Lenovo K8 Note was launch not too long ago with Stock Android Operating system If you’re in the market for a VFM and affordable smartphone, then the chances are that you would have been recommended at least one phone from Xiaomi this company are working to make their smartphone the best for all. They have been in the news for various feature-packed smartphones, and Redmi Note 4 is arguably one its best smartphone priced under 157$. At the other end, Lenovo is out to shake some trees with its recently-launched device K8 Note, a power-packed offering for budget buyers. They make a task cut out if you want to replace your Redmi Note 4 and therefore, we decided to put this two smartphones against each other to see which of them comes out on top. Read the full post to find out.
The two contenders we have today for you are similar regarding design. Both smartphones feature unibody metal design which curves towards the back offering an ergonomic grip. Fingerprint sensors are positioned at the back of both phones below their respective camera modules as well which works well on both the phones. However, Lenovo K8 Note feature with an extra button on the left programmed to launch any app of your choosing and also can be used to control music playback. A splash-resistant nano-coating which is present in K8 Note is absent on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. This mean, One would is not techy is more likely to take their Redmi Note 4 to service centre in case you spill something on it.
Concerning displays, both the K8 Note and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 have been equipped with a 5.5-inch full HD display. Both device panels offer sharp text, vivid colours, and good viewing angles making the two phones equally capable when it comes to consuming media.
Camera and battery
This is where it gets interesting. The Lenovo K8 Note features a dual-camera setup on the back, comprising a pair of 13MP and 5MP sensors accompanied by a dual-tone LED flash. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 4 ships with a single 13MP sensor and therefore, misses out on some depth-effect features which Lenovo K8 Note is capable of shooting that is second plus mark for K8 Note. Moreover, K8 Note defeats the Redmi Note 4 when it comes to the secondary shooters. To make matters worse for the Redmi Note 4, the secondary camera on K8 Note comes with an LED flash module of its own, paving the way for much clearer selfies picture taking in low light.
Next is the battery department, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 id ship with a 4,100mAh unit whereas K8 Note comes with a slightly smaller 4,000mAh pack. Knowing that both the smartphones are powering a similar spec display, the battery-efficient chip onboard the Redmi Note 4 will offer better battery life compared to the K8 Note.
Performance, software, and storage
While the Lenovo K8 Note and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 draw parallels concerning design, the hardware powering the two devices is poles apart. Beneath the metal chassis of the Redmi Note 4, you get a Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor which clocked at 2GHz works in tandem with either 2GB, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, depending on which variant you go for. On the contrary, Lenovo K8 Note is being powered by a MediaTek Helio X23 deca-core processor first of it kind as far chipset and smartphone are concerned which works alongside either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. Certainly, the Lenovo K8 Note has more processing cores, but you should bear this in mind that there’s more to a device performance than just the number of cores it features. Besides, the Redmi Note 4 Snapdragon 625 SoC has made quite a name for itself for being battery efficient it will be ideal for road warriors.
Regarding storage, both the smartphones offer either 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage, which can be further expanded via a microSD card. The Lenovo K8 Note comes with a dedicated slot for a microSD card, those going for the Redmi Note 4 will have to compromise on whether they want to use two SIM cards at once or expand their storage.
The K8 Note marks a lot of firsts for the company’s K lineup of smartphones. Not only is it the first ‘K’ device to come with a dual-camera setup (more on that in the next section), but it is also the first in the series to ship with stock Android Nougat. Previously, all the smartphones in the K series used to come with Vibe UI, which was Lenovo’s custom skin running on top of Android. However, starting with the K8 Note, Lenovo has announced that all of its upcoming smartphones will boot vanilla Android. As for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, buyers will get the feature-packed MIUI which now uses Android Nougat as the base, after getting updated to Android v7.0.
There have been plenty of devices which have been launched after the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 in the budget section but couldn’t quite compete with it. With the Lenovo K8 Note, we feel that Lenovo could have a real winner on the battle with a better camera configuration and more importantly the stock Android they picked, which should help the smartphone regarding performance and even give buyers good battery life. Seeing how the K8 Note has been priced similar to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi could finally see some solid competition for its popular budget offering.