In this episode of specs comparison, we will be putting side-by-side two smartphones with an almost similar setup. Which smartphone would win, the newly released one or the most talked about smartphone in the community? Let’s go!
The Lenovo K8 Note is the company’s latest smartphone to be released in the country. It has a 5.5″ Full HD IPS display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a MediaTek Helio X23 deca-core chipset, 64GB internal storage, 4GB RAM, 13MP + 5MP dual rear cameras with LED flash, a 13MP front camera with LED flash, and 4,000mAh battery with turbocharging tech.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X is the community’s favorite smartphone, however, this one is the more powerful variant. It has a 5.5″ Full HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, MediaTek Helio X20 chipset, 64GB internal storage, 4GB RAM, 13MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, 5MP front camera, and 4,100mAh battery with fast-charging tech
Here are their detailed specs:
|Lenovo K8 Note||Redmi Note 4X (Helio X20)|
|5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display @ 1920 x 1080 pixels||5.5-inch Full HD display @ 1920 x 1080 pixels|
|2.5D curved glass||2.5D curved glass|
|Corning Gorilla Glass||–|
|2.3GHz MediaTek Helio X23 deca-core||MediaTek Helio X20 Deca-core|
|Mali-T880 GPU||Mali T880MP4|
|64GB internal storage||64GB internal storage|
|4GB RAM||4GB RAM|
|Expandable up to 128GB via microSD (dedicated)||Expandable via microSD, up to 256GB (uses SIM 2)|
|13MP + 5MP secondary rear depth camera w/ LED flash||13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, dual-LED flash|
|13MP front camera w/ flash||5MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture|
|Dual-SIM (nano)||Dual SIM|
|4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac||Wi-Fi 802.11ac|
|Bluetooth 4.1||Bluetooth 4.2|
|GPS/A-GPS||GPS w/ A-GPS|
|Fingerprint scanner||Fingerprint scanner|
|Android 7.1.1 Nougat||Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ MIUI Global 8.1|
|4,000mAh battery with Turbo-charging||4100mAh battery with fast-charging|
|154.5 x 75.9 x 8.5mm||151 x 76 x 8.4 mm|
Here are the advantages of each smartphone.
Lenovo K8 Note
+ Gorilla Glass
+ Better performing CPU
+ Dual rear cameras
+ Higher front camera resolution
+ Android 7.1.1 out-of-the-box
+ Stock Android
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X (Helio X20)
+ Dual rear LED flash
+ Slightly larger battery capacity
Looking at their displays, both smartphones have an identical display setup. The 5.5-inch screen size partnered with a 1920 x 1080 screen resolution provides good viewing experience for users who are fond of watching videos at high quality. One main difference, however, is their screen protection.
The K8 Note has Corning Gorilla glass protection while the Redmi Note 4X does not have one. With this, it is clear which smartphone will likely survive or is more durable when dropped.
CPU AND GPU
If we look at their CPUs and GPUs closely, we already know which one has the upper hand. The K8 Note has the MediaTek Helio X23 chipset while the Redmi Note 4X has the Helio X20 chipset. It has been said that the former chipset has a performance increase of up to 20% compared with the latter. We can safely say that the Helio X23 is the better performing CPU. As for their GPUs, both smartphones carry the Mali-T880 GPU which is more than enough for a good gaming experience.
As for the camera department, the K8 Note has a higher front camera resolution compared to the Redmi Note 4X. It also has a dual rear camera setup, however, the latter’s dual rear LED flash will give brighter lighting for shots taken in dark environments. We do not have sample shots for the K8 Note but we will definitely get some once we got our hands on it.
In terms of battery, the Redmi Note 4X has a slightly larger battery capacity than the K8 Note. Both smartphones also have fast charging technologies so users won’t have any problems charging their phones. We do not have any data for the battery life of the latter but the former lasted for 11 Hours and 6 Minutes during our tests. Rest assured, we will be testing the battery life of the K8 Note if we get our hands on a unit.
In terms of overall performance, we can say that the K8 Note wins since it has a better performing CPU compared to the Redmi Note 4X. Note that even the Snapdragon 625 variant of the same smartphone is below the performance of the Helio X23 and Helio X20, however, it is the most power efficient among the three. In terms of viewing experience, both smartphones will provide the same 5.5-inch Full HD experience. For Gaming, both can deliver a smooth gaming experience and handle heavy games with ease.
Before we end this comparison, let us have a look at some distinct feature differences. The K8 Note has Corning Gorilla Glass screen protection and Stock Android as its main UI while the Redmi Note 4X doesn’t have screen protection and is run by the company’s custom MIUI.