Xiaomi and LeEco both have a lot in common between them. In China skirmishes often surface in public, and tomorrow, with the launch of Redmi Note 3, the two will go head to head for the first time in India.

The Le 1s (faq|review) is  LeEco passing on a Chinese success to Indian fanbase at reasonable prices while the Redmi Note 3 has been tailor made to regain lost confidence of Xiaomi India fan-base, post a full dull, sluggish year. Let’s compare the two.

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Key Specifications and Features:

Model Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 LeEco Le 1s
Display 5.5-Inch, IPS Display, 1080p Full HD resolution 5.5-Inch, IPS Display, 1080p Full HD resolution
Processor Hexa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 2.2GHz 64-bit Helio X10 SoC
RAM 2GB / 3GB 3GB
Internal Storage 16GB / 32GB 32GB
Software MIUI 7 based on Android Lollipop EUI 5.5 based on Android Lollipop
Primary Camera 16MP, dual tone LED flash, 1080p Videos 13MP, LED flash, 1080p Videos
Secondary Camera 5MP primary 5MP primary
Battery 4050 (non-removable) 3000 mAh (non-removable), fast charging
Others 4G Dual SIM LTE 4G Dual SIM LTE
Price Rs. 9,999 / RS. 11,999 Rs. 10,999

Note: We have tested the 3GB RAM variant, and that is valid for the entire comparison post that follows.

Display:

On paper, both Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and LeEco’s Le 1s sports a similar 5.5-inch IPS display with full HD resolution and 403 ppi pixel density. Le 1s has additional Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection as well. Le 1s appears to offer an edge to edge display, thanks to black strip surrounding the display and 80.3 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 display vs LeEco Le 1s display

The display quality is however, better on Redmi Note 3 in our opinion. The color temperature, brightness and color tones appear more pleasing. The Le 1s display is sharp and crisp but has always struck as a shortcoming for the phone.

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Design:

Both these handsets are good looking smartphones but in comparison, Le 1s is slimmer and more comfortable to hold than Redmi Note 3. The LeEco’s phone is about 13 percent slimmer than Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 which has an (8.69mm vs 7.5mm). The few added millimeters however, enable Redmi Note 3 to house a beefier battery.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (6)

Both the phones have metal uni-body exterior. However, the Le 1s feels more premium among the two thanks to its CNC machined Aluminum body. Xiaomi has taken to a more conventional approach for its budget range Redmi Note 3 at least as far as design goes. Redmi Note 3 has a basic pressed out body which we have seen over the years and doesn’t score much on style quotient.

Le 1s and Redmi Note 3 both features capacitive keys with haptic feedback and backlight. Both phones include a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. Unlike Redmi Note 3, the Le 1s has a USB Type-C port, which is arguably more future proof, but not a clear-cut advantage till everything goes Type C.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (11)

Both phones feature a volume rocker and power keys on the right edge and Dual SIM tray on the left side. At the Top, users can find a 3.5mm jack and jack and infrared blaster in both devices.

All said and done, Le 1s looks and feels better in hands.

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Performance:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has a slight edge over Le 1s in this section. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 650 while Le 1s is enthralling on its 2.2 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helios X10 chipset. Redmi Note is perhaps the first budget phone to accommodate the services of Snapdragon 650. This recently launched hexa-core chipset has two Cortex-A72 and four ARM Cortex-A53. Cortex A72 is considered to be much more power efficient and will replace Cortex A57 cores in high-end SoCs this year.

Both the Redmi Note 3 and Le 1s are very snappy performers. Gaming experience and day to day usage on both smartphones has been very gratifying so far. So, the specs in this regard are just numbers. You couldn’t go wrong with performance on either of the two.

Benchmark Standard

Le 1s Score Redmi Note 3 Score
Antutu (64-bit) 55,347 77713
Nenamarks 2 57.2 60.1fps
Vellamo (Metal, Multicore) 1338, 2273 1480, 3610
Quadrant 25300

28150

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Camera:

In the optics section too Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 outclasses Le 1s. Remember in our Le 1s review, we pointed out that Le 1s has a good camera considering its price and we stick to that statement. However, Redmi Note 3 with its powerful 16-megapixel shooter has slightly notched up the camera standard in this budget segment. The primary camera module on Xiaomi Note 3 also equipped with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (10)

Le 1s, on the other hand features a 13-megapixel ISOCELL camera with a single LED flash, phase detection auto-focus, and f/2.0 aperture. Le 1s locks focus in just 0.09. On the front, both phones wear same selfie camera at least in terms of specification. Like Le 1s, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with a wide angle 5-megapixel secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture

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Both the phones are capable of shooting 1080p videos at 30 frames per seconds. However, Le 1s edges past Redmi Note 3 in videography with its ability to record 4K videos.

Camera Samples:

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OS And Fingerprint:

Both Le 1s and Redmi Note 3 runs on a heavily customized version of Android 5.1 Lollipop. All LeEco phones feature its EUI similarly Xiaomi devices come with its own MIUI. Both are missing an app drawer, both are rich in customization options and both are great with updates and bug fixes.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (23)

We have spent considerable time with EUI and MIUI in the past, and find the EUI a bit more intuitive, organized and user-friendly. Your opinion and taste might differ. The EUI is still new in India, so there are a few bugs, but it doesn’t feel like a halfhearted or half-baked product. There is one aspect in which Le 1s  outshines Redmi Note 3 that is its content driven Le Ecosystem.

