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InFocus Epic 1 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs LeEco Le 2 vs Coolpad Note 5: Price, specifications and features

The InFocus Epic 1 is the company’s first smartphone with deca-core processor. But will it be enough to take on its competitors? We compare to find out.

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InFocus Epic 1


InFocus has launched a new smartphone in India under its ‘Epic’ series. Called the Epic 1, it is one of the first smartphones to be powered by MediaTek’s deca-core processor. The company has also been teasing the camera prowess of the Epic 1 including the burst mode that can capture 30 photos in two seconds, the selfie camera with f/1.8 aperture and more. The InFocus Epic 1 comes with a metal unibody design and a fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication. With a price tag of Rs 12,999, the InFocus Epic 1 will face fierce competition from the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, LeEco Le 2 and Coolpad Note 5. We pitted all four smartphones based on their price, specifications and features, and here’s how they compare.

Price and availability: The InFocus Epic 1 is priced at Rs 12,999 and will be available exclusively via Amazon India starting October 25. The company has also started taking pre-orders for the same. The Redmi Note 3 is offered in two storage variants – 16GB one priced at Rs 9,999 and 32GB variant priced at Rs 11,999, and can be purchased from Amazon India or Mi.com/in. The LeEco Le 2 will set you back by Rs 11,999 and can be purchased either from LeMall.com or Flipkart. Lastly, the Coolpad Note 5 is priced at Rs 10,999 and can be purchased from Amazon India.

Display, processor and RAM: All four smartphones flaunt a 5.5-inch full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Under the hood, the Epic 1 is powered by MediaTek’s 64-bit Helio X20 deca-core processor (four Cortex A53 cores + four Cortex A53 cores + two Cortex A72 cores) paired with 3GB of RAM and Mali T720 MP2 GPU. The Coolpad Note 5 is powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor (eight Cortex A53 cores) paired with Adreno 405 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It is also the cheapest smartphone in India to come equipped with 4GB of RAM. ALSO READ: InFocus Epic 1 hands-on and first impressions: Affordable smartphone with a deca-core processor

At the heart of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650 hexa-core chipset (four Cortex-A53 cores and two Cortex-A72 cores) paired with 2GB or 3GB of RAM depending on the storage variant you choose. The LeEco Le 2, on the other hand, has a slightly powerful Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor (four Cortex A72 cores and four Cortex A53 cores) paired with 3GB of RAM.

Storage: The InFocus Epic 1, Coolpad Note 5 and LeEco Le 2 are equipped with 32G of onboard storage. While the Note 5 and Epic 1 also include microSD card slot for further expansion, the Le 2 does not support storage expansion. The Redmi Note 3, on the other hand, is offered in two variants – 16GB storage + 2GB RAM and 32GB storage + 3GB of RAM, and it also includes a hybrid microSD card slot for further expansion. ALSO READ: Coolpad Note 5 hands-on and first impressions: A new budget smartphone in the town

Camera: InFocus has been touting the camera capabilities of the Epic 1. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, phase detection auto-focus (PDAF), auto image stabilization and object tracking feature. There is also a burst mode that can capture 30 photos in two seconds. Up front is an 8-megapixel selfie camera of aperture f/1.8. The Redmi Note 3 and Le 2 sport 16-megapixel rear cameras with dual tone LED flash. While the Note 3 can only shoot full HD videos, the Le 2 can record 4K videos at 30fps as well. For selfies and video calling, the Redmi Note 3 is equipped with a 5-megapixel snapper, whereas the Le 2 is equipped with an 8-megapixel sensor. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Review: The game changer, again!

The Coolpad Note 5, on the other hand, sports a 13-megapixel rear camera of aperture f/2.2 with LED flash and full HD video recording capabilities. For selfie lovers, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash is also present.  The front camera can also record full HD videos.

Battery: The Epic 1 and Le 2 are armed with a 3,000mAh battery along with support for fast charging. The Redmi Note 3 comes with a 4,050mAh battery whereas the Coolpad Note 5 is armed with a 4,010mAh battery with fast charging support.

Operating system and connectivity: All four smartphones run on Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, wrapped under custom UI. Coolpad has a layer of Cool UI 8.0, Xiaomi has MIUI 8 whereas LeEco has its EUI running atop. On the connectivity front, all four smartphones feature dual-SIM card slots, 4G LTE and VoLTE voice calling support, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. While Redmi Note 3 and Coopad Note 5 come with a microUSB connectivity port, the Le 2 and Epic 1 gets the latest USB Type-C port. In case of Le 2, the USB Type-C is also used as an audio output port as it lacks the legacy 3.5mm audio connector.

On paper, the Epic 1 looks like a worthy contender in the smartphone affordable segment, but we will reserve our judgment until we review the smartphone.

InFocus Epic 1 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs LeEco Le 2 vs Coolpad Note 5 comparison table:

Features

InFocus Epic 1

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

LeEco Le 2

Coolpad Note 5

Display

5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080pixels)

5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080pixels)

5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080pixels)

5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080pixels)

Processor

MediaTek 64-bit Helio X20 deca-core

Qualcomm Snapdragon 64-bit 650 hexa-core processor

Qualcomm 64-bit Snapdragon 652 octa-core

Qualcomm 64-bit Snapdragon 617 octa-core

RAM

3GB

2GB /3GB

3GB

4GB

Storage

32GB (expandable)

16GB / 32GB (expandable)

32GB (non-expandable)

32GB (expandable)

Rear Camera

16-megapixel with LED flash

16-megapixel with phase detection auto-focus and dual LED flash

13-megapixel with phase detection auto-focus and dual LED flash

13-megapixel with LED flash

Front Camera

8-megapixel

5-megapixel

5-megapixel

8-megapixel

Battery

3,000mAh

4,050mAh

3,000mAh

4,010mAh

Connectivity

Dual SIM, 4G LTE, VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Dual SIM, 4G LTE, VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Dual SIM, 4G LTE, VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Dual SIM, 4G LTE, VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

OS

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow wrapped under MIUI 8

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow wrapped under custom EUI skin

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow wrapped under Cool UI 8

Price

Rs 12,999

Rs 9,999 / Rs 11,999

Rs 11,999

Rs 10,999

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  • Published Date: October 24, 2016 4:22 PM IST
  • Updated Date: October 24, 2016 4:27 PM IST