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Lenovo P2 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Nubia N1: Which is a better deal on paper

Lenovo P2 vs
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Nubia N1: Which is a better deal on paper
Lenovo will continue the trend of packing big batteries on affordable smartphones with the P2 smartphone which has been launched today. But unlike the P1 which was launched back in 2015, the market is already flooded with budget-phones powered by ginormous batteries with capacities unheard of even a year back. 2017 is the year when big batteries break through to the mainstream. The Nubia N1 has breached the market already and it will be followed by the Lenovo P2 today and then, in all probability, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 will arrive in India next week. However, it has to be noted that all the three big-battery phones were globally announced at least six months back in August 2016 and it is only now that the phones are landing on Indian shores. Nevertheless, let's find out what separates them from each other.​

Display

All the three phones have 5.5-inch full HD displays, but the Lenovo P2 has the largest body among the three with a screen to body ratio of 71.7 per cent followed by the Redmi Note 4 and the Nubia N1. While both the Redmi Note 4 and the Nubia N1 come with IPS LCD screens, the P2 takes a step further and has a Super AMOLED display on top. This gives an added advantage to the P2 as the AMOLED panels don’t light up black pixels as they don’t need a backlight for them, this means better power efficiency. Colours are also normally more vibrant on AMOLED screens and blacks are usually deeper.

Winner - Lenovo P2

Design

The Lenovo P2 is the slimmest at 8.3mm with the Redmi Note 4 following close at its heels with 8.4mm. The Nubia N1 is the thickest brick among the lot at 8.9mm. All the three phones have full metal chassis with the Redmi Note 4 being the lightest at 175 grams with the P2 slightly heavier for the bigger battery. The P2 has an ergonomic curved back with the fingerprint sensor embedded on the front with the home button while that of the Redmi Note 4 is flatter with rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, chamfered edges and sharper corners. The Nubia N1 has a matte metal finish on the other hand with also a rear-mounted finger print sensor. On the whole due to the front mounted fingerprint scanner, the P2 looks and feels the largest and most unwieldy of the lot.

Winner - Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Hardware

Considering all the three phones will be competing in the budget segment, they are powered by a mid-range processor. The P2 has been launched with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 eight core processor while the Redmi Note 4 in China sports a MediaTek Helio X20 deca core chip. The Nubia N1 is the odd one out with a dated MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz. Clearly, the Helio X20 is the most powerful processor of the lot, however, the Snapdragon 625 is no rooster and it is known to be the most efficient processor that Qualcomm currently offers, so it will be close. Xiaomi could also come up with a new version of the phone that may use a different processor, so that remains to be seen. Storage wise, the Nubia N1 and P2 start at 32GB storage while the Redmi Note 4 starts at 16GB. Lenovo is also offering 4GB and 3GB RAM variants which should mean that the phone will be good at multitasking. The Xiaomi and the Nubia lag in this department.P2 has been launched with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 eight core processor while the Redmi Note 4 in China sports a MediaTek Helio X20 deca core chip. The Nubia N1 is the odd one out with a dated MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz. Clearly, the Helio X20 is the most powerful processor of the lot, however, the Snapdragon 625 is no rooster and it is known to be the most efficient processor that Qualcomm currently offers, so it will be close. Xiaomi could also come up with a new version of the phone that may use a different processor, so that remains to be seen. Storage wise, the Nubia N1 and P2 start at 32GB storage while the Redmi Note 4 starts at 16GB. Lenovo is also offering 4GB and 3GB RAM variants which should mean that the phone will be good at multitasking. The Xiaomi and the Nubia lag in this department.

Winner - Lenovo P2P2

Camera


All three phones come with 13-megapixel snappers on the back. The P2 in our tests delivered good results with its Sony IMX 258 sensor and f/2.0 aperture and PDAF autofocus. The jury is out on the Nubia N1, but it has a shallower aperture at f/2.2 but we will soon publish a review of the same. Even the Redmi Note 4 has a 13-megapixel snapper, but in India, as the phone is being launched after a big gap, it could be launched with an upgraded sensor.
On the front, all three phones have 5-megapixel cameras. Cameras software wise too, all three manufacturers are known to have good camera software, so one can expect decent cameras in all three devices.

Winner - Tie

Battery

The battery is the highlight of all the three devices. The P2 will last the longest, not only for the efficient display but for its 5,100mAh battery. The Nubia N1 follows close with a 5,000mAh battery and the Redmi Note 4 finishing last with a 4,100mAh battery. Yet, these capacities are still drastically more than what we have seen even at the same time last year. If we spent the last few years ranting about poor battery life on phones, 2017 is the year of redemption led by these three budget phones. The P2 and the Redmi Note 4 support fast-charging as well so you don't have to wait for long to charge up the massive batteries.
The P2 in fact is one of the fastest charging phones we have seen to date, and it even rivals the OnePlus 3T in that space. It even has a dedicated hardware button for quickly entering its power-saver mode.
The Nubia falls behind in this space as it doesn’t support fast charging technologies, which will mean that this phone will take a long long time to charge.

Winner - Lenovo P2

Software

The Lenovo P2 offers an almost stock Android Marshmallow experience with only a handful of pre-loaded apps like UC Browser, Evernote and McAfee. On the other hand, both the Redmi Note 4 and the Nubia N1 share the same Chinese eccentricities like the lack of an app drawer and a general iPhone-esque layout. Although, among the two, the Nubia N1 has a more functional UI with support for split-screen, dual app instances and edge gestures. Still, the Redmi Note 4 runs on Mi UI 8 which in itself is a great looking UI and it also comes with a built-in infrared sensor that gives you the power of controlling any consumer electronics appliance with your phone. The problem with Mi UI 8, however, is that it doesn’t fully support all functions of Android Marshmallow like Google Now on tap which could be a bummer for people who use that feature.

Winner - Lenovo P2

Price and availability

The Lenovo P2 has been launched for Rs 16,999 and it will be exclusively available on Flipkart. The Redmi Note 4 is expected to be closer to Rs 10,000 and it is expected to be launched on Mi India store and also a couple of online stores. The Nubia N1 is available exclusively on Amazon India for Rs 11,999. Chances are that the Redmi Note 4 will also have a similar price, but we will reserve judgement till it has been launched.

Winner - Nubia N1

Also read: Lenovo P2 with 5,100mAh battery launched.

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