Lenovo K4 Note vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs Meizu m1 Metal: specs comparison


While CES 2016 is in full swing, a quiet launch by Lenovo brought the K4 Note to the world. The Lenovo K4 Note is a 5.5-inch phablet that is the successor to the K3 Note, a device known for the value it brings for an extremely low budget. The K4 Note, as the successor, shares the same DNA of affordability, but adds a focus on sound quality with powerful dual front-firing speakers. And while the Lenovo K4 Note might never make it to Western shores, it could still shape up to be an important device on a global scene hungry for affordable devices.

So in that context, how does it compare against two of its biggest rivals: the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Meizu m1 Metal? We take a look at the specs one by one to find the similarities and make out the differences.

First, though, let's talk about design as the K4 Note seems to put the focus on speaker quality rather than looks per se. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Meizu m1 Metal won their popularity largely because of their offer of an affordable device with a metal build in a world of plastic devices. The K4 Note obviously is not on the same level.

The other signature feature of the Redmi and the Meizu is the fact that they both include fingerprint scanners for better security. The Lenovo K4 Note matches them on this aspect with a finger reader of its own, located on the back of the phone.

The rest is all about experience, but a run-down the specs will help you make up your minds better and that's what we give you right below.

Lenovo K4 Note vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs Meizu Blue Charm Metal

Display

Display size

5.5 inches
5.5 inches
5.5 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

401 ppi
401 ppi
401 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

70.98 %
73.15 %
73.64 %

Peak brightness

 
 
450 cd/m2 (nit)

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

13 megapixels
13 megapixels
13 megapixels

Hardware Features

Phase detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus

Specifications

 
Aperture size: F2.2
Aperture size: F2.2

Video recording

Yes
1920x1080 (Full HD)
Yes

Features

Video calling
Time-lapse video, Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling

Front

5 megapixels
5 megapixels
5 megapixels

Video capture

 
1920x1080 (Full HD)
 

Design

Dimensions

6.05 x 3.01 x 0.36 inches (153.7 x 76.5 x 9.1 mm)
5.91 x 2.99 x 0.34 inches (150 x 76 x 8.65 mm)
5.93 x 2.96 x 0.32 inches (150.7 x 75.3 x 8.2 mm)

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.78 oz (164 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.71 oz (162 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

Back: Plastic
Back: Metal
Back: Metal

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

Touch sensitive control keys
Notification light
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

MediaTek MT6753
MediaTek Helio X10 MT6795
MediaTek Helio X10 MT6795

Processor

Octa-core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit

GPU

Mali-T720 MP3
PowerVR G6200
PowerVR G6200

RAM

3 GB LPDDR3
3 GB LPDDR3
2 GB LPDDR3

OS

Android (5.1 Lollipop)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop), Xiaomi MI UI
Android, Meizu Flyme UI

Battery

Capacity

3300 mAh
4000 mAh
3140 mAh

Talk time

22.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)
 
 

Stand-by time

11.0 days (265 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)
 
 

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 180
$ 171
 


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3 Comments

1. prashant1707

Posts: 83; Member since: Nov 13, 2015

xiaomi redmi note 3 is much better than the other two, but lack of micro sd card slot is a drawback in it but rest everything is just too good for the price they r offering it.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

then get redmi note 2, its almost the same as redmi note 3 without fingerprint reader.. its cheaper and have microSD slot

3. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I have the Meizu M2 Note and really like it. I tried the Redmi Note 2 as well only to find that the Mediatek Helio X10 is a real battery drainer. This is why Xiaomi put a 4000 mAh battery in their Note 3. I don't know what the battery life would be for the Lenovo but I am wary of any device with the Helio X10 in it. I can highly recommend the Meizu M2 Note - full day and a half or more of battery life. The only slight drawback is that the screen shows fingerprint smudges very readily.

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