The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was one of the most successful devices last year in India. Around 3.6 million units were sold here, and Xiaomi got a revenue of 1$ Billion itself from India. After such a successful year Xiaomi decided to upgrade their most sold phone and launched the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. The Dual Rear camera has become too mainstream for Vivo, so the company launched the Vivo V5 with a Dual Selfie camera recently. So let us see which one should you buy, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo V5.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo V5
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo V5 – Design
The Redmi Note 4 has a somewhat similar design to its predecessor. The device sports a full metal body and is a bit heavier than the Redmi Note 3. But while using the device, the Redmi Note 4 feels good as the device has chamfered edges at the back. The Note 4 is entirely made out of aluminum though it has plastic at the top and bottom. The speaker grills are at the bottom with a microUSB port in between. The company could’ve used the USB- Type C port for better performances, but it decided to stick with the microUSB instead. The device is available in 3 colours.
The power and volume buttons are on the right, the SIM card slot is on the left, and you can either use two SIM cards (microSIM + nanoSIM) or a SIM card along with a microSD card. At the back, there’s the fingerprint scanner, a camera sensor and obviously, a camera :p An IR Blaster is located on the top along with the headphone jack.
Talking about the Vivo V5 , the device’s design is a rip off of the iPhone 7. This gives the device a premium look and a better feel while using it. It sports a metal unibody with curved sides with chamfered edges. The SIM Tray is located on the left and the power button, and the volume keys are on the right side. Similar to the Redmi Note 4, the V5 also uses the microUSB for charging purposes.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo V5 – Hardware
The Chinese variant of the Redmi Note 4 is powered by MediaTek’s Helio X20 SoC, but as Xiaomi isn’t allowed to launch phones powered by MediaTek processors in India, the local variant is driven by a Snapdragon 625. The device comes in three variants – 2GB RAM + 32GB Storage, 3GB RAM + 32GB Storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB Storage. The fingerprint scanner on the back is easy to locate and very fast. The speaker has improvements here and is a lot better than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. All other basic features like the Dual Band Wifi, Bluetooth, LTE, and VoLTE are available on the device.
The Vivo V5 sports a MT6750 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory. The home button at the front also works as a fingerprint scanner too. The V5 is equipped with your basic connectivity features like the 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and USB OTG.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo V5 – Software
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 works on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Currently, the Nougat version of MIUI is in the testing stage and may soon be available for everyone. MIUI 8 had many major changes when compared to its previous version. This version made it more stable and user-friendly.
The Vivo V5 is handled by Funtouch OS 3.0 based on Android Marshmallow. The Funtouch OS has looks similar to the iOS, in short, the Vivo V5 is an iPhone 7 clone :p Both of these operating systems don’t have an app drawer, ie all apps are accessible with a swipe.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo V5 – Camera
The Redmi Note 4 has a 13MP camera with f/2.0 lens and a 5.0MP front camera. The camera gives great pictures in daylight but comparatively no that good when clicking in low light conditions. The MIUI Camera app is easy to use and has a lot of features to try out!
Here’s where the Vivo V5 shines the brightest! The 16MP rear camera works great in all conditions. The front camera consists of a 8MP camera. The 20MP sensor clicks vibrant pictures while the other one gives the selfie a bokeh effect ( blur background ) The camera app has a lot of modes like the Motion, Ultra HD, Manual, Night, Anti-Shake, and Time Lapse.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo V5 – Battery
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has a slightly larger battery than its predecessor. The device runs on a 4,100mAh battery which can easily last for a day or two on an average usage. The biggest drawback is the microUSB, a TypeC USB port would’ve made the device charge faster, the device’s fast charging is limited to 5V/2A which is equivalent to Quick Charge 2.0 speeds.
The Vivo V5 features a 3000mAh battery which is too less compared to the Redmi Note 4. The battery can last for a day on a single charge.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo V5 – Conclusion
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 costs Rs.9,999 for the lowest variant and Rs.12,999 for the highest one. This device is currently the best someone can get in the price range. The Vivo V5 costs 17,000 giving almost same features. Hence, here the winner is clearly the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.