The launch of Lenovo K6 Power in India has offered a new worthy competition to the sub-Rs 10,000 smartphone category. Shoppers looking for a new smartphone can certainly rethink their options available in the market.
To make this decision easier, we have handpicked two fairly popular and worthy smartphones from the budget category to compare against the newly-released K6 Power. This will give a side-by-side comparison of Lenovo K6 Power, Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime and Meizu M3s, all of which have a significant appeal towards budget shoppers.
In terms of pricing, K6 Power costs Rs 9,999, while Redmi 3S Prime and Meizu M3s are priced slightly lower at Rs 8,999 and Rs 9,299, respectively. Let's take a look at the specs.
Display and design
All the three smartphones have metal unibodies to add that premium touch and feel to their phones. The screen size for all the phones is also the same, measuring 5 inches diagonally. But Lenovo K6 Power takes the lead in the screen resolution with its Full HD display compared to 720p HD screens found in Meizu M3s and Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime phones.
So, that extra cost that you would spend for K6 Power stands justified in this category.
There isn't much difference in the camera department of all the three phones. Lenovo K6 Power has a 13MP rear-facing camera with PDAF, Pro Mode and Full HD recording along with an 8MP front snapper for selfies. Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime battles with its 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with a 5-physical lens, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF and HDR, and a 5MP front snapper with f/2.2 aperture and 36 smart beauty profiles. Finally, Meizu M3s also has a strikingly similar 13MP primary camera with dual LED flash, PDAF, f/2.2 aperture and a 5MP front snapper with f/2.0 aperture.
There isn't much to differentiate in the cameras as buyers can expect a decent quality of photographs from any of these phones.
If not supreme, one can expect a decent level performance from each of the phones, good enough for your gaming, movie streaming, calls and the rest. Specs-wise, K6 Power is powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, which is same as the Redmi 3S Prime. Meizu M3s has a 1.5GHz MediaTek octa-core CPU under the hood, which in all fairness delivers identical performance.
All the three phones have the same 3GB RAM and 32GB storage configurations, but only K6 Power and Redmi 3S Prime support microSD cards up to 128GB. In terms of software, M3s still has the Android 5.1 Lollipop based on the company's own Flyme 5 UI, while K6 Power runs Android Marshmallow-based Vibe Pure UI. Redmi 3S Prime also runs Android Marshmallow with its own MIUI 7 skin on top of it for a customised experience.
Battery and add-ons
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime takes the lead here with its 4,100mAh battery, while K6 Power comes in a close second with 4,000mAh unit and the M3s has a 3,020mAh battery.
All the three phones support 4G LTE as well as VoLTE, which came in demand after Reliance Jio's unlimited free voice call offer. There is a fast and accurate fingerprint scanner integrated in all the three phones, but only M3s has the sensor on the front, which is easily accessible compared to rear-facing sensor.
In our view, Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime has the best set of features considering that fact that it costs the cheapest among the lot. Lenovo K6 Power is new and brings value to the table with its Full HD display and an improved selfie camera. Meizu's strength lies in its design, which is different from both K6 Power and Redmi 3S Prime.