Xiaomi is the recommended choice in the budget smartphone price segment. The company’s Redmi phones provide the most value for money, and for a while, they were the only choices in this price segment due to lack of competition. The Xiaomi Redmi 6A and the Xiaomi Redmi 6 are Xiaomi’s current phones in this price segment. Competition is steadily increasing as Realme has launched the affordable Realme C1 in India. Now, Lenovo has gone straight after the Redmi 6 series by launching the Lenovo K9 and the Lenovo A5 in India.
In terms of specifications, the Lenovo K9 competes with the Xiaomi Redmi 6, while the Lenovo A5 competes with the Redmi 6A. The Lenovo K9 is a global-first launch in India, while the Lenovo A5 was launched in China in June. The K9 is the successor of the Lenovo K8, which was launched more than a year ago. The Lenovo K and A series are not Motorola phones. Instead of running stock Android, these phones are powered by Lenovo’s ZUI. Their specifications are noted below:
Lenovo K9 and Lenovo A5 – Specifications at a glance
|Specifications||Lenovo K9||Lenovo A5|
|Dimensions||153.8 x 72.9 x 7.95 mm||146.2 x 70.86 x 9.8 mm, 160g|
|Software||ZUI on top of Android 8.1 Oreo||ZUI 3.9 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo|
|SoC||Octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 MT6762 (8x Arm Cortex-A53 cores @ 2.0GHz); PowerVR GE8320 GPU||Quad-core MediaTek MT6739 (4x Arm Cortex-A53 cores @ 1.5GHz); PowerVR GE8100 GPU|
|RAM and storage||3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage; hybrid microSD card slot||3GB of RAM with 16GB/32GB storage; hybrid microSD card slot|
|Display||5.7-inch HD+ (1440×720) IPS LCD with 18:9 aspect ratio||5.45-inch HD+ (1440×720) IPS LCD with 18:9 aspect ratio|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2||Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Ports||microUSB port, dual nano SIM slots (nano SIM + nano SIM/microSD), 3.5mm headphone jack||microUSB port, dual nano SIM slots (nano SIM + nano SIM/microSD), 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Rear camera||13MP primary camera|
5MP depth sensing camera aperture
|13MP with f/2.2 aperture|
|Front-facing camera||13MP + 5MP||8MP with f/2.2 aperture|
The Lenovo K9 competes with the Redmi 6 but ends up being more expensive than its competitor. On the other hand, the Lenovo A5 differentiates itself from the Redmi 6A by featuring a fingerprint sensor. However, its SoC—the MediaTek MT6739—is an older, less capable SoC than the 12nm MediaTek Helio A22 of the Redmi 6A.
In terms of design, the phones adopt 18:9 displays. The Lenovo K9 has a glass back in order to differentiate itself from the Redmi 6’s plastic construction.
Pricing and availability
The Lenovo K9 costs ₹8,999 for the single 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant. It will be available in Black and Blue colors. The Lenovo A5, on the other hand, costs ₹5,999 for the 2GB RAM/16GB storage variant, and ₹6,999 for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant. The phone will be available in Black and Fine Gold colors. Both phones will be sold exclusively via Flipkart.