Lenovo Vibe K5 Note Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: Which one you should buy

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

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.

[Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow] PacMan ROM for Moto G4 Plus

PacMan ROM for Moto G4 Plus

Here is the PacMan ROM that is based on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 for Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus.

It has been tested on the following variants:

  • XT1621
  • XT1622
  • XT1625
  • XT1626
  • XT1640
  • XT1641
  • XT1642
  • XT1643
  • XT1644 (but still issues with US variant)

How to install:-

From stock:

  • Copy the ROM zip on your phone
  • Reboot in TWRP Recovery mode
  • Backup your phone!
  • Format/Wipe system, cache, dalvik, data
  • Flash/Install ROM
  • Flash Install Gapps (OpenGapps ARM Marshmallow Mini or smaller is recommended)
  • Reboot

Upgrade from a previous build:

  • Copy the ROM zip on your phone
  • Reboot in TWRP Recovery mode
  • Format/Wipe only cache, dalvik
  • Flash/Install ROM (don’t flash gapps! or phone will not boot)
  • Reboot


[Solved] Xperia L Stuck in Bootloop after Unlocking Bootloader

Xperia L Stuck in Bootloop after Unlocking Bootloader

Bootloop means your phone doesn’t boots up, neither shuts down. The phone continues to show the boot animation screen and continues until your device’s battery exhausts and it automatically turns off.

This is an annoying thing, for a newbie, it’s frightening too. It happens when your operating system fails to load due to some error. As the word goes, bootloop is when the boot process is ‘looped’ over and over again, without a successful start up of the system.

Below is an illustration of an endless Xperia L bootloop:


What is Bootloader?

From the security point of view, a bootloader is a code that is executed before any Operating System starts to run. The concept of the bootloader is universal to almost all Operating systems that inculcate operating systems on your PC, laptop, smartphones, and other such devices.

Bootloader basically packages the instructions to boot operating system kernel and most of them also have their own debugging or modification environment.

What to do if your Xperia L got stuck in Bootloop after unlocking Bootloader?

Devices with recovery partition are easy to recover from this hell. All you need to do is just wipe caches. Not always but yeah most of the times it sorts out the issue. As your device is currently on stock firmware with no root access, the only thing you can do is: reflashing your device with Xperia L stock firmware ROM. How? Check the steps below:

1. Download and Install Flashtool. Most probably it will be installed here: C:\Flashtool

2. Now go through “drivers” folder in “Flashtool” folder and install Flashtool-drivers.exe from there.

3. On ‘choose components’ screen, it will ask for drivers you want to install. Select Flashmode Drivers, Fastboot Drivers and Common Drivers for Taoshan board.

NOTE: While installing the drivers your windows might show you security warnings several times. Just click on “Install this driver software anyway”.

Security Warning

4. Now download Sony Xperia L stock .ftf (ROM/firmware) from the web if you don’t have already.

5. After it place it in the “firmwares” folder located in Flashtool folder.

Firmwares Folder

We are done doing all the preparations. Now we can proceed to the flashing part.

6. Click on the Thunder icon with the title “Flash Device”.

Flash Device

7. Now select “Flash Mode”.

Flash Mode

8. Now, this window will show up. Please select the ROM you want to flash and follow the prompts.

NOTE: Before you click on “Flash” make sure Wipe “CACHE” and “DATA” are ticked.

Firmware Selector

Then click on flash.

9. It will take a while to prepare the files for flashing. After it this window will show up.

Plug the device in Flash Mode

The picture says the following:

  1. Unplug your device from your PC.
  2. Power OFF the device (Turn your phone OFF).
  3. Hold down the (VOLUME DOWN button).
  4. While holding the VOLUME DOWN button plug your phone back to your PC.

10. On successful connection, flashing process will start. Please wait until it gets finished.

Flashing Process

That’s it!

You’re all done. Now remove the battery of your Xperia L and insert it again. Power up your Xperia L and it will start like a charm without any bootloops.

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