After introducing Redmi 2 Prime, famous tech-giant Xiaomi has unveiled an upgraded iteration ofbig-screened Redmi Note 2 as well. The new phablet from the company is a major upgrade over the original Redmi Note 4G, and has got some essential tweaks that make it one of the strongest phablets in the highly competitive budget smartphone market.
Despite offering a powerful package with Note 2 Prime, it’s unfortunate for Xiaomi that the playing has now become bigger than ever, and players like Lenovo and Motorola are also posing some serious threats. Lenovo has already established a firm position in the phablet market, and is offering K3 Note with a stunning form-factor and much affordable specs.The power-packed device has forayed into the list most sold Lenovo smartphones and is giving tough competition to almost every player including the new Note 2 Prime.
So, elucidating the key differences between the two phones, here’s an in-depth comparison for picking the best option in the sub-10k price category!
Design and Build Quality
In terms of design, Lenovo K3 Note and Redmi Note 2 Prime both make a good impression. The new Note 2 Prime is slightly lighter and much better than the original one. The device gives a nice grip with curved edges and same-screen size, and loses the glossy finish on the back for soft-touch matte finish with repositioned flash and camera lens.The phone’s not very sleek or compact but is good enough to take on Lenovo K3 Note.
The design ofLenovo K3 Note has a box-like design and is not too impressive on the design front. The dual SIM phone ships in three colour options (Black, White, and Yellow), and looks very similar to entry-level Lenovo smartphones rolling in the market. It’s fairly light, and has matte finish as well, but when you compare it with Redmi Note 2 Prime, there is a lot missing!
Display and Visual Experience
The situation is a tie up here. The power-packed beasts Lenovo K3 Note and Redmi Note 2 Prime incorporate a beautifully crafted 5.5-inch full HD IPS panel, and give a lifelike viewing experience with rich colours, fine details, and perfect viewing angles.They bothcreate an amazing ecosystem for true-to-life entertainment, and aremuch better thanthose chunky phones a 5.5-inch HD IPS panel.
The full HD display of Note 2 Prime is a major upgrade over the original Note 4G.Even in broad daylight, it produces good viewing angles and rich colours without any snags.
Innards and Performance
On the hardware front, the competition is really close.The powerfulLenovo K3 Note incorporates MediaTek’s octa-core MT6752 SoC running at 1.7GHz, while the new Redmi Note 2 Primefeatures an Octa-core MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10 tickling at 2.2GHz. Both phones pair up with 2GB of RAM, and give slick real life performance without any lags, glitches and thermal issues. They both handle multi-tasking effectively, and pack a very strong punch against each other.But, due to stronger on-paper specifications and higher clock speed, the Redmi Note 2 Prime might just get the benefit of doubt.
Operating System and UI
If you’re shopping for the latest iteration of Android with colour UIs, go with either of the two phones. The dual SIM based Lenovo k3 Noteruns Android 5.0 Lollipop, and gives a slick user-experience with company’s proprietary Vibe UI, instilled with a bunch of features and in-app customizations.ItsUI isnothing like Vanilla Android, but there’s always an option to switch towards Google launcher!
On the other end, the software of Redmi Note 2 Primeis also the latest. The phone runsMIUI 7 based on the Android 5.0 Lollipop, andgives a nice user-experience with impeccable MIUI elements.The amount of bloatware is fairly less, but you’ll get the stock android experience with either of them!
For photography, there’s hardly any difference between Redmi Note 2 Prime and Lenovo K3 Note. Both phonesincorporate a 13MP and 5MPshooter, and produce crisp and vibrant images with reduced noise and adequate focus.Theirsensors perform brilliantly, and features likegeo-tagging, face detection, touch focus, and HDR add further quality to the images!
Lenovo K3 Note and Redmi Note 2 Prime both incorporate equally impressive batteries for seamless work and play. Lenovo offers a 3000 mAh powerhouse with K3 Note, while the new Redmi Note 2 Prime comes with a slightly bigger 3,060 mAh battery.On paper, the battery packed with Xiaomi’s new Note looks like a winner, but in real-life, it’s nothing but just a number!
To sum up, we can say, both phones are equally power-efficient, and promise an entire day of normal usage with few calls, web-surfing and audio-video streaming. Even on heavier usage, they’ll hold sufficient juice to keep things up and running throughout the day. You can play your favourite gameswithout any snags and can also enjoy web-surfing for long hours!
While there is no word on the official India launch of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime, Lenovo K3 Note is hitting the shelves successfully via Flipkart.com at Rs. 9,999. The MediaTek powered phone has more on offer, but its little expensive, and most importantly, not available right now!
The competition was close, but with a negligible difference of pricing, Lenovo offers a much better deal for budget buyers. For a price less than 10k, the dual SIM based phablet brings a crisp full HD display, powerful octa-core processor, and the latest iteration of Android.It’s certainly a better choice over Redmi Note 2 Prime, which definitely looks good but fails to impress buyers with a slightly higher price andnon-availability in the Indian market.
Overall, the newNote from Xiaomi is a decent upgrade over the original Note 4G. Buyers can accept this phone for a price around 10k, but if it comes for something around 12-14k, it will not be the most favoured choice and definitely note better than K3 Note!