“Priced almost the same, Lenovo Vibe K4 Note and Honor 5X are both alluring. But which one is better?”
It’s tough to decide which phone to buy…and even in the budget segment making this choice is tough. Let’s ease it out for you. We’ll pit two popular budget smartphones, both of which were launched this year… right here, right now. On one hand we have Lenovo’s Vibe K4 Note that harps on its multimedia capabilities, and on the other lies the Honor 5X which is chock-full of features. So let’s start the battle and see, which one of the two contenders emerges victorious. Read on…
Display and Design
Both the phones feature full HD 5.5-inch screens, and therefore there is little competition in the looks department at least. While Lenovo K4 Note has a much better design than its predecessor, it is no match for the premium construct of the Honor 5X. Lenovo does use a metal frame on the circumference of its phone, but the device is primarily made out of plastic. The Honor 5X on the other hand, borrows its looks from the flagships – may it be the metal back, chamfered edges or textured button… this one has it all! Hence, in terms of looks, the aluminum alloy back of Honor 5X, is better looking than Lenovo Vibe K4 Note’s lackluster plastic rear. Moreover, given that the company is boasting about the device’s durability, Honor 5X is apparently stronger and tougher, than the competition.
CameraOptics seem to be similar on the two devices, given the 13-megapixel rear and 5MP front cameras. Still, partly due to the presence of Phase-Detection Autofocus and the likable camera interface, the 5X’s camera seemed to outperform the Lenovo K4 Note in our tests. The Honor 5X features object tracking too. Here are some samples for you to gauge yourself (Honor on the left).
Software and performance
Both the phones run Android Lollipop and the makers have promised a Marshmallow upgrade. However, they both top up Google’s OS with their own user interfaces and one cannot compare the two. Lenovo has got Vibe UI which has the option to switch to stock UI, various gesture controls and shake unlock. Honor’s Emotion UI on the other hand, apart from gesture unlock, hosts a myriad of other features including magazine unlock, voice unlock, the Phone Manager app, etc. Talking about the internals, while Lenovo K4 Note does have 3GB of RAM over 5X’s 2 gigs… its performance is rather mediocre. Honor 5X utilises an octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor and Lenovo K4 Note employs an octa-core Mediatek chipset. But the one in the latter is clocked below its predecessor.
Fingerprints, Storage & Battery life
Both the phones sport rear fingerprint scanning and also support gestures with it, but Honor supports more shortcuts here. Apart from app launching and shutter key, which they both support, with Honor 5X you can even control navigation, notifications, go back or go to home screen. The two devices also share similar storage configuration i.e. 16GB internal storage with the option to add up to 128GB more via microSD cards. Coming to battery life, though the Lenovo K4 Note does have a larger 3,300mAh battery with faster charging, in our tests we noticed that Honor 5X’s battery lasted longer. Our battery drain test, wherein we play an HD video on loop with both SIMs inserted, Wi-Fi switched off, and both volume and screen brightness set to 50 percent –K4 Note lasted for a shy of 9 hours, while Honor 5X ran for around 10 hours and 15 minutes.