Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Lenovo P2: Battle for the Best Mid-Range Smartphone

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Xiaomi, launched their Redmi Note 4 in India starting at a price tag of Rs. 9,999 for the 2GB of RAM variant. There is a 4GB of RAM variant along with 64GB internal storage, priced at Rs. 12,999. The Redmi Note 4 is the cheapest smartphone in India to boast of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC and Xiaomi has got the pricing spot on again.


To recall, Lenovo launched their P2 smartphone in India last week, which is also powered by the same Snapdragon 625 chipset but is slightly overpriced than the Note 4. Both the phones share some similar set of specifications among themselves but differs in some. In this article, we will compare both the newly announced phones, along with a verdict.

1) Display

Both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo P2 comes with the same screen size of 5.5-inches but differs in the panel used. The Note 4 has an IPS LCD screen, whereas the Lenovo P2 comes with an AMOLED panel, which theoretically is better than the LCD display. That said, the Lenovo P2 wins the display section.

2) RAM, Storage, and Processor

In terms of hardware, the Lenovo P2 comes with the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, coupled with 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. On the flip side, the Redmi Note 4 has the same processor but comes in three different RAM variants: 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB. Also, the higher variant of the Note 4 comes with 64GB of internal storage, which is an advantage over the Lenovo P2 as the storage is limited to only 32GB. Both phones come with support for expandable storage via a microSD card slot.

3) Connectivity and Operating System

The Lenovo P2 has support for dual-SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and an aided GPS chip. Unlike other Lenovo K6 Series, the Lenovo P2 has support for VoLTE, which means that you can make voice calls using a Reliance Jio 4G SIM card.

The Redmi Note 4 also supports dual SIM cards (hybrid slot), Wi-Fi 802.11/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS chip, but lacks the NFC chip. This phone also has support for VoLTE.

In terms of software, the Lenovo P2 runs on company’s in-house Pure UI, which almost resembles the stock Android. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 4 runs a heavily customized Android skin MIUI 8, on top on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with guaranteed upgrade for Android Nougat.

Also Read: Lenovo K6 Power vs Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime : What’s the difference?

4) Camera

Imaging wise, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with a 13MP rear facing sensor with support for PDAF and dual tone LED flash. Up front, there is a 5MP unit with a f/2.0 aperture. The camera app of MIUI is also customized and offers several features including the manual controls. The Lenovo P2 also has a 13MP camera unit on the rear, along with a 5MP front-facing unit. But, it has a single-tone LED flash.

5) Battery

This is the segment where Lenovo P2 outshines the Redmi Note 4 as it has a 5100mAh battery, which is 1000mAh bigger than the Note 4’s 4100mAh battery. Also, the Lenovo P2 has an exclusive charging technology with which the phone can charge from zero to 100 percent in just 30 minutes, whereas this feature is apparently missing on the Note4.

6) Conclusion

After garnering through the specifications of both Lenovo P2 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, it is quite evident that almost all the specifications are the same. But there are some minor changes in the highly priced Lenovo P2 as the display panel is an AMOLED one, there is the presence of NFC chip, and the 1000mAh bigger battery, which is very much valuable for the batter conscious people.

Overall, if the pricing matters for you, the go for the Redmi Note 4, but there’s catch as the phone is available only via flash sales on Flipkart. So, it will be extremely tough to get a phone will be sold out in seconds. The Lenovo P2 is also available exclusively via Flipkart but is available for purchase already. That said, get the Lenovo 2 is you’re looking for a cleaner Android experience, NFC chip, better display, and more battery juice.

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