Lenovo’s Moto G-series phones have been locking heads with Xiaomi Redmi Notes since time immemorial. Today, the Moto brand made another comeback of sorts with the 6th generation of Moto G phones – the Moto G6 and G6 Play, in India. While the G6 Play is a battery-centric affordable phone, it is the G6 that promises an uncompromised mid-range or a rather affordable smartphone experience. (हिंदी में पढ़िए)
So, without wasting any more time, lets pitch Moto G6 against the Redmi Note 5 Pro that has been in raging demand ever since it was launched. Can the new Moto G6 give buyers an option to look past Xiaomi’s device? Let’s compare and find out:
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Moto G6 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro
|Model||Moto G6||Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro|
|Display||5.7-inch (18:9). Full HD+ display||5.9-inch (18:9), Full HD+ display|
|Processor||1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 450 SoC 14nm Mobile Platform Adreno 506 GPU||1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU|
|Internal Storage||32GB/64GB, expandable up to 256GB||32GB/64GB, expandable up to 128GB|
|Software||Android Oreo||Android Nougat-based MIUI 9|
|Primary Camera||12MP (f.1.7)+5MP(f/2.2), dual-tone flash||12MP (f/2.0) +5MP (f/2.2), dual-tone LED flash|
|Secondary Camera||16MP with selfie flash||20MP with f/2.2 aperture lens|
|Dimensions and Weight||153.7×72.3×8.3mm; 167g||158.5 x 75.4 x 8.05 mm; 181g|
|Battery||3000mAh turbo-charging battery||4000mAh Battery|
|Others||Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack, fingerprint sensor||Hybrid dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm audio jack, and, micro USB Type-A, IR Blaster|
|Price||Rs. 13,999/ Rs. 15,999||Rs. 13,999/ Rs. 16,999|
Design and Build Quality
Both the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Moto G6 have 18:9 displays and not-so-bezel-less fascias. The Moto G6 incorporates fingerprint sensor on the bottom bezel along with Motorola branding whereas the Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
From the rear, the Moto G6 flaunts an accustomed unibody design with a rounded-camera hump and the Moto dimple just below it. To tweak the design a little, Moto has given a 3D glass back on Moto G6, borrowed from its Moto X4. The phone also has curved edges that make it easy to hold and operate.
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The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, flaunts a metal-plastic unibody design where the cameras are vertically-aligned at the top-right corners. Of the two, the Moto G6 looks better and is more comfortable to operate (and more compact).
Reasons why we think Moto G6 has a better design than Redmi Note 5 Pro are:
- Premium glass-sandwich design.
- More compact and ergonomic.
- Camera module enhances its appeal.
- Moto G6 is lighter compared to Redmi Note 5 Pro.
- The fingerprint sensor is on the front where it is more convenient to use.
On the display front, both handsets flaunt an FHD+ IPS LCD panel with 2260X1080 pixel resolution and visibly thin bezels on the side. There is a size difference though. The Moto G6 flaunts a 5.7-inch panel whereas the Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a 5.9-inch display. The difference doens’t seem like much on paper, but in practice – this makes Moto G6 noticeably compact.
As for display quality, it’s a tie.
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Performance and Software
The Moto G6 is powered by 1.8Ghz Snapdragon 450 mobile-chipset, coupled with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage. In the similar context, the Redmi Note 5 Pro rocks 1.8Ghz Snapdragon 636 mobile-chipset with same storage and RAM options, and thus it has an edge when it comes to performance.
Which one is better at task:
- For high-end gaming and intense usage, it is the Redmi Note 5 Pro that enjoys an upper hand over the Moto G6.
- The Redmi Note 5 Pro employs the latest chipset – SD 636, that uses the Kyro 260 cores to offer faster performance compared to Snapdragon 450’s Cortex A53 cores.
- If you are a general user, the Moto G6 with variant with 4GB RAM/64GB storage won’t be a bad choice either.
- The Moto G6 has a dedicated microSD card slot whereas the Redmi Note 5 Pro has Hybrid SIM slot to expand the storage.
As for the software, the Moto G6 runs on near stock-Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box whereas the Redmi Note 5 Pro will greet you with Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 custom UI. Xiaomi has started rolling out the Oreo update over-the-air, but we assume it will take some time before Xiaomi irons out the bugs.
Which software you like better will be a mattery of personal tase and should be the primary deciding factor while deciding between the two phones.
Camera and Battery
The Moto G6 and Redmi Note 5 Pro both sport a dual-rear camera setup of 12-megapixel primary sensor and 5-megapixel secondary sensor, backed by dual-tone LED flash. However, there is a slight difference between the selfie camera on both devices. The Moto G6 features a 16-megapixel sensor whereas the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a 20MP shooter on the front.
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With 4000mAh battery, the Redmi Note 5 Pro takes a massive lead over Moto G6’s mediocre 3000mAh battery. What holds the edge for Moto G6 is its turbo-charging technology that can give you hours of battery life in minutes.
Which one is better for photography?
- The Redmi Note 5 Pro has better camera hardware of the two.
- Moto G6, on the other hand, can shoot 1080p videos at 60fps along with Slow-mo videos.
- The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, can shoot videos 1080p videos at 30fps.
- Apart from this, both phones come with the portrait mode, panorama, and Manual mode.
Both phones retail in India at a starting price of Rs. 13,999. But the Redmi Note 5 Pro base variant is better equipped than the top model of Moto G6. This makes Redmi Note 5 Pro comparitively cheaper.
Who should buy the Moto G6?
If you feel that the Redmi Note 5 Pro is thick and chunky and would rather have a better-looking phone with a decent set of specifications, a front-mounted fingerprint sensor and stock-Android experience, add the Moto G6 to your cart from Amazon.in. You won’t have to try your luck in the flash sales with this one.
Who should buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro?
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is a powerhouse thanks to the latest Qualcomm processor. It also cheaper, has better set of cameras and offers better battery backup. If these are the attributes that entice you more, you can buy the phone from Flipkart.com/ Mi home/ Mi.com.