Samsung wants to keep its place as the leading supplier of smartphones in the world. However, the company is facing tough competition from other OEMs, especially those coming from China.
Just recently, the South Korean tech giant started making its mark in the mid-range market felt thanks to the release of Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) in India. A day later, Chinese OEM Lenovo unveiled its own mid-range device in the shape of Lenovo ZUK 1. While the two are very close rivals in the pricing aspect, they pack very contrasting hardware specs.
The Lenovo ZUK 1 and Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) are still new in the market, but they have a slightly old foe in the shape of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. Just like the other two, the Redmi Note 3 has one of the best designs as well as price tags. Speaking of prices, the Lenovo ZUK 1 has a price tag of $200, Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) costs $210 while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is the cheapest of the three with its $180 price tag.
As far as the display is concerned, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Lenovo ZUK 1 have the same screen size of 5.5-inches. They both come with Full HD panels of 1080p resolution as well as 401ppi. As for the former, you will enjoy up to 178-degrees of viewing angles thanks to the Sunlight display tech on board. The latter boasts of an anti-fingerprint coating as well as a display polarizer coating, among other nifty technologies.
On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy J5 (2015) comes with a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen with 720p HD resolution, with nothing much to boast of with respect to advanced screen technology.
With photography becoming a major selling point for Samsung’s mid-range devices, there is very stiff competition in this sector.
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 packs a decent 16MP sensor on the rear, a sensor that goes further to include features such as PDAF, HDR, dual ISP as well as dual-tone LED flash, among others. The front panel has a decent 5MP selfie sensor that includes up to 36 smart beauty profiles to enhance the looks of your selfies.
You won’t be overly disappointed with what you get on Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) either. The phone has a rear snapper of 13MP with an aperture of f/1.9 alongside an LED flash. The front snapper has a 5MP sensor with the same aperture.
On the other hand, Lenovo ZUK 1 comes with a 13MP rear sensor that also comes with dual LED flash and features 5-physical lens, optical image stabilization and an aperture of f/2.2. It gets even better on the front-facing panel as the ZUK 1 comes with a decent 8MP sensor.
Processing power and storage
On paper, the Lenovo ZUK 1 is a monster. The phone comes with a quad-core Snapdragon 801 with a speed of 2.5GHz and is supported by a massive RAM of 3GB. As for the available storage, the ZUK 1 packs 64GB, which is something amazing for a device priced in the sub-$250 category. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is equally impressive with its Snapdragon 650 SoC that is also backed by a 3GB RAM, however, it loses on the storage options as it only offers 16GB.
Samsung lags behind on this matter with its Galaxy J5 (2016). The phone features a weaker Snapdragon 410 SoC and is supported by a RAM of 2GB, with only 16GB of onboard storage available. There is no doubt that the ZUK 1 is a real monster here.
Battery capacity and software
As mentioned earlier, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Lenovo ZUK 1 have identical display sizes of 5.5 inches. Given that display screens are considered as leaders when it comes to smartphone battery hogs, both Lenovo and Xiaomi went for huge battery units for these two phones. While the former packs a slightly smaller battery capacity of 4050mAh, the latter has 4100mAh of battery juice on board.
This is also another battle that Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) seems resolved to lose with its 3100mAh battery unit.
All three phones are powered by Android OS, however, Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) has an upper hand, especially the recently-announced Indian model. While the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Lenovo ZUK 1 come preinstalled with Android Lollipop, the Galaxy J5 (2016) runs on the latest Android Marshmallow. However, the trio has a skin running on top of the stock Android OS.
There is more to the Lenovo ZUK 1 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. While the two come with a fingerprint sensor, there is no such a thing on Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016). However, you will get dual SIM support on all three phones, but it is only the ZUK 1 that comes with the future-proof USB Type-C connector.