Lenovo K8 Note Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Comparison – Best Choice

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 needs no introduction and is the highest selling smartphone in the Indian market with over 5 million devices sold since launch.

On the other hand, the Lenovo K Note series is top-rated in the country. The recent launch of Lenovo K8 Note is a worthy addition, and the smartphone will go on sale on 18th August exclusively via Amazon India.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is priced at Rs. 10,999 for the 32 GB / 3 GB ram version while the 4 GB Ram and 64 GB version is priced at Rs. 12,999. The Lenovo K8 Note is priced at Rs. 12,999 for 32 GB / 3 GB Ram version while the 64 GB storage and 4 GB Ram version is priced at Rs. 13,999.

Redmi Note 4 Vs Lenovo K8 Note

Design

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

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The design overall is not revolutionary compared to Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. Although the presence of stronger metal structure with those flat sides; makes it a pleasure to hold. Fortunately, the speaker placement has been changed from back to the traditional bottom firing.

Better placement results into a better sound output. The micro USB port is flanked by the microphone and speaker grills.  Overall the design is pleasing, and the metallic smartphone looks more premium than its price tag.

Lenovo K8 Note

K8 Note is breath of fresh air when compared to K6 Note. It still retains the metal unibody design. The front looks clean with some sensors, off-screen navigation buttons and no brandings.

Lenovo K8 Note

The back is where the major change has taken place. While it does look inspirational to some extent, the vertically placed dual camera set-up makes it look somewhat unique. Overall it gives a minimal look with just the Lenovo branding at the bottom.

According to Lenovo, it takes almost 40 minutes to build one K8 Note. The K8 Note also comes with a robust metallic design and is quite sturdy.

Display 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

It sports a 5.5-inch FHD IPS LCD display. Although, this time they’ve gone with 2.5D curved glass on top instead of a flat glass; found on Redmi Note 3. The front looks more premium and elegant.

The display is bright enough and has a good color reproduction.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

The off-screen navigation buttons are backlight as well which makes it easier to use in darker conditions. Apparently, the buttons still sport Samsung’s orientation.

It means the back is on the right and the recent apps is on the left. Although, one can quickly change this under the settings.

Lenovo K8 Note

It also sports a 5.5-inch FHD IPS LCD display with 2.5D curved glass on top. The panel is bright and colorful enough to make it look vibrant.

The phone ships with their official black wallpaper with gold accent number 8 on top. It shows how deeper the blacks can get in this panel and makes it immersive enough as possible for an LCD panel.

Sadly, the off-screen navigation buttons aren’t backlighted that can be a trade-off for many, especially when their rivals do have it.

Processor

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

It runs on of the most power efficient chipset from Qualcomm aka Octa-Core 64 Bit Snapdragon 625 SOC clocked at 2.0 GHz. The processor is coupled with 3 GB/4 GB of RAM with 32 GB/64 GB of storage respectively.

The storage can be expanded by using up the hybrid SIM slot. This can be a bummer for people opting for the 32 GB variant.

Lenovo K8 Note

It packs a powerful 10 Core 64 Bit MediaTek Helio X23 SOC coupled with similar 3 GB/4 GB RAM variants. It’s then paired with 32 GB/64 GB of internal storage options.

Surprisingly, Lenovo has given a dedicated micro SD card slot for the heavy users out there. It’ll allow users to use 2 SIMs and a micro SD card at one time.

Performance/Benchmark Scores

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Redmi Note 4 was plenty fast with its Snapdragon 625 SOC. The presence of 4GB of RAM made everything smooth and enhanced the performance overall.

Benchmark Scores For Redmi Note 4

  • 65,560 in AnTuTu
  • 42,690 in Quadrant
  • 9,029 points in 3D Mark Ice Storm Extreme
  • 28fps; T-Rex test in GFXbench

Lenovo K8 Note

Lenovo decided to pack in a powerful MediaTek chipset compared to Snapdragon 600 series.

The Helio X23 SOC with 4GB of RAM results in a stutter-free performance and smooth transitions.  It manages to score; pretty high compared to other phones.

Benchmark Scores for Lenovo K8 Note

  • 86,340 in AnTuTu
  • 54,014 in Quadrant
  • 11,151 in 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
  • 33fps in GFXBench

Lenovo has hit the ball out of the park, with pretty high scores overall. Currently, it’s the only phone at this price range, dominating other phones out there.

