Today, mid-rang smartphones are more than just forced purchases from anyone’s budget. Today, there are enough “good” cheap phones that give a decent argument against spending too much money. Long-term qualified mid-range phones are, however, flagship level design, dual cameras and 18: 9 display are diluting the line between high and mid-range segments, as far as the look and feel is concerned.
On that note, we have two smartphones with us that have recently been added to the mid-range segment – Redmi Note 5 Pro and Samsung J7 Duo – to see which offers a better user experience. The similarities between the two phones are just that they both come with dual camera setup and run the Android operating system. Everything else is very different.
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DESIGN and BUILD QUALITY
Redmi Note 5 Pro: It is largely a good looking handset with aluminum frame and body. The part of the top and bottom antenna lines is made of plastic, however, it does not seem to be different to touch than the rest of the body.
However, there is a visible difference in the colours between the plastic and the metal body parts and whether or not this looks good depends on individual taste. Personally, I would have liked the uniformity of the colour to be maintained throughout the phone’s body. It feels a bit slippery to hold but not by much, it is still acceptable.
It is probably a feeling that this is an affordable mid-range handset that prevents its slipping from becoming a big concern in your mind. If it was an expensive phone like an iPhone, for example, I definitely care more about my grip on the phone. That said, it does not mean that the Redmi note 5 Pro will be okay to get out of my hand, it is just that I am resting slightly in comparison with its slippery nature at a high end.
Overall, the phone feels a solid and premium when it appears that it seems to be more expensive than it is.
Samsung J7 Duo: Just outside the box, J7 Duo falls behind the Redmi Note 5 Pro, as far as the look and experience are concerned. There is no premium presence in it, which is becoming increasingly common in the lower middle-class devices.
The Samsung J7 Duo is more than an old school here. In this there is a well-stocked property above and below the side of the body’s work, as well as with a decent bezel of birds, which was not a big deal some years back. The back cover is removable and made of plastic. It also means that the battery is removable, which makes it easy to replace when necessary.
While this clearly does not look good as a rival to Xiamen, it is not slippery to provide better grip. Total build quality is good and the phone is adequate, however, given that the Redmi Note 5 Pro feels premium, Samsung J7 Duo leaves a lot to be desired.
Real deal, performance! It does not matter what the handset looks like and feels, the display is a parameter that a person has to live daily. A smooth, jerky and fast performance can not really be ready for the good aspect of every other smartphone.
Unfortunately, we can not say that performance in both the handsets is smooth, jerky and fast, not entirely far away. But before we come to the details of our experience, let’s see the benchmark scores of both smartphones under 3D Mark and Geekbench 4.
Real World Performance: We did not feel the need to write about the performance of Radmi Note 5 Pro and Samsung J7 Duo because both phones provide less or more similar experience.
Navigating through the home screen and app drawer is quite smooth and rarely leaves a room to complain. The same can be said about moving the settings menu and its various sub-screens. Once we start using various social media apps or browsing the Internet, then the struggle of chipsets in both the handsets becomes gradually visible.
For example, scrolling through Facebook pages (or other similar apps) can be a little bit more often. While scrolling up and down within Instagram, Twitter, and such an app, there are easy-to-use stiters while moving from one page to the other. This behavior is incompatible and it is a mixture of smooth and jerky navigation. Between the stator, the display is quite ambiguous.
Camera setup in both phones looks like a flagship-level device. The Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Samsung J7 Duo come with dual camera setup on the back supporting the portrait mode.
Redmi note 5 Pro camera: with 12 MP + 5 MP respectively f2.2 + f2.0 In addition, phase detection is autofocus. The front camera is a 20 MP unit with the F 2.2.
Samsung J7 Duo: With 13 MP + 5 MP f1.9 for both lenses. Only normal autofocus (not PDAF) is. Front camera is an 8 MP unit with F 8.9.
Here are some camera samples from Radmi note 5 Pro Ans Samsung J7 Duo
In camera samples above, images of Radmi Note 5 Pro are generally faster and generate more information (especially by viewing surface and tree leaves) than those of Samsung J7 Duo. Apart from this, in images with less light than J7, the sky and ground are slightly more to affect the details. In addition, J7 seems to be about 1 second in capturing the HDR image, so the hands need to be frozen (because there is no stabilization).
On the other hand, the images of the Redmi Note 5 Pro leave a lot to wish but they are better in terms of the naturalness of colors. In low light, HDR versions become slightly darker than their non-HDR versions, but details are made more or less. There is no stabilization but Pro HDR images are fast in capturing.
Radmi Note 5 Pro comes with a 4,000 mAh battery onboard while the Samsung J7 Duo has a small but still respectable, 3,000 mAh unit. The difference between the two is bigger on paper and Redmi note 5 Pro improves J7 with better battery life, which is generally acceptable for the J7.
Both phones can be used in normal or light use in the last one day, which will include making calls, defaulting and exchanging messages on other apps, generally browsing to social media and the Internet. Some still include image capturing. But as mentioned earlier, the Redmi Note 5 Pro carefully gives battery life and it easily goes for two and a half days from the need to connect to the charger.
Comparatively, while J7 will also run in the second day with similar use, it will go out of breath a few hours ago. This indicates that the Redmi Note 5 Pro is connected to the charger for 3 to 4 hours.