After finding a foothold in this budget smartphone market with its K3 Note, Lenovo recently unveiled the successor in its Note range with Lenovo K4 Note. Not only does this mark a notable shift in the design language Lenovo is going to adopt for its future smartphones, it also marks a breakthrough in the set of features smartphones of this range comes bundled with, with a VR headset that offers a enthralling virtual experience of watching/playing videos or games on a super-sized screen with TheaterMax and a Finger-print scanner & NFC support. But then, with a barrage of smartphones from various manufacturers already fighting it out in this over-competitive budget smartphone range, Lenovo’s K4 Note faces stiffest competition from the likes of Motorola G3 and Xiaomi Mi4i. While Motorola devices have always had an understated style statement and meager looking specs, atleast on papers, bundled with the most fluid Stock-Android experience, Xiaomi has based its Mi4i on a platform that not only bring in a distinctive design language to the otherwise boxy dimensional devices reminiscent to this range but also the top-of-the-line specs. Thus then, as all of these smartphones are priced nearly equal, their manufacturers are claiming their home-grown devices to be the best among the lot for some very contrasting reasons. Thus, in order to help you find the best buy in this budget smartphone market, we pit together the Lenovo K4 Note vs Xiaomi Mi4i vs Moto G 2015 3rd Gen to find out the best of the lot. Take a look!
Lenovo K4 Note vs Xiaomi Mi4i vs Moto G 2015 3rd Gen – Budget Smartphone Comparison
Look, Design and Feel
Lenovo K4 Note : 9.2mm thick, weighs 158g
In a major improvement over its predecessor or even the whole Note range from Lenovo for the case be, Lenovo has finally managed to breakthrough from its repetitive design language of the plastic bar design with a matte finish. What makes way for it is a device with curved smooth poly-carbonate back which offers a firmer, sturdier grip, dual-front speakers with Dobly-Atmos support and metal trims on the sides.
Xiaomi Mi4i : 7.8mm thick, weighs 130g
The perfectly crafted polycarbonate unibody design makes up for one of the most good looking mid-ranger Android smartphones currently available. The bright color options and a 7.8mm thin profile makes this Xiaomi product one of their best in terms of design.
Moto G 2015 3rd Gen : 11.6mm thick, weighs 155g
The curved, smooth back with its soft, warm-to-touch matte finish carries forward from Moto G 2014 to Moto G 2015 with minor design tweaks wherein the new device is a bit thicker than the previous one but is less taller too.
Winner : Xiaomi Mi4i
Lenovo K4 Note : 5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 401 PPI
While boasting a large 5.5 inch screen, Lenovo K4 Note comes with an added advantage of offering a better viewing experience for games/video playback. But while the display fairs through good enough in normal conditions, when exposed to direct sunlight, the colors seems a little washed out.
Xiaomi Mi4i : 5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 441 PPI
The best smartphones display you’ll see all along on a budget smartphone comes packed in this beauty from Xiaomi. Be it the boasting Full-HD resolution or the crisp image reproduction, Xiaomi is hitting all the right cords in this humongous smartphone market. What further exaggerates the experience is the unibody glass display setup.
Moto G 2015 3rd Gen : 5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels, ~ 294 PPI
Since its launch, many have been complaining Motorola of not bumping up the display to a Full-HD setup with this 720p display offering unchanged viewing experience from that on Moto G 2014 2nd Gen. The display still isn’t any walkover with a vibrant color reproduction and good viewing angles, but a Full-HD display was surely what Motorola should have fitted this device with.
Winner : Xiaomi Mi4i
Processor and Performance
Lenovo K4 Note : 1.3 GHz, Octa Core MediaTek MT6753 Processor, Mali-T720MP3 GPU with 3 GB RAM
This is one of the few MediaTek processors that offer stiff competition to the top-notch Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor with it being tweaked well enough to work flawlessly, courtesy a Octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. The performance offered is snappy enough to make you forget the price at which this phones comes. Also, surfing games or webpages for long even on 3G or LTE data doesn’t heat up the phone.
Xiaomi Mi4i : 1.7 GHz, Octa Core Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Processor, Adreno 405 GPU with 2 GB RAM
With a Qualcomm Snapdragon under the hood, Xiaomi Mi4i offer optimal lag-free performance during normal use. But once you fire up multiple apps or use 3G or LTE cellular data for longer durations, the phone seems to stutter and offer sudden freezes leaving you with a compromised user experience.
