Lenovo, the world’s third largest smartphone vendor will be taking on the world’s fastest growing smartphone brand by launching the most affordable 4G LTE smartphone in India. Sources tell BGR India that Lenovo will launch the smartphone in India a week after CES and it will provide competition to the likes of Xiaomi. The smartphone is likely to be priced close to the Xiaomi Redmi 1S and below that of the Redmi Note 4G that is priced at Rs 9,999. Also Read - Best laptops for students and professionals under Rs 60,000 in India in September
BGR India has learnt that the smartphone will run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 processor that supports 4G LTE for Indian networks and it will be officially announced at CES next week. The India launch should happen within a week after CES, before January 15. Also Read - Best affordable gaming laptops in India in September 2021 from Asus, MSI, HP and more
Judging by the processor and the positioning, we believe this smartphone could be the Lenovo K3, which was announced in China earlier this month. However, it could have a different name when it is showcased at CES. Also Read - Best laptops under Rs 40,000 for work and studies in India in September
On the specifications front, we are looking at a 5-inch 720p display, 1GB RAM, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, 16GB internal storage with an expandable microSD card slot and a pair of 8-megapixel and 2-megapixel cameras. Considering the Redmi 1S is priced at Rs 5,999, the Lenovo K3 could be a game changer for the Indian market and could also help carriers with their 4G network launch plans.
Judging by the aggressiveness from Lenovo, Xiaomi, Motorola and Micromax’s YU brand, 2015 could well be the year when sub-Rs 10,000 smartphones finally come of age.
UPDATE: BGR India mistakenly reported the smartphone will be priced below the Redmi 1S. It will be priced close to the Redmi 1S, which currently retails on Flipkart for Rs 5,999.
|Features||Lenovo K3||Xiaomi Redmi 1S|
|Dimensions||141×70.5×7.9 mm||137x69x9.9 mm|
|Weight||128 grams||158 grams|
|Display||5-inch 720p IPS (294ppi)||4.7-inch 720p IPS (312ppi)|
|Processor||1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 quad-core||1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core|
|GPU||Adreno 306||Adreno 305|
|Storage||16GB expandable||8GB expandable|
|Android OS||4.4.2 KitKat (Lenovo Vibe 2.0 UI)||4.3 Jelly Bean (MIUI 5.0)|