With a set of alleged leaks taking shape prior to the official launch of any smartphone becoming more of a norm, Xiaomi had once again played it smart by offering various official snippets from time-to-time for its next Mi Range phone before the official unveiling. Now with Xiaomi taking covers off the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, an incremental update to its Redmi Note range of series, Xiaomi is looking to take the game head-on with the recently launched Lenovo K4 Note, which in turn marks a breakthrough in the set of features smartphones of this range comes bundled with for be it a VR headset that offers a enthralling virtual experience of watching/playing videos or games on a super-sized screen with TheaterMax or the Finger-print scanner & NFC support, by offering a flagship like experience with snappy performance, Full HD display onboard and a stunning design and built to go along with a plethora of useful features such as finger-print scanner and a large 4000mAh battery. Thus then, as all of these smartphones are priced nearly equal, in order to help you find the best buy in this budget smartphone market, we pit together the Lenovo K4 Note vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs Micromax Yu Yureka Plus vs Moto G 2015 3rd Gen to find out the best of the lot. Take a look!
Lenovo K4 Note vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs Micromax Yu Yureka Plus vs Moto G 2015 3rd Gen : Detailed 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 Redmi Note 3 : 8.7mm thick, weighs 164g
In a major revamp to its otherwise polycarbonate-mated design language, Xiaomi has, with Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, opted for a metal unibody construction that results in one of the most good looking mid-ranger Android smartphones currently available. The bright color options and a thin profile makes this Xiaomi product one of their best in terms of design.
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus : 8.8mm thick, weighs 155g
Carrying forward from where Yu Yureka left off, Yu Yureka Plus features the exact same design and look as that on its predecessors. Micromax seems to have settled down for what was a rather pleasing design for a budget smartphone on Yu Yureka with the textured smooth easy-to-grip back featuring the Yu logo and the minimalist front design with only a circle that points out the home button in the otherwise dedicated 3 button soft touch keys set.
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.
Category Winner : Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Moto G3 for those who would like to have a smaller, more proportionate device)
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 Redmi Note 3 : 5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 403 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 alloy chassis setup that would make you forget of this being a budget smartphone.
With a 1080p display, Micromax has stepped up from the 720p display on the predecessor with this budget segment getting more used to feature Full HD displays. What this does is improve on an already impressive vivid display along with an added Corning Glass 3 protection that Micromax has been flaunting ever since, claiming its new Yureka to be more susceptible to drops and damage.
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.
Category Winner : Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
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 Redmi Note 3 : 2.0 GHz, Octa Core Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 Processor, PowerVR G6200 GPU with 2/3 GB RAM
Going one step ahead of its competitor in Lenovo K4 Note, Xiaomi’s Note 3 comes fitted with a lightning quick MediaTek processor that not only shames its Qualcomm competitors for performance but also offers a stutter free performance, largely due to a heavily optimised MiUI that lets the processor carter to every user’s tap & touch instantly. All in all, a very polished and likable user experience.
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus : 1.7 GHz, Octa Core Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Processor, Adreno 405 GPU with 2GB RAM
Micromax has relied on its tried and tested Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor mated to 2GB of RAM to offer flawless multi-tasking capabilities and nippy performance. But that does tend to hinder the overall feel of navigating through on this phone are the untimely hick ups that the CPU makes possibly due to 4 of its 8 cores ticking at 1GHz and the other 4 at 1.7GHz, ending up in sudden stuttering of the OS and thus, hampering the 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.
Category Winner : Moto G 2015 3rd Gen
Lenovo K4 Note : Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop) with Vibe UI 2.5
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 : Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 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.
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus : Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
This is where Micromax beats the competition. With a large number of smartphones in this segment coming from manufacturers other than Google, thereby layering their homegrown OS on top of Google’s Android OS, what makes Micromax’s CyanogenMod layering stand out from the rest is the fact that it offers the least difference in the amount of slick and nippy feedback and user experience when compared to stock Android. To go along this, CyanogenMod also comes loaded with a host of customisability options that let you set your phone up exactly to your liking and preferences.
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.
Category Winner : Moto G 2015 3rd Gen for those who love Stock Android, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 otherwise.
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.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 : 13 MP with phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash rear-camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
With a blazing fast stutter speed, high quality camera sensors and under the hood tweaks with imaging algorithms, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 finds itself a good foothold amongst the competition in this range. Not only does it produce vivid images with accurate color and detail reproduction, it also offers a balanced low-light Night photography.
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus : 13 MP with autofocus, LED flash rear-camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
In one of the major changes to its predecessor, the Yu Yureka Plus features a newer Sony IMX214 sensor as compared to IMX135 sensor on the old Yu Yureka. What this does is improve on the unimpressive camera quality on its predecessor with the new lens churning out detailed, even-toned, natural looking snaps in daylight and better less-noisier pics under low-light.
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.
Category Winner : Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
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 Redmi Note 3 : 4000 mAH, Li-Po 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.
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus : 2500 mAH, Li-Po battery
A battery that might read less on the mAh count and has an added baggage to handle the 1080p display as compared to the 720p display on its predecessor, Micromax has done well to balance out the battery life-performance ratio in such a way that the phone churns out a backup of 12-14 hours easily on heavy usage.
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.
Category Winner : Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Lenovo K4 Note vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs Micromax Yu Yureka Plus vs Moto G 2015 3rd Gen : VERDICT
Well, it really comes down to personal preferences and tastes. With all of these smartphones offering trend-setting specs in their segment and bringing out the best a budget smartphone is expected off, one does need to contemplate all the factors, keeping in mind the price these phones come at. 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. For the Micromax’s Yu Yureka Plus, the device gets a lot going for it with a stupendous display and the offer to choose between the Stock Android and Micromax’s CyanogenMod layering. But both of these devices feel a bit outdated largely due to the lack of some features that are fast becoming pre-requisites of a budget smartphone setup such as a finger-print scanner, NFC support and some stunning design & built quality. This is where Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Lenovo K4 Note stamp their authority with a package full of everything a smartphone of this price is capable of offering, only to be marred by their improvised UI. But 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 its customers 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, only to be better by the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 with stupendous build and design, best-in-class camera setup and a blusterous battery life.
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