Chinese smartphone vendors have flooded the Indian market with their devices and have managed to grab a considerable amount of the market share. These companies have been offering a range of power packed smartphones at a very reasonable price.
Xiaomi recently launched its Redmi Note 3 in the market which intends to give tough competition to the likes of Honor 5X and LeEco Le1s, with all of them falling under the same price bracket.
Here is a comparison of the key features:
To begin with, all three devices feature metal unibody designs giving off premium looks to the phones, which also feel good when held. All the phones weigh nearly the same, with Honor 5X being the lightest at 158 gm. The Redmi Note 3 weighs around 164 gm, while the Le1s weighs 170 gm.
Keys and Slots
Each one of the smartphones have the power key and the volume rockers located at the right side. Honor 5X offers a separate tray for the microSD card, while the Redmi Note 3 comes with a hybrid slot, which can be used for either an SD card or a secondary SIM card, both present at the left side of the respective phones. The Le1s does not offer an SD card tray, since it does not support external storage.
The Le1s and the Redmi Note 3 models sport an infrared blaster on the top, a feature found missing from the Honor 5X. All three devices feature the fingerprint sensor, which is placed below the camera sensor in each.
Coming to the display, the smartphones sport a 5.5 inch 1080p display with a calculated pixel density of 403ppi. The colour reproduction on Redmi Note 3 has been observed to be slightly better than that of the other two. The viewing angles on all devices are very impressive but the display of Redmi Note 3 takes the lead when it comes to legibility in sunlight.
The Honor 5X runs on 1.2GHz octa core Snapdragon 616 processor paired with 2GB of RAM, while the Redmi Note 3 is powered by a 1.4 GHz hexa core Snapdragon 650 processor with 2GB of RAM. The Le1s on the other hand runs on the 2.2GHz octa core MediaTek Helio X10 processor with 3GB of RAM.
All three devices perform seamlessly, thanks to their high end processors. We did, however, notice some lag while playing games on the Le1s. The Honor 5X and the Redmi Note 3 performed really well while gaming, as there was no lag found even while playing high graphic games.
On the software front, all three of them run on the Android 5.1 Lollipop OS topped by the individual company UI’s. The Redmi Note 3 runs on MIUI 7, the Honor 5X on Emotion UI 3.1 and the Le1s is wrapped under EUI.
While the UI on Honor 5X and Redmi Note 3 came out to be fluid and responsive, the UI on Le1s failed to impress us, in comparison.
Camera wise, the Redmi Note 3 comes with a 16MP rear camera and a 5MP front snapper, whereas both the Honor 5X and the Le1s are packed with a 13MP rear and a 5MP front facing shooter.
The picture quality is very impressive on all the devices. Honor 5X and Redmi Note 3 are capable of good shots in natural light, while the Le1s scores a bit low on the camera front also. What stands apart is that the Le1s comes with a capability to record 4K videos, a feature which the other two phones lack.
Finally coming to the battery life of the phones, the Le1s and the Honor 5X are juice by a 3000mAh battery. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 3 is in turn powered by a huge 4050mAh battery.
The Redmi Note 3 offers up to 2 days of moderate usage which is commendable. The device outperforms the other two smartphones when it comes to battery life.
The above points enlist some major differences which the user might want to consider before buying a device belonging to this trio. Our personal pick would be the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, followed by the Honor 5X and the LeEco Le1s, respectively.
Vishal Kawadkar and Vina Krishnan