Almost a week after Xiaomi announced its new Redmi Note 4 smartphone in India, Lenovo today announced a new 4GB RAM variant of the Lenovo K6 Power for Rs 10,999. While both the smartphones are priced similar to each other, they serve a different audience. To help you find out as to which device is for you, let’s put both these devices against each other.
The 4GB variant of the K6 Power will be up for sale starting 31st January 2017, while the next sale for the Redmi Note 4 is set to take place on 30th January 2017. Note that we have taken the 3GB RAM variant of the Lenovo K6 Power which is also priced at Rs 10,999.
Also See: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Review
Design and Display
One of the things where both these devices come really close is the design. Both the Lenovo K6 Power and the Redmi Note 4 comes with an aluminium unibody design which makes the device look premium and also feels solid in hands. The back of the device looks identical even though they are manufactured by different companies. The camera lens, LED flash and the fingerprint scanner placement at the back with similar antenna bands position makes the K6 Power look a miniature version of the Redmi Note 4. Talking about the size, the K6 Power is 141.9 mm tall 70.3 mm wide and just 9.3 mm thick. On the other hand, Redmi Note 4 being a bigger device measure at 151 x 76 x 8.5 mm. So for the design, the Lenovo K6 Power offers a more compact design while the Redmi Note 4 concentrates more on the bigger form factor. Another worth mentioning feature of the Lenovo K6 Power is the dual backfiring speakers which are powered by Dolby Atmos making it a pretty solid player against the Redmi Note 4 for multi-media consumption.
The reason why Redmi Note 4 is a bigger device of the two is because of the bigger display which is also the first major difference between these smartphones. Xiaomi’s new addition to the Redmi Note series features a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS LCD display which gives us a pixel density of 401 ppi (pixels per inch). While the Lenovo K6 Power sports a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS LCD display which makes it for a pixel density of 441 ppi. While in real you won’t see much of a difference, but, based on the theory numbers, the display on the K6 Power will be a tad bit better just because of its slightly better pixel density.
Performance and Memory
Jumping straight into the internals will further reveal some of the other differences between these devices. Starting with the Lenovo K6 Power, the new 4GB RAM variant is identical to the previous 3GB RAM variant in terms of other internals. So we get a 1.4 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset with Adreno 505 GPU along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The storage is further expandable up to 128GB via hybrid Dual SIM tray. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 4 is powered by a 2.0GHz 64-bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. In addition to this, we get 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which is also further expandable up to 128GB via hybrid Dual SIM tray.
Ignoring the numbers and talking about the real life performance, the Redmi Note 4 will surely get your tasks done better. The Snapdragon 625 is clocked at 2.0GHz and will fetch you an overall better performance. On the contrary, the Lenovo K6 Power will in no way be shy of a commendable day-to-day performance. The K6 power matches up with the Redmi Note 4 in terms of gaming as well, thanks to the Snapdragon 430 which does prove to be one of the best chips from Qualcomm made for budget-oriented smartphones. Both the devices run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 on the Redmi Note 4 and Vibe Pure UI on the K6 Power. Further, Xiaomi has also rolled out the first developer preview based on Android N for the Redmi Note 4.
Camera’s on both these devices is a mixed bag and this is where you might get your final decision done and dusted. The Lenovo K6 Power and Redmi Note 4, both sport a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with PDAF, LED flash etc. While on the front, the Lenovo K6 Power comes with an 8-megapixel shooter whereas the Note 4 sports a 5-megapixel sensor at the front. Coming to the performance, both the phones will manage to get you some pretty good photos in daylight situations.
The colours and detail in images clicked from both the smartphones will come out to be balanced. However, the performance does tend to struggle in low-light. To choose between the two, Redmi Note 4 slightly wins the race in low-light. For the front-facing camera, the Redmi Note 4 does lag behind in terms of the megapixel game, however, it does come out to be the winner in terms of image processing and overall photo quality. Summing up, the camera on the Redmi Note 4 will be better when it comes to low-light photography and shooting selfies.
Battery and Connectivity
This is another segment where both these smartphone come neck to neck at least on paper. The Redmi Note 4 comes with a 4100 mAh battery while the K6 Power is packed with a 4000 mAh battery. Now one might argue that the K6 Power should be ahead in this segment, given it comes with a smaller screen. However, the amazing power-efficiency capabilities of Snapdragon 625 chipset helps Redmi Note 4 match up with the battery life found on the K6 Power. So this one is a tie in our opinion.
For the connectivity, the specifications are similar on both ends. Both the devices come with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2 (v4.1 on Redmi Note 4), GPS with A-GPS, 4G with VoLTE, microUSB with USB OTG. The Redmi Note 4 also comes with an infrared port while the K6 Power supports reverse charging through the given microUSB.
Priced at Rs 10,999, both the devices are winners in their own sense. While Redmi Note 4 comes with a better chipset and camera, the Lenovo K6 Power comes with a compact design and better RAM. For the final verdict, it really depends on your preference for the next smartphone you are looking to buy. If you want a compact device with a pretty solid specs and battery, the Lenovo K6 Power is the perfect choice for you, while if you don’t mind a bigger device with a slightly more powerful processor and a better camera without compromising on the battery life, the Redmi Note 4 will do the job for you any day.