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LENOVO VIBE K5 NOTE VS LEECO LE 2: THE BATTLE FOR BEST BUDGET SMARTPHONE

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LeEco has always tried to introduce phones that sport features no lesser than Apple and Samsung, while charging one-fourth of their price tags. Same is the case with brand’s latest budget offering, the Le 2.

However, the phone faces competition not from the high-end offerings, but the other affordable smartphones in its segment. Prime among them is the Lenovo K5 Note, which was launched in August. It grabbed consumers’ attention instantly with its power-packed features such as a big 3500 mAh battery, a 1080p display and Dolby surround sound making it a perfect device to enjoy videos and movies.

But if you are wondering which one is the better choice for you, then in this article we will compare the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note and LeEco Le 2 to help in making you a choice.

Physical Appearance

Both Le 2 and K5 note are encased in metal frames, but their similarities stop right there.

The difference in the size and weight of the two phones is rather prominent. The Le 2 is easy to handle, and one can comfortably reach any corners of the screen. Despite having a small palm I could operate the phone single-handedly. The phone has a smooth texture at the rear, and even with a case, it doesn’t feel hefty at 153 grams.

Lenovo K5 Note vs LeEco Le 2

The Vibe K5 Note on the other hand, feels heavy in hands as well as in pockets. It weighs 165 grams and with a case on, it certainly falls behind Le2 when it comes to weight. Its increased width also makes it tedious to reach out to the fingerprint sensor placed at the back. It’s only after a few days that one gets used to its size.

While the screen dominates the front of both the phones, considerable bezels surround it. The K5 Note takes the lead when it comes to the appearance of the front panel. Le 2 in contrast, looks a bit boxed up, with the earpiece placed between the front snapper and proximity sensor. Below the display panel, they have three capacitive buttons which respectively are for accessing back button, jump to home screen, and overview for recently-opened apps. These buttons do not occupy the screen and seem to work efficiently.

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Lenovo K5 Note vs LeEco Le 2

Le 2 is available in four shades Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, and Grey. It sports light shades for all the colors, which means no matter which color you go for, the face of the phone doesn’t look so attractive. In our opinion, the dark shades of K5 Note give it a better look while the lighter shade with prominent touch buttons at the base save the phone from sensors stealing away its aesthetics.

Both the smartphones sport the volume rocker and power buttons on the left side, and they are aptly distinguishable. This makes it easy to reach out to the power toggle or volume keys even in the dark.

The rear of both the devices is quite attractive, as they sport a smooth metallic texture.

The build quality of both the smartphones is pretty much alike, although I feel that the Le 2 could use some improvement. The volume rockers on Le2 do not seem to be long lasting.

 

Display

Both the smartphones offer a large 5.5-inch display with the full HD resolution.

However, the LTPS IPS Liquid crystal Display on the K5 Note is vibrant and subtle. The first glimpse of the Le 2 display is not as impressive, in comparison. This is what I initially thought when I turned on the two devices, but once I started using the Le 2, my opinion changed. The LeEco Le 2 seems to have a better display with more realistic colors, which is evident while watching videos and playing games.

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