As you might be already aware, Lenovo India announced two new budget smartphones at a launch event in Delhi yesterday. The new devices from the Chinese electronics major include the Lenovo K9 and the Lenovo A5. Hailed as ‘Killer’ devices, Lenovo has priced both the devices aggressively under the psychologically important sub-Rs.10,000 price range. While the aggressive pricing and decent feature-set might attract several buyers, there is no denying that we have plenty of budget smartphones in the same price range that these new Lenovo’s find themselves in. In this article we compare the brand new Lenovo K9 with two other budget devices; the Realme 2 and the Redmi 6.
Lenovo K9 vs Realme 2 vs Redmi 6: Price in India
The Lenovo K9 comes in a single storage variant that offers 3GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. It has been priced at Rs. 8,999. The Realme 2, on the other hand, is priced at Rs. 8,990 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB onboard storage variant, while the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant is available for Rs.10,990. The Xiaomi Redmi 6 starts at Rs.7,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant, while the 3GB RAM + 64GB storage variant will set you back by Rs.9,499.
Lenovo K9 vs Realme 2 vs Redmi 6: Build, Design
The Lenovo K9 features a 5.7-inch HD+ full-screen display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The device features thin bezels and gets a dual 2.5D curved glass coating. The Realme 2 comes with a tall 6.2-inch HD+ IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a screen-to-body ratio of 88.8 percent, and also gets a notch at the top. Note that the Lenovo K9 does not feature a notch. The Redmi 6, on the other hand, is a let down in terms of designing and display. The device comes with a 5.45-inch IPS LCD display offering 720 x 1440 HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The device features a plastic body with no notch.
Lenovo K9 vs Realme 2 vs Redmi 6: Hardware, Performance
Under the hood, the Lenovo K9 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core chipset clocked at 2.0GHz, paired with 3GB RAM.
The Realme 2, on the other hand, packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset that houses an octa-core chipset clocked at 1.8GHz.
The Redmi 6 is also powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0 GHz, coupled with 3GB RAM. When it comes to performance, it is generally agreed upon that devices toting the MediaTek Hello P22 generally tend to have an edge over the ones with Snapdragon 450.
Lenovo K9 vs Realme 2 vs Redmi 6: Camera Features
In the imaging department, the Lenovo K9 comes with a rich offering for a device of its caliber. The K9 features a dual-camera setup at both the front and the back. The camera combination of 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel is repeated at both the front and the rear. The phone also gets several AI-assisted features.
The Realme 2 features a 13MP + 2MP dual-camera setup at the rear, while the front-facing camera is an 8MP unit. The Redmi 6, on the other hand, gets a 12MP + 5MP AI dual camera set up at the back, and a 5MP front-facing camera for selfies and video calling needs.
Lenovo K9 vs Realme 2 vs Redmi 6: Battery, OS
Both Lenovo K9 and the Redmi 6 pack a 3000mAh battery. The Lenovo, however, also comes with a 10W fast charger. The Realme 2 packs a massive 4230mAh capacity battery, giving it an edge over the other two devices.
As for software, the Lenovo K9 ships with Android 8.1 Oreo, under Lenovo’s ZUI 4.0 skin, while the Realme 2 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo based ColorOS 5.1. The Xiaomi Redmi 6 ships with MIUI 9.6 based on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system.
Lenovo K9 vs Realme 2 vs Redmi 6: Conclusion
As far as this comparison is concerned, the Realme 2 and the Lenovo K9 find themselves in a neck and neck race. While the Realme 2 is a powerful device with a huge battery, the Lenovo K9 packs a better processor and also happens to be battery efficient. The Lenovo smartphone also offers rich features in the optics department and is a great device overall. Therefore, as far as this comparison is concerned, we declare the “killer”, Lenovo K9 as our winner.