Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs Le 1s vs Lenovo K4 Note: The mid-budget battle

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 launched at Rs 9,999 and goes on sale tomorrow on Flipkart. Here's how it competes against Le 1s and Lenovo K4 Note.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: March 8, 2016 10:14 am
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Le 1s are currently the best smartphone for those with budget under Rs 12,000 Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Le 1s are currently the best smartphone for those with budget under Rs 12,000

It was a fierce battle between Le 1s and Lenovo K4 Note for budget smartphone crown but Xiaomi is in no intention to let them win easily. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 launched two days back at Rs 9,999 shows how an experienced player can continue to disrupt the market.

If numbers are anything to go by, Le 1s has already notched sales of over 2 lakh devices in just three flash sales before making it openly available on Flipkart. Lenovo K4 Note had flash sales before becoming available without registrations on Amazon India but Xiaomi has some other ideas.

Watch: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 First Look Video

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 will be available exclusively on Mi.com first before making its way to other e-retailers like Amazon and Flipkart. The device will also be available offline to buyers.

We take a look at how these smartphones stack up against each other in terms of specs, given that they are so close to each other in terms of pricing.

Design, Display: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 like Le 1s and Lenovo K4 Note sports a 5.5 inch full HD display, which has a pixel density of 403 ppi. The smartphone weighs 164 gms, and its dimensions are 150 x 76 x 8.7 mm mm.

It has a nearly bezel-less display and a full metal body. Like Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Le 1s is also crafted from metal and in fact, it is made from aircraft-grade aluminum, which makes the phone scratch proof.

Lenovo K4 Note has turned little curvier at the edges but retains that same plastic attributes from its predecessor.

In terms of design, Lenovo K4 Note easily loses out but between Le 1s and Redmi Note 3, it will be up to individual choices.

Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 First Impression: The new budget smartphone king?

Processor, RAM and Storage: Xiaomi Global VP praised Redmi Note 3’s hexacore Snapdragon 650 processor coupled with 2GB/3GB RAM depending on version. While cores don’t really translate to performance, Le 1s and K4 Note aren’t laggards either. They are powered by octa-core MediaTek processor coupled with 3GB RAM.

While Le 1s offers 32GB RAM out of the box, Lenovo K4 Note and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 however, starts with 16GB internal memory only. In 2016, 32GB storage is more or less a must-have now.

Camera: Le 1s and Lenovo K4 Note come with 13 megapixel camera on the back and a five megapixel camera on the front. Le 1s’ rear camera is equipped with blue glass infrared filter and ISOCELL for better picture quality. The camera app also has quite a few settings such as ISO, White Balance for users to tinker with.

During our review, we really found Le 1s’ camera to deliver in terms of picture quality. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with a larger 16MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Redmi Note 3’s camera doesn’t disappoint us during our first few days but we would reserve our verdict till thoroughly test its camera.

Must Read: LeEco Le 1s vs Lenovo K4 Note vs Moto G Turbo edition: Specs battle

Battery: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 wins this space without any competition. First it packs a really large 4000mAh battery and second, the power optimisation from Xiaomi can make it last really long.

On the other hand, Le 1s comes with 3000mAh battery while Lenovo K4 Note gets a slightly better 3300mAh battery. Both should last almost a day without any issue.

Other features: Lenovo K4 Note’s biggest selling point is the TheatreMax technology, which can give users a VR-like experience for any content, with the VR ANT headset. Lenovo K4 Note also comes with Dolby Atmos powered dual-front speakers for better sound quality. Lenovo has also gone for a cleaner Vibe UI with Android 5.1 OS.

Le 1s comes with the company’s Android OS 5.0.2 with eUI (Eco User Interface) on top and supports the company’s “Le Ecosystem” in India, which is an Internet engine that offers an online platform with content, devices, and applications. Le Eco has also partnered with Eros Now for Video-on-demand (VOD) and YuppTV for TV content streaming.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with MIUI 7 which doesn’t need any introduction. It is one of the most popular forked Android version after vanilla ROM itself. Xiaomi has added tons of new themes and settings this time. It will also get Android 6.0 Marshmallow update soon.

