Entry-level showdown: Moto C vs Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs Xiaomi Redmi 4A

We have taken the best entry-level smartphones available in the Indian market under Rs 7,000 and compared how they compare against each other in terms of specs.

Lenovo just launched a new entry-level smartphone, the Moto C in India. The company is planning to target the untapped market that is planning to buy their first smartphone with the Rs 5,999 price tag. The launch of Moto C points to a trend where smartphone makers are trying to expand the market and price segments. This device is the third device this year that smartphone makers have launched in India.

Prior to the launch by Lenovo, Xiaomi launched the Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A. Both smartphones by the company aimed at consumers who are moving to buy their first smartphone. With the companies pushing it in terms of the combination of price and specs, we thought that it is the right time to compare the entry-level devices available in the market.

Smartphone Moto C Xiaomi Redmi 4 Xiaomi Redmi 4A
Display Size (inch) 5 5 5
Resolution (pixels) 480 x 854 720 x 1280 720 x 1280
Pixel Density (PPI) 196 296 296
Dimensions(mm) 145.5x73.6x9 141.3x69.6x8.9 139.9x70.4x8.5
Weight (gm) 154 156 131.5
Dual SIM Yes Yes Yes
SIM Type Micro-SIM Micro, Nano-SIM Micro, Nano-SIM
Connectivity Types GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE
Processor Mediatek MT6737M Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
CPU Cores Quad-core Octa-core Quad-core
CPU Clock Speed (GHz) 4x1.1 Cortex A53 8x1.4 Cortex A53 4x1.4 Cortex A53
GPU Mali-T720MP2 Adreno 505 Adreno 308
RAM 1 GB 2 GB,3 GB,4 GB 2 GB
On-Board Memory 8,16 GB 16,32,64 GB 16 GB
Expandable Memory Yes, up to 32 GB Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 128 GB
Sensors Accelerometer Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass
Primary Camera 5MP 13MP, f/2.2 13MP, f/2.2
Optical Image Stabilization No No No
Camera Array Single Camera Single Camera Single Camera
Autofocus System - Phase detection Phase detection
Secondary Camera 5MP 5MP, f/2.2 5MP, f/2.2
Video Capture 1080p 1080p 1080p
OS Version Android 7.0 Nougat Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
AI (Smart Assistant) Google Assistant Google Assistant Google Assistant
GPS Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE v4.1, A2DP, LE v4.1, A2DP, LE
NFC No No No
Infrared No Yes Yes
Fingerprint Scanner No Yes, Rear button No
3.5mm jack Yes Yes Yes
Radio Yes, FM Radio Yes, FM Radio Yes, FM Radio
USB Type microUSB v2.0 microUSB v2.0 microUSB v2.0
USB Standard USB v2.0 USB v2.0 USB v2.0
Battery (mAh) 2,350 4,100 3,120
Quick Charge No Yes No
Colors Pearl White, Starry Black Gray, Gold, Black Gold, Rose Gold, Dark Grey
Prices in India (Rs.) 5,999 6,999 5,999


Xiaomi Redmi 4 offers the best value for money at a price of Rs 6,999 when compared against the Moto C and Xiaomi Redmi 4A. One thing to note here is that the comparison only takes the specifications in the account. The reason for this is because Redmi 4 sports Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, which is faster than the processor in other phones in the comparison. It comes with double the RAM in Moto C and equal to the RAM available in the Redmi 4A.

Redmi 4 also offers more configurations in terms of the RAM and storage in comparison to Moto C and Redmi 4A. Last but not the least, Redmi 4 offers HD screen while Moto C offers FWVGA resolution which is laughable at best in 2017.

We have not taken the user experience offered by the smartphones in the account because we have yet to test the Moto C. But going by what we have on paper, the smartphone still packs in the bare minimal to run the Android OS.

Talking about Android what you do get with Moto C is Android 7.0 Nougat, something that is currently a rarity across Xiaomi's smartphone range. Still, then the 2 GB RAM seems future proof considering that Android Go is not arriving anytime soon.  Android Go according to Google will provide the latest version of Android (O in this case) that is optimised to run on devices with just 512 MB RAM. But for now, the Redmi 4 with a metal body, fingerprint reader clearly wins this entry-level showdown.

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