Nokia 6 Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Quick Comparison Review

Nokia 6 is the latest midrange smartphone to launch in India. Priced at Rs. 14,999, the handset offers average specifications but a solid build quality. HMD Global, the company behind the new generation Nokia devices has promised to deliver timely updates and a premium customer experience. Today, we will compare the Nokia 6 with one of the most popular midrangers – Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. Let’s see if the reincarnated Nokia can take on Xiaomi’s unmatched value for money.

Nokia 6 Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Specifications

Key SpecsNokia 6Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
Display5.5 inch IPS LCD display5.5 inch IPS LCD display
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels1920 x 1080 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8
ChipsetQualcomm Snadpragon 430Qualcomm Snadpragon 625
Processor 8 x 1.4 GHz Cortex A538 x 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
Memory3GB3GB / 4GB
Inbuilt Storage 32GB32GB / 64GB
Storage UpgradeYes, up to 256GB, hybrid slotYes, up to 128GB, hybrid slot
Primary Camera16 MP, f/2.0, PDAF, dual LED flash13 MP, f/2.0, PDAF, dual LED flash
Video recording1080p @ 30FPS1080p @ 30FPS
Secondary Camera8 MP, f/2.0, 1.12 µm pixel size5 MP
Fingerprint SensorYesYes
SIM card typeDual SIM, hybridDual SIM, hybrid
4GYesYes
VoLTEYesYes
Weight169 grams175 grams
Dimensions154 x 75.8 x 7.9 mm151 x 76 x 8.35 mm
Battery 3000 mAh4100 mAh
Price Rs 14,9992GB RAM - Rs. 9,999
3GB RAM - Rs. 10,999
4GB RAM - Rs. 12,999

Design and Build Quality

Nokia 6

The Nokia 6 features an aluminum unibody construction with subtle antenna lines. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 4 comes with a metal back with plastic inserts on the top and the bottom for signal reception. Dimension-wise, the Nokia 6 is a bit taller but thinner than Xiaomi’s handset. The former also weighs a bit more than the latter.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Speaking of in hand feeling, both the smartphones are quite good. However, the Nokia 6 felt a lot sturdier than its competitor. HMD Global has genuinely worked hard to make the handset as much robust as possible and we do feel it while handling the phone. The Redmi Note 4 sports a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, while the Nokia 6 has it integrated with the home button.

Winner: Nokia 6

Display

Nokia 6

2.5D curved 5.5-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920) IPS LCD panels sit at the top of both smartphones. The Nokia 6 further boasts the Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Coming to quality, both the handsets have vibrant screens with a generous amount of brightness.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

The Nokia 6 does feel minutely better in terms of color reproduction. However, this is only visible when you hold the two devices side by side.

Winner: Nokia 6

Hardware and Storage

The Nokia 6 packs the Snapdragon 430 SoC. Built using the older 28 nm process, the octa-core processor has eight Cortex A53 cores clocked at up to 1.4 GHz. Adreno 505 GPU is bundled with this. Coming to storage, HMD Global has opted for 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory.

Coming to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, the Snapdragon 625 chipset sits at its heart. This is built on the newer and much more efficient 14 nm technique and features eight Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 2.0 GHz. The Adreno 506 GPU handles the graphics. Xiaomi sells multiple storage variants of the Redmi Note 4, but here we will only consider the 4 GB / 64 GB model as its costs nearest to the Nokia 6.

As you can see, the Redmi Note 4 is miles ahead of the Nokia 6 in terms of specifications. It is worth noting that this is not the entire story.

Winner: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Software and Performance

The Indian unit of the Nokia 6 runs a unmodified version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat, whereas, the Redmi Note 4 is still stuck with the older Android 6.0 Marshmallow underneath MIUI 8 user interface. HMD Global has promised that all the new Nokia smartphones will receive regular Android upgrades, whereas, Xiaomi is always late at it.

Performance-wise, both the competing phones are decent enough. What surprises us is that the Nokia 6 manages to deliver the almost same level of performance even though it has a significantly inferior hardware than the Redmi Note 4. The former fares better in multi-tasking while the latter opens up graphics intensive apps faster.

One notable thing is that the Redmi Note 4 can play 4K videos while its competitor cannot.

Winner: Tie

Camera

A splendid 16 MP camera sits at the back of the Nokia 6. It captures beautiful images and decent videos and does keep up with the reputation of the Finish brand. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 4 features a 13 MP primary camera. It shoots good images under daylight but fails under low light situations. Video capturing is average in comparison to the Nokia 6.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

However, Xiaomi’s handset does support shooting slow motion 720p footages at 120 fps. This is absent from the Nokia 6 due to lack of hardware support.

Talking of selfies, the Nokia 6 breezes past the Redmi Note 4 with its 8 MP front camera. The latter sports a 5 MP unit.

Winner: Nokia 6

Battery

The 4100mAh battery of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 easily beats the 3000mAh toting Nokia 6. Moreover, the 14 nm Snapdragon 625 SoC of the former is way more power efficient than the SD 430 of the latter.

Winner: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Nokia 6

Pros

  • Top notch build quality
  • Faster Android updates
  • Better availability

Cons

  • Slower chipset (Snapdragon 430)
  • Expensive

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Pros

  • Excellent value for money
  • Better SoC (Snapdragon 625)
  • Bigger battery

Cons

  • Lackluster Android updates
  • Inferior RAM management

Conclusion

As you see, both the smartphones have their own ups and downs. If you are looking towards affordability, the Redmi Note 4 should be your choice. For those who want better customer support and faster Android upgrades go ahead and buy the Nokia 6.

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