Nokia 5.3 is a nice affordable mid-range phone with its advantages and disadvantages. It is usually not smart to compare yourself with others because you’ll make your life harder. But sometimes it is good to do just that to see how you are standing next to the competition. Here is a nice video comparison of Nokia 5.3 and Xiaomi Redmi 9, a smartphone that is a direct competitor regarding the hardware specs and price.
The specs are almost similar, with Nokia being better in processing power and build quality and Xiaomi, which has a sharper screen, bigger battery any nicer camera specs.
After seeing this video comparison of 5.3 and Redmi 9, I must say that I’m astounded with how Xiaomi is handling the performances of its budget midrange phones. Redmi 9 in spite of having a bit weaker processor, is better tuned up than 5.3 with a better SD665. It seems to me that Android One running on Nokia 5.3 isn’t tuned enough for this model, while Xiaomi tweaked Android 10 and better used the hardware. Xiaomi decided to leave the Android One program, and so far it seems like a good choice.
When we come to the camera comparison, Nokia 5.3 does create better photos with its 13MP camera that has a bit wider aperture. I like the color representation better in the photos and videos shot with the camera of Nokia 5.3. I must say that Nokia 5.3 has a nicely rounded main camera which can create nice photos in good light conditions.
In the end, anyone hunting for a budget midrange phone will be going for a cheaper of the two, and Xiaomi(172$) beats Nokia (199$) there with 27$ lower price on average.
Xiaomi might be using cheaper hardware parts in its phones, but buyers might not care for that and just get what gives more for their money.