The Battle of the Budget Warriors
HMD Global, The power behind reviving the ‘Nokia’ name recently announced their smallest and the most pocket-friendly smartphone in the new Nokia lineup, branded as Nokia 2. With the launch of Nokia 2, Nokia aims to find a decent landing in the evergreen lower budget segment at sub 8000 price category. Making it no easy for Nokia 2, the path to the crown of budget segment is already swarming with a bunch of different and very capable offerings from different smartphone manufacturers, here we take a look at how the new Nokia 2 alongside the most worthy and capable of smartphones in the price range fair against each other. In this post, we’ll find out how Nokia’s budget warrior pits against the best from Xiaomi and Motorola. Nokia 2 looks good, but how good it is compared to the competition, let’s find out over a series of parameters.
The path to the crown of the budget segment is already swarming with a bunch of different and very capable offerings from different smartphone manufacturers.
Nokia 2 vs Redmi 4 vs Redmi 4A vs Moto C Plus: Display Comparison
The new Nokia 2 flaunts a 5-inch, 1280×720 resolution LTPS HD display, with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top of it. While its competitors, the Xiaomi’s Redmi 4 and 4a along with Moto C Plus sport an IPS display at 720p without Gorilla Glass or any similar protection. HMD Global touts Nokia 2 with an LTPS HD display with superb viewing experience and a contrast ratio of 1:1300, which is a welcome feature.
Nokia 2 vs Redmi 4 vs Redmi 4A vs Moto C Plus: Processor Comparison
Nokia has been a little out of the line here by supplying Nokia 2 with Snapdragon 212, which is of course at disadvantage seeing the Xiaomi Redmi 4 and 4a run on marginally better and capable Snapdragon 435 and Snapdragon 425 respectively. The Moto C Plus is out of comparison here as it runs on MediaTek MT6737 SoC.
The Snapdragon 212 in Nokia 2 is surprisingly a 32-bit processor with four 1.3Ghz cores. Developed using a 28nm process, It has a considerably lower RAM speed of 533MHz compared to 667MHz on the Snapdragon 425. Moreover getting geekier, the 212 doesn’t have AES which is used for speeding up encryption and decryption. It also doesn’t support hardware-assisted virtualization.
The Redmi 4A features Snapdragon 425, which is a great and capable budget quad-core processor, the Redmi 4 goes beyond that with Snapdragon 435 with octa-core CPU and Adreno 505 as GPU, whereas we find Adreno 308 on the 425.
The Moto C Plus is a little out of the line here with a non-Snapdragon SoC. MediaTek MT6737 is very similar processor to Snapdragon 425 with a quad-core CPU, with all cores running at 1.3Ghz instead of 1.4Ghz on the 425.
The performance of both MediaTek MT6737 and Snapdragon 425 looks nearly similar on paper, but we find the Snapdragon to be a better alternative with better performance and efficiency.
The Snapdragon 435 in Redmi 4 is the best in comparison here, with 8 Cortex A53 cores, clocked at 1.4Ghz and a better GPU as Adreno 505 comes into the picture.
Nokia 2 vs Redmi 4 vs Redmi 4A vs Moto C Plus: RAM and Storage
The new Nokia 2 sadly comes with only a Gigabyte of RAM (Yes, you read it right, 1GB RAM in 2017, Thanks, Nokia!). Not only we believe it is obviously less, Nokia seems to be pretty confident in the power of this device given its price point. As for us, you won’t be finding any alignment with that claim. To make it more of a shocker, the Nokia 2 comes with 8GB of onboard storage. Considering the expected price of INR 7500, this is pretty low.
To make it more of a shocker, the Nokia 2 comes with 8GB of onboard storage. Considering the expected price of INR 7500, this is pretty low.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with a handsome 2GB of RAM and the Redmi 4 comes in 3 variants with 2/3/4 GB of RAM, that’s great indeed. Redmi 4A comes with a conventional 16GB of onboard storage. The Redmi 4 comes in 3 different RAM variants with an onboard memory of 16/32/64 GB. The Moto C Plus comes with 2GB of RAM, just like the Redmi 4a and has 16GB of internal storage.
Thankfully for Nokia 2, It comes with expandable storage via Micro SD cards while not so thankfully, the others do come with expandable storage as well.
Nokia 2 vs Redmi 4 vs Redmi 4A vs Moto C Plus: Camera Comparison
The Nokia 2 is equipped with an 8MP rear sensor and on the front, it has a 5MP shooter. The smartphone is not yet out for testing, so we can’t put a definite tag on the quality of camera but don’t expect much from a camera at this price point.
The camera has never been the spectacle for Xiaomi, aside from the great Megapixel number, the camera doesn’t remotely live up to that number.
The Redmi 4 and 4A come with 13MP rear camera and 5MP on the front. The camera has never been the spectacle for Xiaomi, aside from the great Megapixel number, the camera doesn’t remotely live up to that number. So again, don’t expect much from the higher megapixel rating on this one because it just might be equal to an 8MP sensor from another quality camera or even worse.
The Moto C Plus remains quiescent with an 8MP rear sensor and a getting a bit lower with the front sensor at 2MP. Motorola cameras are comparatively better as seen in the past. In our opinion, the 8MP on this one gives a tough time to Xiaomi cameras with 13MP sensors.
