Xiaomi’s products are basically known as value for money devices. The company launches very strong smartphones in a specific price segment and one such device is Redmi Note 5 Pro which was launched couple of months ago. On the other hand, the legendary phone maker Nokia is back in the market which recently launched an improved Nokia 6 (2018). Both handsets fall under ₹20k segment, so we are going to do the Redmi Note 5 Pro vs. Nokia 6 (2018) comparison.
As usual, Redmi Note 5 Pro was very tough to acquire, flash sale was going out of stock in merely 2 or 3 seconds. The handset is trending and doing well in the market. The Nokia 6 (2018), on the other hand, is also popular. The improvements in this phone are commendable, making it one of the good choices under ₹20k segment.
Before we start the comparison, have a look on the key specs of these two handsets:
REDMI NOTE 5 PRO SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
|Display||5.99 inch IPS LCD, 1080x2160px, ~403ppi, Gorilla Glass|
|SoC & GPU||1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509|
|OS & RAM||Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), 4GB or 6GB RAM|
|Storage||64GB, Expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD|
|Rear Camera||Dual 12MP (f/2.2) + 5MP (f/2.0), PDAF, LED Flash|
|Front Camera||20MP (f/2.2), LED Flash|
|Battery||Li-Po 4,000 mAh, Quick Charge 2.0 (fast charger not included)|
NOKIA 6 (2018) SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
|Display||5.5 inch IPS LCD, 1080x1920px,~403ppi, Gorilla Glass 3|
|SoC & GPU||2.2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508|
|OS & RAM||Android 8.0 Oreo, 3GB or 4GB RAM|
|Storage||32GB or 64GB, Expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD|
|Rear Camera||16MP (f/2.0), PDAF, Carl Zeiss Optics, Dual LED dual-tone flash|
|Front Camera||8MP (f/2.0), Autofocus|
|Battery||Li-lon 3,000 mAh, Fast Charging 50% in 30 Minutes|
DESIGN & BUILD QUALITY
While both handsets are built of Aluminum, the Nokia 6 (2018) feels very good in hands. The handset has rectangle design with curved edges. It is not slippery and fits easily in hands. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, comes with regular Android phone design except iPhone X-like camera placement on the rear. The handset has slippery back panel so you need to use a case for better grip. Both smartphones’ fingerprint sensor is placed on the rear.
In this section, the Nokia 6 takes a lead.
Both smartphones displays are bright and vibrant. Colors on both handsets look vivid but the Redmi Note 5 Pro takes lead as it has 18:9 aspect ratio display. Means, you can see more content on a single page compared to Nokia 6’s display which has 16:9 aspect ratio.
Both smartphones’ display reflect under direct sunlight however, the Nokia 6’s display reflects more than the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Another interesting thing is that you can customize the display colors on Redmi Note 5 Pro.
In this section, the Redmi Note 5 Pro wins.
We have already done the camera comparison in our previous article. Click here to read it.
Running pure Android, the new Nokia 6 (2018) is launched as a part of Google’s Android One program which gives OS updates and other security-related patches faster than any other Android smartphones. The handset currently runs Android Oreo and is set to receive Android P as well.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, has customized MIUI v9.2 based on Android 7.1.1. The MIUI offers countless features which gives ability to customize nearly everything in your phone. Changing themes can change the look and feel completely. I mean, if you apply OnePlus’ theme, you will feel like you’re using a OnePlus device.
So it completely depends on you whether you want pure Android with frequent updates or a customized layer which has countless features.
The Nokia 6 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 whereas the Redmi Note 5 Pro has slightly better Snapdragon 636 SoC. As you can see above (3DMark test result) and below (Geekbench test result), the Redmi Note 5 Pro has better scores comparing to Nokia 6. So theoretically, it is going to beat Nokia 6 but will it really beat? Let’s check this out.
Starting with general performance, both smartphones are very good at handling normal tasks like social media, app switching, playing normal games and video playing. They don’t lag at all.
To make the test tough, I installed three graphics rich games – Asphalt 8: Airborne, Gangster Vegas: Mafia Game and Shadow Fight 3. While Gangster Vegas and Shadow Fight 3 ran very smoothly, the Nokia 6 was lagging in Asphalt 8. I noticed random frame drops however, you’ll need to look closely in order to notice it.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, handled all three games nicely. There were no frame drops whatsoever. I played for 20 minutes and their heating level was almost same. Talking about battery consumption, I saw 7% of battery level drop while playing on both handsets.
In this section, the Redmi Note 5 Pro (marginally) wins.
As we have already told you that Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a bigger battery, it takes more time than Nokia 6 to charge the battery. The handset does come with Quick Charge 2.0 however, the company hasn’t provided fast charger in the retail box. It comes with regular charger.
Talking about battery performance, both smartphones easily last a day with moderate usage on a single charge. But if we talk about marathon usage, the Redmi Note 5 Pro takes a marginal lead. First 20 minutes of constant gaming took 7% on both handsets but when I continued playing for another 20 minutes, the Nokia 6 consumed 12% juice. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, took just 8%.
In this section, the Redmi Note 5 Pro wins.
As Redmi Note 5 Pro outperforms the Nokia 6 (2018) in nearly every section of test, our vote for winner goes to Redmi Note 5 Pro. Plus, it is worth noting that the Redmi Note 5 Pro is ₹3,000 cheaper than the Nokia 6. So, at a price of ₹13,999, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is definitely a better choice over Nokia 6 (2018) which costs ₹16,999.