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The Xiaomi Mi5 is a slightly better phone than the Motorola Moto Z Play, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Mi5!

Motorola Moto Z Play  Xiaomi Mi5 
Motorola Moto Z Play Xiaomi Mi5
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Excellence Score
26.1
28.7
Value for Money Score
48.9
52.6
Price ₹ 21,500 onwards ₹ 20,432 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2016 Apr, 2016
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.15 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 428 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features Super AMOLED Sunlight Display, Night Display, Reading Mode, Color Temperature Adjustment, 95% NTSC Color Gamut
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Quad Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #39 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 820Ranked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 530
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16.0MP 16.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.3um Pixel Size, Dual LED (dual tone) Flash, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, Zero Shutter Lag, Professional Mode, Quick Capture, Best Shot, Tap (anywhere) to Capture, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Drag to Focus & Exposure, Video Stabilization, Slow Motion video Sony IMX298 sensor, F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Auto Focus, 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization, 6-Piece Lens, Sapphire Glass Lens Cover, Two-tone Flash, DTI Image Enhancement, 32s Manual Exposure, Qualcomm 2nd-gen Spectra ISP, Low light Enhancement, HDR Adjustments, Panorama, Auto HDR, Burst Mode, Face Recognition
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 4.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Flash, F/2.2 Aperture, 1.4 um Pixel Size, Full HD Video Recording, 85 Degree Wide-Angle lens, Auto Night Mode, Beautification mode, Professional Mode 2um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, 80-degree Wide-angle Lens, Beautify with 36 Smart Beauty Profiles, Large 2-Micron Pixels, Mi Video Call with real-time Beautify, Selfie Countdown, Face Recognition
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 6.99 mm 7.25 mm
Weight 165 gm 129 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3510 mAh 3000 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, TurboPower Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters Mixed usage up to 45 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging: 8 hrs of power in 15 minutes (TurboPower); NFC; Moto Mods Connector; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Curved 3D Ceramic glass; NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Solid build quality
  • Beautiful metal-and-glass design
  • Very good, speedy fingerprint sensor
  • Beautiful, bright AMOLED display, with wide viewing angles and punchy colors
  • Mostly stock Android UI, which will appease the Android purists
  • Good speed/performance in daily use
  • Compatible with all existing Moto Mods (battery life extender, projector, camera mods etc)
  • Good rear camera that captures detailed images, especially in good lighting conditions
  • Good front-facing camera too - produces a pleasant level of sharpness to accompany its solid details capture
  • Good call quality
  • Good audio quality
  • Good speaker loudness
  • Outstanding battery life - comfortably one of the best in the business
  • Turbo charging support (full recharge time of about 110 minutes)
  • Water-repellent nano-coating on the phone's surface
  • Excellent implementation of the modular accessory system, just like its bigger brothers - the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force - which makes this phone truly versatile and offers an affordable entry point into the Moto Mods ecosystem
  • When it comes to expanding the functionality beyond what a traditional smartphone is capable of doing, no other system or implementation does it better than Moto Mods!
  • On the whole, even without any Mods, the Moto Z Play is a complete package and offers good value - the mods are the icing on the cake
  • Excellent build quality
  • Beautiful, premium, stunning design with a curved backing - this phone is a looker
  • Rounded rear makes it comfortable to hold
  • Compact and light-weight - fits snugly in your pocket
  • Good fingerprint scanner
  • Excellent display with good brightness levels, high contrast, and outdoor readability
  • MIUI is one of the better, and neater Android UIs around and has useful customization options
  • Excellent performance with top-of-the-line hardware, that stands up against the very best, including the Galaxy S7 which is at a much higher price point
  • Very good camera performance with instant focus, fast shutter speed, better than expected low-light performance, plenty of resolved detail, high dynamic range, and excellent colors and contrast
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Very good battery life, with fast charging support
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Gaming performance is not the best in class
  • Camera has longer exposure times when shooting photos under low light
  • Slightly unwieldy
  • Video recording quality is underwhelming
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