Micromax launched its new online-only Evok series of budget smartphones this week in partnership with Flipkart. The smartphones include the Evok Note and Evok Power, priced at Rs 9,499 and Rs 6,999, respectively. With the new series, Micromax aims to finally expand its presence in the online marketplace with budget devices. We pitted the Micromax Evok Note against its competitors to see whether the budget smartphone is promising.
Among the range of smartphones in the sub-Rs 10,000 category. the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and the Lenovo K6 Power are highly popular. Let’s see how the Micromax Evok Note fairs against the other two smartphones from brands which have a significantly larger online presence in the country.
Price: The Micromax Evok Note is priced at Rs 9,499 and does not have any variants. The Redmi Note 4, on the other hand, is available in three variants in terms of onboard storage – with the 2GB RAM and 32GB storage variant priced at Rs 9,999, the 3GB and 32GB storage variant priced at Rs 10,999 and the highest variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant priced at Rs 12,999. The Lenovo K6 Power is also priced at Rs 9,999 and there are no variants.
Display: All the three smartphones are equipped with full HD displays. The Micromax Evok Note and the Redmi Note 4, both feature 5.5-inch displays with 2.5D curved glass for protection, wheread the Lenovo K6 Power has a slightly smaller 5-inch display. ALSO READ: Evok Note, Evok Power first impressions: Micromax’s new online-only phones look promising
Processor, RAM, and Storage: Micromax Evok Note is powered by MediaTek’s MT6753 octa- core SoC clocked at 1.3GHz and paired with 3GB of RAM. It further includes 32GB of internal storage which is further expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.
The Redmi Note 4 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC clocked at 2GHz. As mentioned earlier, the smartphone is offered in 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM variants, and 32GB/64GB onboard storage. A microSD card slot (hybrid slot) is also present for further expansion. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Review
The Lenovo K6 Power is equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 octa-core 1.4GHz 64-bit chipset paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable internal storage. Also, if one looks at the RAM on offer with the Redmi Note 4; the base variant features only 2GB of RAM, while at a slightly lesser price, Evok Note packs 3GB of RAM.
Camera: All the smartphones in the comparison list feature 13-megapixel rear cameras. While the Evok note and Redmi Note 4 feature 5-megapixel front shooters, the Lenovo K6 Power is equipped with an 8-megapixel front camera. There are also certain features which define the overall camera output of these smartphones. For example, the rear camera on the Redmi Note 4 features backside illumination (BSI) and larger pixels with support for PDAF. The Lenovo K6 Power packs the Sony IMX258 sensor camera on the back. The Evok Note, on the other hand, has less appealing features such as auto focus and multi-shot.
Battery and connectivity: Both Micromax Evok Note and Lenovo K6 Power pack 4,000mAh battery. The Redmi Note 4, on the other hand, features a slightly larger 4,100mAh battery. Connectivity options on all smartphones include 4G VoLTE support, dual-SIM support (via hybrid slot), Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. All of these smartphones also pack fingerprint sensors for biometric authentication. While the Micromax Evok Note features it on the front as embedded beneath the home button; the Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo K6 Power feature it on the rear panel beneath the camera module.
Operating system: The Evok Note runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. The Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo K6 Power also run the older Android OS but with custom MIUI 8 and Vibe UI layered above. ALSO READ: Lenovo K6 Power Review
If you look at the specifications sheet, the Evok Note offers more or less similar to what other competing devices. However, what primarily differentiates them is the use of processors. While both the Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo K6 Power pack Qualcomm’s chipsets that have proved to offer power and efficiency, the Evok Note runs a MediaTek processor. However, we will reserve our judgment until we review all three smartphones.
|Features||Micromax Evok Note||Xiaomi Redmi Note 4||Lenovo K6 Power|
|Display||5.5-inch FHD||5.5-inch FHD||5-inch FHD|
|Processor||Mediatek MT6753 octa-core||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core||Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core|
|Storage||32GB/expandable||32GB/64GB (expandable)||32GB (expandable)|
|OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow||Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8||Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Vibe UI|
|Connectivity||Dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE support, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi||Dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi||Dual-SIM, 4G LTE support, Bluetooth, OTG support, and Wi-Fi|
|Price||Rs 9,499||Rs 9,999||Rs 9,999|