After launching the Moto G5 Plus in India, Lenovo-owned Motorola recently launched the younger sibling of the phone, the Moto G5. The company has priced the Moto G5 at Rs. 11,999, which is significantly lower than the Rs 14,999 it charged for the lower-end variant of the G5 Plus, but when it comes to the budget segment of smartphones, there is another competitor in the race. One which is already a popular choice amongst users, and has sold over a million units. Yes, we are talking about the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, whose 4 GB/ 64 GB edition is available for Rs 12,999. But which phone out of these two is the better option for someone with about Rs 13,000 in their phone-buying wallets? Let’s find out:
Round 1: Build and design
We have the (much talked about) black Redmi Note 4 and the grey Moto G5. Yes, the G5 looks like an identical twin of the G5 Plus but if you look closely, the two phones are actually a little different than each other. So, this clearly does not mean that the G5 will win this round against the Note 4 like its elder brother did (check our G5 Plus vs Redmi Note 4 Face Off).
When we compare the looks of the two devices, the first thing that generally hits anyone is the size of the device. The Redmi Note 4 comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display whereas the Moto G5 comes with a 5-inch display but when you compare the two devices in terms of sheer size, there is actually not much difference. The Moto G5 is obviously the slightly smaller one of the two, measuring 150.2 x 74 x 9.7 mm, while the Redmi Note 4 measures 151 x 76x 8.3 mm – yes, the Redmi Note 4 is slightly thinner than the G5. The weight of the two differs slightly as well – there is a difference of 30 grams. The Redmi Note 4 weighs 175 grams whereas the G5 weighs 145 grams. The Note 4 lands on the heavier side but the fact that it is thinner and comes with a bigger display but not significantly bigger numbers help it win back ground.
The two devices might be very close to each other in terms of numbers but we think they are miles apart when it comes to design. One follows a very conventional design framework whereas the other one follows the footsteps of its sibling.
The Note 4 comes with metal unibody and not so unique design, but the Moto G5 has got a distinct design just like the Moto G5 Plus. We like the hint of Iron Man added to both the G5s as they come with metal bodies. We also liked how Moto has placed the camera unit on the back in a circular outline and that the fingerprint scanner is present on the front. All this definitely gives an edge to the Moto G5, even though it comes with huge bezels that give it a very bulky look. Another thing to note when it comes to design is the fact that the G5 comes with a removable back cover which can be a turn-off for some and an added attraction for others.
The Note 4 provides you with more display real estate in almost the same size. That means the smartphone is more compact as compared to the G5 which is a huge plus. The phone also is made up of metal unibody which also gives it a slight edge over its competitor. And hey, it is black!
Winner: Redmi Note 4
Round 2: Hardware
Talking about the newest member of the G family, the Moto G5 comes with a 5-inch full HD display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The smartphone runs on 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset coupled with 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage that can be expanded up to 128 GB through MicroSD card. It comes with a 13-megapixel primary camera with PDAF and LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera. It is powered by a 2800 mAh removable battery and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. The smartphone supports dual-SIM (nano+nano), and like in the G5 Plus, it has a separate expandable memory slot. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G.
Our second contender in the battle, the Note 4, comes with 5.5-inch full HD display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The edition we got is powered by a 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. The smartphone offers 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 128 GB via MicroSD card, but in this case, using expandable memory will cost you one of the two SIM card slots. Mind you, there is a 3GB RAM/32GB ROM variant as well, which costs Rs 11,999.
In the camera department, the Redmi Note 4 comes with a 13-megapixel primary shooter with PDAF and dual tone LED flash and a 5.0-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The smartphone offers a massive battery of 4100 mAh and runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 topped with MIUI 8. The smartphone can support two SIMs and in terms of other connectivity options, the Note 4 offers Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Infrared, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G.
In this round, we think we have a clear winner. The Redmi Note 4 has a bigger display, and also offers a better processor and higher RAM plus internal storage in the specs, not to forget the big battery working under the hood. Simple enough.
