Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Motorola Moto G6 (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Motorola Moto G6 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Motorola Moto G6 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
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Excellence Score
31.6
35.7
Value for Money Score
72.7
82.5
Price ₹ 12,134 onwards ₹ 11,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2018 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #49 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #29 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (12MP + 5MP), 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, Panorama, Auto-HDR, Slow Motion Video F/2.2 Aperture, 1.25 um Pixel Size, 5P Lens, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Low light enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, LED flash, Full HD Video Rec. LED Flash, Beautify 3.0, Selfie countdown, Face recognition, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 256 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 8.3 mm 8.05 mm
Weight 167 gm 180 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 408 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, TurboCharge
Other Battery Parameters N/A Music Playback Time: 165 hrs, Video Playback Time: 15 hrs, Gaming Time: 9 hours
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Face Unlock; WiFi Direct; WiFi Dual-band; USB Type-C; Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio USB On-The-Go; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Premium, sleek, glass-based design - this is easily the best looking Moto G to date
  • The rear edges of the G6 are curved, and that allows it to sit much more comfortably in the palm of your hand than previous models – if you've seen the Samsung Galaxy S7, it’s a similar curvature on the back
  • Among the Moto G6 sisters - the Moto G6 is arguably the perfect size - not too big, not too small
  • Also has water-repellent coating
  • Motorola has also kept the fingerprint sensor on the front of the phone, just below the display, but it doesn’t take up much space, so the bottom bezel is quite thin and looks good
  • The fingerprint sensor is also easy to hit, and works efficiently
  • Modern, bright, clear Full HD+ 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with then new 18:9 display ratio - the new aspect ratio isn’t just good for the look of the handset, it means there’s more screen packed into a smaller body - it's the optimum size for the phone's overall size
  • Moto continues to excel in the software part, keeping the UI close to stock Android while adding just the right set of add-ons like Moto Actions (gesture control), night display, and fingerprint sensor based navigation
  • Decent daily performance, backed by the efficient Snapdragon 450 - it will do reasonably well for most uses except if you tend to use heavy games
  • Decent set of dual rear cameras - pictures generally come out well, and the portrait mode is well implemented too
  • The phone also comes with image recognition software that enables you to take photos of objects you come across, or landmarks in a city you’re visiting, and get information about them, for example a Wikipedia page, or details of where you can buy an item
  • On the front of the Moto G6 is a 8MP selfie camera, which is pretty decent too - it also has a filters mode, which overlays Snapchat-like frippery such as cat features or bunny ears (though it takes a long time to process images)
  • The front camera also has an effective group selfie mode that works similar to a panoramic images mode
  • Video recording is decent too, and there is a pretty decent slow-mo mode too
  • Decent loudspeaker
  • Decent (though not exceptional) battery life - will last the day with moderate use
  • Fast charging support
  • Nice design (although it's largely recycled from the Redmi Note 4) - with a polished and minimalist feel - and good build quality
  • Good, fast fingerprint sensor
  • One of the major improvements over its predecessor is the modern bright, tall, 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 display, with minimal bezels - bringing the Redmi Note series on par with the current display trend
  • Apart from the form factor of the display, it is otherwise pretty good too - in terms of brightness levels, sunlight legibility, customisable color modes, and a nifty reading mode (that puts a monochrome tint over the display much like an e-ink panel)
  • The MIUI interface over Android is snappy, minimalistic and packed with nifty features - the MIUI 9 brings in a bunch of optimisations including the newer F2FS file storage format, real-time defragmentation and dynamic resource allocation, among other things - the nifty ‘Quick Ball’ offers another way to navigate the phone while ‘Dual Instance’ allows two accounts of the same app to run on the phone
  • Good speed/performance, based on the same hardware as the Redmi Note 4 - feels snappy to use - apps don’t take much time to load and games run just fine with minimal stutters
  • The other (small) improvement over its predecessor is in terms of a slightly better camera - the combination of the larger pixel size and lower aperture allows more light to fit into individual pixels with lesser spillage - the results are slightly better detail reproduction, improved dynamic range and deeper contrasts - the camera on the Redmi Note 5 is also high on contrasts, and this helps with indoor shots too
  • The camera app also has a good bunch of filters
  • Overall, the rear camera is pretty good (though not the absolute best in this price bracket)
  • Decent selfie camera too
  • Also continues the stellar battery life performance of its predecessor, with the same 4, 000mAh battery - the battery life lasts way over a day and then some - if you need a phone that lasts really long, this is without a doubt the phone to get
  • Decent (though not exceptional) charging speed - takes about 2 hours to charge fully
  • On the whole, the Redmi Note 5 is a solid upgrade over its super popular predecessor - if there’s any company that knows how to strike a balance between performance, imaging and battery life, it has to be Xiaomi and the Redmi Note 5 is one of the best example of the fact
  • When pitched against the competition, the phone wins particularly in terms of battery life and the display quality - the camera quality is also good, although it may not be at par with what the Honor 7X or the Moto G5 Plus has, but it’s enough to get appreciated on social media, and that’s mostly what people want
  • Overall, if you're looking for a no-nonsense device that offers the right mix of battery life and performance, you can't go wrong with the Redmi Note 5
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Outdoor visibility of the display could have been better
  • Performance is decent, but far from the best in the price bracket (that space belongs to the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro) - Motorola could have done with a more powerful SoC
  • The camera, though it's pretty decent in quality, can be somewhat slow at times, so shooting moving subjects can be an issue
  • On the whole, the Moto G6 looks great, has good software, performs alright, and has a decent set of cameras - seen alone, its a good device - but in this competitive segment, with the likes of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and the Asus Max Pro M1 around (both of which are better equipped, offer better performance, and have arguably better cameras as well), Moto might find the going tough, in all but the most loyal Motorola fan segments
  • Recycled design - continues the same design language as the Redmi Note 4
  • Still continues with the old micro-USB port instead of a USB-Type C which is quickly becoming the modern standard
  • MIUI is one of the better Android UIs but there is still some unnecessary bloat - for instance, there are also two apps for the same thing — Music, Gallery, Browser, etc. which takes up precious storage and cannot be deleted
  • Unlike when the Redmi Note 4 was launched, there are now other phones in this price bracket that can offer pretty solid competition to the Redmi Note 5 - the likes of Honor 9 Lite for instance - it comes with a similar 18:9 display, front and back glass design, dual cameras at the front and back that let you add DLSR-like bokeh effects to your selfies, and ships with Android Oreo out-of-the-box
Expert Reviews
  1. All-around package
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Moto G6 is sublime value
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The G6 offers a lot of solid features, plus extras including some fun camera features, fast charging and it all adds up to make one of the best budget handsets on the market
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Good upgrade to the last year’s Moto G5
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Packs a punch with clean software
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Moto G6 defines what a good value smartphone should be like
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. the Moto G6 has good qualities in spades: it looks super stylish, the performance is solid and the camera is one of the best you can get without spending more than twice the money
    alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Definitely a tempting option at its price point
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A good phone....offers a pleasant user experience and a competent camera
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
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  16. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  19. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  22. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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  25. recombu.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
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  28. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
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  1. Redmi Note 5 takes a solid foundation and improves on it, giving Xiaomi another good all-rounder
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If there’s any company that knows how to strike a balance between performance, imaging and battery life, it has to be Xiaomi and the Redmi Note 5 is one of the best example of the fact
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Overall, if you’ve been using the Note 3, then the upgrade to the Note 5 will be completely worth it
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
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