Lenovo K4 Note with VR headset bundle goes on sale today on Amazon India at 2 pm. The successor of the popular mid-range K3 Note, the new smartphone is proving to be equally popular among buyers. Lenovo claims over 60,000 units of the K4 Note were sold during the second flash sale on 23 January.
There is another Chinese smartphone that has garnered attention among many smartphone buyers – LeEco’s Le 1s. LeEco’s (formerly LeTV) budget smartphone Le 1s is now in India at a price of Rs 10,999.
For mid-range smartphone buyers, with a budget of Rs 10,000 to Rs 13,000, the K4 Note, Le1s and the Moto G Turbo edition are three options they can look at, based on specs, pricing. Here’s our comparison of what stands out in these three mid-budget devices.
Read on as we compare all the three devices:
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Lenovo K4 Note vs K3 Note: What’s changed?
Lenovo K3 Note had a spec sheet that was hard to beat. So how do you improve on a device that’s already very good – by offering even better performance than before.
So Lenovo K4 Note drops clunky look of K3 Note in favour of Vibe series like design. It also adds dual front stereo speakers and has a fingerprint sensor at the back. While the display size and resolution are same as before, Lenovo claims it has improved the quality of the display.
The K4 Note is also ready for Virtual Reality and Lenovo has even bundled the smartphone with a ANT VR headset.
Another difference this time around is the more cleaner Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system and a new virtual reality experience powered by TheatreMax.
Lenovo has also parted ways with Flipkart for K4 Note. While K3 Note was Flipkart exclusive, K4 Note is now exclusive to Amazon India.
Lenovo K4 Note vs Le 1s vs Moto G Turbo
While Lenovo K4 Note is popular, it has one serious competitor and that is Le 1s. Le 1s matches Lenovo K4 Note in terms of specs and also sports a design, that is more impressive than K4 Note.
We had caught a glimpse of the Le 1s at CES 2016 and it’s a pretty solid-looking device with top-notch build quality. The Le 1S is also offering a lot more storage space at 32GB and is priced slightly lower than the K4 Note and the Moto G Turbo.
Of course for a lot of consumers in India, the K4 Note and Moto G Turbo are brand names they’ve come to recognise so a new Chinese brand will have to offer something truly exceptional to convince Indian buyers.
In our experience the Moto G Turbo is more for those who like the pure Android experience and don’t care for other UI skins too much. Also remember that the Moto G Turbo Edition is water and dust-resistant, so if you want a phone that is more sturdy, then this should be your choice.
On the camera front though the Moto G Turbo Edition doesn’t really offer anything spectacular, let’s not forget that this is still an HD display, compared to the other two which have full HD display.
We’ll have to wait and see how the K4 Note and Le 1s perform once we try out the review units. Given that the K3 Note camera impressed us so much, the expectations will be high from K4 Note’s camera as well.
Both Lenovo K4 Note and Le 1s offer a larger battery size than the Moto G Turbo edition, though in our review the phone’s battery easily lasted a day, so don’t let the number be the sole deciding factor.
There’s no doubt that with the Lenovo K4 Note, the company is promising an experience like none other in the price segment. Lenovo also holds an edge when it comes to brand exposure and service network, while LeEco has to face the challenges of a newcomer in India.
Both the devices are at par in terms of pricing. In the next few days we will put both the devices through its paces, so do watch this space for more.