Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro (Long Term Review) was and continues to be one of the best available affordable options but there is no denying its scarcity. Xiaomi has now increased the prices of the base variant by Rs. 1000 and is trying to ramp up production locally to 1million units per month, but that wouldn’t happen overnight. Meanwhile, a few other OEMs have been trying to match up to its hardware prowess, if not aggressive price.
So, if you are tired of waiting for the Redmi Note 5 Pro or simply want to explore other non-Xiaomi options, here are your best Redmi Note 5 Pro alternatives that you can consider:
1. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (Review) is the foremost Redmi Note 5 Pro challenger. It’s priced cheaper, has comparable specs, and also does a few key things differently.
To start with, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is powered by Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with 3GB RAM/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage. The handset further offers dedicated card slot, a massive 5000mAh battery and runs latest Android 8.1 Oreo-based near-stock Android software which should appeal more to enthusiasts. The dual rear cameras can match up to Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of image and video quality, but the camera app is still work in progress.
2. Oppo Realme 1
To lock horns with Xiaomi on its own turf, Oppo has launched its online exclusive Realme 1 smartphone in India. The Amazon exclusive phone certainly packs hardware that is capable of challenging the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
The upcoming Oppo Realme 1 comes with a MediaTek Helio P60 chip coupled with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The phone comes with dedicated microSD card slot and also support dual active 4G VoLTE. With its disruptive price and interesting design the Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro both face a serious threat from the Realme 1.
3. Nokia 6 (2018)
HMD Global also recently announced 2018 edition of Nokia 6 in India. The new Nokia 6 eliminates some of the major shortcomings of the Nokia 7 (2017), and even though it still feels overpriced, it does serve as an alternative. Especially for people who’d rather buy from offline stores.
The Nokia 6 (2018) is part of Google Android One Project, which means it runs pure Android and shall get all upcoming version updates and security patches for the next couple of years. The chipset fueling the experience is Snapdragon 630 octa-core. The SoC is one rung below the SD 636 in Note 5 Pro but is still a competent option which should be more than enough for most users.
Other Nokia 6 (2018) highlight is its extremely tough build. The body has been carved from a single block of Aluminium and feels impressively premium. Of course, it should be hard to look past the missing 18:9 ratio display for many.
4. Honor 9 Lite
The Honor 9 Lite (Review) isn’t quite in the same league as the Note 5 Pro, but there are still things that work in its favor. Or rather one thing. The Honor 9 Lite looks a lot better and its compact form factor ensures that it’s significantly more comfortable to handle.
The design is an aspect that can’t be overlooked as of today. The Note 5 Pro’s major shortcoming is its bulky and unpolished demeanor, and this is exactly the are where the Honor 9 Lite excels. Other than that, the phone is powered by Kirin 659, runs the latest Android Oreo-based software and has a decent set of cameras for its price.
5. Samsung Galaxy On Max
This isn’t a zone where Samsung competes aggressively, but some people still prefer Samsung branding and the best in class after sales support associated with the brand. For such users, the Samsung Galaxy On Max should be an option worth considering.
The handset weighs the same as Redmi Note 5 Pro and houses a massive 5.7-inch Full HD display. It’s powered by Helio P20 octa-core chipset paired with 4GB RAM and has a long-lasting 3300mAh battery.
6. Moto G6 Plus
Lenovo is expected to bring in its Moto G6-family in India very soon. A slew of E-series and G-series phones were presented in Brazil last week and we already know what Lenovo has in store for the next few months.
The Moto G6 Plus will have a glass body, Snapdragon 630 octa-core chipset, dual rear cameras, front fingerprint sensor, 18:9 display, and a reasonable 3200mAh battery.
7. Xiaomi Mi A2
While Xiaomi Mi A1 is a bit dated as of today, it will soon be replaced by another stock-Android option from Xiaomi, the much awaited Mi A2.
Going by the natural order of things, the Mi A2 shall be an Indian variant of the Snapdragon 660 powered Mi 6X that recently went official in China. Mi A2 is expected to include a 3010mAh battery and run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.
8. Samsung Galaxy A6
Samsung has officially announced a couple more A-series phones for 2018 – the A6 and A6 Plus. Out of these, the Galaxy A6 is the more affordable option that should eventually retail in India for under Rs. 20,000.
The Galaxy A6 is powered by Exynos 7870 octa-core chipset, which is what Samsung uses on affordable J-series and On-series phones. This should restrict Galaxy A6 as a phone for basic users. Having said that, there is still quite a lot to look forward to including a compact and elegant design, Samsung-made AMOLED screen, 16MP selfie camera, and Android Oreo-based software.
8 Latest Redmi Note 5 Pro Alternatives To Buy In India in 2018
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has had an unchallenged run for the last two months but not many consumers have been able to buy it. Xiaomi is trying to resolve the scarcity and has even increased prices of the base variant in order to sustainably ramp up production, but we don’t see the equation changing anytime soon.
Meanwhile, other OEMs are trying to bring interesting options in and around the same budget.