Moto G 2015 3rd Gen : 1.4 GHz, Quad Core Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 Processor, Adreno 306 GPU with 1/2 GB RAM
Here’s when you see that all that specs speak isn’t always true. Moto G3 isn’t surely a specs beast but give it to the fine tuning Motorola has done with Adreno 306 GPU and stock Android, Moto G 2015 3rd Gen offers the most well nurtured and lag free user experience.
Winner : Moto G 2015 3rd Gen
Lenovo K4 Note : Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop) with Vibe UI 2.5
Mi4i comes preloaded with Xiaomi’s home-grown MIUI OS that overlays the stock Android to offer a tweaked user experience and offer tons of customization. While the iPhone-inspired UI does offer visual pleasure along with an intuitive & smart UI, the phone does suffer performance lags very occasionally due to the toll MIUI takes on the RAM under-the-hood. The overall experience, thus, seems more of an adulteration of Android OS to appear and behave as iOS but Xiaomi has done well to make the real-world performance good enough.
Moto G 2015 3rd Gen : Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), upgradable to v6.0 (Marshmallow)
This is where the benefits of having the stock Android kicks in. With an option to update to every Android version release in years to come, Moto G 2015 does offer users with the most intuitive, slick and stutter-free User experience. The stock Android trashes all the excessive bloatware that comes loaded with custom UI layering and thus, doesn’t take a toll on the overall performance of the phone making the overall experience flawless.
Winner : Moto G 2015 3rd Gen(for those who love Stock Android), otherwise, Xiaomi Mi4i
Lenovo K4 Note : 13 MP with phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash rear-camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
Even with a 13MP rear-camera, Lenovo K4 clicks turned out to be a little washed out and over exposed in daylight and grainy in low light. Also, the video quality seems compromised with a shaky autofocus lens and an unimpressive audio playback quality.
With a blazing fast stutter speed, high quality camera sensors and under the hood tweaks with imaging algorithms, Xiaomi Mi4i is miles ahead of competition in its range. Not only does it produce vivid images with accurate color and detail reproduction, it also offers a balanced low-light Night photography.
Moto G 2015 3rd Gen : 13 MP with autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash rear-camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
Even with Motorola bumping rear camera specs from 8MP to 13MP, Moto G3’s camera has surely improved but still fails to impress, just like its predecessors, to say the least.
Winner : Xiaomi Mi4i
Lenovo K4 Note : 3300 mAH, Li-Po Non-removable Battery
Even after being mated to a large 3300 mAh battery, Lenovo’s K4 Note lacks the battery optimization for it having to feed to a large 5.5inch display and a battery-hungry MediaTek Processor. Even though Lenovo claims to offer 22 hours of talktime and 265 hours of standby, the real-world usage shows a large dip from these figures, thus leaving users with a compromised battery performance.
Xiaomi Mi4i : 3120 mAH, Li-ion Non-Removable Battery
This is where Xiaomi’s heed to interior designing comes to the fore. With an internal setup done in a manner so as to incooperate the largest battery on a budget smartphone, Xiaomi has definitely earned some bragging rights. On medium to heavy usage, the phone still managed to last 12-14 hours making it a desirable buy.
Moto G 2015 3rd Gen : 2470 mAH, Li-ion Non-Removable Battery
A meager 2470 mAH battery powering this Motorola device claims to offer a full day of usage on full charge. But in real-world performance, the device offers a compromised battery performance along with a slow 0-100 charging time.
Winner : Xiaomi Mi4i
Lenovo K4 Note vs Xiaomi Mi4i vs Moto G 2015 3rd Gen : VERDICT
While the Motorola Moto G 2015 might appear to be the most-inferior of the lot atleast on papers, it has been set up in such a manner that the real-world performance and hardware components go in tandem so well with each other that you would never realize the price it comes at, thanks to the most stutter free User experience you’ll see in this segment. On the other hand, both Lenovo K4 Note and Xiaomi Mi4i are specs mongers for sure with both churning out better display quality and battery performance than the Moto G 3rd Gen. But some areas where Xiaomi Mi4i takes the game away from both of these is the superior camera and build quality that are sure to leave you spell bounded. So then, for all those who would love to get their hands on Stock Android with the most flawless performance plus a IPX7 Water-resistance certification minus the camera and display quality that are so dearly missed, Moto G 2015 3rd Gen is THE smartphone you should buy in this segment. What Lenovo’s K4 Note then offers is a package that comes bundled many firsts like a Finger-print scanner support, NFC support and an additional option to opt for VR support that offers a enthralling virtual experience of watching/playing videos or games on a super-sized screen. For all others, we recommend Xiaomi Mi4i purely due to its beautifully crafted slick profile, amazingly snappy camera and oozing color options.
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