The last few years have witnessed tremendous demand and growth in the budget segment of smartphones. This has compelled even the leading smartphone brands to offer value for money devices to give tough competition to overly popular Chinese brands. There are a lot of companies selling affordable smartphones with premium features these days, Xiaomi and Lenovo fall in this category and are possibly the biggest competitors in the verge of overshadowing some of the most reputed smartphone companies. With upheaval caused by the recent launch of the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note, we are now awaiting for the next big value for money devices, namely the Xiaomi Note 3 Pro.
Lenovo K4 Note vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro: Who has got the maximum perkiness?
The Lenovo K4 Note comes with a metal frame and a curved polycarbonate back for comfortable grip. So there is no arguing that it oozes premium looks. At 158 grams, the smartphone feels light enough to carry around. The device comes in various colors. With a full metal body and rounded edges, the Xiaomi Note 3 Pro does not lack in the design department as well. The phone weighs 164 grams, and is available in silver, gray and gold colouroptions.
Display and Security
The Lenovo K4 Note sports a 5.5-inch FHD display with wide-view option up to 178 degrees. The display has a pixel density of 403 PPI and an amazing contrast ratio which should be a boon for media lovers. The display offers good visibility even under direct sunlight. The Xiaomi Note 3 Pro sports a 5.5-inch Full-HD display with 401ppi and has three viewing modes — Sunlight, Night and Reading for better visuals.
Both the devices come with fingerprint sensors for additional security.
Configuration and OS
The Lenovo K4 Note is powered by a 1.3GHz Mediatek MT6753 octa-core processor
with Mali-T720 MP3 GPU for a decent gaming experience. While its counterpart Xiaomi Note 3 Pro is driven by a hexa-core processor seated on Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650 Chipset and Adreno 510 graphics processor which makes sure the users get a lag free experience while gaming and switching between applications. The Lenovo K4 Note comes with 16GB of ROM which can be further expanded up to 128GB through microSD cards. The Xiaomi Note 3 Pro comes in two storage variants, 16GB and 32GB and cannot be expanded any further.
The K4 Note as well as the 32GB storage variant of the Xiaomi note 3 Pro is assisted by 3GB of RAM while the 16GB storage variant of the Xiaomi Note 3 Pro gets a 2GB RAM. Both the devices run Android v5.1 Lollipop operating system.
The Lenovo K4 Note is stacked with a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and dual tone LED flash. The camera interface is the custom Snap it app from Lenovo and features all the basic options including HDR, Panorama, and other effects. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 features a 16MP rear camera with dual LED flash. The camera is equipped with Phase Detection AutoFocus and Dual LED flash. The camera comes with many modes like HDR, Panorama, Gradient, Beauty, HHT, Scene Mode, Tilt eye, and Fish Eye. Both the devices have a secondary 5MP camera for capturing selfies.
The video capabilities of the devices are at par. Both can take up to 1080p video recordings.
Battery and Connectivity
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro draws its power from a mighty 4,000mAh battery. Lenovo K4 Note’s battery is smaller than the Redmi Note 3, but is considerably reliable at 3,300mAh. Both the devices support fast charging, which makes them very desirable. Both the Chinese models cover a wide range of connectivity features which include 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, OTG and USB support. Lenovo K4 Note also comes with NFC, a feature which allows easy sharing of files with a single tap between two devices.
The main USP of the K4 Note is the TheaterMax VR software and the ANTVR gear. The VR box has a plastic body with pads for comfortable fit on the forehead to provide an immersive gaming experience.
Based on aforementioned comparisons there isn’t much difference between the two phones. Exhibiting good design, build, decent display, software and performance, both the devices can be termed as all-rounders. But the Note 3 Pro seems to be a better option when it comes to faster performance, better photography experience and a larger battery backup. The TheatreMax technology of the K4 Note however, is sure to attract people looking for an immersive video and graphic experience. Also the presence of an expandable memory slot and NFC makes the K4 Note give tough competition to its rival.