Video: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs LeTV Le1s comparison


xiaomi redmi note 3 vs letv le1s

The LeTV Le1s and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 are too very similar phones, so similar in fact that some of you are unsure which phone to choose, hopefully this comparison including video will help you all out.

With alloy bodies, rear fingerprint scanner, Helio X10, 13 mega-pixel rear camera and 5.5-inch FHD display, both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and LeTV Le1s are very similar phones. So which device is better for you? Well it all depends on your usage and which features are important to you.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs LeTV Le1s video comparison

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs LeTV Le1s Camera samples

As mentioned in the video above the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 performs better than the LeTV Le1s in the camera department. With that said though there have been some huge leaps in image quality on the LeTV Le1s with updates, and we hope that with frequent updates we will see even better performance in the future.

At this time though the Redmi Note 3 has a better camera, it gets more natural colours and handles light sources better. The Le1s tends to take pale photos and seems washed out on more occasions. Take a look at the photo sample below to see what you think of both cameras.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

LeTV Le1s

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs LeTV Le1s build quality

xiaomi redmi note 3 vs letv le1s

Personally I feel the CNC machined alloy body on the LeTV Le1s is superior to the simple folded alloy panel on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. The LeTV Le1s feels like a higher quality device in the hand (the slim body plays a small part in this), where as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 feels a bit basic (but still well made). The thicker body of the Xiaomi also means you get a much larger battery.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs LeTV Le1s other comparisons

xiaomi redmi note 3 vs letv le1s

Although both phones have a 5.5-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 display I feel the LeTV Le1s has the better quality display, it also has far superior audio through the dual external speakers and earphones.

Performance for gaming and daily usage cannot be differentiated. Firstly both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the LeTV Le1s have the same Mediatek Helio X10 chipset and come with either 2GB or 3GB RAM. There really is no notable difference in performance between each phone.

xiaomi redmi note 3 vs letv le1s

The rear facing single touch fingerprint scanner on both phones looks and works exactly the same. It’s a really neat, fast and secure method of unlocking and getting access to your phone.

xiaomi redmi note 3 vs letv le1s

As mentioned above the LeTV Le1s is thinner and the CNC body feels like an upmarket chassis, but it means you get a smaller battery. Earlier LeTV X500 roms also lead to poor battery life, but like the camera, battery life is improving with each update. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has a physically larger battery and from the get go a longer battery life. The Xiaomi’s battery tends to gradually run down, while the LeTV seems to suddenly drop in battery level, this is especially notable the closer to the red you are.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs LeTV Le1s gallery

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs LeTV Le1s Pros and Cons

If you think you can live the camera quality of the LeTV Le1s and don’t mind the smaller battery then the LeTV is the phone to choose. You will also get a nicer body, better display and much nicer audio.

However, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 benefits from a larger battery, better camera, and the phone as a whole is very good with no faults. Although the LeTV has better audio and a nicer screen, the Xiaomi is also fine and won’t disappoint.

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80 Comments

  1. E8hffff
    December 18, 2015

    Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, for lovers of bezels

    • Witte
      December 18, 2015

      LeTV 1S has equally big bezels. Its an optical illusion if you think it has no bezels

    • balcobomber25
      December 18, 2015

      Look at the below picture the bezels are nearly identical. They look smaller on the LeTV because most of the images show a black background, whereas the Redmi has a light blue. But close up you can see for yourself. And actually it looks like the LeTV has the infamous black border.

      • Tajwar
        December 18, 2015

        Maybe he got blinded by the x500s gold colour 😛

      • E8hffff
        December 18, 2015

        It was mainly a tease man since people jump in on Elephone with the same ridiculous claims of bezel chub.

  2. trapchan
    December 18, 2015

    Glorious chamfered edges, symmetrical bottom speaker hole and centered usb port win … still waiting for my LeTV 1S, a month had passed.

    On a side note, another blog said on their review that the camera on the Redmi Note 3 is awful, even worse than Redmi Note 2.

    • Airyl
      December 18, 2015

      The writer of the review then popped up on our review’s comment section saying that he agreed with us, and that the camera was significantly better after an update.

