With the rate at which Asian phones are making an entrance in the mobile market, it is not surprising to see the competition they have put up with other bigwigs like Apple and Samsung. Amazing specs and at a much lower price than that of their competitors. Two of the biggest names from Asia that have been upping their game and making choice phones for even people on a tight budget are Xiaomi and Oppo. Their recent releases, the note 5 pro and realme 2 pros have not disappointed as they perform well for their value. Interested in purchasing any of the two? Read on to discover and make a decision that suits you.
Tagged the unbeatable king of the budget smartphone segment and released May 2018, the RedMi Note 5 Pro is a beast of a value-centric phone. It comes as a major upgrade of the Note 4 and we all know there wasn’t much wrong with that phone.
The phone sports an 18:9 display, dual rear camera (which is sort of becoming a standard), 4000mAh battery and to 6GB RAM, all powered by a Snapdragon 636 processing chipset.
The 5.99 inches, 18:9 form factor design meant a change in the position of the regular front buttons. The overall design of the phone remains traditional to the Xiaomi aesthetics standard. The presence of a microUSB however means users are stuck with slow data-transfer and having to find the right way around in the dark.
The display is luxurious and brilliant as customary of Xiaomi, and the added blue light filter helps reduce strain on the eyes when used at night. It uses a resolution of 2160×1080 and the rear cameras (12mp and 5 mp) handle low light conditions efficiently. The rear camera design is identical to that of the iPhone X. The front camera offers a 20mp selfie-taker with LED flash.
The 4000mAh battery gives a day and half of use but doesn’t provide support for fast-charging. The phone comes in two variants, 4GB of RAM and 6GB of RAM. Both have ample storage of 64GB. Overall, the device is a high performer but comes with its own version of Android 7.1.1
The Realme pro 2 is another heavyweight in the budget smartphone category. It comes with a 6.3-inch TFT 1080×2340 display and an amazing 90.8% screen-to-body ratio. The dual rear camera does a decent job in low light conditions and the 16mp Front facing camera is good but not mind-blowing.
The battery is just as good, with 3500mAh. Disappointing, as it is a downgrade from the Realme 2 which amasses a whopping 4,230 power. It also sticks with the microUSB which is already getting outdated. It operates on android 8.1, powered by Snapdragon 660 AIE SoC. Add that to the fact that it runs Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box.
It provides a massive 8GB RAM and 128GB of ROM. This and the large screen make it a go-to phone for playing games and watching movies.
Both phones are 4G enabled and give amazing value for money. They are dual-nanosim enabled, with the Xiaomi providing the slots as hybrid. However, making a choice between each depends on the personal taste of the user. If you’re particular about battery life and camera use, getting a Xiaomi RedMi Note 5 Pro will be the best way to go.