Smartphone shopping in India is not as easy as it used to be. The intense competition between OEMs has brought new and competitive devices at attractive price points, which is confusing buyers. But not all phones with an affordable price tag are worth buying.
Xiaomi is one of the top smartphone manufacturers of low-price, high-value phones in India, but it is not without competition. After the company announced a significant milestone for its Redmi Note 4 hitting 5 million sales in the first 6 months of 2017, there are several new phones trying to take the top spot in the sub-Rs. 15,000 price category.
Lenovo K8 Note is one of the top contenders, which offers great value for the money spent on a phone. Priced at Rs. 12,999 for 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and Rs. 13,999 for 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, Lenovo K8 Note is ideally targeting Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and other phones in India.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with similar configuration of 3GB RAM and 32GB storage costs Rs. 10,999 and the one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage costs Rs. 12,999. There’s a minor difference in price between the two phones and Xiaomi turns out to be a cheaper option.
But what about the phones being worth their price? To solve that mystery, we pit both Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo K8 Note against each other.
Display and design
Both phones have a metallic unibody, but the Lenovo K8 Note has one-upped with splash resistant coating on its aluminium 5000 series metal body. The displays in both phones measure 5.5 inches, have a 2.5D curved glass, Full HD resolution and good viewing angles.
In terms of design and display, both phones are at par with each other and it comes down to buyer’s personal choice.
Lenovo K8 Note has a dual rear camera setup with 13MP + 5MP sensors with dual LED flash and a 13MP front snapper with f/2.0 aperture, five element lens, Pro mode, Beautify mode and wide-angle field of view.
On the other hand, the Redmi Note 4 has a 13MP rear-facing snapper with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, dual LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and 85-degree wide angle view of field with Beautify and Pro modes.
It is quite clear here that Lenovo’s smartphones offers better optics as compared to Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has a 4,100mAh battery with 5V/2A charging support and the Lenovo K8 Note has a 4,000mAh battery with 15W Turbo Charger. In terms of battery life, we don’t have any doubts that both phones will last equally long under identical usage conditions.
Lenovo K8 Note is powered by MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core chipset, while the Redmi Note 4 has a Snapdragon 625 octa-core CPU under the hood. The RAM and storage options are identical in both phones, and they also have microSD card support for additional storage up to 128GB.
The prospect of Lenovo K8 Note’s deca-core chipset looks better than Redmi Note 4’s octa-core processor, but we doubt users will find any major difference on a day-to-day basis.
Both phones have a fingerprint scanner, dual SIM card slots and 4G VoLTE support. The Lenovo K8 note additionally offers Dolby Atmos sound system, dedicated physical Music button, and TheaterMax support. Unlike the Redmi Note 4’s hybrid slot, Lenovo K8 Note features a dedicated microSD card slot in addition to two SIM card slots, which some might find useful.