Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
27.9
33.7
Value for Money Score
64.8
78.2
Price ₹ 13,990 onwards ₹ 11,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2018 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 NougatLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version 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 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features TFT LCD 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display, Sunlight display, 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 625Ranked #36 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T830 MP2 Adreno 506
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 USB
Primary Camera 13.0MP 12.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture 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 13.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture LED Flash, Beautify 3.0, Selfie countdown, Face recognition, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 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 mm 8.05 mm
Weight 170 gm 180 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 408 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 21.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 12 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 15 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 16 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 14 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 84 hrs Music Playback Time: 165 hrs, Video Playback Time: 15 hrs, Gaming Time: 9 hours
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration; Samsung Mall; Samsung Pay mini Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Great build quality
  • Good front facing fingerprint sensor
  • Samsung's Experience UI provides some decent add-ons over Android like Secure Folder, Samsung Pay Mini, Samsung Pass, Samsung Cloud, app locker, and power saving modes
  • Good performance - app launches are fairly speedy, the phone unlocks quickly, multitasking is good
  • There is also Samsung Mall, which is basically Bixby Vision in a brand new avatar - the Mall lets you shop via your camera - basically, you can use the app’s camera to capture a product which you are interested in - then, the app will recognise the product bring you listings from where you can buy it (online retailers including Amazon, Shopclues etc) - it is decent when it works, although it is a bit of a hit and miss
  • Decent front camera (better than the Mi A1, although a little bit behind the Honor 9 Lite with dual front cameras)
  • Another nice thing about the hardware is the speaker grills on the side - this means the speaker doesn’t get blocked even when playing games - plus, it helps that the speaker is good
  • Good battery life - you will comfortably get through the day with moderate to heavy use
  • There’s separate slots for the second SIM card and the microSD card - which is always good to have
  • Useful power saving modes
  • 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]
  • Although the build quality is good, the design of the phone is a little bland and old-school - and doesn't really stand up to the likes of well designed competitors like the Mi A1 and the Honor 7X
  • The display is ok, but could have been better - again it's left behind by the displays on Mi A1 and Honor 7X
  • The display also lacks an ambient light sensor, so brightness adjustments have to be done manually
  • Average rear camera - focusing is not the best, and there is quite a lot of noise in photos - once again the rear camera on the likes of Mi A1 fares much better
  • Uses the old microUSB port, instead of the modern USB-C
  • On the whole, the On7 will find it tough to compete against the likes of Mi A1 (with its amazing performance and decent dual cameras), the Honor 7X (with an 18:9 display and dual cameras) and the Honor 9 Lite (with an 18:9 display and 4 cameras) - all of which provide better value
  • 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
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  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
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