Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy J6 (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Samsung Galaxy J6 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Xiaomi Redmi 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
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Excellence Score
25.5
27.6
Value for Money Score
68.4
76.8
Price ₹ 10,490 onwards ₹ 8,983 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Mar, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.6 inches 5.7 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1480 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, 2.5D Curved Glass FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.6 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 7870Ranked #52 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #57 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali T830 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 (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture F/2.2 Aperture, 1.25um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1.25um large pixel, 5P lens, Low light enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features LED Flash, F/1.9 Aperture Beautify 3.0, Selfie countdown, Face recognition, Selfie Light, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 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 8.2 mm 7.7 mm
Weight 154 gm 157 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3300 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
Other Battery Parameters Video Playback Time: Upto 17 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features N/A WiFi Display; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Modern, fresh design with an almost bezel-less ‘Infinity Display’
  • Good build quality
  • Despite housing a 5.6-inch screen, the device is compact and lightweight - you can easily use it with one hand
  • The 5.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’ is one of the best in this price range - makes for a good video watching experience - the AMOLED panel makes every thing look vivid and the viewing angles are decent too
  • Samsung's Touchwiz on top of Android is one of the more refined and neat Android skins, and has some useful add-ons like Samsung Pay Mini which makes digital payments easy and a Knox-powered ‘Secure Folder’ for you store to sensitive files
  • Decent day-to-day performance, backed by a Exynos 7870 - should work fine for basic users
  • Good battery life - the 3000mAh battery which will easily last a day for heavy users while average users can squeeze around 36 hours of battery life
  • The rear is made of polycarbonate and feels nice
  • Decent design and build, pretty much in the style that has been pioneered by Xiaomi
  • Nice, tall 5.7 inches 18:9 display with minimal bezels, and a pretty compact form factor
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • MIUI is one of the better Android UIs around
  • Very good performance, backed by the capable Snapdragon 450, that can be considered almost on par with the current-generation Snapdragon 600-series options - on the whole, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 matches up well with devices that usually cost a fair bit more - this is visible even in practical use of the phone - it’s smooth, easy to use and performs well in most situations
  • Decent (though not great) rear and front cameras - you will get decent shots in good light - brightness, composure and sharpness are all reasonable
  • Very good battery life - thanks to MIUI 9’s frugal power consumption and the capabilities of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, you can expect to get well over a day of battery life on a single charge
  • On the whole, with very capable specifications at a very reasonable price, the Redmi 5 promises a lot for not much money, and it's main competition will likely come from its own, slightly more expensive cousins from the Redmi Note 5 series
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The display resolution could have been better
  • The performance is alright, but is far from the best in this price bracket (that prize would go to the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro)
  • Average rear and front cameras - colours in daylight photos are washed out, and dynamic range is below average - even close-up shots are ordinary, with bland colour reproduction
  • No fast charging support
  • Misses out on basic sensors like an ambient light sensor, and a digital compass
  • On the whole, the J6 is a fairly underwhelming device, and you will find plenty of better alternatives available at the same price point
  • While the bezels are slim, they are more than what you’d typically expect from a modern tall-screen phone
  • The display is nice but not quite as sharp as the one on the Redmi Note 5
  • The cameras are decent in good light, but in low light and even relatively weaker lighting conditions, pictures definitely lose competence
Expert Reviews
  1. Does not beat the current champions in this price bracket..However, it does have a few things going for it
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  1. A complete smartphone and has all the necessary inclusions like a bigger display and the latest chipset
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Xiaomi has definitely raised the bar for budget smartphones once again
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Redmi 5 is definitely one of the more powerful and power-efficient offerings in the budget segment
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