While Redmi Note 5 Pro has already made a good impression and is doing well in the market, the Lenovo Z5 is yet to come in India. Both smartphones come with almost identical specifications which make comparisons difficult. During my test run, both the smartphones have competed well with each other.
I’ve been using these smartphones for more than a week and I think I’m ready to share my experience. But before doing so, take a look at their specifications.
Redmi Note 5 Pro Vs Lemovo Z5 Specifications
|Redmi Note 5 Pro||Lenovo Z5|
|5.99-inch IPS LCD, 1080x2160px, 18:9 Aspect Ratio, ~403ppi||6.2-inch IPS LCD, 1080x2160px, 18.7:9 Aspect Ratio, ~402ppi|
|SoC & GPU||Snapdragon 636 | Adreno 509||Snapdragon 636 | Adreno 509|
|OS & RAM||Android 7.1.2 | 4GB or 6GB||Android 8.0 | 6GB|
|Storage||64GB | Expandable||64 or 128GB | Expandable|
|Dual 12MP (f/2.2, PDAF) + 5MP (f/2.0, depth sensor), dual-LED flash||Dual 16MP + 8MP, PDAF, Dual-LED, Dual-Tone Flash|
|Front Camera||20MP, LED Flash||8MP|
|Battery||4000 mAh||3300 mAh 18W Fast Charging|
Also Read : Redmi Note5 Pro Review
Design and construction quality
While Redmi Note 5 Pro has a metalic body, Lenovo Z5 comes with all glass making.
Since Lenovo Z5 has a high screen-to-body ratio, it is less bezle and comes with a bigger display in smaller body than the Redmi Note 5 Pro. In addition, the Z5 comes with the notch while the latter is not the latter.
Lenovo Z5 is more compact, easy to hold in hand and easy to fit in pocket On the contrary, the Note 5 Pro is slightly larger and has extra bezel in it.
The Z5 comes with USB Type-C while later it is a regular micro-USB port.
In this section, the Lenovo Z5 gets crowned.
Display, OS and UI
Both smartphones have the same LCD panel but the display looks different.
On Lenovo Z5, the screen is bright, colors are more vibrant and look realistic.
Under direct sunlight, Lenovo Z5 does better than 5 Note 5 Pro because it is less reflective.
In the case of operating system, Z5 takes a lead because it is in comparison to the Android Oregon Note 5 Pro’s Android Naugate.
Coming to UI, there’s something new and different in Z5. Like an iPhone, its quick toggle can be accessed by swiping from the bottom. On the contrary, everything can be accessed on Note 5 Pro by swiping from top to bottom.
Like the previous segment, Z5 is also the winner.
Performance and Gaming
Since both smartphones come with the same processor and graphics processing unit, their benchmark scores are also similar.
Both smartphones handle common tasks easily. Social media apps, normal games, and other media applications work fine.
During heavy use, they perform equally well. I played four heavy games on both the handsets – Shadow Fight 3, Pub Mobile, Modern Combat and Modern Strike. All these games were running without any issue.
But yes, graphics performance is only average and random frame drops can be seen on both the handsets.
One thing is good that when you switch between heavy people, none of these smartphones restart the app.
In this section, both manage to impress us equally.
Starting on Daylight, the smartphone has its own camera algorithm.
While the Redmi Note 5 Pro goes with ‘As is’ colors, Lenovo Z5 tries to make it smooth and vibrant.
In terms of description, sharpness and saturation, Lenovo Z5 is better than Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Same is the case with HDR mode during daylight. The Z5 performs better than the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Talking about Bokeh mode, both smartphones’ perform more or less similar. They effectively blur the background while keeping the primary object in focus with maintaining the sharpness over edges.
While the Lenovo Z5 comes with a small 3300 mAh battery compared to the big 4000 mAh of Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Lenovo Z5 lasts for approximately 36 hours on the same charge during normal use, whereas Note 5 Pro lasts for 2 days when operated normally.
During the intense gaming, Lenovo Z5 consumed 21% in one hour. On the contrary, the note 5 supporter took about 17 percent of the battery. Using this data, calculation, Z5 and Note 5 Pro will last up to 5 and 6 hours, respectively.
Talking about charging, both smartphones take more than 2 hours to fully charge the battery. What is interesting is that Z5 supports quick charge 3.0 Therefore, if you want to charge it fast, you can use a fast charger.
In this section, the Note 5 Pro wins (marginally).
Both the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Lenovo Z5 come in the same price segment, however, you are getting better things on the Z5. For example, more RAM, better performance, better design, very less bezel (almost all front screens) and latest operating system In the case of the camera, both have their own algorithms, while the Note 5 Pro wins a little bit in terms of battery.