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.
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.
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.
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.
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.