Redmi 5 vs Redmi 4 Complete Comparison of Budget Phones

Updated on 2017-12-10 by Shivam Setia

redmi 5 vs redmi 4 comparison

Redmi 5 is the successor of Redmi 4 for Xiaomi but makes life tougher for the competitor phones like Lenovo K8 Plus, Tenor E and Micromax Canvas Infinity. 

Let's compare Redmi 5 vs Redmi 4 side by side to see what has changed in the specification, features.

1. Design & Display

Redmi 5 as has been the trend brings a 5.7 HD+ bezel-less display with a resolution of 1440 x 720p and aspect ratio of 18:9, while the older Redmi 4 had a 5-inch HD display with similar resolution but the aspect ratio of 16:9(not bezel-less).

The build quality of both the phone is similar but the bezel-less display in Redmi 5 looks more attractive.

2. SOC/Processor Comparison

Redmi 5 is powered by Snapdragon 450 with an Antutu Benchmark Score of 55000 which is around 20% improvement over Qualcomm 435 as seen in Redmi 4. Surely, the Redmi 5 is going to perform better than Redmi 4.

3. RAM & Storage Comparison

Redmi 5 comes in two variants with specifications as 2GB of RAM with 16GB internal memory and 3GB of RAM with 32GB internal memory. Redmi 4 had three variants with RAM/internal memory options as 2GB/16GB, 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB.

Both the devices have hybrid sim slot which means you can either use it as a Dual sim device or extend the memory via Micro SD Card. In such cases, always choose the variants with the highest RAM and internal memory to be full proof for future use.

4. Software Comparison

Redmi 4 was launched with MIUI 8 skin over Android 6.0, but now with upgrades, both Redmi 5 and Redmi 4 run on latest MIUI 9 skin over Android 7.1.2. MIUI is not the best of the custom skin as is not properly optimized and consumes a lot of RAM. 

5. Camera Comparison

Redmi 5 comes with a rear camera of 12MP and front camera sensor of 5MP, while Redmi 4 had 13MP as rear sensor and 5MP as the front sensor. The camera performance of both the phones is similar in both daylight and low light conditions. No major improvements are seen in the Camera department in Redmi 5 over Redmi 4.

6. Battery & Charging Comparison

Redmi 5 comes with a battery rated at 3300mAH compared to the battery size of 4100mAH in Redmi 4. Certainly, the Redmi 4 has a better battery life compared to Redmi 5. Redmi 5 can easily give a backup of around 1 day in normal usage while Redmi 4 can give a backup of around 1.5 days with normal usage.

Neither of the phones has fast charging so they would take around 2-2.5 hours to charge from 0 to 100%



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Features Comparison

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM
  • 5.7" HD+ Display 1440 x 720p
  • Rear Camera: 12MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 3300 mAh Battery
  • Best Price Rs. 8999

Xiaomi Redmi 4 32GB Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM
  • 5" HD Display 720p
  • Rear Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 4100 mAh Battery
  • Best Price Rs. 8499

Pros Comparison

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Pros

  • The build quality of the Redmi 5 is solid and device feels good in hand.
  • The large display on the front gives a premium feel to the device.
  • The front and back camera performs well outdoors/in daylight.
  • Around 1.5 day backup on a single charge.
  • Snapdragon 450 performs well and there is no lag.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 32GB Pros

  • The build quality is very good for a phone in this price range. Phone feels solid and the 2.5D glass at the front looks good.
  • The battery backup is excellent. For light users it will easily last 2 days.
  • Camera performance is acceptable. Day light shots look good. Camera struggles a bit in low light.
  • Fingerprint sensor is available in all variants and it is quick and accurate.

Cons Comparison

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Cons

  • Hybrid sim slot is there which means you cannot use 2 sims with a MicroSD.
  • Average camera performance in low light conditions.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 32GB Cons

  • Hyrbid sim slot is there so you can use only 1 sim and a micro sd or 2 sims at a time

Ratings Comparison

Xiaomi Redmi 5

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Xiaomi Redmi 4 32GB

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Specifications Comparison

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Xiaomi Redmi 4 32GB
Operating System Android 7.1.2 Android 6.0
Chipset Snapdragon 450 Snapdragon 435
Memory(RAM) 3GB 3GB
Intenal Storage 32GB 32GB
Expandable Storage Upto 128GB MicroSD Upto 128GB MicroSD
Primary Camera 12MP 13MP
Front Camera 5MP 5MP
Battery Capacity 3300mAh 4100mAh
Dual Sim Yes Yes
Screen Type LCD IPS LCD
Hybrid Sim Slot Yes Yes
Screen Size 5.7 5
Screen Resolution 18:9 HD+ 1440 x 720 pixels HD 720p
USB Type C No No
3.5mm Audio Jack Yes Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes Yes
4G VOLTE Yes Yes
Weight 157gm 150gm
Thickness 7.7mm 8.7mm

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So majorly, Redmi 5 sees an improvement in the processing capability than Redmi 4. Also, Redmi 5 has better looks with a bezel-less display. The camera performance in both Redmi 5 and Redmi 4 is similar while Redmi 4 has a better battery backup compared to Redmi 5.

So depending on your usage you can choose what you prefer as the costing of both the phones is similar.

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