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Xiaomi Redmi 5 or Redmi 4: Which One Should You Buy?

Gadgets Shailendra Kumar 2 October 2018

Xiaomi has two segments of smartphones, namely Redmi and MI. The Redmi segment focuses on budget and mid-range models to give you all the features that a premium smartphone offers but at a much lower, more competitive price point.  You need to decide between Xiaomi Redmi 5 or Redmi 4, thus we are to help you.

The Chinese electronic and software company, among many other handsets, has the Redmi 4 and its successor the Redmi 5 in its catalogue. Both models have been extremely popular in the country, and the Xiaomi Redmi 5’s price in India is under Rs.10,000, as is the Redmi 4’s.

Keep reading to look at how the two phones differ from each other so that you can choose one that piques your interest. You can buy the Redmi model that catches your fancy even more affordably by paying through No Cost EMIs when you shop for the smartphone from the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network. With the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network Card, you can choose to complete your purchase online or in any one of 60,000 stores spread over 1,300 cities. Paying via No Cost EMIs means that you can choose a tenor of 3 to 24 months, and repay just the purchase price of the Redmi 4 or Redmi 5. You don’t have to pay anything over and above this amount. You can use up to Rs.4 lakh to make your purchase, which means that you can shop for a Redmi phone, as well as other products and services from the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network. Minimal documentation, no down payment and negligible processing fees further add to the benefits.

Take a look at how Redmi 5 specifications differ from the Redmi 4’s based on the following factors, and buy a Xiaomi Redmi smartphone based on what suits your needs best.

Screens size and quality

The Redmi 4 has a 5-inch screen with an HD display of 1280×720 pixels that allows you to view content in a crisp and sharp manner. The Redmi 5, on the other hand, has a larger, 5.7-inch IPS LCD full screen with a resolution of 1440×720 pixels as well as an aspect ratio of 18:9. The curved screen of the Redmi 5 reduces the chances of damage by up to 30% according to the manufacturer. In addition, this small tweak in the Redmi 5 also makes swiping inwards or outwards from the edges a seamless experience. So, it is safe to say that the Redmi 5 comes with a larger display and added safety while the Redmi 4 has a more comfortable grip due to its smaller size.


The Redmi 4 comes with Android’s 6.0.1 OS and a 1.4GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon processor. The Redmi 5 also hosts an Octa-Core Snapdragon processor, but with 14nm FINFET technology. This means that both the devices are almost equally matched when it comes to the processor and can execute multiple commands with great ease. Both devices are on par with each other with a 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory, that you can expand up to 128GB, if need be. This provides sufficient space for you to store all your content on either device be it photos, music, videos or other documents. If the RAM and processor specifications are anything to go by, you can pick either. The Redmi 5 specifications pass muster, and so do the Redmi 4’s.


The Redmi 4 comes with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera, while the Redmi 5 is fitted with a 12MP primary camera and a 5MP secondary camera with an LED selfie light. With an aperture of f/2.2, both cameras are evenly matched, giving you the ability to shoot reasonably well in a host of lighting conditions. Given the affordable price of both Redmi models, the cameras are above average. Choose the Redmi 5 if you prioritise a selfie camera and the Redmi 4 if you want a better primary camera.

Battery life

The Redmi 4 comes with a sturdy battery of 4100mAh, while the Redmi 5 has a battery size of 3300mAh. Despite the long 31-day stand by time the of the Redmi 5, the sheer capacity of the Redmi 4 outperforms the Redmi 5 when it comes down to intensive, everyday usage. So if you’re someone who is always on the go, or uses his or her phone non-stop, the Redmi 4 wins this round with its superior battery.

In the end it boils down to the Redmi 4 having a better battery than the Redmi 5, while the Redmi 5 has a larger display and a better selfie camera. If you are someone who is looking for a smartphone to watch movies, videos and browse the web, then a larger screen would benefit you. If you are someone who uses their phone for utility like calls, emails, and work then a longer battery life serves you better and so, the Redmi 4 is a better pick.

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Shailendra Kumar

Shailendra Kumar

Shailendra Kumar is an experienced Financial Consultant & Tech Reviewer who has 6+ years of experience in the field of finance, science & technology.