Nubia Z18 Mini vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro: Which Mid-Ranger Would You Pick?

by Michele Ingelido 0

The mid-range section of the smartphones market is becoming more competitive in the past couple of years. Nowadays, the difference between mid-rangers and flagshipsisn’t too noticeable, at least in terms of performance. Nubia Z18 Mini and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro are two mid-end devices which are suitable even for advanced users, despite being mid-rangers. But which of these handsets is the best and which one has the best value for money? This Nubia Z18 Mini vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro specs comparison will let you know our opinion about them.

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Nubia Z18 Mini vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Nubia Z18 MiniXiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT148 x 70.6 x 7.6 mm, 153 grams158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm, 181 grams
DISPLAY5.99 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 424 ppi, 18:9 ratio, LTPS LCD5.99 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD), 403 ppi, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD
PROCESSORQualcomm Snapdragon 660, octa-core 2.2 GHzQualcomm Snapdragon 636, octa-core 1.8 GHz
MEMORY6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB, micro SD slot3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD slot
SOFTWAREAndroid 8.1 Oreo, nubia UIAndroid 7.1.2 Nougat, MIUI 9
CONNECTIVITYWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPSWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
CAMERADual 24 + 5 MP f/1.7
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
Dual 12 + 5 MP f/2.2 + f/2.0
20 MP f/2.0 front camera
BATTERY3450 mAh4000 mAh
Fast Charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
ADDITIONAL FEATURESHybrid Dual SIM slotHybrid Dual SIM slot

If we consider the aesthetics, Nubia Z18 Mini is definitely the winner among the two. It boasts an elegant and reflective glass back and an aluminum frame which makes it look like one of the most expensive flagships. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has a classic metal design, it is well-designed but nothing spectacular. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has a slightly bigger display which is more comfortable for multimedia and productivity, but its opponent has a better hardware side. With a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with 6 GB of RAM, Nubia Z18 Mini should provide faster performance.

On paper, the rear dual camera of Nubia Z18 Mini seems better, but we have to see its photos to judge it in a definitive way. On the other hand, the selfie snapper is surely better on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and it is also paired with a front-facing LED flash. At last, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has a bigger battery: with its 4000 mAh capacity, we believe it will last much more than its opponent. Nubia Z18 Mini has a better design and potentially better performance, but we define Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro a device with a slightly higher value for money. While Nubia Z18 Mini has just been launched in China with a price tag of $286/€230, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has been launched in India with a price tag of $265/€214.

Nubia Z18 Mini vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro: PROS and CONS

Nubia Z18 Mini


  • Better design
  • Potentially higher performance
  • Potentially better main camera
  • Compact dimensions


  • Higher price


Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro


  • Bigger battery
  • Better selfie camera
  • More affordable price
  • Bigger screen


  • More anonymous design

Which one will you pick?