We decided to review the Moto G6 and Redmi note 5 pro . Based on the review units we have compared and have reached a conclusion that will satisfy general users. Please read more into our insights.
Design and Display
The Moto G6 flaunts a 3D contoured glass design with curved edges and aluminium frame. The smartphone has dial shaped slightly protruding camera lens at the back similar to the one seen in the Moto X4. The fingerprint sensor is embedded on the Home button.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro meanwhile has a metal body with antenna bands made out of plastic. Xiaomi changed the aesthetics on this smartphone with the vertically stacked camera at the top left corner at the back. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is the first from the company’s shelf to come with 18:9 form factor. The bezels on the phone were significantly reduced compared to other Xiaomi smartphones. Unlike the Moto G6, it has a fingerprint sensor mounted on the rear panel.
Xiaomi has come a long way into adopting a taller bezel-less screen on the Redmi Note 5 Pro as the 5.99-inch IPS LCD display is a beauty to watch with its 18:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The ultra-thin bezels on the edges thus save space for an all-display front that scores a screen-to-body ratio of 77.4 per cent, which is decent for a budget smartphone. The phone adapts on-screen buttons after cutting out its traditional capacitive buttons and has a pixel density of 403 PPI.
The Moto G6, on the other hand, a stylishly designed device with a 5.7-inch IPS LCD FHD+ display that offers a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9, thus making it a taller device than its predecessor. The screen and the back are covered by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and with the fingerprint scanner on the front, the screen-to-body ratio of the phone drops down to 75.4 percent which is barely any different from the Note 5 Pro. The G6 though makes amends by providing a smoother display with a pixel density of 424 PPI.
Moto G6 Vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Processing Hardware and storage
The Moto G6 is powered by the mid-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor paired with Adreno 506 GPU for graphics. The octa-core CPU is clocked at 1.8GHz and paired with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB onboard storage. The internal storage is expandable up to 128GB with a microSD card.
Coming to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the smartphone wins over the all-new Moto G6 in terms of processing hardware. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s more powerful SoC Snapdragon 636. While the mid-tier Snapdragon 450 underneath the Moto G6 glass body manages to deliver smooth performance with light usage, the Snapdragon 636 has a bit more muscle to tackle heavy usage. The chipset on the Redmi Note 5 Pro is paired with 3GB/4GB/6GB RAM and 32GB/64GB expandable storage.
Moto G6 Vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Camera
The Moto G6 boasts dual rear cameras comprising a 12MP primary lens with f/1.8 aperture and a 5MP RGB lens. The smartphone offers decent colour reproduction with reds slightly saturated. The camera app provides Portrait mode and face filters. There is a spot colour option as well that allows one to select a colour and keep the rest of the elements in the frame black and white. Further, Google Lens is also integrated on the stock camera app, and it provides landmark recognition and smart text selection. The camera on the Moto G6 however, doesn’t offer Pro mode to tweak camera settings which means you will have to live with the Auto mode. Up front, it has an 8MP camera with soft-LED flash support.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro features similar dual camera setup at back like the Moto G6 with a 12MP and 5MP sensor combination. The secondary sensor is meant to add depth to the image captured. The cameras on the Redmi Note 5 Pro produce quite vivid coloured photos with good details in good light conditions. Up front, it has a big 20MP sensor that offers soft-LED flash support for better clicks in dimly lit condition.
Moto G6 Vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Software
The software is another major aspect that needs to be considered while picking up a phone. Many smartphones come with their company’s respective proprietary skin layered on Android OS to offer a different UI experience. However, at times it rather makes it confusing and takes time on the user’s end to adapt to it.
The dual-SIM Moto G6 offers Android Oreo right out-of-the-box
The perk of having the Moto G6, in this case, is its stock Android OS build. The phone runs Android Oreo right out-of-the-box with clean UI. The phone, however, comes with a few bloatware that you can’t uninstall. The Redmi Note 5 Pro gets pulled down against the Moto G6 on the software front. The phone still runs Android Nougat based on custom MIUI 9 ROM. Although Xiaomi managed to offer a simplistic and slightly modified UI with the MIUI 9, Android Nougat is still a disappointment in that matter.
The Moto G6 with its snappy Snapdragon 450 processor would be enough to last you up to a day of moderate usage through its 3,000mAh battery. But that would offer no challenge to the 4,000mAh power unit on the Note 5 Pro which runs a more power efficient Snapdragon 636 chipset. The Note 5 Pro could go for anywhere between one and two days on a single charge. The Plus point for Moto G6 here is faster charging than Xiaomi’s Quick Charge 2.0.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is a pure beast of a phone in the budget price point as it offers a one of a kind setup when it comes to the hardware with the Snapdragon 636 and 6GB RAM. Even the camera setup is something to be talked about since the front-facing camera holds up a 20-megapixel lens on a smartphone in this price segment.
But for daily usage, it’s the Moto G6 which has stood apart in terms of functionality, ease of use, a sleek display, and a grippy yet stunning design. So if you’re not someone who lays focus on selfies much, the Moto G6 could be the right device for them and who wouldn’t want to be seen with a curved glass phone with a price that’s lower than the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
The 6GB RAM variant of Redmi Note 5 Pro sells in India for Rs 16,999 while the Moto G6 is slated to be priced at Rs 16,500. If the pricing of either doesn’t matter to you, the availability of these phones might. The Redmi Note 5 Pro currently sells through flash sale (or pre-orders) in India which isn’t preferred by the normal crowd. This could also swing some votes for the upcoming Moto G6 which will be readily made available in the market when it comes to India.