Xiaomi created the Redmi line for budget-conscious smartphone users. Likewise, Motorola (which is owned b Lenovo) did the same. But which one is the better device? Which one can satisfy more of the needs of users?
While both run on Android, Redmi models run on an Android variant called MIUI with Note 4 running on version 7 of that OS. Both models were also released in the same year: 2016 and only months apart. The G4 Plus was released in May while the Note 4 was released in August.
So which of the two wins the battle for the best budget smartphone?
In terms of looks, you might be forgiven if you think the Redmi Note 4 looks better. After all, it does sport an all-metal design. On the other hand, its competition, the G4 Plus, bears a plastic body but is a slim model – a feature you’d want in a smartphone. But even though the phone is of a plastic design, it doesn’t look hideous. Then again, it won’t attract anyone to it when you slip it out of your purse or pocket.
The G4 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display just like its cheaper sibling, the similarly named Moto G4. The only difference between the two is the camera and the fingerprint sensor.
The Redmi Note 4 offers different spaces to log into. A different gesture is assigned to each system in order for them to be unlocked. This is like having two different phones but in one device. The Note 4 is also great in direct sunlight because you can read the screen.
Both also offer IPS LCD capacitive touchscreens but the G4 Plus’s screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Processors, Graphics Card & RAM
Although a budget smartphone, the G4 Plus doesn’t feel like it with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with 2GB of RAM. Xiaomi, on the other hand, is sporting a flagship 10 core Helio X20 processor which is 62% better than the 8 core Helio X10 processor. All that said, both devices perform fast and do well with basic tasks.
Motorola is offering different configurations for the G4 Plus. There’s one with 16GB of internal storage coupled with 2GB RAM. Another has 32GB of storage with 3GB RAM. Lastly, there’s the 64GB model with 4GB RAM. In addition to that, the G4 Plus also has a microSD slot in case you want to expand the storage capacity.
The Redmi Note 4 offers 16GB of internal storage with the option to expand through the use of microSD (up to 256GB).
The G4 Plus sports a 16MP camera that comes with a range of features including phase detection autofocus and laser focusing. The camera also has a pro mode which allows settings such as ISO and white balance to be tweaked.
On the other hand, the Redmi Note 4 features a dual camera. The front is a 5MP camera while the back is a 13MP one that also comes with a flashlight and autofocus features.
Both the G4 Plus and Note 4 have non-removable batteries but the latter has more power at 4100mAh compared to the 3000mAh of the former. Both also offer fast battery charging with the G4 Plus done through a Turbo Charger capable of delivering six hours of power in just 15 minutes.