Smartphones with a screen size of more than 5.5 inches have become a part of the mainstream, but that doesn’t mean phones of screen sizes between 4.7 inches and 5 inches are going out of fashion anytime soon.
Lenovo Z2 Plus (Rs17,999), Xiaomi’s Redmi 3S Prime (Rs8,999) and Redmi 3S (Rs6,999) are some notable high-performance-value-for-money phones which pack in big batteries, have small screens and a compact design that doesn’t make the phone bulky or thick.
Lenovo, which owns several small-screen phones in the budget segment but none at par with Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime in terms of design, is hoping to change that with a new smartphone called K6 Power. It was first showcased at IFA Berlin in September 2016, and is now arriving in India. It will be available on Flipkart.com at Rs 9,999.
We take a look at some of its key highlights and how it measures against Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime and Asus ZenFone 3 Max (Rs12,999).
A touch of metal
This is the first small-screen budget smartphone by Lenovo with an all-metal finish. The flat back carries the fingerprint sensor and speaker. The front panel includes three navigation keys and the 5-inch display. The edges are rounded and feature the volume rocker, power button and the metal tray that houses the two SIM and microSD card slots.
Both Redmi 3S Prime and the ZenFone 3 Max have a very similar design layout in terms of metal finish, and the position of the keys and the fingerprint sensor. The only difference is in the dimensions. The K6 Power weighs 145g, while the Redmi 3S Prime tips the scales at 144g, yet the former looks a bit thicker at 9.3mm compared to the latter, which is only 8.5mm thick.
The Asus smartphone has a bigger screen, yet it weighs just 148g, and is 8.6mm thick.
Small screen still rocks
Though it’s a small-screen phone, Lenovo hasn’t made any compromises in its display. The 5-inch display has a resolution of 1,820x1,080p and pixel density of 441ppi, and gains a slight upper hand over the Redmi 3S Prime which offers just 1,280x720p resolution and pixel density of 294ppi on its 5-inch screen. The ZenFone 3 Max has more in common with the Redmi 3S Prime and has the same screen resolution and pixel density of 282ppi. Both are good-looking displays, but the higher resolution in the K6 Power means pictures will look sharper and the text crisper.
Unique flavour of Android
The K6 Power runs Android 6.0 out of the box with Lenovo proprietary Vibe UI over it. It is a colourful UI with some cool customisation options. The one in the display allows users to adjust the colour of the screen, while the dual launcher means users have the option to choose between a plain Android-like UI with an app drawer and the more colourful Vibe UI with no app drawer. The Redmi 3S runs the same version of Android and its MIUI is equally rich in terms of features but doesn’t have a dual interface option. Zen UI really steals the show when it comes to customisation. It offers a dual interface option and packs in so many features and options that are not easy to find or remember.
Lenovo has used Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor to drive the K6 Power. Paired with 3GB RAM, this processor looks well placed to take on the Redmi 3S Prime, which runs on the same chip with 3GB RAM. The Asus ZenFone 3 Max runs on a slightly inferior MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor but with 3GB RAM. The big highlight of the K6 power is its big 4,000mAh battery, which on paper looks at par with the Redmi 3 Prime’s 4,100mAh battery and ZenFone 3 Max’s 4,130mAh battery. We expect the battery backup on the K6 Power to be slightly better as it has the least resource-intensive UI of the three smartphones.