Are you looking for the best smartphone under 10,000 INR? If yes, then you will be amazed with the number of options that are available in the budget smartphone market. Of course, you can’t just go out and buy a cheap smartphone from any manufacturer, as you should only be buying the popular options that have proved their worth.

When talking of popular budget smartphones, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is hard to beat. The phone was released last year and it’s glory has still not gone down. It is still one of the best budget smartphones you can get in the market and it is perfect in all aspects. Of course, Lenovo isn’t far behind in the battle, and the company has just launched the Lenovo Vibe K5.

Vibe K5
Lenovo Vibe K5

The Vibe K5 is truly a perfect phone for those who are budget conscious. Of course, you won’t get very high-end specs when you are paying around $100. But the K5 truly is worth every penny spent. So which one should you buy? Let’s do a quick Lenovo Vibe K5 vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comparison.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs. Lenovo Vibe K5

Design and Display

When talking about looks, the Lenovo Vibe K5 and the Redmi Note 3 both come with all-metal bodies. Both look equally good and smooth and you will definitely not complain with their appearances. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 gets a 5.5-inches Full HD screen while the Vibe K5 features a 5 inches HD display. So yes, it all depends on your choice whether you want a 5″ or 5.5″ phone, but the Xiaomi phone is better in terms of display.

xiaomi redmi note 3
Redmi Note 3

Processor and Memory

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is powered by a hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor. It gets 2GB/3GB RAM with 16GB/32GB of internal storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD.

The Lenovo Vibe K5 features a quad-core Snapdragon 415 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD slot.

Camera and Battery

The Vibe K5 comes with a 13MP rear camera with AF and LED flash, and a 5MP front camera. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has got a better 16MP rear camera with PDAF and dual-tone dual LED flash and a 5MP selfie camera.

As for the battery, the Redmi Note 3 offers a 4000mAh battery while the Lenovo Vibe K5 features a 2750mAh battery.


The Vibe K5 supports Dolby Atmos and TheaterMax VR technology, while the Redmi Note 3 gets an infrared sensor and a fingerprint sensor.

Price and Verdict

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 with 2GB RAM costs INR 9,999, but the Lenovo Vibe K5 costs just INR 6,999. So yes, if you can afford the extra money, we definitely recommend the Redmi Note 3. But if you strictly have a budget of INR 7000, then the Vibe K5 will definitely not disappoint you.