Nokia X5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 vs Moto E5 Plus: Price, Specifications Compared

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Nokia X5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 vs Moto E5 Plus: Price, Specifications Compared

Redmi Note 5 Pro would be the biggest competitor of the Nokia X5 in India

Highlights
  • Nokia X5 has been launched in China with prices starting at CNY 999
  • The smartphone sports a dual rear camera setup, display notch
  • The smartphone runs on pure Android 8.1 Oreo OS

The Nokia X5 has finally gone on sale in China, and the smartphone's key features include a dual rear camera setup stacked vertically, a display notch, and the fact that it runs on pure Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. Alongside all of this is HMD Global's promise of rolling out fast and steady Android updates and security patches, something that the company has been doing diligently. The Nokia X5 is the second smartphone in the Nokia X-series, the first being the Nokia X6 launched earlier this year. We pit the Nokia X5 against the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, and the Moto E5 Plus to see how it fares against the competition.

Nokia X5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 vs Moto E5 Plus: Price comparison

The Nokia X5 has been launched in two variants - 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage options - priced at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 9,999) and CNY 1,399 (roughly Rs. 13,999), respectively. The Moto E5 Plus price in India has been set at Rs. 11,999, while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro price in India is Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant and Rs. 16,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage model. The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, on the other hand, is priced in India starting at Rs. 10,999 for 3GB RAM, 32GB inbuilt storage variant, whereas its 4GB RAM, 64GB storage model is available at Rs. 12,999.

Nokia X5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 vs Moto E5 Plus: Specifications comparison

The Nokia X5 has a 5.86-inch display, while the other three sport a slightly larger 6-inch display. Asus and Xiaomi offer display resolution at 1080x2160 pixels, while Nokia and Motorola offer 720x1520 and 720x1440 pixel resolutions respectively. Only the Nokia X5 features a display notch, while the others have sufficient bezel on top. Nokia X5 is the only model to sport a MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, while Asus and Xiaomi both offer the Snapdragon 636 processor, and the Moto E5 Plus offers a Snapdragon 430 SoC. All the phones offer multiple storage and RAM capacity, except for the Moto E5 Plus which only offers 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Only the Redmi Note 5 Pro offers 6GB RAM, while the other two max out at 4GB RAM options - though the 6GB RAM variant of Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 will make its way to India later this month. All the phones support a microSD card slot for further expansion of memory, with the Nokia X5 supporting up to 256GB cards, the Redmi Note 5 Pro up to 128GB cards, ZenFone Max Pro M1 up to 2TB cards, and the Moto E5 Plus up to 128GB cards.

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, Redmi Note 5 Pro, and the Nokia X5 have a dual camera setup on the back. Asus and Nokia offer a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. On the front, both the smartphones sport an 8-megapixel sensor. The Redmi Note 5 Pro also sports a vertical dual camera module at the back with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. The selfie camera gets a 20-megapixel sensor. Only the Moto E5 Plus sports a single 12-megapixel rear camera, and a single 5-megapixel selfie camera with selfie light. Nokia, Asus, and Motorola phones offer pure Android, while the Xiaomi phone comes with the MIUI 9 skin on top. All the smartphones support dual-SIM slots (Nano + Nano), and battery capacity is the highest on the Motorola and Asus smartphones at 5000mAh. The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes in second with a 4000mAh battery, and the Nokia X5 packs only a 3060mAh battery.

On paper, in terms of specifications. all three competing smartphones give tough competition to the Nokia X5. The Nokia X5 particularly lacks in the battery and processor department, and it also has a slightly smaller screen than the others. However, it is the only device that sports a display notch, if that's something that attracts you.

