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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon) vs Vivo Y55s: for $189, here are two choices for you

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Snapdragon vs Vivo Y55s photo

Two similarly priced smartphone would have made you think that there’s no difference between the two, or just a slight difference. But you will think differently once you take a closer look at Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon) and Vivo Y55s.

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For a reasonable price of $189 USD, you would expect it to deliver mid-range goodness – and Redmi Note 4 delivers more than that. The king of budget smartphones return in a big way with the different Snapdragon flavor being the major offering.

Further details of the Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon) are as per below:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • 2.5D curved glass
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset, Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 506 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera withf/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 5MP secondary camera withf/2.0 aperture
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4100 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • February 2017 release date
  • $189 USD price tag

The first clear advantage that the Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon) have is its large 5.5-inch Full HD IPS screen. Not only that, it also comes with a good-looking metal body and 2.5D curved glass for a firmer grip. Then there’s the fingerprint sensor completing the package which is more than the average mid-range smartphone that you can find out there.

Under the hood of the Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon) is the very capable mid-range Snapdragon 625 chipset, fast octa-core processor, good graphics and 4GB RAM. You will find that it has no trouble running most apps and games that are available out there in the market.

Even though it comes with a 13MP primary camera, but with PDAF and dual-Led flash – all your photos will look sharp and good-looking. A 5MP selfie camera complements it, although there’s nothing to shout about it.

A large 64GB internal storage allows you to install lots of apps and games to your liking. When it is time to add more space, just pop in a microSD card and you are set to go up to 256GB.

Last but not least, there’s a highly capable 4100 mAh battery that is available to power up the Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon) for a full day without any hiccups.

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With that, now let’s turn our attention to the Y55s. Having a similar price tag, you would have thought that it would have almost similar specs, so let’s check out what is in store for us:

  • 5.2-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~282 ppi pixel density
  • Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 chipset, Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 306 graphics and 3GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera
  • 16GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2730 mAh battery
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • Expected March 2017 release date
  • $12,490 Indian Rupee or ~$189 USD price tag

Starting with the obvious, we can see that the Y55s will be sporting a rather average 5.2-inch IPS screen that is only equipped with an HD resolution. Still good enough for those who doesn’t want anything big to deal with, but for this price range you will be disappointed.

And when it comes to the performance side of things, there’s some mismatch that you will be pondering upon. Underneath the hood of the Y55s will be the Snapdragon 425 chipset paired with an entry-level and slow quad-core processor, basic graphics but with 3GB RAM. Don’t expect it to run smoothly as you push it through the paces, but should be decent enough for your daily dose of social media and light browsing on the smartphone.

Camera-wise, the 13MP-5MP camera setup should be available to provide you with some good camera experience. Good enough for your daily dose of taking photos to be uploaded to your favorite social media sites.

In terms of storage, surely the 16GB internal storage found on the Y55s is barely enough – but thankfully you can easily add in up to 256GB via its microSD slot.

Moving on to the battery side of things, there’s going to be a 2730 mAh battery available on the Y55s. This should be sufficient to last you for at least a day in between charging.

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Conclusion:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon) is indeed value-for-money. It is a kind of smartphone that you really want to grab hold of when you are running on a budget. Good 5.5-inch Full HD IPS screen with metal body and 2.5D curved glass, good mid-range performance, good 13MP-5MP camera, good storage and a great battery makes for a very interesting budget smartphone with mid-range offerings. Too bad it doesn’t have the Nougat OS update though.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon) is currently available for approximately $189 USD. You can choose to go for either Gray, Gold or Black color.

Vivo Y55s is aimed at the entry level segment of the market, but the price is of a mid-range smartphone. You would have thought that it would have come with much better specs, but that’s the sad reality about it. Having the same price tag, doesn’t justify the specs that it dishes out.

Vivo Y55s is currently available for $12,490 Indian Rupee or ~$189 USD. It will be available in Crown Gold and Space Gray.

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