Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a significantly better phone than the Nokia 3.1 (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Nokia 3.1 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Nokia 3.1 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
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Excellence Score
25.8
31.6
Value for Money Score
69.2
82.4
Price ₹ 10,305 onwards ₹ 9,898 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 PieAndroid One series Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 310 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 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 1.5 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Mediatek MT6750Ranked #65 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T860MP2 Adreno 506
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 USB
Primary Camera 13.0MP 12.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Geo-tagging, Touch focus 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 8.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 84.6-degree Field of view LED Flash, Beautify 3.0, Selfie countdown, Face recognition, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.7 mm 8.05 mm
Weight 138 gm 180 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 2990 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
Other Battery Parameters N/A Music Playback Time: 165 hrs, Video Playback Time: 15 hrs, Gaming Time: 9 hours
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features N/A Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The Nokia 3.1 is immediately appealing because of its build quality and size - the lightly grippy flat plastic back is handsome, and the curved glass on the front running into the sides is classy for a budget phone - getting a nicely coated metal frame is also treat, and it really gives the feeling of a phone that's built to sell for twice the price - in sheer style, there is not much competition for the Nokia 3.1 in this price bracket
  • The phone is also very compact - and it's just the right size for anyone who wants to be able to use their phone in one hand
  • Surprisingly good quality screen, for this price bracket - it's a 5.2-inch 18:9 display with good viewing angles and brightness levels
  • Being an Android One device, the software is clean and simple stock Android, and will get guaranteed updates for a long time to come
  • Fairly loud speaker
  • Decent battery life - the simple software and relatively small display ensure that you should go through a full day of use with 20% or more battery remaining
  • 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]
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • The main achilles' heel of the phone is performance - with a Mediatek MT6750 (similar to a Snapdragon 425) and 2GB of RAM at the core, you shouldn't expect very smooth performance or quick switching between apps - app opening times will be significant, and multi-tasking will be laggy
  • Average cameras - as you would expect in this price bracket - you can get ok photos in good daylight and with a steady hand, but you shouldn't expect anything more
  • The 16GB of internal storage quickly gets limiting, so you will need to use a microSD card (the saving grace is that the Nokia 3.1's SD card slot, like all modern Android phones, offers the option of adoptable storage to let you integrate that card into the system as an indistinguishable part of the internal storage)
  • On the whole, the Nokia 3.1 is well-done phone, especially in terms of styling, screen, battery and software - but it is let down a bit by the performance - so if you are a heavy user with high expectations of performance, you might want to look elsewhere
  • Recycled design - continues the same design language as the Redmi Note 4
  • 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
  • Still continues with the old micro-USB port instead of a USB-Type C which is quickly becoming the modern standard
  • 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 well-designed and balanced smartphone...it's just that the competition has more attractive offers to earn your cash
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A great small budget phone with performance problems
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  6. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  7. androidpolice.com hands-on Read Review »
  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 »
  4. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
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