The number of smartphones available for purchase with respect to the budget market is overwhelming. This segment was once dominated by Samsung, but things are taking a different direction with the emergence Chinese OEMs such as LeEco, Vivo, Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei, among many others.
The result of this competition is that there are very many great smartphones to buy under $250, something that makes it even harder when it comes to making choices thanks to the almost similar spec sheet on offer. To help you, we have narrowed down this search to three of the best mid-rangers you can get on the market right now – Lenovo K4 Note, Samsung Galaxy J5 2016, and LeEco Le 2. Here’s how they compare.
Design and display
In terms of build and design material, the three manufacturers have what it takes to make you want to jump onto the mid-range bandwagon. The LeEco Le 2, perhaps, is the most exciting among the three thanks to its slim, full metal build and thin bezels. The phone’s design around the camera and fingerprint scanner are also amazing.
As for the Lenovo K4 Note, the design is excellent, but there is no premium-looking full metal body, instead, the company went for a plastic material with a metallic frame around it. On the flipside, this year’s Galaxy J5 has a metal body as well, but there is really nothing special about it, especially when compared to a bunch of other budget phones out there.
Coming down to the display, the LeEco Le 2 has a 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p display unit, similar to the K4 Note. However, the Galaxy J5 2016 gets a slightly smaller 5.2-inch Super AMOLED 720p HD panel, meaning it lags behind when it comes to quality of pictures.
Processing specs and memory
The LeEco Le 2 has been launched in separate markets with slightly varying specs under the hood. The Indian version of the handset packs an octa-core Snapdragon 652 SoC whereas the Chinese version has a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 SoC. These should deliver the same performance power, probably more than the octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC used on the Lenovo K4 Note. Once again, the Galaxy J5 2016 finds itself behind the three with its quad-core Snapdragon 410 SoC.
As for the memory, Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 has the least RAM of 2GB as compared to the 3GB found on both the Le 2 and K4 Note. While the LeEco Le 2 comes with a larger onboard storage capacity of 32GB, there is no room for expanding it via a microSD card. On the contrary, both the Galaxy J5 2016 and Lenovo K4 Note have a microSD card slot, but they only manage 16GB of onboard storage.
Camera and battery life
Where Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 packs a 13MP rear sensor with f/1.9 aperture and LED flash, the LeEco Le 2 has a rear sensor of 16MP with f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone LED flash, and PDAF on board. As for the K4 Note, you get a 13MP sensor on the back with f/2.2 aperture, dual-tone LED flash, and PDAF.
As for the selfie cameras, Lenovo K4 Note and Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 share the same 5MP sensor, only that the former’s has a f/2.2 aperture whereas the latter has a f/1.9 aperture as well as an LED flash. On the other hand, LeEco Le 2 has an 8MP sensor on the front, but with an aperture of f/2.2.
Lenovo K4 Note has the largest battery unit of 3300mAh as compared to the 3000mAh used on the LeEco Le 2 and 3100mAh available on the Galaxy J5 2016.
Other features include Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for all three handsets, although some units of the J5 2016 have Android Lollipop on board. In addition, you also get fingerprint scanning support on both the Lenovo K4 Note and LeEco Le 2 phablets.
To grab yourself a new LeEco Le 2, you will have to part with about $180 whereas the Lenovo K4 Note has a price tag of about $165. Surprisingly, Samsung Galaxy J5 2016, which has been on the losing end throughout the comparison, is priced at about $195. Remember, these devices have yet to hit the U.S. market and as such, these prices might be subject to change, when and if the phones are availed to the most sought-after smartphone market.
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