Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Motorola Moto G5S, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Motorola Moto G5S  Xiaomi Redmi 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Motorola Moto G5S Xiaomi Redmi 5
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Excellence Score
28.3
30.0
Value for Money Score
77.6
82.8
Price ₹ 9,179 onwards ₹ 8,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2017 Mar, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 5.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features N/A 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 4 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 16.0 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 Auto-focus (PDAF), Drag to Focus & Exposure, Quick Capture, Tap to Capture, Best Shot, Professional Mode, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Video Stabilisation, Slow Motion Video 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 5.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, LED Flash, Wide-angle Lens, Professional mode, Beautification Mode 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 (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.2 mm 7.7 mm
Weight 157 gm 157 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 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 Yes, Turbo Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (Turbo Charging): 5 hrs of power in 15 mins; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration WiFi Direct; WiFi Display; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • All-metal body with a nice finish - a big improvement from the polycarbonate used on the Moto G5
  • Fingerprint reader works flawlessly
  • Water-repellent nano-coating for protection against accidental splashes
  • Pretty light at 157g for a metal phone, and also more ergonomic than it's larger cousin the Moto G5S Plus - making it easier to use with one hand
  • Decent display with good viewing angles
  • Like other Moto phones, the Moto G5S Plus uses a virtually untouched version of Android rather than a custom interface - keeping things nice and simple
  • The simple but useful Moto add-ons remain of course, including the Moto Display (ambient display notifications), and added gesture support
  • Decent performance - the phone handles everyday tasks smoothly, and doesn't feel like a slouch
  • Decent rear camera - details are preserved well in outdoor shots - and it does a good job with macro shots too
  • Decent front camera too
  • Solid speaker - its pretty loud and has the extra shot of lower-frequency power needed in a tiny speaker to avoid sounding reedy and harsh
  • Good battery life - comfortably lasts the work day even with heavy use - it is even better than the already good battery life of the Moto G5S Plus, because of the smaller display
  • Fast charging support - full charge takes 60-70 minutes
  • 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]
  • The displays is decent but reflective, and so tends to struggle under direct sunlight
  • The rear camera does not do as well with landscapes, and indoor shots
  • The bundled headset is pretty average
  • Tends to get a little warm when charging
  • 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
Expert Reviews
  1. Motorola’s budget phones are always solid and reliable, but the Moto G5S adds a hint of premium glamour to the package with an all-metal body
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  2. If you are a Moto fan then the Moto G5S Plus or Moto G5S should surely appeal to you as they look great and offer all the bells and whistles one expects at their prices
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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
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Redmi 5 is definitely one of the more powerful and power-efficient offerings in the budget segment
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