Xiaomi launched the Redmi 2 in India yesterday priced at Rs 6,999 which will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart on March 24. We had a face off between Redmi 2 Vs Moto E 2nd Gen, which also launched yesterday for Rs 6,999. Today, we will have a face off between the Redmi 2 Vs Lenovo A6000, which launched on January 16.
The Lenovo A6000 is a couple of months old but a comparison with Redmi 2 is mandatory since it is priced at Rs 6,999 and also follows the flash sale model like Xiaomi. So, let’s go ahead and do a comparison between Redmi 2 Vs Lenovo A6000.
Display, Processor, RAM & OS
The Redmi 2 features a 4.7 inch (1280 x 720 pixels) LED IPS display which is protected by AGC Dragontrail Glass whereas the Lenovo A6000 features a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display.
If we take a look at the processor and RAM, the Redmi 2 and Lenovo A6000 both rocks a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 64-bit processor along with Adreno 305 GPU and also comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage which can be expandable.
The Lenovo A6000 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with the company’s Vibe 2.0 UI on top of it whereas the Redmi 2 runs on MIUI v6 on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. Both of them are custom ROMs based on Android with heavy customization options and the companies have promised Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade in the near future.
Comparing Redmi 2 vs Lenovo A6000 in these four departments, it’s a tie in the processor, RAM and ROM department. Lenovo A6000 has a slightly bigger display than the Redmi 2 but both of them has 720p resolution. In terms of UI/OS, we would prefer MIUI having used both the options. It is simply because MIUI is smoother and refined in comparison to Vibe UI.
Camera, Connectivity & Battery
The Redmi 2 has a 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, BSI sensor with f/2.2 aperture which can shoot Full HD 1080p videos. It also has a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling which can also shoot HD videos (720p) whereas the Lenovo A6000 comes with a 8-megapixel auto-focus rear primary camera with LED flash. On the front, it has a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling.
On the connectivity front, the Lenovo A6000 includes 4G LTE (TD-LTE 2300 MHz & FDD-LTE 1800 MHz), 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and rocks a 2,300 mAh battery under the hood, whereas the Redmi 2 comes with 4G LTE (TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE) on both SIM cards, 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB OTG and a 2,200 mAh battery under the hood. Both of them has Dual SIM feature and 4G LTE works on both the SIM in case of Redmi 2 but only on one SIM for the Lenovo.
Comparing Redmi 2 vs Lenovo A6000 in these three departments, the camera specifications are exactly same but we will keep the Redmi 2 slightly ahead. Although, we have not used its camera but it features the same camera of Redmi 1s which we have reviewed. It does a mind-blowing job and is certainly better than Lenovo A6000’s shooter. We can vouch for this as we have also tested the camera on Lenovo A6000 but do not have any sample images.
Both the smartphones support 4G LTE and has dual SIM feature. However, both the SIMs can access 4G on the Redmi 2 whereas only one SIM is capable in case of Lenovo A6000. This isn’t a deal breaker as 4G penetration is very less in India. In terms of battery, the Lenovo A6000 edges the Redmi 2 by 100 mAh which is not much of a difference.
Redmi 2 Vs Lenovo A6000: Availability & Price
The Lenovo A6000 is available on Flipkart for Rs 6,999 every Wednesday since January 28 via flash sale whereas the Redmi 2 will be available for purchase from March 24 via flash sale exclusively on Flipkart for Rs 6,999. Registrations will start today at 6 PM and around 40,000 units will be available for pilot sale. Lenovo has so far sold 145,000 units in India over six flash sales.
Now comparing Redmi 2 vs Lenovo A6000 in these two departments, of course it’s a tie on pricing and availability as both of them are sold via flash sales for Rs 6,999. However, the Redmi 2 edges slightly ahead in terms of value for money, solid build quality and most importantly with MIUI and its services.
In overall comparison between Redmi 2 Vs Lenovo A6000, there isn’t a clear winner but the Redmi 2 edges slightly ahead according to us mainly due to MIUI and a better camera. However, the Lenovo A6000 does an excellent job and if you desperately want a 5-inch display in this price range, don’t look further. With Lenovo A7000 already being announced and likely going on sale by the end of March or early April in India, would give serious competition to the likes of Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Limited Edition (2GB RAM) and YU Yureka, if priced around Rs 8,000-9,000.