Overall the camera on Redmi 4 performs the best among these devices.
Nokia 2 vs Redmi 4 vs Redmi 4A vs Moto C Plus: Design & Build Quality
Despite being a little frugal with specs, Nokia has bared nothing when it comes to the build quality. The design of the phone is rather rectangular with rounded edges, as simple as that. The build is sturdy and you’ll feel it right as you take it into your hand. It has a premium appeal with polycarbonate body and 6000 Aluminium series frame. The design is quite familiar and comfortable, at the same time it doesn’t appear cheap. The camera cut out is quite small, and is accompanied by a flash with the appealing Nokia branding engraved on the body below it.
Xiaomi is giving the best in class build quality with metal unibody designs and super sturdy builds. Both the Redmi phones look promising in the design aspect and are a delight to hold as well, though for very long times you might find the Nokia 2 to be more comfortable in hands. Xiaomi has kept on its design language consistent across the board with metallic finishes and great design. The camera on the back is placed nicely and the antenna bands which are definitely not metal blend okay with the design.
Moto C Plus falls lowest with design as it features an average but robust plastic body.
Moto C Plus falls lowest with design as it features an average but robust plastic body. The plastic back is removable which means the battery can be removed. You won’t be impressed with the design but in real life usage, we find it to be quite strong and practical. In terms of design, it is rather average with a curved and slightly bulky profile than its competitors.
Nokia 2 vs Redmi 4 vs Redmi 4A vs Moto C Plus: Software Comparison
No doubt all the smartphones in consideration run on Android. The Nokia 2 and Moto C Plus run on nearly-stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat, right out of the box. On the other hand, Xiaomi as always is little late to the party and tries to compensate for it with added functionality in its custom MIUI. Redmi 4A and Redmi 4 run on Android Marshmallow 6.0 with MIUI 8.
The experience on Nokia is under question since it is not out yet. As for the others, Moto C Plus is quite smooth with routine tasks but it occasionally stutters due to being weak in handling graphics workloads with the MediaTek SoC. Redmi 4A and 4 are quite the performers with great performance but of course, it’s no closer to stock Android. MIUI, somewhere down the line becomes bulky and slows tasks down.
Nokia 2 vs Redmi 4 vs Redmi 4A vs Moto C Plus: Battery Comparison
HMD Global on Nokia 2 launch stressed heavily on the gigantic battery Nokia 2 has. For a smartphone with such internals, Its definitely quite big. Nokia 2 comes with 4100mAh battery, which Nokia claims should last for 2 days of normal usage. We are yet to put that claim to test, but on paper, it appears that with the given specifications, 4100mAh is quite a juice pack and should last long.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4A has a 3,120mAh battery, whereas the Redmi 4 has a bigger 4100mAh battery. Both the devices last more than a day, with Redmi 4 closely making it to the end of second day. Moto C Plus is fuelled by a 4,000mAh unit, which given its specifications also lasts somewhere between a day and a half and 2 days. None of these smartphones support Quick charging, so no luck there.
Nokia 2 vs Redmi 4 vs Redmi 4A vs Moto C Plus: Specifications Comparison
Suggest Phone’s Verdict
The race to the top is hot and that’s good for customers as they get best in the line features dropping right just into their budget. Nokia 2, is also one of the new big-name contenders in the race which packs a lot of confidence by Nokia. But that’s just it, It neither has got a top of list specifications to rattle its competitors nor it has got the looks to make one buy it in bewilderment. On the other side of the fence, Xiaomi is really not barring anything, In fact, Nokia 2 doesn’t hold a candle before these budget offerings. They’ve got great specifications at a very aggressive price point. The Moto C Plus is a fine choice too. It has got a big name and it has got decent specs to support that at a price of 6000INR. I’d say Motorola is really into this space because of this phone.
In fact, Nokia 2 doesn’t hold a candle before these budget offerings.
Expecting the price of Nokia 2 to be around INR 7000, I don’t find the smartphone worth that, in comparison with the others here which come at lower prices and offer significantly better value for your money. Nokia has definitely got to reconsider its strategy, If it wants to shake the budget segment, Nokia 2 sadly is not cut out for that success, HMD Global expects it would get in the price range it is being placed.
Nokia 2 sadly is not cut out for that success
Either of the Xiaomi’s offerings is the best considering how much you want to spend. Next, comes the Moto C4 Plus with a not so appealing design but stock Android and similar internals as Redmi 4A. Redmi 4 is the best choice among the ones in question here If your budget allows you to go to INR 9000. In the sub, INR 8000 category, either of Redmi 4a and Moto C4 plus is a perfect choice, It will ultimately depend on what you hold more important in a smartphone. Moto C4 Plus is good on some points such as battery and OS while gives decent performance with the camera, while the Redmi 4a is more of a complete package with a great metal design and MIUI of course If you like it. Nokia 2 is last on the spot with not much bang for your buck. In the sub 6000 category, Nokia 2 would be a considerable choice but given present expectations of its price around INR 7500, It certainly doesn’t do justice with its offerings.
That’s all fellas! What budget smartphone is best according to you? Do share your experiences with us here.
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