The smartphone war in the Indian budget segment has heated up over the last few years, with the introduction of latest mobile phones by various domestic and international manufacturers. Xiaomi and LeEco are two such brands, offering feature-rich smartphones at a competitive price. On one hand where Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 has become a favorite amongst many smartphone enthusiast, on the other hand LeEco’s Le 1S is also gaining a cult fan following. While superficially, both these smartphones may seem similar in terms of specifications, a detailed comparison between Redmi Note 3 and Le 1S will surely prove which one is worth your money.
In terms of display, both these smartphones feature a screen of similar dimension and specifications – 5.5-inch, full HD resolution, with 403 ppi. But in terms of added protection, Le 1S has Corning Gorilla Glass 3, something which the Note 3 lacks. While the 1S offers better edge-to-edge display with its 80.3 percent screen-to-body ratio, the Note 3’s display quality is superior, with more pleasing brightness, color temperature and color tones.
With respect to design, both 1S and Note 3 have garnered rave reviews. But in comparison, the former appears to take the lead with a 13 percent slimmer body (7.5mm vs. the Note 3’s 8.69mm). The extra thickness of Note 3 can be attributed to the beefier battery size. Even though both possess a metal uni-body exterior, the Le 1S ranks better in the style quotient with a more premium and classy look and feel.
Both Redmi Note 3 and Le 1S are similar in terms of capacitive keys with backlight, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and 3.5mm headphone jack. While Redmi Note 3 houses a conventional charging port, the Le 1S features a more future proof USB Type-C port.
In terms of performance, the Redmi Note 3 scores slightly better in comparison to Le 1S. The former is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 650 processor, while the latter houses a 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helios X10 chipset. Both these smartphones have performed superiorly well in most benchmark standard tests and under day-to-day usage of heavy apps and games.
While not much is expected of the camera segment in budget smartphones, both Note 3 and Le 1S have performed significantly better than other smartphones in this segment. Le 1S houses a 13MP ISOCELL rear camera with single LED flash, along with f/2.0 aperture and phase detection auto-focus features. On the other hand, Note 3 comes with a powerful 16MP shooter, but with dual-LED flash, thereby having slight advantage over its competitor. In terms of front camera, both these smartphones are on a level playing field, with wide angle 5MP camera having f/2.0 aperture.
As you can see, both Redmi Note 3 and Le 1S are powerful performers with more pros than cons. In case you are looking for a better camera, battery backup and display, opt for the Note 3. If you are considering better design and audio capabilities, Le 1S is a perfect fit for you. But one thing is for sure – both are worth buying.