Lenovo K4 Note vs Le 1S vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 – Specs Comparison & Initial Thoughts

2016 has kicked off with great launches and in one particular segment the heat is on – the 5.5″ mid-ranger segment is set on fire with Lenovo who started the war with the launch of K4 Note as the year started. Following it up was a new entrant LeEco who broke the records selling 2 lac phones in a month with their Le 1S. Latest in the game is the Redmi Note 3 from Xiaomi who look to sweep off the others. There was also the Honor 5X that was launched which is also a good option.

Now there will be one question on everyone’s mind or the confusion there of – which one of these should you get? The pricing is just 1-2K INR apart. While we have got our hands on Lenovo K4 Note and Le 1s, we are yet to play with the Redmi Note 3. We will make a spec-sheet comparison and give our initial thoughts here. We have intentionally excluded the Honor 5x as they did not launch the 3GB variant in India.

lenovo k4 note vs le 1s vs redmi note 3

Specifications Comparison – K4 Note vs Le 1S vs Redmi Note 3

Features Lenovo K4 Note LeEco Le 1s Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Display 5.5” IPS LCD

Full HD @ 401 ppi

Gorilla Glass 3 protection

5.5” IPS LCD

Full HD @ 401 ppi

Gorilla Glass 3 protection

5.5” IPS LCD

Full HD @ 403 ppi

Scratch resistant

Processor Mediatek MT6753 Octa-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz

 

Mali T720 GPU

MediaTek Helio X10 Octa-core processor clocked at 2.2 GHz

 

Mali T720 GPU

Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Hexa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz

Adreno 510 GPU

RAM 3GB 3GB 2GB/3GB
Memory 16GB expandable upto 128GB 32GB fixed 16GB/32GB expandable upto 32GB
Camera 13 MP, f/2.2, PDA, dual-LED flash

5MP front shooter

13MP f/2.0, PDA, and 4K video recording

8MP front camera

16 MP, f/2.0, PDA, dual-LED flash

5MP front shooter

Battery 3300 mAh 3000 mAh with USB Type C 4050 mAh
OS Vibe UI built off Android 5.1 EUI built off of Android 5.1 MIUI 7 built off Android 5.1
Connectivity Dual SIM 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, BT 4.0 Dual SIM 4G LTE, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1 Dual SIM 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, BT 4.1
Others 9.2mm in thickness, 158 gms in weight 7.5mm in thickness, 160gms in weight

IR Blaster

8.7mm in thickness, 164gms in weight

IR Blaster

Colours Black Silver and Gold Grey, Gold and Silver
Price 11,999 INR 10,999 INR 9,999 INR and 11,999 INR for 2GB and 3GB RAM variant respectively
Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, compass Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Alright, now all the three seem to be killer deals but there is something good in each of the phones and it all boils down to one’s preferences. The K4 Note has been very good when it comes to battery life and camera but on the overall performances there have been issues, just the way we’ve seen on the K3 Note, especially on the gaming front. But when it comes to multimedia the K4 Note excels and caters to the audiophiles.

The Le 1s has an awesome unibody metallic build and is the cheapest of the lot. Getting it is easy on open sales on Flipkart. K4 Note too is on open sales now. The EUI has some issues and LeEco has promised an update but overall the phone is a solid performer. What remains to be seen is their post sales service.

Last to enter the game but bringing the best processor into the game in the form of SD 650 is Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3. Looking at the architecture the Redmi Note 3 should be an awesome performer and if you were to get the 3GB RAM variant then there is no looking back. Coming with a full metallic build and things like backlit capacitive buttons and IR blaster, and the feature rich MIUI 7, the Redmi Note 3 looks to win the war especially with the elongated battery life it will provide with the 4050 mAh battery.

Few things considered including the pricing, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 looks be having an edge with its processor. What remains to be seen is how well it takes on the K4 Note’s reputation of a good camera. All the phones seem to hold a well working fingerprint scanner. The Note 3 will also support VR headset just like the K4 having the gyro sensor. But when it comes to battery life, it will clearly be a winner. We will wait to get our hands on the phone and report more but at the moment Redmi Note 3 seems to be going on to become a winner.

Cosmic Paladin

Cosmic Paladin is a Tech Enthusiast and a Gadget Freak! From Nokia 3310 from back in the day to OnePlus One today, he has used tons of devices and has dived deep into the nuances of what it takes to make a good phone. As a Product Manager building enterprise mobile and web apps, his passion is music, photography and tech blogging!

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