LeEco is planning to go live with content services in India and has partnered with Eros Now and YuppTv for 1 year of free subscription movies, music and Live TV on the go. LeEco is scheduled to roll out these services in Q2 2016.

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Conclusion:

Both these phones are a powerful performer and it is difficult to choose between the two. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 scores in crucial areas with a better camera, display and battery backup while LeEco Le 1s has its edge in interesting design, Audio and with respect to content options. However, keeping price sensitivity of Indian buyers in mind, Xiaomi has played a masterstroke by pricing Redmi Note 3 competitively which further tilts the bait in its power.

Le 1s Advantages:

  • Build and Design
  • Better Sound
  • Great Software

Redmi Note 3 Advantages:

  • Better battery backup
  • Capable Camera
  • Vivid display
  • SD card
  • Gyroscope and VR Support

 

48 COMMENTS

    • yes buddy first i was considering the le 1 s but then i heard about the overheating issues i got back to redmi note 3 and this tym there is an external sd card slot

  1. Le1s is available at 11k and Redmi Note 3 at 12k so from where the fuck does that difference of 3k you state in the last comes. And for your info Le1s does not have a microsd card slot but Redmi Note 3 does have. So yeah Redmi Note 3 is a clear winner.
    Note : Please do research then do a review about anything and nit just write bullshit all over !

    • The price wasn’t very clear before the launch, our internal source from whom we sourced the phone had assured us that it was 13K (which turned out wrong, apologies) we edited the conclusion after the launch. Thanks for the correction.

  2. I guess you don’t know anything about processors. Snapdragon 650 beats 810 and 808(both have cortex-A57). It has 2 cortex A-72 cores(the best from ARM till date) whereas LeEco 1s’s Helio x10 has 8 Cortex A-53 cores which are outdated and in one word “crap”. So before posting something try to educate yourself about it.

  3. You may be right that eui looks better but MIUI 7 has more customization options. Just now I have bought Le1s, but have been using Redmi 1S since it was launched in September 2004 with MIUI 4, 6 and finally 7. Rest observation looks perfect. Great Effort.

    • Hi Adithya,
      Both the phone offer same calling experience on GSM network. We have to wait and see how they perform on VOLTE once Indian Telecom Operators start offering this service.

  4. Redmi note 3 is clear winner cause I have le 1s and it’s camera sucks, battery drains faster and it heats up insanely, accessories are not available , service center people have no clue about services

  5. According to me
    Letv
    Good design and good audio quality
    But Note 3
    More powerful cpu & gpu
    More powerful Battery
    Better camera
    Sd card slot
    Beautiful Miui 7

  6. both phones look good in quality and performance but I would choose REDMI because of its better battery performance.
    now I need suggestion
    I have moto g2, is replacing I with remdi note 3 would be better or not?
    moto g2 gave me a good time n its really price worth

  7. no buddy le eco cannot beat the xiaomi this time with the additional 3mp camera of dualtone led flash n awesome battery backup with exernal memory available option…

  8. See..I bought le 1s and using it…and if I have to trade it with xiomi note 3 I won’t be doing so because I am very much satisfied with what the phone offers…heating issue is due to metal body and as soon it heats up it cools that much quickly also…so I am good with my me rhlty1s.

  9. I want to know about the RAM… both phones have a 3gb ram but have heard that in the new phone itself leeco was having 1.3gb of free ram before installing anything… what about note3. Thanks & regards

  10. I am using Redmi Note 4G since a year and it fell down so many times but it’s never broken…. Where as being a Corning gorilla glass my Le 1s glass had broken which fallen from a 1ft height.
    EUI is not a “Great Software”…. Don’t Mention “Great” for such a basic software. MIUI had lot more features and customization, EUI may not reach to that position with this tough competition.

  11. You forgot one parameter that matters the most in a phone: call quality. I’m not sure about redmi note 3’s call quality, but going by the past model, it certainly can’t be as bad as that of le1s

  12. letv have noise cancellation..mi have noise saturation which reduce the noise but not fully hide the noise like noise cancellation do..letv also have a gorilla glass protection

  13. pls anyone confirm redmi note 3 will work fine with voice over LTE,because i have jio 4g sim or we need any update to make and receive call in JIO 4g

    • Hey Samson,
      Xiaomi told us that Redmi Note 3 supports VoLTE so it should work fine on your JIO 4G SIM. You have to get in touch with JIO customer care to confirm whether your SIM card is VoLTE compatible or not. Do share with us your experience on Reliance Jio services especially VoLTE.

  14. I have been using le 1 s and redmi note3(3gb) for a month now. And I can surely conclude that le1 s beats note 3 in every aspect other than camera and battery backup. Note 3 has many problems with WiFi and hotspot. When I use note 3 as host for mini militia its hotspot lags and the multiplayer game stops. There is also a problem with what’s app notification. Note 3 seems to be better than le1s from the reviews but after using them for sometime I can surely say that le1s is better than note 3 (3gb).

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