Last year, we saw a massive overhaul and incoming traffic in the budget segment of smartphones in the country, which has led to a fierce battle of brands. For now, the market seems to be dominated by the likes of Xiaomi and LeEco. However, Lenovo has made a valiant attempt with its latest budget phablet called Vibe K5 Note, which was launched to compete with the likes of Redmi Note 3 and Le 1S Eco.
According to some reports Vibe K5 Note and Redmi Note 3 have turned out to be the best selling devices in India. Xiaomi’s offering comes with an aggressive pricing. Xiaomi mobile price list has always been the USP of the company. Lenovo too opted the same route and priced it at a competitive price. Here is a detailed review of which handset should you go for if you are ever confused between these two.
Redmi Note 3 wins when it comes to design and build quality
It always feels good when you pick up a budget smartphone and the device exudes a premium feel that makes you wonder how is it so cheap. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a bang on with that feeling as it comes with an all metal build, which also feels solid without any creaks or sounds.
Lenovo Vibe K5 Note too comes with a metal body, however, it is limited only to the rear panel of the handset. The sides of this handset are plastic and give away the fact that this device indeed is a budget smartphone. Clearly, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 takes home the trophy when it comes to aesthetics.
Redmi Note 3 steals the thunder in performance
Coming to the performance, both handsets are equipped with a RAM of 3 GB and pull a draw on that front. However, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has been equipped with a much better Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Hexa-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. On the other hand, Vibe K5 Note boasts of a better 1.8 GHz Octa-core Helio P10 chipset.
It goes without saying that even though the Snapdragon SoC on Redmi Note 3 is missing 2 additional cores, it is still faster than a Mediatek processor. Therefore, Redmi Note 3 emerges as the clear winner here and should be an ideal choice for gamers.
Lenovo Vibe K5 Note’s saving grace is its camera
In this department, both Redmi Note 3 and Vibe K5 Note are at par with each other on different grounds. When it comes to the rear camera of handsets, Redmi Note 3 is the first ever budget smartphone to come with a 16 Megapixels snapper on the rear panel. On the other hand, Vibe K5 Note has the decent 13 Megapixels camera to counter that. However, it makes up for it with an 8 Megapixels snapper on the front as compared to 5 Megapixels one on Redmi Note 3.
While it seems like a draw between the two, according to some reviews Vibe K5 Note fares better in low lighting condition, which tips the scale slightly in its favor.
Battery-wise, Redmi Note 3 lasts longer than Lenovo Vibe K5 Note
The most important thing that every buyer considers before buying a smartphone is that whether the device has a good battery or not. Lenovo Vibe K5 Note comes flaunting a decent enough 3500 mAh battery under the rear panel. And if you are a light user with occasional 3G and Wi-Fi, you may see through a day and half usage on it. However, Xiaomi has gone one step ahead and equipped the Redmi Note 3 with a 4050 mAh battery, which is a rarity at this price point.
Even if you are a heavy user, you will still be able to push Redmi Note 3 to a full day before having to grab a charger. Therefore, if you are looking for a handset with a good battery, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is the one to opt for.
Verdict: Redmi Note 3 all the way
Taking into account all of the important aspects of the device, it is clear that to enjoy the best smartphone experience, you should go with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. If you want a budget handset that feels premium, performs like a champ, and also takes good images, Redmi Note 3 is the obvious choice.