Our Opinion

The Motorola One Power is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Motorola One Power might be a slightly better choice.

Motorola One Power  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM) 
Motorola One Power Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
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Excellence Score
52.5
50.3
Value for Money Score
85.0
89.6
Price ₹ 15,999 onwards ₹ 13,405 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2018 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.2 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2246 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features FullView Display 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display, Sunlight mode, Night mode, 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 636Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Adreno 509
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB
Primary Camera 16MP + 5MP 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Enhanced low-light Photography, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition
Secondary Camera 12.0MP 20.0MP
Secondary Camera Features LED Flash, F/2.0 Aperture, 1.25um Pixel Size, Selfie Portraits Soft Selfie-light, 1.0um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, Beautify 4.0, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 128 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 8.98 mm 8.05 mm
Weight 205 gm 181 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, P2i Rated
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 4000 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 (6 hrs of power in 15 mins) Yes, Quick Charge 2.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Water-repellent Nano Coating; Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Nice, metal design with a plastic frame surrounding the corners
  • Feels sturdy in the hand
  • Motorola One Power is the first handset from the company’s smartphone shelf to offer a notch display in the Indian market - from the front side, the phone has a striking resemblance to the iPhone X - even at the back, Moto One Power sports similarly vertically stacked dual camera sensors
  • The matte finish saves the device from smudges and fingerprint, which is a common problem with glass cased devices
  • Nice, large, sharp display, with a 19:9 aspect ratio - the colours are quite pleasant and the viewing angles are nice as well
  • The other key USP of the device apart from a large screen and large battery, is that it's part of the Android One series - which means a stock, clean version of Android, plus a promise of regular updates for 2 years
  • Although the UI is stock, Motorola does add some of it's useful proprietary functionality on top - Moto Display (Ambient display) and Moto Actions (gestures)
  • Good, solid mid-range performance backed by the fast, efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, the chipset that debuted on Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro - the Moto One Power performs well with almost anything you throw at it - with barely any stutter or lag - it will handle multitasking smoothly and apps are quick to launch - even with the graphically demanding games, you are unlikely to face any hiccups
  • Decent set of dual rear cameras - manage to render decent output in well-lit conditions, with reasonable colour reproduction
  • Portrait shots are just about decent too
  • Decent selfie camera too, with a front LED flash, and software based portrait mode
  • Houses bottom-firing speakers with mono speaker grille placed on both side and USB Type-C port at the centre - delivers good audio quality courtesy of the Dolby Audio that enhances the audio experience - even with volume pitched at the highest level, the phone does not produce shrill sound
  • Extra long battery life, with a gigantic 5000mAh battery - you will get nearly two days-worth of backup with casual usage
  • If you want a stock Android phone with guaranteed updates, a large screen and a large battery - the Motorola One Power is a pretty strong choice - it is easily one of the best value devices that Motorola has launched in Indian in a while - there is competition though, depending on what you value - if you want a better camera, look at the Redmi Note Pro or Mi A2 - if you want a better design, look at the Realme 2 Pro - if you want to still have Android One, but in a more compact device, look at Nokia 6.1 Plus - and if you want to have better RAM, at a lower price, look at the Zenfone Max Pro M1
  • Nice, utilitarian (though not exceptional) design and good build quality, as has been the case with the entire Redmi Note series
  • Nice looking, modern 5.99 inch 18:9 display, with minimal bezels - has good viewing angles, brightness levels, and colour reproduction - looks pleasing in day-to-day use
  • In spite of the large screen, the phone remains quite ergonomic because of the tall, minimal-bezel form factor
  • MIUI interface over Android is snappy, and offers some added features such as dual apps and second space - with dual apps, one can run separate accounts of the same service/app and the second space functionality provides separate user experiences for example for work and home
  • Stellar performance - the single most defining aspect for the Note 5 Pro may be the excellent new chip that powers it - the Snapdragon 636 - in short, in terms of both benchmarks, and real life use, it blows every other phone in the price bracket out of the water - be it the loading times for heavy games, opening multiple apps or just switching between multiple heavy apps and games - the phone simply sails through everything
  • The heat management is excellent too - the phone hardly gets warm even after playing games on the phone for an hour straight
  • Very good set of dual cameras at the rear - you have a 12MP primary camera (Sony IMX486) with a sensor size of 1.25um and an aperture of f/2.2 - the secondary 5MP camera is used for depth sensing only and has a sensor size of 1.12um with f/2.0 aperture - in ample lighting conditions, the camera captures a good amount of details and has a punchy colour reproduction - low light image capabilities are equally good and the camera has good dynamic range - even the portrait (bokeh) images look better than most of its competitors - they carry plenty of details and the background blur is also quite good
  • Overall, this is the arguably the best camera phone in this price bracket now, having a slight edge over the existing top camera phones in the bracket, like the Xiaomi Mi A1
  • Very good front camera too - takes good images in all kinds of lighting conditions - you also get software based portrait image, which lets you take that ‘Bokeh’ image with background blur and is decent
  • Good audio quality through both headphones, and the speaker
  • Good call quality
  • Stellar battery life - still runs for two days straight, continuing the tradition of the Redmi Note series
  • Decent (though not great) charging speed - takes a little over two hours to fully charge the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro’s 4, 000mAh battery
  • On the whole, Redmi Note 5 Pro offers everything you need from this price bracket - superior performance, excellent battery life and a good camera - simply put, this is almost a complete package when it comes to mid-range smartphone
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The device does not however have a compact form - with a thickness of 8.9mm in thickness and weight of 205g, it's definitely on the bulky side
  • No Face unlock (you can of course use Android's built in "smart unlock/trusted face" security feature, but that's somewhat slower and less secure than the custom Face unlock implementations on most smartphones these days)
  • The focus accuracy of the dual rear camera sensors could have been better
  • During low light situations, you will observe a fair amount of noise creeping into the images and loss of detail on the subject
  • Overall, the cameras are ok, but in a similar price bracket, the Moto G6 (and other top phones) offer better cameras
  • The design is simple and works, but is largely a continuation of the old Redmi Note design - it's not a gorgeous, stand out device by by any means
  • While MIUI is one of the nicer Android UIs, it does have some bloat in terms of unneeded apps - and a lot of people still prefer a more stock Android approach
  • While the cameras are excellent in still photography, they are only average as far as video recording goes
  • Still continues with the old micro USB standard, there is no modern USB Type-C support
Expert Reviews
  1. A well-rounded phone....a good choice for people who prefer stock Android and want the best battery life in this segment
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. One of the best attempts at making a value-for-money phone by Moto in a long time
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Targeted for those users who prefer a phone with a large display and huge battery
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If the camera is not really your concern and you really want a long lasting device, then the Motorola One Power comes recommended
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A decent smartphone to get....However, there are other great too options in this price bracket too
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. hindustantimes.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Without a doubt the top budget performer right now
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There’s really no matching the Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of performance and features at this price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Redmi Note 5 offers everything you need from a sub-15K phone today - superior performance, excellent battery life and a good camera.
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. It takes the title of our favorite mid-range smartphone of 2018
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
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