While the entry-level to mid-level smartphone segment is becoming overly crowded day after day, consumers now have more options to choose from than ever. On Tuesday, Lenovo backed Motorola brought its next generation of smartphones under the E-series. The Moto E5 Plus is faced with a herculean task as it goes up against the likes of the Redmi Note 5 by Xiaomi.
Xiaomi has reinforced its fundamentals by launching the Note 5 and Note 5 Pro earlier in the year, an opportunity that made both the smartphones the talk of the town. Both the smartphone series, which once served the budget category have crossed the ₹10,000 mark. The Redmi Note 5 is still going strong as it has become a crowd pleaser while the Moto E5 Plus has a long journey ahead of itself. Here is a comparison between both the Moto E5 Plus and The Redmi Note 5 as we weigh them solely on their hardware.
Moto has often been experimental when it comes to the design language of its smartphones. Till the Moto Z2 Play there wasn’t a definitive design that was present in all of its smartphones. This was more evident in the budget and mid-range smartphones but Motorola changed that with the G6 this year which followed a similar design to that of the Moto X4. Now, building upon that, Moto E5 Plus embodies the design of the G6 but with more plexiglass. The build looks really solid in hand, nothing close to a glass and metal finish but it’s the second best. It gives the Redmi Note 5 a run to the salon for its blunt metal build.
The Redmi Note 5 in no way is poorly built, it's just that the Moto E5 Plus is a notch above and feels much better in the hand. The Note 5 is a bit thinner than the E5 Plus at 8.1mm.
Moto E5 Plus brings in the circular camera module on its back bringing it in line with other Moto smartphones. The fingerprint sensor which was earlier housed in the chin has now made its way to the back panel with the E5 Plus. Moreover, Moto went ahead to embed the sensor into its classic batwing logo. It is a smart application of the fingerprint sensor on the logo and feels more discreet.
The Redmi Note 5 carries the same design that we have seen all of last year, so there’s nothing new. Like the Note 5, the E5 Plus also features an 18:9 aspect ratio display but at a lower screen resolution.
The Moto E5 Plus has a 6-inch HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) IPS display which is topped with a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 5 features a 6-inch full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) 18:9 aspect ratio display below a layer of Gorilla Glass.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 has the upper advantage here when it comes to the display. The full HD+ display on the Redmi Note 5 is better than the E5 Plus, however, the build quality of the E5 Plus surpasses the Note 5.
It is not even a competition here as the Redmi Note 5 wins hands down with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 2.0GHz. This is backed by Adreno 506 as the phone’s GPU. The Note 5 comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage which can further be expanded by up to 128GB via hybrid SIM slot.
The Moto E5 Plus falls short as it comes outfitted with Snapdragon 425 SoC with a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor and Adreno 308. The E5 Plus further comes with only 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which is expandable by up to 128GB via dedicated microSD card slot.
Having said that, the Moto E5 Plus does come with an advantage as it runs on near stock Android 8.0 Oreo while the Redmi Note 5 runs on MIUI 9.5 which is based on Android Oreo.
The Moto E5 Plus has a 12-megapixel rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a f/2.2 aperture. The rear camera is also supported by laser autofocus. It’s direct competitor, the Redmi Note 5 also sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear but a 5-megapixel one on the front for selfies.
In our time with the E5 Plus, we found the shutter speed to be a bit on the slower side of things. If and only if you have enough patience, can you create a good image from the E5 Plus. We didn’t use the phone enough to have an opinion about its camera but our close encounter left us with a sour feeling. The cameras on the E5 Plus are average at best on first look.
The Redmi Note 5 camera is much better than the E5 Plus as in our continued usage of the phone, it was much faster in capturing the shot and rendering it with natural color tones.
Moto E5 Plus rocks a humongous 5,000mAh battery and supports fast charging via a 15W adapter. The Redmi Note 5, on the other hand, has a battery capacity that measures 4,000mAh and also supports fast charge.
Moto E5 Plus wins this round plainly because of the 5,000mAh battery which will last a user more than the Redmi Note 5.
Both the Redmi Note 5 and the Moto E5 Plus are priced at ₹11,999 but we have to give it to Xiaomi for its steadfast Redmi Note 5. The E5 Plus doesn’t match up to the might that is the Note 5.