Xiaomi Redmi 4A vs Xiaomi Redmi 3S vs Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus vs Lyf Water 10

Xiaomi Redmi 4A vs Xiaomi Redmi 3S vs Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus vs Lyf Water 10
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A and Lyf Water 10 can be purchased for less than Rs. 6,000
  • Lyf Water 10 has 3GB RAM, while Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus has full-HD screen
  • All four smartphones support 4G VoLTE networks

Xiaomi Redmi 4A has been launched in India, bringing another low-cost 4G VoLTE handset to the intensely competitive budget smartphone segment. This price bracket already has a few popular smartphones, such as Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi 3S, and Reliance’s Lyf Water 10, so the addition of Redmi 4A gives consumers yet another good option in a segment in which they are already spoilt for choice. We take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the four 4G VoLTE smartphones.

The all-new Xiaomi Redmi 4A has a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) screen, 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor, 16GB internal storage, microSD card (up to 128GB) support, 2GB RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, 50-megapixel front camera, and 3120mAh battery with fast charging. Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 software, the new Xiaomi Redmi 4A has a plastic body and can double up as your TV remote courtesy the IR blaster.

Compared to the Redmi 4A, the other Xiaomi phone in this price bracket – Redmi 3S – has a better processor (1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC), metallic body, and bigger battery (4100mAh + fast charging). Other features, such as 5-inch HD display, 16GB internal storage, microSD card (up to 128GB) storage expansion, 2GB RAM, IR blaster, 5-megapixel front camera, and 13-megapixel rear camera are similar to that of its new sibling’s. The smartphone is available on Mi.com for Rs. 6,999.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus (Review), priced at Rs. 7,000 on Amazon, has a similar 5-inch screen, but sports full-HD resolution (1080x1920 pixels), and is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor. However, the smartphone with only 16GB built-in storage only supports microSD cards of up to 32GB capacities, and runs the ageing Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. Other key Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus features include 2GB RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 2750mAh battery, and Dolby Audio enhancement.

Reliance Digital’s phone brand Lyf has the Lyf Water 10 in this price segment, available at Rs. 6,045 on Amazon and Rs. 5,808 on Tata CliQ. While all the above-mentioned smartphones come with 3GB RAM, the Lyf Water 10 features 3GB RAM. The other features of the handset include 5-inch HD screen, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC, 16GB internal storage, microSD card (up to 64GB) support, 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, 5-megapixel front camera, 2300mAh battery, and Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system.

Let us know in comments which among Xiaomi Redmi 4A, Redmi 3S, Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus, and Lyf Water 10 will you choose as your budget 4G VoLTE phone.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A vs Lyf Water 10 vs Xiaomi Redmi 3S vs Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus comparison
  Xiaomi Redmi 4A Lyf Water 10 Xiaomi Redmi 3S Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
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ModelRedmi 4AWater 10Redmi 3SVibe K5 Plus
Release dateNovember 1, 2016August 1, 2016June 1, 2016February 1, 2016
Launched in IndiaYes---
Dimensions (mm)139.50 x 70.40 x 8.50146.50 x 72.00 x 8.50139.30 x 69.60 x 8.50142.00 x 71.00 x 8.20
Weight (g)131.50142.00144.00142.00
Battery capacity (mAh)3120230041002750
Removable batteryNoYesNoYes
ColoursGolden, Rose Gold, Dark GreyBlackGrey, Silver, GoldPlatinum Silver, Champagne Gold, Graphite Gray
SAR value---0.88
Screen size (inches)
Resolution720x1280 pixels720x1280 pixels720x1280 pixels1080x1920 pixels
Aspect ratio16:9---
Pixels per inch (PPI)296294-441
Processor1.4GHz quad-core1.3GHz octa-core1.1GHz octa-core1.2GHz octa-core
Processor makeQualcomm Snapdragon 425MediaTek MT6753Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Qualcomm Snapdragon 616
Internal storage16GB16GB16GB16GB
Expandable storageYesYesYesYes
Expandable storage typemicroSDmicroSDmicroSDmicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)1286412832
Rear camera13-megapixel (f/2.2)13-megapixel13-megapixel13-megapixel
Rear flashDual LEDDual LEDLEDLED
Front camera5-megapixel (f/2.2)5-megapixel5-megapixel5-megapixel
Operating systemAndroid 6.0Android 5.1Android 6.0.1Android 5.1
SkinMIUI 8-MIUI 7-
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n-802.11 b/g/n802.11 b/g/n
BluetoothYes, v 4.10YesYes, v 4.10Yes, v 4.10
Number of SIMs2222
Wi-Fi DirectYesNoNoNo
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)NoNoNoNo
SIM TypeMicro-SIMMicro-SIMMicro-SIMMicro-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYesYesYes
SIM TypeNano-SIMMicro-SIMNano-SIMMicro-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYesYesYes
Compass/ MagnetometerNoNoYesYes
Proximity sensorYesYesYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYesYesYes
Temperature sensorNoNoNoNo

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