Xiaomi Redmi Note vs Asus Zenfone 5 - The Best is?

9/12/2014 By Techsemo
The Chinese smartphone manufacturers, Xiaomi have earned huge profits in the Indian smartphone market. The manufacturers have sold around 95, 000 units of Xiaomi Mi3 in India through Flipkart.com, and now they are all set to sell the affordable Redmi 1S on 2nd September using the same online platform. It is expected that the Redmi 1S would grab more demand as compared to the Mi3. Buy Redmi 1S from Flipkart.com
Xiaomi Redmi Note - Comparison
The third Xiaomi smartphone, the Redmi Note is expected to arrive soon in the Indian market for the buyers. It is well known now, that this smartphone would also be available through the same online store, Flipkart. After its launch, the 5.5-inched Xiaomi Redmi Note would offer a very tough rivalry to other best-selling phablets in the segment. This smartphone also follows the same USP, which Mi3 and Redmi 1S followed, i.e., high end specifications and features, offered at low & affordable price tags.

The in-demand Asus Zenfone 5 would be offering an equal competition to this smartphone. To find out which out of these two are worth a buying package deal, we bring you a one-on-one comparison review of both. Buy Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG from Flipkart.com
Asus Zenfone 5 - Comparison
Xiaomi Redmi Note vs Asus Zenfone 5


The Xiaomi Redmi Note flaunts a Full HD. 5.5-inch IPS LCD Capacitive touch screen display, which produces a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels at 267 pixels per inch. This multi-touch display produces up to 16M colors.

On the other hand, the Asus Zenfone 5 sports a comparatively smaller, 5-inch IPS capacitive touch screen display, which also produces Full HD resolution at a better pixel density rate of 294 ppi. Also, it features Corning Gorilla Glass protection, which is not present on the Redmi Note.

Processor & RAM

The Redmi Note is powered by a 1.7GHz Mediatek MT6592 Cortex-A7 Octa-Core Processor, which is supported by 1GB RAM and Mali-450MP4 GPU. Whereas, the Asus Zenfone 5 is powered by an Intel Atom Z2560 Dual-Core Processor clocked at 1.6GHz, and supported by 2GB of RAM and PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU.
Redmi Note - Comparison
The Redmi Note features a better Quad Core Processor, while the Zenfone 5 is supported by a better 2GB of RAM.

Operating System

The Redmi Note runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system out-of-the-box. While, the Zenfone 5 runs on the Android 4.3 jelly Bean OS, which can be upgraded to the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system.


For your photography needs, the Xiaomi Redmi Note houses a 13 Megapixels (4128 x 3096 pixels) Autofocus rear camera coupled with LED flash. This smartphone also carries a 5 Megapixels secondary camera on the front for your selfies and video calls.

On the other hand, the Zenfone 5 houses an 8 Megapixels (3264 x 2448 pixels) Autofocus rear camera, which also packs an LED flash. For your video calls, this smartphone houses a 2 Megapixels secondary camera on its front.

Zenfone 5 - Comparison

Both these two smartphones offer 8GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded using a MicroSD card. The Xiaomi Redmi Note supports a MicroSD card of up to 32GB. However, the Zenfone 5 can support a MicroSD card of up to 64GB on it.


The connectivity features on both Redmi Note and Zenfone 5 are almost same including 3G connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, LE, GPRS with EDGE, WI-Fi, WI-Fi Hotspot, WI-Fi Direct, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, MicroUSB 2.0, USB and 3.5mm Audio Jack.


The Xiaomi Redmi Note is fuelled by a strong 3200mAH Li-PO battery, whereas the Zenfone 5 is fuelled by a 2110mAH Li-PO battery. Hence, the Redmi Note is a clean winner in this segment.


Xiaomi Redmi Note is expected to be launched with a price tag of Rs. 9, 999 in India. And the Asus Zenfone 5 is available with a price tag of Rs. 13, 144 in India.


In this comparison review, we found that the Xiaomi Redmi Note is a far better smartphone in terms of hardware specification, when compared to the Asus Zenfone 5. The only areas where the Xiaomi Redmi Note lags are the customer service support and brand reputation. However, the Chinese manufacturers are working very hard to overcome these issues.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note features a better display, processor, camera and a stronger battery. Also, it is expected to arrive at a cheaper price tag, as compared to its rival. Hence, the Redmi Note is declared a winner in this comparison review.
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