Xiaomi is all set to launch the 'Pro' version of their latest budget smartphone, the Redmi Note 3, in India. The phone will compete with the likes of the Lenovo K4 Note, LeEco Le 1S and Honor 5X.
While Indian audiences await the launch of the Redmi Note 3, we list out 5 similarities and 5 differences between Lenovo's K4 Note and Xiaomi's Redmi Note 3.
Dual-SIM card support
Both the smartphones have dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) card slots that support two Micro SIM cards each. This allows the user to operate two different cellular numbers, without the hassle of keeping two smartphones. Both the Redmi Note 3 and the K4 Note support 4G LTE bands in India, that is Band 3 and Band 40.
Both these smartphones are phablet-sized devices and have a similar 5.5-inch IPS LCD display on the front. The resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels or Full HD) is same on both of the smartphones.
With minimal bezels, the Redmi Note 3 is slightly sleeker than the K4 Note, but the difference isn't quite evident. The Redmi Note 3 also has a slightly better Screen to Body ratio of 72.4% compared to 71% on the K4 Note.
Fingerprint sensors on the back panel of a smartphone are very common these days and both Lenovo and Xiaomi have put in a similar scanner on the back of their budget offerings.
Located just below the rear camera sensor, the fingerprint sensor is the same on both and claims to be extremely fast with unlocking speeds that just 0.3 seconds to unlock the device.
Similar camera sensors
Both these smartphones have the same camera on the rear of the device, and almost similar ones for snapping selfies. The rear camera has a 13MP sensor with features like Phase Detection Auto Focus, dual-tone dual-LED flash and an aperture of f/2.2. The front camera is a 5MP shooter on both the devices, but the Redmi Note 3's front camera has the ability to capture Full HD 1080p videos.
Both the K4 Note and Redmi Note 3 run on Android OS. While both of them are running their custom UIs, the software is based on Android v5.1 Lollipop.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 outshines the Lenovo K4 Note when it comes to the overall processor performance. With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 on the Note 3, the K4 Note is powered by the lower-specced Mediatek MT6753. Having already launched in China last year, the Redmi Note 3 has been showing great performance in terms of multitasking and processing capabilities.
Another major difference between the K4 Note and the Redmi Note 3 is the variations in battery capacities. While both have similar form factor and dimensions, the Redmi Note 3 comes with a 4,000 mAh battery and the K4 Note has a comparatively mediocre 3,300 mAh unit, under the hood. Both these smartphones have non-removable batteries.
The Lenovo K4 Note comes in only one color variant - Black. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has a metal unibody so the company decided to go with color options like Silver, Gray and Gold to complement the finish of the material used.
The Note 3, therefore, has the benefit from the consumer, with multiple models to choose from, according to personal preference.
The biggest advantage that the Lenovo K4 Note has over the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is the fact that it supports MicroSD cards. With an additional port, the internal storage on the K4 Note is expandable upto a whopping 128GB, a boon for heavy multimedia users. On the other hand, you are stuck with 16GB/32GB of internal storage on the Redmi Note 3, depending on which variant you pick up.
While both the Redmi Note 3 and the K4 Note run on Android 5.1 Lollipop, the skin or user interface is completely different on both of them.
The Redmi Note 3 runs on Xiaomi's very own MIUI that is loosely based on iOS, with no app launchers and a design that is quite different from stock Android. The K4 Note, on the other hand, runs Vibe UI as its software. Vibe UI has a near-stock Android feel with colorful icons and widgets added in.