    • balcobomber25
      December 18, 2015

      He has since updated his review with the following:

      “NOTE: camera was tested with the both MIUI V7.0.7.0.LHNCNCJ (MIUI7) and the MIUI V7.0.16.0.LHNCNCJ (MIUI7) (not yet available via OTA, the ROM was flashed manually). The results have proven that there is a significant change in picture quality between these two updates. 90% of the images taken using the old software had some major focus issues. “

  3. E8hffff
    December 18, 2015

    Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, for lovers of bezels

    • Witte
      December 18, 2015

      LeTV 1S has equally big bezels. Its an optical illusion if you think it has no bezels

    • balcobomber25
      December 18, 2015

      Look at the below picture the bezels are nearly identical. They look smaller on the LeTV because most of the images show a black background, whereas the Redmi has a light blue. But close up you can see for yourself. And actually it looks like the LeTV has the infamous black border.

    • Tajwar
      December 18, 2015

      Maybe he got blinded by the x500s gold colour 😛

    • E8hffff
      December 19, 2015

      It was mainly a tease man since people jump in on Elephone with the same ridiculous claims of bezel chub.

  4. realjjj
    December 18, 2015

    The m1 Metal just got a price cut to 999CNYand at least that one has a microSD slot.

    • yalok
      December 19, 2015

      I’ve heard it can’t be rooted.

      • BiH
        December 19, 2015

        Thing you heard isn’t truth.
        Meizu phones are super-easy to root.

        • yalok
          December 19, 2015

          I’m not speaking of all meizu phones, just this one (meizu m1 metal).

          • Creazydea
            December 21, 2015

            Meizu metal comes with YunOs, which is shame.

            • RuR
              January 31, 2016

              It comes with Meizu’s regular FlyMe, Which is based on android lollipop

  5. trapchan
    December 18, 2015

    Glorious chamfered edges, symmetrical bottom speaker hole and centered usb port win … still waiting for my LeTV 1S, a month had passed.

    On a side note, another blog said on their review that the camera on the Redmi Note 3 is awful, even worse than Redmi Note 2.

    • Airyl
      December 18, 2015

      The writer of the review then popped up on our review’s comment section saying that he agreed with us, and that the camera was significantly better after an update.

    • balcobomber25
      December 18, 2015

      He has since updated his review with the following:

      “NOTE: camera was tested with the both MIUI V7.0.7.0.LHNCNCJ (MIUI7) and the MIUI V7.0.16.0.LHNCNCJ (MIUI7) (not yet available via OTA, the ROM was flashed manually). The results have proven that there is a significant change in picture quality between these two updates. 90% of the images taken using the old software had some major focus issues. “

  6. realjjj
    December 18, 2015

    The m1 Metal just got a price cut to 999CNYand at least that one has a microSD slot.

    • yalok
      December 19, 2015

      I’ve heard it can’t be rooted.

    • Guest
      December 19, 2015

      Thing you heard isn’t truth.
      Meizu phones are super-easy to root.

    • yalok
      December 19, 2015

      I’m not speaking of all meizu phones, just this one (meizu m1 metal).

    • Creazydea
      December 21, 2015

      Meizu metal comes with YunOs, which is shame.

    • RuR
      January 31, 2016

      It comes with Meizu’s regular FlyMe, Which is based on android lollipop

  7. Mesterio
    December 18, 2015

    I think I am still deeply in love with the LeTv 1s. I was soo relieved he said the battery had improved, even though Xiaomi is still kicking ass in that department. Good effort Andi!

  8. Tajwar
    December 18, 2015

    I’d go with Note 3 cause MIUI

    • Mich
      December 23, 2015

      Hi, would you recommend the MI4C Prime edition? What do you think about it? Is it a great investment? Thanks.

      • Tajwar
        December 23, 2015

        You are welcome but it Depends on your needs;it’s light & compact, has great camera, good battery life and the Snapdragon 808 which is nothing to snuff at, also it should have good first party(miui) and third party(Cyanogen etc.) dev. support. I say if you don’t mind the build and want mid-range priced powerful phone just go for it.