Winner: Redmi Note 4
Round 3: Software and UI
It is the war between the stock Android and MIUI 8 and it is not just that. The two phones actually are very different when it comes to the UI. The Moto G5 runs on stock Android 7.0 Nougat which is the latest version of Android while the Redmi Note 4 comes with Android Marshmallow 6.0 which is slightly old but the company has infused it with MIUI 8.
But when it comes to UI, we think stock Android wins but it is more of a personal choice. MIUI 8 is more feature rich and personalized whereas the stock Android interface just offers you the freedom to customize your phone according to yourself. Both the UIs are easy to use and there is nothing complicated about any of them but if you like to stay up to date on your Android phone, we think the choice undoubtedly should be the Moto G5.
Winner: Moto G5
Round 4: Performance
This one has to be a no-brainer. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is powered by 2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 4 GB RAM while the Moto G5 runs on a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and comes with 3 GB RAM. And the difference the numbers make in this case becomes very evident.
While there is no denying that both the phones did just fine when it comes to day to day multitasking and casual gaming we found that the Redmi Note 4 performed better when it comes to high-end games. We tried games like Asphalt 8, NFS No Limits and found that not only the Redmi Note 4 launched them faster as compared to the Moto G5 but the stuttering, while we were playing the games, was also less in the case of the Note 4. Because of this, we think, the Note 4 wins the round as well.
Winner: Redmi Note 4
Round 5: Camera
The battle in this round is pretty much neck to neck. Both the phones come with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The Note 4 is coupled with a dual tone LED flash while the Moto G5 Plus comes with a single LED flash. But somebody’s gotta win and it is not just about numbers as we know it.
The two devices gave each other a very tough fight in this round. Both the phones had their share of positives and negatives. The Moto G5 produced better colors and more realistic colors than the Redmi Note 4. As we compared pictures, we found that the Redmi Note 4 produced slightly washed out colors as compared to the G5 while the G5 colors seemed totally on point. The G5 also scored well on detailing when we captured landscapes or food shots whereas the Note 4 lost ground in some cases.
But taking a close up on the Moto G5 was a pain. We do not think we could even focus on our subjects while taking a close up the G5, while on the other hand the Redmi Note 4 did a great job in terms of close-ups. The Note 4 also offered many different modes and features which were missing in the G5 because it is a stock Android device. Both the devices were a little inconsistent and were not really exceptional when it comes to the camera but we think the G5 takes this round home as it produced colors that were closer to reality and did a decent job on the detailing when it comes to day-to-day pictures. Just don’t use it up close!
Winner: Moto G5
Round 6: Battery
Starting with the numbers, the Moto G5 comes with a 2800 mAh battery whereas the Redmi Note 4 comes with a 4100 mAh battery and it is also powered by a Snapdragon 625 which is known for its battery management. This pretty much makes it a one sided battle. The Redmi Note 4 can easily last up to a day and a half under heavy usage and can see two days under more careful usage while the G5 can give you more than 16 hours of battery life under heavy usage and can see a day or a day and a half (if pushed) with a more restrained usage. But the Moto G5 comes with fast charging support which can give you battery life worth a couple of hours in just 15 minutes. That said we think, this round clearly goes to the Redmi Note 4, thanks to that much bigger battery.
Winner: Redmi Note 4
The verdict of this Tech Face Off is pretty clear. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has won this budget phone battle. Even though the Redmi Note 4 unit we reviewed cost Rs 1000 more than the Moto G5, it delivered more RAM and storage, which we think most consumers will not mind coughing up. But that does not really mean that the Moto G5 has lost completely. The Moto G5 has scored well in the UI and the camera department, both of which are huge when it comes to any smartphone these days. The Moto G5 also comes with the Moto branding which has turned out to be a blessing for its siblings in a market like India. The power of stock Android and the branding of Moto can definitely turn out to curve ball for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. That said, we did not find ourselves saying, “Hello Moto” this time over the Redmi Note 4.
Will you be able to buy that elusive Redmi Note 4? That’s the question you need to ask Xiaomi.