Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Which Phone Should You Buy

Yesterday, in its launch event, HMD Global officially introduced the global version of Nokia X6, called Nokia 6.1 Plus.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is being released in a very competitive mid-range segment where you can find a number of other great smartphones. Besides the Redmi Note 5 Pro from Xiaomi, there are also other devices from other OEM manufacturers such as Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, Oppo’s RealMe 1, Xiaomi Mi A2, and other. However, in this post, we’ll make a comparison only between Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Nokia 6.1 Plus to know which one is the best for purchase.

Things Make Nokia 6.1 Plus Win

Design and Display

If you need a good looking and trending smartphone, the Nokia 6.1 Plus should be your choice. Unlike the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is made from an aluminum chassis with Gorilla Glass both at the front and rear, so the phone has a better premium look than other competitions. Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 5 Pro only features an aluminum build and although it still looks premium, its build quality is not as great as the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The Nokia 6.1 Plus also comes with smaller bezels, which give it another plus point in the design department.

In terms of display, the Nokia 6.1 Plus has a better display over the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Although its display is only at 5.8-inches, which is a little smaller when compared to the 5.99-inch display on the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the 19:9 aspect ratio ò Nokia 6.1 Plus is more vibrant and crisp. The display also comes with better viewing angles, contrast ratio, which helps in viewing content a pleasure.

USB-C Charging Port

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is one of a few budget smartphones that features a USB-C port. In this segment, most OEMs will equip the microUSB port for their phone. Thankfully, sanity prevailed at HMD Global as it decided to launch the Nokia 6.1 Plus with a USB-C port.


On the other hand, similar to almost of devices in this segment, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is only equipped with a microUSB port.

Fast Android Updates

Nokia cooperated with Google to install stock Android version or Android Go on all the phones of the company. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is pre-installed an Android One out of box, so the phone will receive any Android security and OS updates as soon as they are available. HMD Global is also doing a great job of updating the latest security updates and the latest Android version for their phones, and Nokia 6.1 Plus is not an exception. If you like the stock Android experience and speedy Android OS updates, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is the best choice.

While MIUI 9.5 on the Redmi Note 5 Pro might be packed with more features, the updates are very slow. If nothing changes, the Android 9 Pie update based on MIUI 10 will hit all Redmi Note 5 Pro next year, while according to Nokia; the Android Pie update will be rolled out for the entire lineup of devices by the end of this year.

Also read: Best Android Smartphones Under $300 (2018)

Things Redmi Note 5 Pro Wins


Although the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Nokia 6.1 Plus both sports dual-cameras on the back, the imaging performance of the second one is quite disappointing. The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a main 12MP f/2.2 aperture snapper; meanwhile Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a 16MP f/2.0 shooter.

In daylight condition, the Redmi Note 5 Pro gives a better dynamic range, though both phones do a good job in most situations. However, in low-light, the Nokia 6.1 Plus really falls apart. The quality of the device’s camera is very disappointing and it is a deal-breaker for many. If you care about the camera quality, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the better choice.

More RAM

The standard variant of the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Noia 6.1 Plus both packs with 4GB RAM. Although 4GB RAM is enough for an average user, advanced users might need a phone with better RAM amount to get a better multitasking experience. While there is a 6GB RAM variant of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Nokia only offers only one variant of the Nokia 6.1 Plus with 4GB RAM.

The Nokia runs on the Android Oreo, so it does not eat up as much RAM as the MIUI 9.5 on Redmi Note 5 Pro, but 6GB RAM is absolutely more useful for multitasking experience.

Battery Life

Both smartphones are powered by the Snapdragon 636 chipset, the difference there only comes from the battery capacity of them. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is equipped a massive 4,000mAh battery, while the Nokia 6.1 Plus í only powered by a smaller 3060mAh battery. The larger battery of the Redmi Note 5 Pro can easily outlast the Nokia 6 Plus on a single charge. While the Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a smaller display and runs on a pure sbuild of Android Oreo, it’s hard for the phone to beat the Redmi Note 5 Pro in battery usage.

However, the Nokia 6.1 Plus offers Quick Charge 3.0 support while it has a smaller battery capacity. So, the phone can charge to up to 50% just in 30 minutes.  In comparison, the Redmi Note 5 Pro only supports Quick Charge 2.0 technology. But there is a problem with both devices is that they are not bundled with a Quick Charge- charger. Instead, they only ship with a 5V/2A charger. If you want a quick charge for the handsets, you will have to pay money for a Quick Charger adapter.

Both the phones are great choices for their segment and offer a number of values for money. Which one is your choice? Let’s know in the comment.