Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Motorola Moto G6 Play, 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 Play  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
30.1
35.6
Value for Money Score
76.4
82.5
Price ₹ 10,422 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 9.0 Pie 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 720x1440 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #64 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 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 13.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), EIS, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama 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 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 9 mm 8.05 mm
Weight 175 gm 180 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 4000 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 WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio USB On-The-Go; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • One of the best-looking phones in this class - even though the back is plastic it looks classy with reflective elements under the top layer responding well to light
  • It's also likely to be more durable in the long run, compared to it's senior G6 series cousins with all-glass bodies
  • Easy to use with one hand
  • The trendy new 18:9 extra-tall display adds to the looks too
  • The display is pretty good otherwise too - it has decent brightness, contrast and sunlight legibility - the only thing you are really loosing compared to the regular G6 is resolution
  • Software continues to be Motorola's strong suit with a a fine blend of vanilla Android and just the right amount of useful proprietary customizations (like Moto Actions)
  • Decent day-to-day performance backed by a Snapdragon 430 - it’s not a super-powerful chipset but does get you more-than-acceptable performance in most areas, including simple gaming
  • Good rear camera, especially in daylight - the default Auto HDR mode works well, and colors are well-saturated and natural (the only place really where the Moto G6 Play camera loses out to its senior cousins is the absence of a secondary camera for bokeh effects, and somewhat worse low light performance)
  • EIS for video is a great little bonus and it works surprisingly well
  • Decent front camera too, with a relatively subtle Beauty mode to zap your eye bags
  • Decent, clean audio quality through the 3.5mm jack
  • There's a dedicated MicroSD cars slot on the SIM tray, so you can have to SIM cards and and SD at the same time
  • Great battery life - the 4000mAh unit lets the Motorola Moto G6 Play plough on through a full day of intensive use - with lighter use you should find you have 40-50% left by bed time
  • Supports fast charging (which is uncommon at this price point) - gets you from flat to 100% charge in under two hours
  • 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]
  • Has a micro USB charge socket rather than the newer USB-C on the senior Moto G6 phones
  • Lacks the water repellent nano-coating of the senior Moto G6 phones
  • The performance is decent in day-to-day use, but there are some phones with better CPUs now in this price bracket (though that is likely to matter only if you are into gaming)
  • Camera, though decent, is a bit on the slow side too - you can only take roughly one shot a second
  • The speaker is not the most loud or clear
  • On the whole, the Moto G6 Play is a pretty decent phone on its own, especially because of it's fuss-free software, but it will face some stiff competition from Xiaomi, Asus and Realme phones, which offer significantly more powerful devices in this price bracket
  • 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. A dependable phone with a nice feature set
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Great value...Has plenty going for it, including a long-lasting battery and a decent screen. If you're on a tight budget it's easy to recommend.
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Moto G6 Play packs great looks and nearly two-day battery life
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If your budget is tight, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better deal
    alphr.com in-depth 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 »
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