Entry-level segment is really heating up day-to-day with every manufacturer taking the segment much seriously than the users have anticipated. Xiaomi is launching phones for fun. The company is on a launch spree and the latest ones to arrive from the company is the Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime.

Following the footprints of Xiaomi is its Chinese counterpart- Meizu, which nearly launched a dozen of smartphones only this year. The latest entry-level smartphone from Meizu is the Meizu M5, which packs in some decent set of hardware and comes at a minimal price.

Let’s find out which new budget smartphone wins the race in terms of specifications.

1) Display
Xiaomi has been doing a great job this year in terms of design and display. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes in two variants- the normal version and the Prime version. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime comes with a 1080p display and the normal one comes with just a 720p display, which according to us is the same display packed with the Xiaomi Redmi 3s and the display size in the new smartphones is 5-inch.


Flip side, the Meizu M5 comes with a 5.2-inch display, which is also an 720p panel, but do make a note that Meizu impressed us in terms of display on all their previous phones.

2) Hardware
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor along with 3GB of RAM. The standard Redmi 4 comes with the latest entry-level Snapdragon 430 chipset, but with only 2GB of RAM. The Meizu M5 comes with an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 chipset, however, comes in two variants with 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM and 16GB/32GB internal storage. We believe that the Snapdragon processors are much more power efficient than the MediaTek processors.

3) Camera
In terms of camera, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Meizu comes with the same setup as 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The Xiaomi Redmi 3s impressed us with the camera performance and we are expecting the same performance with the Redmi 4 as well. The previous Meizu phones also got some incredible camera performance, so we are letting down the Meizu as well.

4) Battery and Software
Both the Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Meizu M5 boot Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on top of MIUI 8 and Yun OS on top of it. Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 has been the best OS the company has ever made and for the first time, a Meizu smartphone is running Yun OS, which is typically the rebranded Flyme OS.


Battery segment is the place where Xioami devices thump other smartphones. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes with a 4100mAh battery, which will easily last for two days with moderate usage. The Meizu M5 comes with a smaller 3070mAh battery, which will keep the device ticking for a day or more than that as Yun OS doesn’t have much bloatware.

5) Verdict
Both the Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Meizu M5 are powerful devices in the entry-level segment. However, the Redmi 4 gets a slight advantage in terms of battery and processor, but the Meizu M5 is not far behind.