While the Redmi Note 5 Pro has already left a good impression and doing well in the market, the Lenovo Z5 is yet-to-come in India. Both smartphones come with nearly identical specifications which makes the comparison tough. During my test run, both smartphones have competed well with each other.
I have been using both smartphones together for more than a week now and I think I am ready to share my experience. But before doing it, have a look on their specifications.
|Redmi Note 5 Pro||Lenovo Z5|
|5.99-inch IPS LCD, 1080x2160px, 18:9 Aspect Ratio, ~403ppi||6.2-inch IPS LCD, 1080x2160px, 18.7:9 Aspect Ratio, ~402ppi|
|SoC & GPU||Snapdragon 636 | Adreno 509||Snapdragon 636 | Adreno 509|
|OS & RAM||Android 7.1.2 | 4GB or 6GB||Android 8.0 | 6GB|
|Storage||64GB | Expandable||64 or 128GB | Expandable|
|Dual 12MP (f/2.2, PDAF) + 5MP (f/2.0, depth sensor), dual-LED flash||Dual 16MP + 8MP, PDAF, Dual-LED, Dual-Tone Flash|
|Front Camera||20MP, LED Flash||8MP|
|Battery||4000 mAh||3300 mAh 18W Fast Charging|
Design & Build Quality
While the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a metal unibody, the Lenovo Z5 comes with all-glass construction.
Because the Lenovo Z5 has a higher screen-to-body ratio, it has fewer bezels and comes with a big display in a smaller body compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Plus, the Z5 comes with notch whereas the latter doesn’t.
The Lenovo Z5 is more compact, easy to hold in the hand and easy to fit in the pocket. In contrast, the Note 5 Pro is a bit bigger and has extra bezels.
The Z5 also comes with USB type-c whereas the latter has regular micro-USB port.
In this section, the Lenovo Z5 gets the crown.
Display, OS and UI
Both smartphones have same LCD panel but the display look different.
On Lenovo Z5, the screen is brighter, colors are more vibrant and look realistic.
Under direct sunlight, the Lenovo Z5 performs better than the Note 5 Pro as it is less reflective.
In terms of operating system, the Z5 takes a lead as it has Android Oreo compared to Note 5 Pro’s Android Nougat.
Coming to the UI, the Z5 has something new and different. Its quick toggle can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom, much like the iPhone. In contrast, everything can be accessed on the Note 5 Pro by swiping down from the top.
Much like the previous section, the Z5 is the winner here too.
Performance and Gaming
As both smartphones come with the same processor and graphics processing unit, their benchmark score is also similar.
Both smartphones handle normal tasks with an ease. The social media apps, normal games and other media applications work just fine.
During heavy usage too, they perform equally well. I played four heavy games on both handsets – Shadow Fight 3, PUBG Mobile, Modern Combat and Modern Strike. All these games were running without any issues.
But yes, graphics performance is just average and random frame drops can be seen on both handsets.
One thing is good that none of these two smartphones restarts the app when you switch between heavy ones.
In this section, both manage to impress us equally.
Starting with daylight, both smartphones have their own camera algorithm.
While the Redmi Note 5 Pro goes with the ‘as it is’ colors, the Lenovo Z5 tries to make it smooth and vibrant.
In terms of details, sharpness and saturation, the Lenovo Z5 is better than the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Same is the case with HDR mode during daylight. The Z5 performs better than the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Talking about Bokeh mode, both smartphones’ perform more or less similar. They effectively blur the background while keeping the primary object in focus with maintaining the sharpness over edges.
And the situation becomes upside down when we talk about lowlight condition. The Lenovo Z5 has slow shutter speed to capture more light and produce better images. In contrast, the Note 5 Pro’s shutter speed is fast and the performance is more or less similar to the Z5.
Turning on HDR mode during lowlight does help both handsets but in a different way. On Note 5 Pro, the HDR mode makes sample photos darker but brings details. In contrast, the HDR mode on the Z5 takes multiple shots and stitches together in order to produce a better image, however, you really need a steady hand for that.
In this section, it’s a tie. As they have different algorithm and way to work on images, both produce good images. It depends on you whether you want a realistic photo or a customized one to make it look more beautiful.
While the Lenovo Z5 comes with a smaller 3300 mAh battery compared to Redmi Note 5 Pro’s bigger 4000 mAh unit.
The Lenovo Z5 lasts around 36 hours during normal usage on a single charge whereas the Note 5 Pro lasts up to 2 days if operated normally.
During intense gaming, the Lenovo Z5 consumed 21% in one hour. In contrast, the Note 5 pro took around 17 per cent battery. Calculating using this data, the Z5 and Note 5 Pro would last around 5 and 6 hours respectively.
Talking about charging, both smartphones take more than 2 hours to completely charge the battery. What’s interesting that the Z5 supports Quick Charge 3.0. So, you can use a fast charger if you want to charge it rapidly.
In this section, the Redmi Note 5 Pro wins (marginally).
The Redmi Note 5 Pro and Lenovo Z5, both smartphones fall under the same price segment, however, you are getting better things on the Z5. For example more RAM, better display, better design, very fewer bezels (almost all-screen at the front) and the latest operating system. In terms of camera, both have their own algorithms whereas the Note 5 Pro wins marginally in terms of battery.
So, for a price around Rs. 14,000; the Lenovo Z5 is really a good choice and it is the winner in this comparison. One more thing, the Nokia X6 is also coming in the same price range. We have already compared the Z5 with Nokia X6. If you are interested, you can read it here.