One of the Xiaomi’s most anticipated smartphones, the Redmi Note 5, is now out. The self-proclaimed all-rounder succeeds the super successful Redmi Note 4 which has certainly set the bar really high.
The Note 5 basically adds an 18:9 panel to the Redmi Note 4. This was one prominent feature missing on the Note 4, and with the new swanky panel, the phone is better equipped to keep the cash registers ringing, at least for a few more months.
But if you feel that simply a new display isn’t much of a change, and are looking for alternate options available in and around the same budget, then you should consider these options:
Top 5 Redmi Note 5 Alternatives:
1. Xiaomi Mi A1
Xiaomi’s very own Mi A1 could be an impressive buy in this budget. On the hardware front, the Redmi Note 5 and Mi A1 are almost at par which one another. Each includes Snapdragon 625 mobile processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage.
Where the Mi A1 topples its younger sibling is software and optics performance. It comes running on stock android and is now upgradeable to Oreo. The dual camera on the rear is a tried and tested performer too.
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Display: 5.5-inch full HD IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 625 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 7.1.2 | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm |Battery: 3080mAh
Mi A1 Lowest Price Till Date: ₹12,999
Xiaomi Mi A1 Advantages and Disadvantages
Xiaomi Mi A1 Pros
- Stock Android
- Premium design
- Reliable Performance
- Fast charging
Xiaomi Mi A1 Cons
- Average battery life
2. Infinix Hot S3
As the Transsion Holding subsidiary, Infinix, aims to expand its presence in the Indian market, it has crammed most sought-after trends and Android Oreo in its affordable Hot S3. It sports a 5.65-inch display, appealing design, Snapdragon 430 chipset, and 4GB of RAM.
The 20-megapixel selfie camera is also an important attribute of the phone. At the launch event, Infinix said it will be rolling out face unlock feature via an OTA update. Thus, if you’re looking for a selfie phone under 10k, in that case, the Infinix Hot S3 is worth considering.
Display: 5.65-inch HD+ IPS LCD| Processor: Snapdragon 430 SoC | RAM: 3GB/4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Software: Android 8.0| Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 150g | Dimensions: 153 x 72.85 x 8.4mm |Battery: 4000mAh
Lowest Price Till Date: ₹ 8,999 / ₹ 10,999
Infinix Hot S3 Advantages and Disadvantages
Infinix Hot S3 Pros
- Looks good, comfortable to handle
- Excellent battery backup
- dependable performance
- Android Oreo-based software
- Dedicated card slot
Infinix Hot S3 Cons
- Display quality
- Audio quality
3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
If performance is your prime area of concern, then you can’t go wrong with the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Launched alongside the Note 5, it packs best-in-class innards which makes it a good buy for its price.
It rocks powerful Snapdragon 636 SoC which is the latest budget offering from Qualcomm. The Redmi Note 5 Pro boats comparatively better optics in dual rear camera setup and 20-megapixel selfie camera. Xiaomi offers in 4GB/6GB RAM options with 64GB RAM.
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Display: 5.99-inch (18:9) Full HD+ IPS| Processor: Snapdragon 625 / 636 SoC | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: MIUI 9 | Rear camera: 12MP / 12MP+5MP | Front camera: 5MP /20MP | Weight: 181g | Dimensions: 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm | Battery: 4000mAh
Lowest Price Till Date: ₹13,999 / ₹16,999
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Advantages and Disadvantages
Redmi Note 5 Pro- Pros
- Excellent battery backup
- Dependable performance
- Good Selfies
- Sharp display
Redmi Note 5 Pro Cons
- Hybrid slot
4. Vivo V7
Aesthetics is the biggest let down in the Redmi Note 5 and that is one area Vivo V7 stands out. The self-proclaimed selfie expert boasts of significantly better exterior as it brims with an 18:9 display with slim bezels, 2.5D glass, rounded edges and metallic finish.
For this phone, Vivo has roped in a Snapdragon 450 chipset and coupled it with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The phone comes with a 24-megapixel selfie camera and a 16-megapixel rear camera. If you can stretch your budget just above Rs 15,000 than the Vivo V7 is a worthy alternative.
Display: 5.7-inch (16:9) Full HD IPS | Processor: 1.6GHz MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Software: Android 7.0 | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 13MP | Weight: 179g | Dimensions: 156.7 x 78.8 x 8.1 mm |Battery: 3000mAh
Lowest Price Till Date: ₹15550
Vivo V7 Advantages and Disadvantages
Vivo V7 Pros
- Great design
- Fast face unlock and fingerprint sensor
- Dedicated card slot
- Good selfie camera
Vivo V7 Cons
- Low display resolution
5. Asus Zenfone 3
Yes, it is almost one and half years old, but still, it is a worthy buy as it is currently retailing at a discount of Rs. 10,000 from its official launch price. If you pit it against Redmi Note 5, you will find that both phones share almost identical specifications.
It pins down the Redmi Note 5 on the mat with tempting looks and superior build quality. It comes with a 7.7mm slim metallic waistline and enticing all glass front and back. It also features a good rear camera with OIS and after recent Oreo update, it is a worthy competitor to Redmi Note 5.
Display: 5.2-inch/ 5.5-inch full HD IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 625 SoC | RAM: 3GB / 4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Software: Android 8.0 Oreo| Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 152.6 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm |Battery: 2650/3000mAh
Lowest Price Till Date: ₹10,969 / ₹15,250
Asus Zenfone 3 Advantages and Disadvantages
Asus Zenfone 3 Pros
- Wonderful Camera
- Great quality IPS LCD Display
- Feels premium and compact
- Smooth performance
Asus Zenfone 3 Cons
- Attracts smudges
- Dated UI
Top 5 Redmi Note 5 Challengers Worth Considering
Since Xiaomi doesn’t maintain a large inventory for its smartphone, it has a long history of a supply shortfall. This strategy has clearly worked well for the company so far and we don’t expect any changes. Therefore, we expect a limited number of Redmi Note 5 units up for grabs for at least 1 – 2 months on Flipkart and Mi.com. If you are yet to narrow down your search, then you can consider these Redmi Note 5 alternatives.