Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) 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!

Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Xiaomi Mi A1 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
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Excellence Score
38.0
33.5
Value for Money Score
71.7
85.1
Price ₹ 15,999 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2017 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo Android 7.1 Nougat, Expected upgrade to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features LTPS IPS LCD 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU Adreno 506 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 12.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (12MP + 12MP), Wide-angle Cam.: 26mm Focal Length; F/2.2 Aperture; 1.25um Pixel Size, Telephoto Cam.: 50mm Focal Length; F/2.6 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama, 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 5.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Beautify, Facial Recognition, Full HD Recording LED Flash, Beautify 3.0, Selfie countdown, Face recognition, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 32 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.3 mm 8.05 mm
Weight 165 gm 180 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3080 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
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 Fast Battery Charging; Dedicated 10v Amplifier; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration USB On-The-Go; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Very good, premium design, with top-notch metal construction
  • The overall form factor and weight remain quite ergonomic
  • Very good, balanced display - good responsiveness, brightness levels, and sunlight legibility
  • Runs clean, clutter-free and simple stock Android out of the box - and comes with the 'Android One series' update promise!
  • Strong, dependable performance, powered by a power-efficient Snapdragon 625 - running on stock Android eliminates some of the overheads on the processor and the phone presents a super smooth and lag free experience on general day-to-day things - it’s solid and will suffice for most except the most demanding of users
  • Good, solid dual-camera setup - Xiaomi’s stereo mode is its take on Apple’s “portrait mode”, and its task is to blur the background - the final effects are commendable most of the times - sometimes even better than much more expensive phones like the OnePlus 5 - making it easily the best dual camera system on a budget
  • Even in auto mode, the Mi A1 takes rich images with good levels of detail and colour saturation
  • There is also a very effective pro mode which even allows the user to individually choose between the wide angle camera and the telephoto lens - making for a very compelling camera package
  • Xiaomi also offers 2x optical zoom with this device - and the results are quite good
  • Video recording is decent too - it can shoot in 4k, and has time lapse and slow motion modes
  • The front 5-megapixel camera for selfies is decent too, though nothing exceptional
  • Good audio quality and volume via both headphones and the speaker
  • Good, dependable battery life - comfortably lasts a work day
  • Takes about 2 hours to charge fully - which is a decent charging speed
  • On the whole, if you are only concerned about performance and battery life, then the Redmi Note 4 may be a better choice, and if you care most about low light camera performance, then the Moto G5S Plus is at the top of the pack, but for an overall dependable phone with a dual camera setup, and stock Android experience, the Mi A1 is a brilliant choice
  • 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]
  • The performance is solid and dependable but not the absolute best in this price bracket - that status belongs to the likes of the Redmi Note 4
  • The camera is quite good in daylight conditions, but falls behind in low light prowess compared to say the Moto G5 Plus or Samsung Galaxy J7 Max - low light photos can sometimes be blurry and they take considerable time to process
  • Battery life is again strong, but not the best in this price bracket - that is again a position that's held by Xiaomi's Redmi Note 4
  • 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
    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
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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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