Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy On Max is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Samsung Galaxy On Max  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Samsung Galaxy On Max Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
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Excellence Score
33.4
32.9
Value for Money Score
75.2
84.1
Price ₹ 12,490 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2017 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo 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 1080x1920 pixels (~ 386 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features TFT, 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.39 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P25 Lite Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #29 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T880 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 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/1.7 Aperture 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 13.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Flash, F/1.9 Aperture LED Flash, Beautify 3.0, Selfie countdown, Face recognition, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 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 8.1 mm 8.05 mm
Weight 179 gm 180 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3300 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) 20.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 11 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 15 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 15 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 13 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 72 hrs Music Playback Time: 165 hrs, Video Playback Time: 15 hrs, Gaming Time: 9 hours
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Samsung Pay Mini USB On-The-Go; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Well built - the phone looks and feels quite premium
  • Good, bright, large display - decent colour reproduction, good viewing angles - good videos and movie watching experience
  • Good, accurate fingerprint sensor
  • On the top of Android, is Samsung's new UI - Samsung Experience - it is more refined compared to TouchWiz UX - and continues to have a number of added software features like Games Launcher, one-handed operation mode, Multi-window mode, Direct call (to make a voice call by picking up and holding the device near your ear while viewing call, message, or contact details)
  • Smart alert (to set the device to alert you if you have missed calls or new messages when you pick up the device), Gesture support, Dual Messenger (lets you use two separate accounts for the same app such as Facebook, WhatsApp and more), Secure Folder, Samsung Pay Mini, and others
  • Decent speed/performance, similar to Snapdragon 625 powered devices in this price bracket - and a notch above the Helio P20 powered Galaxy J7 Max
  • Excellent rear camera in all lighting conditions, comparable to the Moto G5 Plus, which has otherwise been the top camera phone in this price bracket
  • White balance and dynamic range remains impressive in all situations
  • Good selfie camera too, with a front facing flash for low light selfies
  • Video recording quality is decent too (but the phone doesn’t have a secondary microphone so recorded audio is not crisp)
  • Audio through the bundled or third-party earphones is decent
  • Good call quality
  • Good Dual SIM management with Samsung's Smart Dual SIM feature (automatically forwards calls from the phone number on SIM 2, even if a user is on the phone with SIM 1’s number)
  • Decent battery life - lasts a day of average use (though its a notch below its cousin, the Galaxy J7 Max, because of a slightly more battery hungry processor)
  • 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]
  • Pretty big for single-handed use - also a bit heavy at 179 grams - might not suit people with small hands
  • Lacks a notification LED light
  • Samsung's UI is pretty nice but it continues to have duplicate apps for things like mail and browser, which is unnecessary
  • Lacks fast charging, which is present in some of its competitors - takes about 2 and half hours to charge the phone
  • 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
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  1. Redmi Note 5 takes a solid foundation and improves on it, giving Xiaomi another good all-rounder
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  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
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  3. Overall, if you’ve been using the Note 3, then the upgrade to the Note 5 will be completely worth it
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