Lenovo Vibe K5 Note (3GB RAM)  Xiaomi Redmi 3S  
Lenovo Vibe K5 Note (3GB RAM)Xiaomi Redmi 3S
magic score91.890.5
PriceRs. 11,999 onwardsRs. 6,999 onwards
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Launch Date (India)Aug, 2016Aug, 2016
Screen Size5.5 inches5 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)720x1280 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch)
Display FeaturesIPS, Scratch Resistant Display (Gorilla Glass 3)IPS LCD, Reading Mode
Processor1.8 GHz1.4 GHz
Processor NameMediaTek MT6755 Helio P10Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430
GPUMali T860 MP2Adreno 505
Secondary Camera8.0 MP5.0 MP
Internal Memory32 GB16 GB
Thickness8.45 mm8.5 mm
Weight165 gm144 gm
Battery Capacity3500 mAh4100 mAh
Battery Talktime33.00 hrsN/A
Battery Talktime (3G)18.00 hrsN/A
Other Battery ParametersBattery Standby Time (4G): 364 hrsGaming: up to 15 hrs, Music Playback Time: up to 121 hrs, Reading Time: up to 39 hrs, Video Playback Time: up to 17 hrs
Fingerprint sensorYes
Editor's Note [Positives]
  • Good build quality
  • Nice metal unibody design and brushed metal finish - feels good to hold
  • Smaller and slimmer than the K4 Note
  • Bundled clear cover for protecting the phone
  • Good display - solid brightness levels, contrast ratio, sunlight legibility and viewing angles
  • Display has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection unlike the K4 Note
  • Lenovo‚Äôs Vibe UI adds some useful features on top of Android
  • Good speed/performance, including with games
  • Multitasking is smooth too, thanks to the ample RAM
  • Built-in support for VR glasses, similar to the K4 Note (ANT VR headset has to be purchased separately)
  • Decent, fast rear camera, especially for daylight shots - macro shots are good too and HDR shots came out well
  • The 8MP front-facing camera is good for selfies and video chats - colors are vibrant and the images are sharp as well
  • Fast fingerprint sensor
  • Thanks to Dolby Atmos, Wolfson WM8281 audio codec and 1.5W speaker, loudspeaker output is good and clear even in full volume
  • Audio output through headphones is good as well
  • Good call quality
  • Good battery life - a definite improvement over the K4 Note - lasts a full day
  • Useful power saving modes to further reduce battery consumption
  • Compact, smart looking, premium design with a metal build - very similar to the Redmi Note 3, but more easy to handle (because of the smaller size)
  • Excellent ergonomics, with the curves on the back making the phone very comfortable to hold
  • Light-weight with an excellent weight distribution, despite the large battery it holds inside
  • Nice, vibrant, and bright display, with excellent touch-responsiveness, and good viewing angles
  • MIUI is a one of the better Android skins around
  • Good speed/performance (though multi-tasking performance is a notch below the Redmi 3s Prime because of lesser RAM)
  • Excellent battery life - easily lasts a day and a half in regular use
  • Fast, accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Good audio quality
Editor's Note [Negatives]
  • Hybrid dual SIM slot lets you either use dual SIMS or a memory card, but not both together
  • No special support for quick charging unlike some of its competitors
  • Low-light camera performance of the phone is strictly average - with plenty of noise in the shots
  • Camera is decent, and almost at par with the more expensive Redmi Note 3, but still could have been better, especially with low light performance
  • Loudspeaker volume could have been better
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