Camera

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Cameras have not been the strongest point for Xiaomi phones till date. The Note 4 continues this legacy by offering a set of optics which is good but could have been better.

At the back, it sports a 13 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture and PDAF. It focuses on objects/subjects quickly and has smooth transition effects as well. The 1.12 µm pixel size and f/2.0 aperture allow great details and plenty of light for low-light shots. While panning through different dynamic ranges, the transition is smooth enough and doesn’t create any stuttery movements. Sadly, it’s not capable of recording 4K videos and instead records 1080p @ 30fps.

While panning through different dynamic ranges, the transition is smooth enough and doesn’t create any stuttery movements. Sadly, it’s not capable of recording 4K videos and instead records 1080p @ 30fps.

At the front, the phone sports 5 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The selfies come out bright, crisp enough to be shared on social media platforms. The front cam can also record videos @ 1080p. Although, it’s nothing to write home about.

K8 Note

Lenovo has focused on offering dual camera set-up this time. The K8 Note flaunts 13 MP + 5 MP Dual rear camera. Further, One can quickly change the aperture from f/1.8 – f/2.8 in the depth mode. It allows the user to create a bokeh effect by keeping the subject in focus and blurring out the background.

Lenovo K8 Note

Since it’s a newly released smartphone; few more updates based on camera improvements can quickly iron out the problems it’s facing as of now.

Apart from Honor 6X, Coolpad Dual 1; the K8 Note is the only smartphone offering a dual rear camera set-up at this price range.

At the front, the phone has 13 MP selfie shooter along with front LED flash. The overall selfies come detailed and can also be clicked in dark scenarios with the help of the dedicated front flash.

Lenovo K8 Note is an easy winner here.

Software/OS

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi phones are known for their MIUI OS; which is a completely redesigned take on Android.  The MIUI 8 compliments every single Xiaomi phone and is a stable Os with fewer bugs.

Apparently, the heavy skinned version of Android Marshmallow makes it impossible for Xiaomi to pass through updates at faster rates.  Now Xiaomi has started shipping the Redmi Note 4 with Android Nougat 7.0 and Miui 8.

While they can pass security patches with slight delay; the major updates like Android N is almost a year late. Which is a bad sign for people hoping for faster updates?

Overall it works fine, and MIUI is worth using on Xiaomi devices.

K8 Note

Lenovo’s Vibe UI has been criticized for better or for worse. After the 4 K Note iterations; they’ve finally decided to ditch the Vibe UI entirely from all their devices.

Lenovo taking over Motorola has paid off well for the company. As now they can opt for the stock android present on the current Motorola devices.

The combination of reliable hardware with the latest stock Android N v7.1.1 is the best thing you could ask.

This is the first Lenovo smartphone running the stock Android UI. Hence, it’s a long shot to decide whether they’ll give significant updates with latest security patches at a faster rate now.

Although, the presence of the stock version, gives us a hope of expecting it. The Chinese smartphones in this price range don’t stand a chance when compared to phones running stock Android.

Hopefully, this will clear the track record of Lenovo for good.

Winner- Lenovo K8 Note

Battery

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with a great battery capacity of 4000 mAH which can efficiently work all day. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor is impressive and is also highly energy efficient compared to the MediaTek X23.

Unfortunately, RN4 doesn’t support any fast charging; through its micro USB port. Besides, It can take almost 2.5 to 3 hours to charge the device from 0% – 100%.

Lenovo K8 Note

All the K Note series have good battery life along with the above average audio output. Moreover, the K8 Note packs a mammoth 4000 mAh battery.

Notably, K8 Note supports “Turbo Charging,” through its micro USB port.

Conclusion – Lenovo K8 Note Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Comparison – Best Choice

Overall both the phones offer bang for the buck, while you get the Redmi Note 4 cheaper by Rs. 1,000 compared to the Lenovo K8 Note. (both the 32 GB storage and 64 GB storage)

The K8 Note, on the other hand, shows some real advantages over the Xaiomi Redmi Note 4 – a faster processor, better rear and front selfie camera, Stock Android Nougat, Turbo-charging support and Dolby Audio. The Lenovo K8 Note is also spill proof unlike the Redmi Note 4.

Lenovo K8 Note Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Comparison

The Redmi Note 4 is slightly cheaper and comes with the Snapdragon 625 that is less prone to heating and offers excellent battery life. Besides, it has a robust build and design.

Finally, It is a close call between the two smartphones, and you can pick up either based on your preferences.

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