“Wondering which smartphone to go for in the VFM segment? You’re at the right place”
The smartphone industry is churning out powerful yet affordable devices faster than ever and options such as the LeEco Le 2 (first impressions), Lenovo ZUK Z1 (review) and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (review) have already taken the market by a storm. With the recent unveiling of the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note (first impressions), we might just have another potential candidate in our midst. So which one of these options is the perfect choice for you? Let’s find out.
Although all four smartphones offer similar features, customers are bound to feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing one. To set things straight, here is our comparison of these value-for-money smartphones.
When it comes to the quality of the display, there is little to demarcate the four options. The smartphones come equipped with 5.5-inch full HD displays with a pixel density of 401ppi. The IPS LCD panels are crisp, and display a good amount of detail thanks to the high pixel densities. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 however proves to be more legible under sunlight thanks to its Sunlight Display technology which automatically brightness the colours on screen when its sensors detect excessive light. With a screen-to-body ratio of about 74.2 percent, the LeEco Le 2 offers the most screen real estate in the least amount of space. It is closely followed by the Redmi Note 3 which has a screen-to-body ratio of 72.9 percent.
MIUI 7.0 user interface developed by Xiaomi and is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The Lenovo ZUK Z1 runs Cyanogen OS 12.1 which is also
Software And Connectivity
based on Android Lollipop, and is a popular alternative ROM to stock Android. LeEco’s eUI isn’t as feature-rich as the other offerings in terms of tweaks, but its highlight is the subscription to streaming services like Eros Now, Hungama and YuppTV, which offer music, movies, and TV shows to users. On the connectivity front, all phones feature 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, mobile hotspot, Bluetooth, and GPS. While the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 have stuck to the more familiar microUSB 2.0 ports for connectivity, the Lenovo ZUK Z1 and LeEco Le 2 have both graduated to USB Type-C ports. The LeEco Le 2 has also skipped the 3.5mm headphone jack on the device in favour of CDLA USB Type-C earphones, which it claims can offer better audio quality.
Storage and Battery
In terms of storage, the LeEco Le 2 and ZUK Z1 are limited to just 32GB and 64GB of internal memory respectively, while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Lenovo Vibe K5 Note let you add up to 32GB and 128GB microSD cards respectively over the 32GB of onboard storage with their hybrid SIM trays.
Pricing And Availability
The Redmi Note 3 is more elusive when it comes to availability due to its high demand. However, it can usually be acquired on Mi.com, Snapdeal and Amazon.in for Rs 9,999 for the 2GB RAM / 16GB variant and Rs 11,999 for the 3GB RAM / 32GB variant. The Lenovo ZUK Z1 can be bought from Amazon.in at a price of Rs 13,499, which is also the cost of the 4GB RAM variant of the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note. The 3GB RAM K5 Note variant is up for grabs at a more affordable price of Rs 11,999 and joins the list of Flipkart exclusive devices, including the LeEco Le 2, which would also leave your pockets lighter by Rs 11,999. The LeEco Le 2 can also be purchase on the official LeEco e-store, LeMall.com.
In a nutshell, all these smartphones make a strong case for themselves with nifty features. As it’s clear from the comparison, all the device are great choices and you couldn’t go wrong with any of them. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 still checks out as one of the best overall options with a great build, stellar battery life and swift performance. The LeEco Le 2 is perfect for entertainment with the bundled-in multimedia streaming options and the best processor in range. However the lack of a dedicated microSD card slot and 3.5mm headphone jack might sway your mind to the other options. For those who want an exceptional camera performance and at the same time want absolute control over their device with a no frills android experience, Lenovo’s ZUK Z1 takes the throne for you. Lastly, if you are looking for an option with great looks, brand reliability and ease of multitasking, seal the deal with latest offering on the block, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note.