Recommended: LeEco Le 1s #ExpressReview: This one has some significant advantages over rivals

Pricing: Lenovo K4 Note bundled with the VR headset costs Rs 12,499, while the phone is priced at Rs 11,999. Le 1s is priced at Rs 10,999, and the company is offering cashback to Axis Bank card holders on Flipkart.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 starts at Rs 9,999 but that gives you just 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. The 3GB+32GB version will set you back by Rs 11,999.

Le 1s is the cheapest of the three smartphones, but both K4 Note and Redmi Note 3 have become established names and brands in the minds of the Indian consumers.

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    Ajai Singh
    Mar 11, 2016 at 8:01 am
    What about water resistance?
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      Johny
      Mar 16, 2016 at 8:20 am
      we can its hybrid slot
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        bhanu
        Mar 8, 2016 at 7:10 am
        can be expand memory in mi note 3 32gb
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          booster
          Mar 8, 2016 at 9:30 am
          what about heating of smart phones and its radiation effects
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            India
            Mar 6, 2016 at 10:24 am
            video shows redmi note 3 having 13 mp camera instead of 16mp.
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              chak de
              Mar 6, 2016 at 8:57 am
              I feel Hono 5x needs to be considered too.
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                Mayur Panghaal
                Mar 8, 2016 at 11:47 am
                What article doesnt mention is....there is no micro sd slot in any other phone except K4 note.
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                  Mayur Panghaal
                  Mar 8, 2016 at 11:46 am
                  no
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                    omveer
                    Mar 6, 2016 at 2:53 pm
                    in mediatek processor variant it has 13 mp camera and in snapdragon 650 it has 16 mp. so don't worry in india only snapdragon will be launched.
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                      Pawan
                      Mar 11, 2016 at 4:58 am
                      Can I buy letv 1s for better b value in the future
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                        pawan
                        Apr 24, 2016 at 2:23 pm
                        kaun sa mobile sahi h redmi note 3 ya lenovok4 reply me...
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                          praveen
                          May 25, 2016 at 6:30 pm
                          Which is the better phone mi3 with 2gb or letv 1st eco
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                            Prayagraj Patra
                            Mar 5, 2016 at 6:28 pm
                            In the processor ram and storage section, u hv written "While Le 1s offers 32GB RAM" change it to 32GB "ROM"
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                              Raza Hasan
                              Mar 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm
                              No verdict at the end ? What about the camera performance ??? And which would be a better buy ? cz every phones have some disadvantages
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                                Sam
                                Mar 16, 2016 at 10:45 am
                                your comments are Silent about the absence of Gorilla Gl in Redmi note 3, So Redmi not 3 is Susceptible to Brakeage.
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                                  Sri
                                  Mar 11, 2016 at 4:30 am
                                  Lenovo K4 Note has a cheap look to it, and the company doesn't offer any optional premium back covers. The others in the same category look cly and perform well.
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                                    sumit bajaj
                                    Mar 10, 2016 at 5:29 pm
                                    Does #RedmiNote3 support VR Headsets? If yes then which one?
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                                      sumit bajaj
                                      Mar 10, 2016 at 5:30 pm
                                      Redmi note 3 has a Hybrid slot
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                                        Uday Singh
                                        Mar 6, 2016 at 8:49 pm
                                        32GB RAM !! LOL
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                                          Uday Singh
                                          Mar 6, 2016 at 8:48 pm
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                                            Tushar yadav
                                            Apr 5, 2016 at 9:51 am
                                            i think if you want to buy red mi note 3 you should buy it from mi india because they are offering mi protect worth amount 350 rs more in they gives you full breakage protection and water resistant protection
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