Xiaomi is the king of smartphones in the price range under $200, but several companies are trying to take its throne in the past few months. Lenovo is one of them: the Chinese giant has just unveiled the Lenovo Z5, a new mid-ranger which will be sold at a similar price and could affect the sales of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. In this Lenovo Z5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro comparison, we will help you to understand which one is currently worth buying.
Lenovo Z5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
|Lenovo Z5||Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||153 x 75.65 x 7.85 mm, 165 grams||158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm, 181 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.2 inches, 1080 x 2246p (Full HD+), 403 ppi, 19:9 ratio, IPS LCD||5.99 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD), 403 ppi, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, octa-core 1.8 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, octa-core 1.8 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB, micro SD slot||3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 8.0 Oreo, ZUI 4.0||Android 7.1.2 Nougat, MIUI 9|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS|
|CAMERA||Dual 16 + 8 MP|
8 MP front camera
|Dual 12 + 5 MP f/2.2 + f/2.0|
20 MP f/2.0 front camera
Fast charging 18W
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Hybrid Dual SIM slot|
The design is a department where Lenovo Z5 is much more interesting. It is composed of a glass backplate which will be also available in the Aurora gradient hue and a metal frame. Its display covers almost the whole front panel with a very narrow chin and a notch. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is a classic 18:9 phone with a full metal unibody design, there is nothing very original or innovative in its aesthetics; so, its opponent wins.
If you hate the notch, Lenovo Z5 is not for you. But if you do not mind it, this phone has a taller 19:9 display and more pixels. However, the viewing quality is similar according to the specs on the paper. What makes the Z5 slightly better is its higher brightness with a peak of 700 nits, besides the DCI-P3 color gamut. So you should have more visibility under sunlight if you get the Z5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro reaches a max brightness of 450 nits. So the Z5 has an advantage here as well.
Lenovo Z5 wins even when it comes to the hardware side. Its most expensive configuration comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, while Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro gets max 6 GB RAM and 64 GB of storage. As the SoC is the same, there will not be a big difference between the speeds of these two mid-rangers, but at least in the most expensive variant, the Z5 will provide more space for your files and apps. On the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with MIUI 9 (which will soon update to MIUI 10), and we define it a better user interface than the Z5’s ZUI 4.0, as it has more advanced additional features.
If we talk about the camera department, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro should be a better handset. There are still no camera samples from the Lenovo Z5 so we still cannot say it for sure, but Redmi Note 5 Pro manages to capture very much detail and natural colors. Further, it has a stunning 20 MP front camera which is also equipped with a LED flash, so besides being a good camera phone, it is also a perfect selfie phone. However, we do not expect to be disappointed with the camera performance of Lenovo Z5 which also supports AI.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has a monster 4000 mAh battery which is able to last up to two days even with a stressed use. It is very good not only due to its big capacity but also because Snapdragon 636 provides a low energy consumption. Lenovo Z5 has a standard 3300 mAh unit which should make it to the end of the day, but it should not surprise anyone. Both the devices feature a fast charging technology, so you do not have to worry about charging times.
In the base configuration with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM, Lenovo Z5 has been launched (in China) with a price tag of about $202. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro’s launch price in China is about $218 in the version with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. With these prices, it is hard to decide who wins the comparison. If you care about design and performance, then go for the Lenovo Z5. But if the camera and battery life are your main concern, then Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is the winner.
Do you agree with us? Which one would you pick?
Lenovo Z5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro: PRO and CONS
- Stunning design
- Wide and bezel-less display
- Great hardware
- Average battery
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
- Big battery
- Good cameras
- Affordable price
- Solid build
- More anonymous design