Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Lenovo K8 Note (4GB RAM, 64GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Lenovo K8 Note (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Lenovo K8 Note Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
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Excellence Score
25.5
27.7
Value for Money Score
74.1
66.3
Price ₹ 8,369 onwards ₹ 12,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2017 Jan, 2017
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 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Oleophobic Coating IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Reading mode, Colour Temperature Adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Deca Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio X23Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #36 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T880 MP4 Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 4 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 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features N/A F/2.0 Aperture, BSI Sensor, 1.12um Pixel Size, 5P Lens, Phase Detection Autofocus, Dual-LED (dual tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Face Detection, Smile Detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 13.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, LED Flash F/2.0 Aperture, Smart Pro Beautify, Face Recognition, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 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 8.4 mm
Weight 180 gm 165 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4100 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
  • High-end, premium metal design, and excellent build quality - befitting a much more expensive phone
  • Fast fingerprint reader
  • Impressive, bright display, with great color accuracy
  • MIUI on top of Android works great, runs fast, and has excellent theming and customization options, making it easy to find the look you want
  • Powerful Spandragon 625 chipset ensures smooth, effortless performance all throughout
  • Pretty decent camera - although it tends to produce photos a little bit on the soft side - but overall it's good, and a significant improvement over the Redmi Note 3
  • Good loudspeaker
  • Top-notch battery life - again, improved even over the already very good Redmi Note 3 - even with heavy usage, you can get close to two full days out of it
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
  • Audio quality via headphones is average
  • Doesn't use the new USB-C standard
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