In India, the entry-level smartphone segment is incredibly crowded. There's a long list of phones from domestic as well as international brands. However, if you are on a shoestring budget, Xiaomi's Redmi 2 Prime and Moto E (2015) are the only handsets that come to your mind. For many, it is difficult to choose between the two. So let's find out how do they stack up against each other.
Screen Xiaomi has an upper hand in the display department. Not because, the Redmi 2 Prime sports a relatively bigger 4.7" screen, but the HD resolution. In comparison, Motorola offers a 4.5-inch panel with 960x540 pixels. The Moto E comes with Gorilla Glass protection, which the Redmi 2 Prime lacks.
Firepower Both phones are powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 410 chip clocked at 1.2 GHz. The Moto E comes with 1 GB RAM. On the other hand, Xiaomi offers 2 GB RAM, which should come in handy considering the bloated nature of Android.
Camera While we don't expect much in the camera department from the budget phones, Xiaomi offers a decent 8 megapixel sensor. Should be enough for daily use. Most of the users are going to destroy the details with Instagram filters anyway. For selfies, there's a 2 megapixel front-facing snapper. Lenovo isn't that generous, as the Moto E settles for a 5 megapixel front and a VGA selfie camera.
Battery Lenovo gets a slight edge in the battery department. The Moto E packs-in a 2390 mAh battery. The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime has a 2200 mAh battery capacity. May not make a big difference in the real-world use, but as we all know, it is generally "bigger the better" in the battery department.
SIM Both the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime and Moto E (2015) support 4G LTE. The Moto E is a single SIM smartphone. This puts the Redmi 2 Prime on the radar of most Indian consumers who prefer dual SIM support.
Software Xiaomi's MIUI has quite a big fan base. It is a good clone of iOS. However, one must accept that it hogs the system memory. The Moto E (2015) cuts a better deal for consumers with stock UI approach. Plus, it offers Android 5.0, while Xiaomi' phone is stuck on the Android 4.4 KitKat.
Price The Moto E (2015) is available for Rs 6000. Xiaomi's handset is pegged at a grand more. If you don't mind spending Rs 7000, the Redmi 2 Prime is a better buy.