Lenovo K5 Note vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: Spot the difference

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 is a mighty fine phone for the money, but it seems as though buyers (in China at least) are going to be spoilt for choices as Lenovo preps a similar phone.

Calling the upcoming K5 Note that just leaked online ‘similar’ to the Redmi Note 3 would be an understatement. In more ways than one, the K5 Note is a clone of the Redmi Note 3. When the phone does see a launch, it won’t be the first time that Lenovo would be launching a clone.

For the record, Lenovo are also working on the release of a clone of the recently-launched Redmi 3.

Nonetheless, let’s take a look at how the Redmi Note 3 and the Lenovo K5 Note differ. Regardless of how small the differences be…

Xiaomi Redmi Note vs Lenovo K5 Note

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Rear of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Let’s start with the specifications. First, the Redmi Note 3… here’s what it comes with:

  • 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080p FHD display
  • 2GHz octa-core processor
  • 2GB/3GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB ROM, non-expandable
  • 13 mega-pixel PDAF rear camera
  • 5 mega-pixel front facing camera
  • 4000mAh battery

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Rear of the Lenovo K5 Note

And now, let’s take a look at the specs of the K5 Note:

  • 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080p FHD display
  • 1.8GHz octa-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB ROM, expandable
  • 13 mega-pixel rear camera
  • 8 mega-pixel front facing camera
  • 3500mAh battery

The Redmi Note 3 does look like the more powerful phone on paper with a higher clocked CPU, more RAM (there could be a 3GB version of the K5 Note too, but there’s no info around it yet), and a larger capacity battery.

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What the spec table doesn’t tell you is how blatant Lenovo have been in copying the Redmi Note 3 design, and which is something you can make out from the pictures above. The K5 Note has the same:

  • camera placement
  • fingerprint sensor placement
  • speaker placement
  • cuts along the chassis

That said, it could be the 2GB RAM version of the Redmi Note 3 that the K5 Note could challenge with perhaps a cheaper price.


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