Xiaomi will soon be facing stiff competition from other manufacturers aiming to copy its formula of success. Right now it looks like Lenovo is going to be the first big name manufacturers to come up with a device to compete against the Xiaomi Redmi Note with its launching of the Lenovo S8. This is an octa-core device, same as the Redmi Note, and will cost only $125 for the basic version which is in fact cheaper than Xiaomi’s device.
The Lenovo S8 comes with a 5.3-inch display that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Inside this device is a MediaTek MT6592M 1.4GHz octa core processor which is present in the basic and ultimate version. There’s 1GB of RAM that’s being used by the basic version while 2GB of RAM is present in the ultimate version. The internal storage is 8GB for the basic version and is doubled in the ultimate version. This device runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with the Vibe UI running on top. A planned upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat is also in the works.
Other features of this device include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct, 3G support, and dual-SIM functionality.
The only department that the Lenovo S8 comes short when compared with the Xiaomi Redmi Note is in its battery choice. The S8 comes with a rather low 2,000mAh battery while the Redmi Note uses a 3,200mAh battery.
Lenovo S8 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note
- Lenovo: 5.3-inch LTPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass
- Xiaomi: 5.5 inches IPS LCD 720 x 1280 pixels
- Lenovo: MediaTek MTK6592M chipset with quad-core CPU clocked at 1.4GHz
- Xiaomi: MediaTek MTK6592M chipset with quad-core CPU clocked at 1.4GHz
- Lenovo: 1GB/2GB
- Xiaomi: 1GB/2GB
- Lenovo: 8GB/16GB
- Xiaomi: 8GB
- Lenovo: 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash
- Xiaomi: 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash
- Lenovo: 5MP
- Xiaomi: 5MP
- Lenovo: 2000mAh
- Xiaomi: 3200mAh
- Lenovo: 788 Yuan or $125 for basic version, 1028 Yuan or $165 for ultimate version
- Xiaomi: 999 Yuan or $160
A quick comparison between the devices of Lenovo and Xiaomi shows both of them having somewhat similar specs. Both devices use the same processor as well as RAM capacity. They however differ in screen size, internal storage, and battery capacity.
Although Xiaomi is one of the hottest Android brands today it might be Lenovo that will have the upper hand in this category as the company has a presence in more markets. If the company will be releasing the S8 outside of China then it will translate to more sales. The only problem with an international release is that the device only has TD-SCDMA support for 3G which works in China. This means that only the 2G functionality will work in international markets.