Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM) is a significantly better phone than the Nokia 5.1, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM)!

Nokia 5.1  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM) 
Nokia 5.1 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
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Excellence Score
29.1
47.1
Value for Money Score
72.3
88.6
Price ₹ 10,877 onwards ₹ 12,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 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 5.5 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 439 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 IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass 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 MediaTek Helio P18 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T860 MP2 Adreno 509
RAM 3 GB 4 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 16.0MP 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Enhanced low-light Photography, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 20.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 84.6-degree Field of view Soft Selfie-light, 1.0um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, Beautify 4.0, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 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 8.2 mm 8.05 mm
Weight N/A 181 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 588 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 19.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 2.0
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: 53 hrs, Video Playback Time (1080p): Up to 9.4 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Fantastic design, with high-end detailing - like Nokia's other recent phones, it look extremely classy in an understated, minimalist way - it also feels smooth in the hand and is all curves and soft aluminium - and the colours aren’t reflective and shiny: they’re matte anodised and stylish - Nokia’s sense of minimalist design is up there with the best - in fact, many would find this a nicer looking handset than many more much pricier handsets
  • As well as looking like a high-end smartphone, the Nokia 5.1 feels comfortable in the hand thanks to curved edges, and the 18:9 aspect ratio provides a larger display without being too unwieldy
  • The fingerprint scanner on the rear of the smartphone is very quick to unlock
  • The tall 18:9 Gorilla Glass 3-coated screen is pretty nice IPS panel, with a decent contrast ratio, decent sunlight legibility, and high resolution
  • The key draw of the Nokia 5.1 of course is that it's part of the Android One series - that means you get pure stock Android, along with a promise of updates for 2 years
  • Decent rear camera - takes decent snaps with good details - colours tend to be a bit off though - and its not quite as good as the rear camera of the Moto G6
  • 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]
  • Not the best performing phone in this price bracket - the Helio P18 is similar to the Snapdragon 450 - and therefore slightly better than last year’s Nokia 5, which was powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 - but not as powerful as the fastest phones in this price bracket - while daily performance is just fine, heavy games will definitely tend to struggle
  • Low light performance is pretty ordinary - pictures come out dark, and details are soft
  • The front camera too is rather average
  • Battery life could have been better - its a downgrade from the Nokia 5 - and while it will usually last you the day with moderate use, there are definitely phones in this price bracket with much better battery life
  • Overall, as it turns out, the beauty of the Nokia 5.1 is somewhat skin deep - both performance and battery life are a bit of a letdown - unless you really value the design above all else, you may be better off looking at other devices in this price bracket
  • 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. Nokia’s sense of minimalist design is up there with the best....the beauty is somewhat skin deep, though, and both performance and battery life are a letdown
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  2. A tempting option for those on a budget...but the performance isn’t the best that we’ve seen
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  3. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  4. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  5. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  6. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  7. androidpolice.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 »
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