“Both the K4 Note and Le 1s are the latest offerings in the affordable smartphone segment. But which is better for you?”
The folks at LeEco (formerly Letv) have launched the much-awaited Le 1s (first impressions) in India along with the beefier Le Max (first impressions). Another new entry, the Lenovo K4 Note (first impressions) seems to be the direct competition for the smartphone. Both smartphones have brought something new to the table in terms of features. While each device has a few tricks up its sleeves, it’ll be interesting to see which one claims the crown in the budget territory. So, let’s compare them on the basis of their hardware specifications.
Design and display
The Le 1s sports a nice metal unibody which gives it a solid look and feel. On the flip side, it also means the back isn’t removable by the user. Furthermore, the company touts its near bezel-less display which results in reducing the footprint of the phone, making it comfortable to hold. On the other hand, Lenovo opted for a more streamlined approach in the K4 Note with a plastic back supported by metal accents around the corners. That aside, it is also a little thicker than the Le 1s. In terms of design and build quality, we’d say the LeEco Le 1s definitely has an edge over Lenovo’s offering, all thanks to its all-metal body.
Both smartphones come equipped with almost identical 5.5-inch 1080p LCD IPS displays. This also means they offer similar pixel densities. The screens are crisp and offer vibrant, offering natural colours.
Both these smartphones are supposed to be budget powerhouses. Under the hood, the K4 Note is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. But the LeEco Le 1s goes one step ahead, incorporating a high-end octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 chipset clocked at 2.2GHz. Heavy gamers might tilt towards the Le 1s for smoother gaming experience.
Both phones are crammed with 3GB of RAM offering a cushion for multitasking.
Camera, storage and battery
The optics in both the smartphones are not only similar on paper, but in real life performance as well. Both feature 13MP cameras at the rear with phase deduction autofocus and LED flash. 5MP cameras adorn the fronts of both smartphones for selfies and video calling.
On the storage front, the K4 Note comes with 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded further up to 128GB with the help of a microSD card. While the Le 1s offers a better internal storage capacity of 32GB, the lack of expandable storage is surely one of its drawbacks.
Powering all the hardware in both the devices is a non-removable Li-Po battery. At 3,300mAh, the battery in the K4 Note is marginally more powerful than the 3,000mAh battery found in the Le 1s. Both smartphones support fast charging out of the box.
Software, connectivity and additional features
The LeEco Le 1s runs the company’s EUI atop of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with a promised upgrade to Marshmallow in the near future. The Android 6.0 update is due for the K4 Note as well, which currently runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with Lenovo’s own Vibe UI on top. Both devices have a smooth and responsive interface, and as is customary for many Chinese companies, no app drawers in the default home launcher. However, the Le 1s also bets big on its content ecosystem by partnering with streaming services such as Eros Now and YuppTV to offer free subscription to its consumers.
Both smartphones come with fingerprint scanners on the back, which is fast and quite accurate. However, the biometric module on the Le 1s also doubles up as a mirror. Also, you can store up to five fingerprints in the Le 1s, but the K4 Note only allows you to register up to two.
On the connectivity front, both phones feature 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11, mobile hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. The Lenovo K4 Note also features NFC, unlike the Le 1s. Also worth noting is the fact that the K4 Note is a proper dual-SIM smartphone, with a dedicated microSD card slot, so you don’t need to sacrifice dual-SIM functionality in case you need to add more storage, unlike hybrid dual-SIM phones.
Pricing and availability
The Lenovo K4 Note is priced at Rs 11,999 and is available at Amazon.in via flash sales. The Le 1s, on the other hand, is priced more affordably at Rs 10,999 and will be exclusively available at Flipkart via flash sales starting February 2nd.
Both smartphones are powerhouses, and offer good value for money as far as specs are concerned. While delivering on the basics, Lenovo and LeEco have upped their ante by offering extra features to differentiate their products from the crowd. While both smartphones seem to be equally matched in many aspects, the full metal body and the extra power in the Helio X10 gives the edge to the LeEco Le 1s. And it’s more affordable too.