Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 (2GB RAM, 16GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Lenovo K8 Note (3GB RAM, 32GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Xiaomi Redmi 5 (2GB RAM, 16GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Lenovo K8 Note (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Xiaomi Redmi 5 (2GB RAM, 16GB) 
Lenovo K8 Note Xiaomi Redmi 5
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Excellence Score
23.4
23.6
Value for Money Score
72.7
70.8
Price ₹ 7,534 onwards ₹ 8,299 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2017 Mar, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Oleophobic Coating FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Deca Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio X23Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #60 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T880 MP4 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 2 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP 12.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features N/A F/2.2 Aperture, 1.25um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1.25um large pixel, 5P lens, Low light enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition
Secondary Camera 13.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, LED Flash Beautify 3.0, Selfie countdown, Face recognition, Selfie Light, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 16 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.5 mm 7.7 mm
Weight 180 gm 157 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Turbo Charging
Other Battery Parameters Talktime (4G): 24.7 hrs, Standby Time (4G): 378 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Dolby Atmos; Splash Resistant; Fast Battery Charging (Turbo Charging); Noise Filtration; TheatreMax WiFi Display; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Very good build quality, water repellent design
  • The metal body feels sturdy to hold and offers a premium feel and a soft touch
  • 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass spread across the front edges looks neat
  • The K8 Note is also fairly easy to use with just one hand - its rounded edges make it fit well in a palm
  • Lenovo has also used an anti-fingerprint coating on the screen which means you shouldn't have to bother cleaning it very often
  • The left panel has a dedicated "Music key" which is customisable for any purpose - playing/ pausing audio or video, toggling the flashlight, launching the camera, taking a screenshot, or opening a specific app
  • Nice, crisp, bright display - viewing angles are good and sunlight legibility is not an issue - good for watching videos and playing games
  • The phone also has TheaterMax VR support which was initially introduced with the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note - it works well and lets you enjoy media on a virtual large screen, with a 100-degree field of view and a cinema-like feel
  • With the Lenovo K8 Note, the company is also switching to a stock Android experience, ditching Lenevo's Vibe Pure UI entirely - it's a welcome move - both in terms of making the UI simple, and making the future software update cycle faster
  • The interface is also slick, and fluid, and you won't feel the device stuttering even when many apps are running - gaming too is smooth, and even heavy games are handled well - benchmark scores are right at the top too for this price bracket
  • The dual camera setup at the rear works fairly well - there's a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor for creating a bokeh effect
  • Images have good details and natural colours with low noise - the camera is quick to lock focus on a subject, and landscapes and macros are decent too
  • The front 13-megapixel camera too is pretty decent, is able to capture colour tones and details well enough, and has its own LED flash
  • Decent speaker along with the Dolby Atmos app that can be used to tweak audio options
  • Decent call quality
  • Good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - lasts a whole day even with heavy use
  • Also supports fast charging (about 20 minutes to go from 0 to 40%)
  • On the whole, the K8 Note is one of the better looking phones in its category, and pretty similar to the well-designed Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
  • Has dedicated dual SIM slots (instead of the hybrid setup in lot of the recent phones) which is always a good thing
  • Decent design and build, pretty much in the style that has been pioneered by Xiaomi
  • Nice, tall 5.7 inches 18:9 display with minimal bezels, and a pretty compact form factor
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • MIUI is one of the better Android UIs around
  • Very good performance, backed by the capable Snapdragon 450, that can be considered almost on par with the current-generation Snapdragon 600-series options - on the whole, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 matches up well with devices that usually cost a fair bit more - this is visible even in practical use of the phone - it’s smooth, easy to use and performs well in most situations
  • Decent (though not great) rear and front cameras - you will get decent shots in good light - brightness, composure and sharpness are all reasonable
  • Very good battery life - thanks to MIUI 9’s frugal power consumption and the capabilities of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, you can expect to get well over a day of battery life on a single charge
  • On the whole, with very capable specifications at a very reasonable price, the Redmi 5 promises a lot for not much money, and it's main competition will likely come from its own, slightly more expensive cousins from the Redmi Note 5 series
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • A little bit on the heavy side at 180g (versus 165g for the Redmi Note 4, which is its top competitor)
  • Tends to get a little warm - when you are continuously using the camera app, or GPS, or when gaming
  • While the camera is good in daylight, low-light shots tended to have a lot of noise, and the low-light camera results leave a lot to be desired
  • Battery life is good but not the best in the segment - falling short of what the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 delivers in terms of battery performance
  • While the bezels are slim, they are more than what you’d typically expect from a modern tall-screen phone
  • The display is nice but not quite as sharp as the one on the Redmi Note 5
  • The cameras are decent in good light, but in low light and even relatively weaker lighting conditions, pictures definitely lose competence
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  1. A complete smartphone and has all the necessary inclusions like a bigger display and the latest chipset
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  2. Xiaomi has definitely raised the bar for budget smartphones once again
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  3. The Redmi 5 is definitely one of the more powerful and power-efficient offerings in the budget segment
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