Of late, the budget segment of the smartphone market has become tight in India with the customers inclining towards buying cheaper smartphones, but also with impressive specs. Xiaomi and Motorola have catered to this exact audience with most of its previous devices launched in India and once again, they are back at it with these two budget smartphones – Xiaomi Redmi 4 and the Motorola Moto E4.
Note: We're considering the Rs. 8,999 model of the Xiaomi Redmi 4 to make the comparison easier.
Here is a comparison of these two sub 10k Android devices,
Display and Design
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes with a metallic unibody design, just like its previous phones and sports a 5-inch IPS LCD display with a 2.5D curved screen and 720-pixel resolution. The Motorola Moto E4 also has a similar 5-inch 720p HD display There is not much of a design overhaul with the Redmi 4, and one might even call it a miniature version of the Redmi Note 4 in the looks and design department. While it is a similar case with the Moto E4 because it has the same design as the Moto G5 series.
Both devices come with the customary fingerprint sensor. However, the Moto E4 has it up front while the Redmi 4 has it on its rear panel. Internally, the Moto E4 features a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor alongside a Mali T720 GPU. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 gets a minor upgrade in the hardware department over the Redmi 3s with its new octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset paired with Adreno 505 GPU. The Moto E4 has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, and the Redmi 4 comes with 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. Both handsets come with an option for expanding storage via a microSD card. But the Moto E4 has a dedicated microSD card slot, whereas the Xiaomi Redmi 4 has a hybrid card slot.
The Motorola Moto E4 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box whereas the Redmi 4 runs on a two-year-old version of the OS, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the company’s MIUI 8 on top. Connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v 4.1 are common in both smartphones. Both the Moto E4 and Redmi 4 accepts two SIM cards.
The Redmi 4 sports a 13MP camera on its rear with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF and LED flash while there is a 5MP front camera with a f/2.2 aperture for selfies. Both cameras can record up to 1080p videos at 30fps. For the Moto E4, an 8MP camera mounts on the rear with PDAF and LED flash and also comes with features like geo-tagging and panorama view. The Moto E4 comes with a 5MP front camera with a LED flash as well, to help out with low-light photography. Interestingly, the videos in both cameras are limited to 720p recording.
The Motorola Moto E4 is fueled by a 2,800mAh Li-ion removable battery while the Xiaomi Redmi 4 boasts a 4,100mAh non-removable battery. The charging, however, takes a while to charge to its full capacity. The Moto E4 comes only in one colour (as of now), and the Redmi 4 is available in Gold and Matte Black options.
Although a few months old, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 is a better choice for those looking for a good battery, better camera, great performance, and also more storage options. You can buy the Moto E4 at Rs. 8,999 online. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 (32GB) also goes at the same price with its 16GB model priced at a much cheaper Rs. 6,999.