The smartphone category from Rs 10,000 to 20,000 is definitely the most competitive segment.
We have almost all players trying to give the best of the features with all the bells and whistles for a fraction of the price. Smartphone makers want to deliver flagship grade user experience without the flagship price tag.
The Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 segment is currently taken over by many Chinese smartphone makers like Honor, Xiaomi, Lenovo, and many more.
Recently, Lenovo – acquired Motorola launched the successor to its bestselling mid-range smartphone- the G5 Plus in the Indian market. Let’s see how well does the device stacks up against the competition.
In this showdown, we’re going to pit the Moto G5 Plus Honor’s 6X, Lenovo’s P2, and Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4. Let’s get started.
Honor 6X and Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 feature a 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display sporting a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Lenovo P2 features a 5.5-inch full-HD AMOLED display. Moto G5 Plus, on the other hand, gets a smaller 5.2-inch full-HD IPS display with a similar resolution.
The smaller display might be a deal breaker for many, however, the smaller screen size results in a sharper display with a higher pixel density.
Moreover, the smaller screen size also adds up to make the device perfect for single handed use. If you don’t like the smaller display size, Lenovo P2 seems like a great option as an AMOLED display is not only cool for content consumption, but it also is slightly power efficient, resulting in better battery performance.
Moto G5 Plus, Lenovo P2 and Redmi Note 4 are rocking Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor paired with Adreno 506 GPU. Honor 6X, on the other hand, gets its home-grown Hisilicon Kirin 655 octa-core processor with Mali-T830MP2 GPU. Snapdragon 625 is one cool processor which offers great mid-range performance while staying power efficient.
The Hisilicon Kirin isn’t bad by any means, but the Snapdragon 625 stays on top when it comes to refined performance. All four smartphones are available in 3GB RAM/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage configurations (Moto G5 Plus gets 16GB/32GB storage varinats) with micro SD expandability which sets them at par in this category.
In the camera department, all the smartphones are fairly loaded. Starting with the Moto G5 Plus, the smartphone gets a 12-megapixel shooter at the back with a f/1.7 aperture with dual-pixel AF, LED flash and a 5-megpixel selfie shooter at the front.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 gets a 13-megapixel shooter at the back with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. Honor 6X gets a dual-camera setup at the back with a 12-megapixel shooter and a secondary 2-megapixel shooter for depth sensing, as well as an LED flash. The device also gets an 8-megapixel selfie shooter at the front. Lenovo P2 also gets a 13-megapixel shooter at the back with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash and a 5-megapixel selfie camera.
In this category, both the Moto G5 Plus and the Honor 6X sit on top, as the G5 Plus gets a wider f/1.7 aperture which results in a better low-light performance, while the 6X is the only smartphone providing a dual-camera setup at this price point.
This is definitely one of the most crucial factors to look into while picking a phone. All the great features feel pointless if the phone can’t last long enough to let you enjoy those features. Moto G5 Plus is powered by a 3000mAh Li-ion battery. Honor 6X is powered by a 3340mAh battery. The Redmi Note 4 gets a larger 4100mAH battery. However, the winner in this category has to be the Lenovo P2 which comes loaded with a ginormous 5,100mAh battery. All the smartphones feature quick-charging and charge using the dated microUSB port.
In the software department, Moto G5 Plus steals the show, as it is the only smartphone in this competition to run on Android 7.0 Nougat. This is also the only smartphone to run a near-stock version of Android. It will also soon get the Google Assistant which is currently only on the Pixel. The Redmi Note 4, Honor 6X and Lenovo P2 are running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with custom skins on top, which definitely feels outdated.
All the phones support 4G LTE as well as VoLTE connectivity. Ohter connectivity options include 802.11 Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. Moto G5 Plus and Lenovo P2 also come loaded with NFC, giving both these smartphones a slight edge in the competition.
In the end, the phone that survives this showdown is the Moto G5, it not only offers a great hardware on paper, but it also completes the package with the latest version of Android. Sure it falls back in the battery department, however, it can still last a day with ease.
Honor 6X too isn’t half bad with its dual-camera setup and If you’re looking for a phone with the best battery performance, Lenovo P2 is the one to go for.
This Blog was first published on: http://in.pcmag.com/xiaomi-redmi-note-4/113294/feature/shoot-out-moto-g5-plus-vs-xiaomi-redmi-note-4-vs-huawei-hono