        • Mich
          December 23, 2015

          Thanks for your answer. At the beginning, I wanted to order a MI4 in black color Wcdma edition with 3gb ram & 16gb rom but no 4g connectivity for europe (sold at 210€). I finally changed my mind because of the storage left which is around 11gb (rest is taken by MIUI system). Unfortunately, there is no 64gb version of the black MI4 available in the market. That being said, there are other devices out there like the Honor 7 and the Meizu MX5. Both phones are considered as flagships and are sold around 320€ for the MX5 with 32gb rom and 16gb rom for the Honor 7 (without shipping costs). MX5 has a compact design for a 5.5 inch phone but it is still expensive, Honor 7 is expensive too. There is also the Redmi Note 3 which offer equivalent performance compared to the MI4C at a competitive price, each phone have pros and cons but the Note 3 is wider (5.5 vs 5 inch). It is hard to make the right choice and I agree the MI4C has a cheap design but its pricing is very attractive (could get the MI4C Prime at 205€). I think that the MI5 will be released in coming months but its price will be around 400€+ which is above my budget. I am not a power user, I mean I prefer a device which pretty good performance, camera and battery life. I will check more MI4C tests before to decide. Cheers!

  9. Mesterio
    December 18, 2015

    I think I am still deeply in love with the LeTv 1s. I was soo relieved he said the battery had improved, even though Xiaomi is still kicking ass in that department. Good effort Andi!

  10. Tajwar
    December 18, 2015

    I’d go with Note 3 cause MIUI

    • Guest
      December 23, 2015

      Hi, would you recommend the MI4C Prime edition? What do you think about it? Is it a great investment? Thanks.

    • Tajwar
      December 23, 2015

      You are welcome but it Depends on your needs;it’s light & compact, has great camera, good battery life and the Snapdragon 808 which is nothing to snuff at, also it should have good first party(miui) and third party(Cyanogen etc.) dev. support. I say if you don’t mind the build and want mid-range priced powerful phone just go for it.

    • Guest
      December 23, 2015

      Thanks for your answer. At the beginning, I wanted to order a MI4 in black color Wcdma edition with 3gb ram & 16gb rom but no 4g connectivity for europe (sold at 210€). I finally changed my mind because of the storage left which is around 11gb (rest is taken by MIUI system). Unfortunately, there is no 64gb version of the black MI4 available in the market. That being said, there are other devices out there like the Honor 7 and the Meizu MX5. Both phones are considered as flagships and are sold around 320€ for the MX5 with 32gb rom and 16gb rom for the Honor 7 (without shipping costs). MX5 has a compact design for a 5.5 inch phone but it is still expensive, Honor 7 is expensive too. There is also the Redmi Note 3 which offer equivalent performance compared to the MI4C at a competitive price, each phone have pros and cons but the Note 3 is wider (5.5 vs 5 inch). It is hard to make the right choice and I agree the MI4C has a cheap design but its pricing is very attractive (could get the MI4C Prime at 205€). I think that the MI5 will be released in coming months but its price will be around 400€+ which is above my budget. I am not a power user, I mean I prefer a device which pretty good performance, camera and battery life. I will check more MI4C tests before to decide. Cheers!

  11. Bobi
    December 19, 2015

    Really nice comparison, thank you for the video also, it is really useful! I’m still in love with the design of the Letv, but decided to order the Xiaomi by the other reasons (battery, camera, software). Can you write please which software versions were running on them when you made the camera comparison?

  12. Guest
    December 19, 2015

    Really nice comparison, thank you for the video also, it is really useful! I’m still in love with the design of the Letv, but decided to order the Xiaomi by the other reasons (battery, camera, software). Can you write please which software versions were running on them when you made the camera comparison?

  13. littletime
    December 19, 2015

    I was seduced by the LeTVs good looks but Xiaomi’s experience clearly has the edge here.

  14. nnmd
    December 19, 2015

    LeTV’s camera sucks.

    • lusia marry
      December 28, 2015

      yeah ,the same feeling

  15. kalpavix
    December 19, 2015

    i bought a xiaomi redmi note 3 from everbuying and after 7 days they tell me they don’t have it in stock and i asked for refund . guess what no respond till now !!!! stay away from everbuying

    • MaxPower
      December 20, 2015

      did you use PayPal?

      • kalpavix
        December 21, 2015

        yes

        • MaxPower
          December 21, 2015

          well that’s good.
          at least you’ll get your money back for sure.
          Just open a dispute and you’ll see how they will respond quickly.

