“We pit the recently launched Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and LeEco Le Pro 3 against each other to see who comes out on top”
A three-way competition has been going on between Chinese giants LeEco, Xiaomi and OnePlus for sometime now. Both, the Xiaomi Mi 5 (review) as well as the LeEco Le Max 2 (review) faced stiff competition against the OnePlus 3 in the budget flagship segment. Even after being priced higher, the OnePlus 3 (review) outgunned its competition and is now the go-to budget flagship recommendation if a consumer is in the market for one. But with the recent launch of the LeEco Pro 3 and the Xiaomi Mi Note 2, the scales could tip against the OnePlus flagship. Before we pit the devices against the OnePlus 3, we decided to compare them with each other to see which one has a better claim at the throne of flagship killer.
Design and Display
LeEco is sticking to the “If it ain’t broke, don’t change it” philosophy and has cased the LeEco Le Pro 3 in a unibody metal design. Xiaomi on the other hand has slapped a 3D curved glass on the front and the back of the Mi Note 2 with its chassis being constructed out of a series 7 aluminium frame. Although a glass back does provide for a better grip than a metallic one, the Mi Note 2 also comes with dual-edge displays similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge which will make the device just as slippery if not more than the LeEco Le Pro 3. Speaking of which, the display’s on the two devices are vastly different with LeEco settling for a 5.5-inch full HD IPS LCD panel while Xiaomi opting for a bigger 5.7-inch flexible OLED display with a much higher quadHD resolution. If you consume a lot of media on your device, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is an obvious choice owing to the much superior resolution display as well as the OLED technology used in it. Buyers opting for the Mi Note 2 will also get a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is absent on the LeEco Le Pro 3.
Performance, Storage and Software
Performance is where these two smartphones shine the most. Both the devices are being powered by a state of the art quad-core Snapdragon 821 chip, which features two Kryo cores clocked at 2.35GHz and the other two at 2GHz. As far as the RAM is concerned, both the devices come equipped with 6GB of memory, however both the devices have variants which come with lesser storage and RAM options as well. Both the Pro 3 as well as the Mi Note 2 are extremely capable smartphones and should be able to handle anything you throw at them with ease. For storage, the top-tier models of the Pro 3 and the Mi Note 2 come equipped with 128GB of internal memory. Unfortunately, the storage cannot be expanded on either of the two smartphones, which is a bit of a bummer.
Talking about the software, if you are a fan of stock/vanilla OS, turn back now as the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 as well as the LeEco Pro 3 come with a heavily skinned UI. While Xiaomi has layered the Mi Note 2 with MIUI v8 on top of Android Marshmallow, LeEco’s Le Pro 3 is running EUI 5.8 on top of Android Marshmallow. Both the UIs lay all the user’s apps on the home screens and come with several customisation and theming options.
Camera, Battery and Connectivity
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 comes up on top once again with its higher resolution 22.56MP Sony IMX318 rear facing sensor compared to the 16MP sensor found on the LeEco Le Pro 3. While the higher resolution camera don’t necessarily amount to better picture quality, Xiaomi has had a good track record with its smartphone cameras which put the odds in its favour. Both the devices come with 8MP front facing cameras.
In terms of battery, both the smartphones come with a 4,070mAh unit however, theoretically, the LeEco Le Pro 3 should offer users with a better battery life as the smartphone comes with a 1080p display and therefore, has to power fewer pixels compared to the Mi Note 2’s quadHD panel. For connectivity, users will get the standard options with support for 4G present on both smartphones as well. The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is the company’s first smartphone to feature 37 global bands making the device LTE-ready in most of the countries.
The max-specced model Xiaomi Mi Note 2 carries a price tag of approximately Rs 34,000, whereas the LeEco Le Pro 3 retails for approximately Rs 30,000. While both the smartphones offer identical performance, consumers will be getting a much sharper screen with the Mi Note 2 along with a theoretically better camera performance. However, users sticking with the LeEco Le Pro 3 will save some money and getting better battery life out of their device.