The recent launch of Lenovo K5 Note in India has caused a stir in the price segment it is selling in. The phone’s prime selling point of course, is the 4GB RAM that the company is marketing so aggressively. Turns out that RAM isn’t even the bottleneck. We got our hands on a 3GB variant of the K5 Note, as well as a 3GB variant of the Redmi Note 3. The former comes with a Mediatek MT6755 processor, while the Redmi Note 3 is equipped with a Snapdragon 650 processor. Both of them come with Android 6.0 onboard. We ran AnTuTu (version 6.2.0) on both of them to see how they fare against each other, since they both sell for the same price. We also had a Moto Turbo (Snapdragon 805, 3GB RAM) and we ran the same test on that phone too.
Turns out, the K5 Note falls short on all the tests compared to the other two handsets, except on the UX (user interface, which measures the phone’s ability to multi task and the runtime score) test. The UX scores obviously takes advantage of the K5 Note’s octa core processor (compared to the hexa core processor on the Redmi Note 3).
Overall, the phone scored 50,281 points compared to Redmi Note 3’s 59,731 points, and the Moto Turbo’s score of 75,418. The most disappointing results came in from the 3D department for the K5 Note, with the test video playing extremely choppy and that being reflected in the score. Compared to the K5 Note which comes with a Mali T860MP2, the Adreno 510 on the Note 3 does a much better job and that should reflect in the gaming performance of the two phones.
Though the phones have similar RAM, the K5 Note was beaten by the Xiaomi Note 3 by quite a bit of margin. Even the 4GB variant wouldn’t have made much of a difference in the overall score, since RAM is not really the bottleneck in K5 Note’s performance.
The old horse from Motorola’s camp bested both these phones and quite comfortably at that too. The 2014 flagship with Snapdragon 805 was better than both these phones across all the parameters.
Of course, things like the camera, battery life, display and UI matter as well. But in terms of raw performance, it seems like the Redmi Note 3 is a better choice among the two. Also, other features of the two phones aren’t all that different to begin with. We’ll be posting a video of the test here soon. Stay tuned.
Update: Here’s the video