, you can expect to get well over a day of battery life on a single charge
  • On the whole, with very capable specifications at a very reasonable price, the Redmi 5 promises a lot for not much money, and it's main competition will likely come from its own, slightly more expensive cousins from the Redmi Note 5 series
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Average rear camera - takes decent quality shots, but sometimes has inconsistent focusing issues, so it's not the most reliable
  • The speaker placed at the bottom could have been better - it is quite easy to cover the speaker and the overall sound profile is somewhat flat
  • The display is nice but not quite as sharp as the one on the Redmi Note 5
  • While the bezels are slim, they are more than what you’d typically expect from a modern tall-screen phone
  • The cameras are decent in good light, but in low light and even relatively weaker lighting conditions, pictures definitely lose competence
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  1. A complete smartphone and has all the necessary inclusions like a bigger display and the latest chipset
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  2. Xiaomi has definitely raised the bar for budget smartphones once again
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  3. The Redmi 5 is definitely one of the more powerful and power-efficient offerings in the budget segment
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