Earlier today Samsung launched the refreshed Galaxy J5 (2016) smartphone in India. Successor to last year’s Galaxy J5, the latest model is equipped with slightly larger display and upgraded hardware. The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) is set to face fierce competition from the likes of LeEco Le 1s, Lenovo K4 Note and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. We compared all four smartphones based on their price, specifications and features, and here’s how they fare.
Price: The Galaxy J5 (2016) is priced at Rs 13,990 and will be available exclusively via Flipkart starting May 10. The LeEco Le 1s is priced at Rs 10,999 and is available exclusively via Flipkart, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (32GB) is priced 11,999 and available on Mi.com as well as on Amazon India. The Lenovo K4 Note, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 11,999 and exclusively available via Amazon India.
Display: The Galaxy J5 (2016) houses a 5.2-inch HD (720p) display whereas the Redmi Note 3, K4 Note and Le 1s, all are equipped with a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display. The higher resolution display clearly gives the competitors an advantage compared to the inferior HD display on the Galaxy J5 (2016). Also, the K4 Note display can notch brightness to 450 nits, whereas the Le 1s offers an impressive brightness level of 500 nits. The Redmi Note 3, on the other hand, comes with Xiaomi’s “sunlight display,” which automatically changes the contrast and brightness based on the ambient light.
OS, processor and storage: Under the hood, the Galaxy J5 (2016) is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for further expansion. The Redmi Note 3 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650 hexa-core chipset, which includes two Cortex-A72 cores and four A53 cores. There are two storage variants, 16GB one paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB variant paired with 3GB of RAM. There’s also a hybrid SIM card slot, which accepts either two SIM cards or one SIM card and a microSD card.
LeEco’s Le 1s is powered by a 64-bit MediaTek 2.2GHz Helio X10 octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB onboard storage. However, there is no option to further expand the storage.. On the other hand, Lenovo’s K4 Note has MediaTek’s MT6753 64-bit octa-core processor under the hood paired with Mali T720-MP3 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot and support for USB OTG.
In terms of software, the Galaxy J5 (2016) runs the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update wrapped under Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, whereas the Redmi Note 3 runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop wrapped under MIUI 7, the Lenovo K4 Note runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Vibe UI and the Le 1s runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based EUI skin.
Camera: In the photography department, the Galaxy J5 (2016) sports a 13-megpaixel rear camera of aperture f/1.9 with LED flash, and a front-facing 5-megpaixel unit of aperture f/1.9 and LED flash. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 is equipped with a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, the Le 1s is equipped with 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and support for 4K video recording, whereas the K4 Note features a 13-megapixel sensor of aperture f/2.2 with dual-LED flash. Up front, all three competitors feature a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling.
Battery: In terms of battery, the Galaxy J5 (2016) is equipped with a 3,100mAh battery, whereas the Redmi Note 3, Le 1s and K4 Note are equipped with 4,050mAh, 3,000mAh and 3,300mAh battery, respectively. The Le 1s gets a slight advantage as it also features fast charging feature which the company claims to offer talktime of up to three and half hours on five minutes of charging.
Connectivity: On the connectivity front, all smartphones include dual-SIM card slots, 4G LTE connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Redmi Note 3 and Galaxy J5 (2016) also supports VoLTE connectivity. Also, while the Le 1s gets the latest USB Type-C connectivity port, other smartphones still feature microUSB connectivity port.
Other features: The Galaxy J5 (2016) features an all metal design, and the same goes with Redmi Note 3 and Le 1s as well. The Lenovo K4 Note features a metal-frame and a removable plastic back cover. Also, while the Galaxy J5 (2016) ditches a fingerprint scanner, the K4 Note, Le 1s and Redmi Note 3 have the scanner placed on the back for secured biometric authentication. Lenovo’s K4 Note also includes dual-frontal speakers with Dolby ATMOS audio support, and ‘TheaterMax’ VR technology that lets you watch any game or video in immersive large screen experience. For this, you will need an ANTVR headset which is priced at Rs 1,299 and exclusively available on Amazon India.
At the price point of the Galaxy J5 (2016), the LeEco Le 1s (Eco), Lenovo K4 Note and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 are not only cheaper, but equipped with better hardware on paper. However, we will reserve our final judgment until we review all the devices.
|Features||Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)||Xiaomi Redmi Note 3||LeEco Le 1s||Lenovo K4 Note|
|Display||5.2-inch HD (720p)||5.5-inches full HD (1080p)||5.5-inches full HD (1080p)||5.5-inches full HD (1080p)|
|Processor||Quad-core processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor||MediaTek’s 2.2GHz Helio X10 64-bit octa-core processor||MediaTek MT6753 64-bit octa-core processor|
|RAM||2GB||2GB (16GB variant) / 3GB (32GB variant)||3GB||3GB|
|Storage||16GB (expandable)||16GB/32GB (expandable)||32GB (non-expandable)||16GB (expandable)|
|Rear Camera||13-megapixel with auto-focus and 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 phase detection auto-focus and dual LED flash|
|Front Camera||5-megapixel with LED flash||5-megapixel||5-megapixel||5-megapixel|
|Battery||3,100mAh||4,000mAh(16GB variant) / 4,050mAh (32GB variant)||3,000mAh||3,300mAh|
|OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow wrapped under TouchWiz UI||Android 5.1 Lollipop wrapped under MIUI 7||Android 5.1 Lollipop wrapped under custom EUI skin||Android 5.1 Lollipop wrapped under Vibe UI|
|Price||Rs 13,990||Rs 9,999 (16GB variant) / Rs 11,999 (32GB variant)||Rs 10,999||Rs 11,999|