“On paper, the Redmi 4A is much better, but the Moto C should be more easily available”

Every year, Moto and Xiaomi go head to head in the budget arena with their offerings. While it’s the Moto E range that usually takes part in this challenge from the Lenovo-owned brand, this time it has launched a new series with the Moto C. Priced at Rs 5,999, the Moto C is the most affordable phone in Moto’s lineup, and it’ll go up against the similarly-priced Xiaomi Redmi 4A (review). But which one should you go for? We try to find out in our 2017 version of the budget battle between Moto and Xiaomi.

Design and display

Moto C Plus official

You can easily tell that the Xiaomi Redmi 4A is miles ahead of the Moto C when it comes to design and the build quality. Both handsets follow the aesthetics of their respective makers and are made of polycarbonate. While the Moto C boasts a pretty sturdy build, the 4A gets an edge because of its metallic finish. Additionally, Xiaomi’s offering is a lot lighter than the Moto C (131g vs 145g).

Moving on to the display, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A again beats the Moto C. While both of them sport 5-inch displays, the Redmi 4A offers 720p resolution compared to 480p on the Moto C. 

Hardware and software

Xiaomi Redmi 4_18

This is another aspect where the scale tips in the favour of the Redmi 4A as it comes powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, which is a quad-core chipset running at 1.4GHz. The Moto C on the other hand, is fuelled by MediaTek MT6737M, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.1GHz. Moreover, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A has double the RAM available on the Moto C. Therefore, it is a given that Xiaomi’s smartphone is capable of handling resource-hungry apps and tasks in a better manner. 

Speaking of software, the Moto C gets its first win as it comes with near stock Android 7.0 Nougat operating system pre-installed. In contrast, the Redmi 4A runs the dated Android 6.0 Marshmallow which acts as base for Xiaomi’s MIUI custom ROM.  

Cameras and battery

Moto C and Plus official

In the imaging department, the Moto C comes across as an amateur wrestler fighting a heavyweight. The Xiaomi Redmi 4A flaunts a 13MP sensor accompanied by PDAF, whereas the Moto C comes fitted with a 5MP autofocus camera on the rear. In terms of video recording as well, Moto’s latest can only record 720p video as compared to full HD recording capabilities of the Redmi 4A. Even on the fascia, the Redmi 4A sports a 5-megapixel shooter compared to a 2MP unit on the Moto C. However, the Moto C is accompanied by an LED at front for better low-light capabilities. 

The Xiaomi Redmi 4A also has an upper hand in terms of battery compared to the Moto C, with a 3,120mAh and 2,350mAh unit, respectively.

Closing thoughts

There are no two ways about it – the Xiaomi Redmi 4A beats the Moto C in every aspect. However, what works in the favour of Moto’s offering is that it will be sold through offline channels, making it readily available. This certainly gives it some marks as the getting the Xiaomi Redmi 4A isn’t easy because of its flash sales model. 

Motorola Moto C vs Xiaomi Redmi 4A