Lenovo surprised everyone by announcing the K5 Note alongside the highly anticipated Lenovo Z5. Based on Its pricing, the smartphone would be a direct competitor to other budget smartphones such as the Realme 1 and the Honor 7A. Both of these phones launched just last month and have been well received as they have been going out of stock within minutes of going on sale.
Let’s take a look at how the new smartphone fares up against the competition and see if it can be a viable option for Indian consumers if it launches in the country
Realme 1 vs Lenovo K5 Note vs Honor 7A: Price in India
In China, the 3GB RAM+32GB storage variant of the Lenovo K5 Note launched for CNY 799 (approx. Rs. 8,390), while its 4GB RAM+64GB storage model is priced at CNY 999 (approx. Rs. 10,490). The Realme 1 retails in three storage configurations. There is a 3GB RAM+32GB storage variant which is priced at Rs.8,990, while the 4GB RAM+ 64GB storage and 6GB RAM+ 128GB storage models are priced at Rs.10,990 and Rs. 13,990 respectively. The Honor 7A comes only in the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage configuration that is priced at Rs.8,999.
Realme 1 vs Lenovo K5 Note vs Honor 7A: Display
The Lenovo K5 Note sports a 6-inch display with an HD+ 1440 × 720 pixels resolution with an 18:9 aspect ratio underneath a 2.5D curved glass. The Realme 1 has a 6-inch IPS display as well, but this panel has a full HD+ 2160×1080 pixels resolution. The Honor 7A has a 5.7-inch LCD that has an HD+ resolution. The Realme 1 clearly has the best display among these three smartphones.
Realme 1 vs Lenovo K5 Note vs Honor 7A: Camera
The Lenovo A5 has been equipped with a 13MP rear camera that has a f/2.2 aperture. The selfie camera measures 8MP and also has a f/2.2 aperture. The Realme 1 comes with the exact same camera configuration at the front and the back. Meanwhile, the Honor 7A features a 13MP+2MP dual camera setup at the back. The front camera here also happens to be an 8MP sensor.
Realme 1 vs Lenovo K5 Note vs Honor 7A: Performance
The Lenovo K5 Note is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 450 Chipset that has an Adreno 506 for its GPU. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based ZUI 3.9 custom skin out-of-the-box. The Realme 1 has been fitted with an octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 CPU that integrates an AI co-processors alongside a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. This phone will run Android 8.1 Oreo with Color OS 5.0 skin on top. The Honor 7A has an octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor with an Adreno 505 GPU. This also runs Android 8.0 Oreo which has Honor’s EMUI 8.0 skin on top.
Realme 1 vs Lenovo K5 Note vs Honor 7A: Battery
Lenovo has loaded a 3760mAh battery inside the K5 Note. The Realme 1 comes with a marginally smaller 3410mAh battery. Then we have the Honor 7A which loses this round with its 3000mAh cell.
Realme 1 vs Lenovo K5 Note vs Honor 7A: Verdict
Picking a winner out of these smartphones was difficult as their internal specifications are very close to each other. The Realme 1 clearly has the best display, while the Lenovo K5 Note has the best processor. The Honor 7A does have a dual camera but the benefits from the 2MP secondary sensor are negligible at this stage. With the weakest processor and smallest battery, the Honor 7A falls out of contention.
Then it comes down to the Lenovo K5 Note and the Realme 1. If you prefer to have a marginally better battery and processor, you can go for the Lenovo K5 Note. However, with its better display resolution and overall balanced package, the Realme 1 would be a smartphone you will be satisfied with all aspects.