A fresh start to the new year may call the need for a new mobile phone. Looking for an affordable mid-range smartphone? Then you are at the right place. There are numerous options available in the market. Everything boils down to what one needs in the phone specifically. We have done an in-depth review of three best mid-range smartphones on the basis of certain specifications to help you decide on which one to buy.
Lenovo Z2 Plus is stellar with Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm’s cutting edge mobile processor which is the 2nd latest chipset in the market giving it a very high benchmark. Gaming won’t be any issue in this phone nor will be multitasking if you use too many applications at the same time.
Slightly lower the notch are Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Moto G5 Plus with Snapdragon 625, an octa-core chipset meant for mid-end smartphones. Fast rendering games like Asphalt 8 show a very minor frame drop while game play.
The Moto G5 Plus has a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution resulting in a pixel density of 424 ppi (pixels per inch). In comparison, Redmi Note 4 has a larger 5.5-inch display with Full HD resolution leading to a few pixels per inch at 401 ppi. On the other hand, Lenovo Z2 Plus sports a 5-inch Full HD resolution display and a pixel density of 441 ppi.
The Moto G5 Plus is also dust and splash resistant. It is made from high-grade aluminium and looks as great as it performs.
Memory and RAM
The Moto G5 Plus comes with two alternatives: 3GB RAM + 16GB storage and 4GB RAM + 32GB storage. The Redmi Note 4 comes with three alternatives: 2GB RAM + 32GB storage, 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. A micro SD card slot can be used to expand the internal memory in both the smartphones. Meanwhile, Lenovo Z2 Plus comes with 3GB RAM with 32GB storage or 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage. Internal memory is not expandable.
The Moto G5 Plus promotes a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies and video calling. It has a very good camera performance but due to laser autofocus it heats up the phone quite a bit. One may face auto shutdown of camera application but when clocked on camera again it opens up. The Redmi Note 4 promotes a 13-megapixel camera with a Sony CMOS sensor having 1.12-micron pixel size for better low-light performance. The front camera is 5-megapixels. Lenovo Z2 features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel selfie camera with electronic image stabilisation. It has a good camera when working in natural and average light condition.
Xiaomi Redmi note has a very good battery 4100 mAh battery which can last upto two days but it does not have quick turbo charging functionality. Lenovo Z2 Plus has 3500 mAh battery which lasts a bit longer than a full working day. It supports Qualcomm quick charge 3.0 but the company does not supply the quick charger along with it in the box so you might have to spend extra bucks if you want to this feature. Moto g5 Plus has 3000 mAh battery. If you play games and are a heavy multitasker the phone hardly lasts for 10-15 hours a day but it has turbo charging capability that charges the phone up in 1.5 hours or so.
All three phones support 4G LTE connectivity with VoLTE voice calling support, fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and are dual sim.
Software and Sensors
The Moto G5 runs on pure Android 7.0 Nougat with Moto specific traits like Moto Display and Moto Actions. On the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo Z2 Plus run Android 6.0 Marshmallow prepared under the basic UIs. All three phones are well equipped with Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope. Lenovo Z2 Plus also has a magnetometer.
Moto G5 Plus is exclusively available on Flipkart with 3GB RAM+16GB priced at Rs.14999 and 4GB RAM+32GB at Rs.16999.BUY NOW
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is priced at Rs.9999(2GB RAM+32GB), Rs.10999(3GB RAM+32GB) and Rs.12999(4GB+64GB). It can be purchased from mi.com/in or from Flipkart.BUY NOW
Lenovo Z2 Plus is slightly expensive priced at Rs.14999(3GB RAM+32GB) and Rs.17499(4GB RAM+64GB) available on Flipkart and Amazon respectively.
Customer care services
Lenovo centers are easily available and approachable as compared to Motorola or Xiaomi in many cities and provide faster services. Xiaomi takes too much time to process any complaint and centers are not easily available in many states in India.
All three smartphones give tough competition to each other and are an equally viable option for prospective buyers in India ticking all the right boxes in terms of design, battery, performance and connectivity. Each one of them is wallet friendly mid ranged smartphone offering one of the best specifications.