Nokia X5 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 vs Moto E5 Plus vs Redmi Note 5 Pro comparison
  Nokia X5 Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Moto E5 Plus Redmi Note 5 Pro
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GENERAL
BrandNokiaAsusMotorolaXiaomi
ModelX5ZenFone Max Pro M1Moto E5 PlusRedmi Note 5 Pro
Release dateJuly 2018April 2018April 2018February 2018
Dimensions (mm)149.51 x 71.98 x 8.10159.00 x 76.00 x 8.64160.90 x 75.30 x 9.35158.60 x 75.40 x 8.05
Battery capacity (mAh)3060500050004000
Removable batteryNo-NoNo
ColoursBlack, Blue, WhiteMidnight Black, GreyBlack, Fine GoldBlack, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold
Launched in India-YesYesYes
Weight (g)-180.00197.00181.00
Body type---Metal
SAR value---1.19
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches)5.865.996.005.99
Resolution720x1520 pixels1080x2160 pixels720x1440 pixels1080x2160 pixels
Aspect ratio19:918:918:918:9
Pixels per inch (PPI)-404--
Protection type---Gorilla Glass
HARDWARE
Processorocta-core (4x2GHz + 4x2GHz)1.8GHz octa-core1.4GHz octa-core1.8GHz octa-core
Processor makeMediaTek Helio P60Snapdragon 636Snapdragon 430Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
RAM3GB3GB3GB4GB
Internal storage32GB32GB32GB64GB
Expandable storageYesYesYesYes
Expandable storage typemicroSDmicroSDmicroSDmicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)2562000128128
CAMERA
Rear camera13-megapixel (f/2.2) + 5-megapixel13-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.12-micron) + 5-megapixel (f/2.4, 1.12-micron)12-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.25-micron)12-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.25-micron) + 5-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)
Rear autofocusPhase detection autofocus-PDAF and laser autofocusPhase detection autofocus
Rear flashLEDLEDYesLED
Front camera8-megapixel (f/2.2)8-megapixel5-megapixel (f/2.0)20-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.0-micron)
Front flash-LEDLEDLED
SOFTWARE
Operating systemAndroid 8.1Android 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.0 OreoAndroid 7.1.1
Skin---MIUI 9
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g802.11 b/g/n/ac
BluetoothYes, v 4.20Yes, v 4.20Yes, v 4.20Yes, v 5.00
USB OTGYes--Yes
USB Type-CYes---
Number of SIMs2222
Wi-Fi Direct-Yes-Yes
NFC--NoNo
Micro-USB--YesYes
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)---No
SIM 1
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYesYesYes
SIM 2
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYesYesYes
SENSORS
Fingerprint sensorYes-YesYes
Compass/ MagnetometerYesYesNoYes
Proximity sensorYesYesYesYes
AccelerometerYesYesYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYesYesYes
GyroscopeYesYesNoYes
Face unlock-Yes-Yes
3D face recognition---No
Barometer---No
Temperature sensor---No
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good looks and construction quality
  • Vibrant screen
  • Great performance
  • Decent cameras
  • Excellent value for money
  • Bad
  • Relatively disappointing battery life
  • Awkward camera app interface
Display5.99-inch
ProcessorSnapdragon 636
Front Camera8-megapixel
Rear Camera13-megapixel + 5-megapixel
RAM3GB
Storage32GB
Battery Capacity5000mAh
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Resolution1080x2160 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Bright and vivid display
  • Good build quality
  • Competent cameras
  • Great value
  • Bad
  • Fast charger not bundled
  • Lacks USB Type-C
  • Preinstalled bloatware
Display5.99-inch
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 636
Front Camera20-megapixel
Rear Camera12-megapixel + 5-megapixel
RAM4GB
Storage64GB
Battery Capacity4000mAh
OSAndroid 7.1.1
Resolution1080x2160 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Terrific battery life
  • Near-stock Android
  • Sleek design
  • Bad
  • Middling performance
  • Sub-standard cameras
  • Low-res display
  • Heavy and unwieldy
Display6.00-inch
ProcessorSnapdragon 430
Front Camera5-megapixel
Rear Camera12-megapixel
RAM3GB
Storage32GB
Battery Capacity5000mAh
OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Resolution720x1440 pixels
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