Xiaomi launched the latest Redmi model to challenge existing budget smartphones in India, a country where price-conscious buyers go in for affordable smarphones.
Lenovo A6000 garnered a lot of attention for its powerful specs at an incredibly low price and Micromax's Canvas Fire 4 joined the race recently. The battle doesn't seem to have just begun as Xiaomi has just stepped in with Redmi 2, offering a stiff competition to its rivals. The Chinese tech giant effectively priced its Redmi 2 to compete with leading budget phones that fall in the same price category.
All three phones have the same price tag of ₹6,999 so now it comes down to what buyers are looking for in a smartphone before making the purchase. Here, we are comparing all three budget phones by their specs and features to help you make the final call with ease.
All three smartphones have identical displays with slight changes in size and resolution. Xiaomi's latest model features a 4.7-inch HD display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. Lenovo offers a slightly bigger display at 5 inches with same 720p resolution. However, Micromax offers a 4.5-inch display with lowered screen resolution at 854 x 480 pixels.
Xiaomi and Lenovo have a better screen compared to Micromax's Canvas Fire 4 smartphone.
In terms of camera, all phones have equal value. Customers won't have to compromise on the camera, no matter which smartphone they choose. Xiaomi packs an 8MP rear-facing camera with flash and a 2MP front snapper. Similarly, Lenovo A6000 and Micromax Canvas Fire 4 have 8MP rear cameras and 2MP front shooters, respectively.
All phones in comparison are powered by reasonably fast processors. While Lenovo A6000 and Xiaomi Redmi 2 opt for the Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processors clocking speeds at 1.2GHz, Micromax Canvas Fire 4 is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core CPU. There's no phenomenal difference between the different processors but Snapdragon has a greater benchmark value than MediaTek.
RAM and Storage
Xiaomi, Lenovo and Micromax have similar RAM and storage options in their respective phones. All handsets come pre-loaded with 8GB onboard storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD, and 1GB RAM.
All phones have different battery capacities with a small margin. The Lenovo A6000 packs the biggest battery of all, 2,300mAh while Xiaomi with its 2,200mAh battery comes a close second. Micromax offers a 2,000mAh battery in its Canvas Fire 4 smartphone.
The differences between these smartphones are not great but the phones have their own standards. Real-time usage will show differences but on-paper specs show Lenovo and Xiaomi smartphone are winners. Micromax trails behind with the low-screen resolution, choice of MediaTek processor and a comparatively smaller battery.
Between Lenovo A6000 and Xiaomi Redmi 2, the fight is a close one. Both phones have almost identical specs. Design-wise, Lenovo has a better appeal while Xiaomi's Redmi 2 brings minimal changes on board compared to its predecessor. Even so, the handset's pricing is quite an appeal to those who are looking for a budget phone.
Finally, buyers can choose between Lenovo A6000 and Xiaomi Redmi 2 and not lose out much. Both phones are worthy as they offer more than their price tag value.
Key specifications of Lenovo A6000, Xiaomi Redmi 2 and Micromax Canvas Fire 4 at a glance:
|Model||Lenovo A6000||Xiaomi Redmi 2||Micromax Canvas Fire 4|
|Display||5-inch HD IPS screen with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution.||4.7-inch 720p IPS screen with Dragontrail Glass shield for protection.||4.5-inch FWVGA display with 854 x 480 pixel resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.|
|OS||Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Vibe UI||Android 4.4.4 with MIUI 6.0||Android 5.0 Lollipop|
|Processor||1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC||1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor||1.3GHz MediaTek (MT6582M) quad-core CPU|
|Storage capacity||8GB (expandable up to 32GB)||8GB (expandable up to 32GB)||8GB, expandable up to 32GB|
|Camera||8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash2-megapixel front snapper||8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and 2-megapixel front shooter||Main: 8.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, auto-focusFront: 2.0-megapixel camera|
|Network||4G, 3G, 2G||4G, 3G, 2G||3G and 2G|
|Battery||2,300mAh Li-Po Battery||2,200mAh||2,000mAh|
|Add-ons||Dual-SIM (type: Micro) slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, USB port||Dual-SIM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, A-GPS||Dual SIM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, microUSB, and microSD card slot.|
|Dimensions||141.0 x 70.0 x 8.2 mm||134.0 x 67.2 x 9.4 mm||-|
|Weight||128 grams||133 grams||-|