          • mikey
            December 24, 2015

            always buy by paypal

    • ben
      December 22, 2015

      like me, i bought a xiaomi note 3 (03/12/2015), and until today, the order is not shipped. so very bad geekbuying too

      • kalpavix
        December 22, 2015

        that sucks it’s make me hate the Chinese phones because of those resellers

        • lusia marry
          December 28, 2015

          i buy from Coolicool ,have received it almost 3 days ,the phone with good camera and best price .i use a code:NOTE5 ( Save $5 ).Good luck

  16. littletime
    December 19, 2015

    I was seduced by the LeTVs good looks but Xiaomi’s experience clearly has the edge here.

  17. Guest
    December 19, 2015

    LeTV’s camera sucks.

    • lusia marry
      December 28, 2015

      yeah ,the same feeling

  18. kalpavix
    December 20, 2015

    i bought a xiaomi redmi note 3 from everbuying and after 7 days they tell me they don’t have it in stock and i asked for refund . guess what no respond till now !!!! stay away from everbuying

    • MaxPower
      December 20, 2015

      did you use PayPal?

    • kalpavix
      December 21, 2015

      yes

    • MaxPower
      December 21, 2015

      well that’s good.
      at least you’ll get your money back for sure.
      Just open a dispute and you’ll see how they will respond quickly.

    • Guest
      December 22, 2015

      like me, i bought a xiaomi note 3 (03/12/2015), and until today, the order is not shipped. so very bad geekbuying too

    • kalpavix
      December 22, 2015

      that sucks it’s make me hate the Chinese phones because of those resellers

    • mikey
      December 24, 2015

      always buy by paypal

    • lusia marry
      December 28, 2015

      i buy from Coolicool ,have received it almost 3 days ,the phone with good camera and best price .i use a code:NOTE5 ( Save $5 ).Good luck

  19. Meerk4t
    December 21, 2015

    Guys!
    I really need your help, can’t decide what to buy Redmi Note 3 or 1S,
    I want good display, good camera, premium looking and overall good perfomance for 1 year at least.

    • littletime
      December 22, 2015

      Unfortunately the 1s has the good looks whereas the RN3 has the better camera. As they say: you can’t have it all (unless you buy both of course!)

      • Meerk4t
        December 25, 2015

        right but as I know build quality of RN3 sucks 🙁

        • lusia marry
          December 28, 2015

          Because i own one so i recommend RN3 to you ,

        • Dante
          January 1, 2016

          you mad >? its great , just the first batch got squeaky antenaes , which is now fixed with the newer batch we received

    • Ionut Johnny
      March 13, 2016

      I have 0 problems with Redmi Note 3, best phone I bought so far.

  20. Meerk4t
    December 21, 2015

    Guys!
    I really need your help, can’t decide what to buy Redmi Note 3 or 1S,
    I want good display, good camera, premium looking and overall good perfomance for 1 year at least.

    • littletime
      December 22, 2015

      Unfortunately the 1s has the good looks whereas the RN3 has the better camera. As they say: you can’t have it all (unless you buy both of course!)

    • Meerk4t
      December 25, 2015

      right but as I know build quality of RN3 sucks 🙁

    • lusia marry
      December 28, 2015

      Because i own one so i recommend RN3 to you ,

    • Dante
      January 1, 2016

      you mad >? its great , just the first batch got squeaky antenaes , which is now fixed with the newer batch we received

    • Ionut Johnny
      March 13, 2016

      I have 0 problems with Redmi Note 3, best phone I bought so far.
      As a bonus it feels premium as well and it is.

  21. Dickson
    January 4, 2016

    Do both phones have OTG?

    • Sandesh S M
      March 28, 2016

      Yes

  22. Guest
    January 4, 2016

    Do both phones have OTG?

    • Sandesh S M
      March 28, 2016

      Yes

  23. dutchgio
    January 6, 2016

    You forgot to mention software support.
    Xiaomi has weekly updates with now, after unlocking the bootloader, multi language support. The LeTv does not offcially. There is an older multilanguage build but that doesn’t seem to be a stable version.
    I would choose the Xiaomi, features, in this case the big battery, over the design of the LeTv.

  24. dutchgio
    January 6, 2016

    You forgot to mention software support.
    Xiaomi has weekly updates with now, after unlocking the bootloader, multi language support. The LeTv does not offcially. There is an older multilanguage build but that doesn’t seem to be a stable version.
    I would choose the Xiaomi, features, in this case the big battery, over the design of the LeTv.