Moto G5 Plus Vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Vs. Lenovo Z2 Plus: The Essential Comparison

This is not a comparison of specifications, but an evaluation of how effective these phones are in real life.

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The Moto G5 Plus has been a fairly popular smartphone in the Indian market and given that it just got a price reduction, a comparison between the Xiaomi Note 4 and the Lenovo Z2 Plus is unavoidable. As Xiaomi claims, the Redmi Note 4 has sold over a million units, while the Lenovo Z2 Plus, despite being a powerful device, hasn’t gathered a lot of steam. However, if we were to look at the price-performance metric, the Moto G5 Plus sits square in the middle of the two. We’re taking a closer look at the Moto G5 Plus, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and the Lenovo Z2 Plus to see how the three stack up together. Do note that this comparison is based on the variants we have reviewed, that is, the Moto G5 Plus (4GB RAM/32GB Storage), Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (4GB RAM/64GB storage) and the Lenovo Z2 Plus (4GB RAM/64GB Storage).

Specifications
Both the Moto G5 Plus and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 625. The Lenovo Z2 Plus, however, runs on a beefier Spandragon 820 processor. All three phones come with 4GB of RAM (we’re only looking at the top end variants). Based on pure specs, the Lenovo Z2 Plus beats both the phones hands down thanks to a more powerful processor paired with the same 4GB of RAM.
Winner: Lenovo Z2 Plus

Display
In our review of the Lenovo Z2 Plus’s Display (though the most pixel dense display), we noted that there are some issues with retaining contrast and colour balance when the brightness if cranked all the way up. In the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 display review, we said that it has a good display, but it tends to lean towards rendering a warmer picture. The Moto G5 Plus on the other hand offers a very well balanced colour reproduction and managed to be easy to read even under the bright light. Everything from bright lights to a completely dark room can be easily handled by the Moto G5 Plus’s display as we mentioned in our review.
Winner: Moto G5 Plus

Software
We noted in our review of the Moto G5 Plus’s Software & UI that not only was it incredibly stable, but also managed to ensure that everything ran smoothly. Our gaming sessions were surprisingly stutter free, despite the Snapdragon 625 processor. When reviewing software on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, we noted that there were instances where the gaming performance dropped after updating to Android Nougat. The Lenovo Z2 Plus’s Software and UI is still based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and there’s no word on when that’ll get updated to Nougat. Even though it is a very clean and intuitive UI, the lack of timely OS updates and security patches is somewhat or a concern.
Overall, the Moto G5 Plus feels the closest to stock Android, ships with the Google Assistant and offers the most consistent and reliable performance.
Winner: Moto G5 Plus

Performance
We noted our surprise in the performance review of the Moto G5 Plus when it managed to easily handle all the games we threw at it. The same was the case in our performance review of the Lenovo Z2 Plus. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4’s performance started to hiccup during gaming runs after we updated to Nougat. On the Marshmallow based ROM of MIUI, the gaming performance was flawless. In our photo editing tests, we noted that both the Xiaomi and the Moto G5 Plus had some issues processing heavy DNG Raw files. The Lenovo Z2 Plus sailed through this test very well.
Winner: Lenovo Z2 Plus

Camera
Smartphone photography has been fast growing over the years, with camera phones being able to give better and better performance with each iteration. This fact is corroborated when you see the declining numbers for the sale of point and shoot cameras. If your smartphone is going to be your primary camera, then you need to ensure that it does so with good reliability. The Lenovo Z2 Plus’s camera is barely average, as it is reflected in our camera review of the phone.  The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4’s camera also managed an average score, with the performance really taking a hit in low light. This is another area where we found the Moto G5 Plus to shine. Not only does the Moto G5 Plus’s camera take great photos in good light, the low light shots are very impressive as well. The autofocus is also pretty fast and very reliable. It is the best camera phone under the 20K price bracket, without a doubt.
Winner: Moto G5 Plus

Battery
This one is a little tricky. All three phones have battery life that extends into the second day, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has both the Lenovo Z2 Plus and the Moto G5 Plus beat in this regard, as it almost always lasts 2-3 hours more than both of them under regular use. You can read the full in depth battery life review for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and compare it to that of the battery life of the Lenovo Z2 Plus and the Moto G5 Plus’s battery review, but the result at the end of the day will be that the larger battery does beat out the competition. If battery life is your top priority, then the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is your best friend
Winner: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

In conclusion
While the Lenovo Z2 Plus probably has a longer shelf life, the equally expensive Moto G5 Plus has a lot more value to offer for the money in terms of many other features. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 trumps the competition when it comes to battery life, but the Moto G5 Plus is no slouch in this department either. We strongly feel that out of the three, the Moto G5 Plus offers far more value to money thanks to its good performance, excellent camera, really good battery life all brought together by the means of a pure Android ROM.

You can watch our entire Facebook Live discussion about the three phones below.