Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Vs LeEco Le 1s – The much hyped budget smartphones from China

The LeEco Le 1s and the Xiaomi Redmi Note are both offsprings of Chinese smartphone makers – Xiaomi and LeEco (formerly known as LeTv) and are both striving for their best to offer plausible smartphones in budget. Surprisingly, the Redmi Note 3 by Xiaomi and Le 1sby LeEco are quite similar when taking into account their construction as well as configuration.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Vs LeEco Le 1s :

ComparisonDesign and Display   

The LeEco Le 1s sports a premium-looking full-metal body that is quite sturdy and crafted to perfection with aircraft-grade aluminum, which makes it solid and reliable. It looks superior to the simply folded alloy paneled metal unibody of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. Dimension-wise, the Le 1s is thinner than the Note 3 measures 151.1 x 74.2 x 7.5 mm while the Redmi Note 3 measures 150 x 76 x 8.65 mm.   

Both the devices flaunt 5.5-inch full HD displays with a pixel density of 401ppi that offers spectacular viewing quality. The le1s come with a Corning Gorilla Glass protection whereas the Xiaomi Note 3 comes with scratch-resistant glass.  

The rear-facing single-touch fingerprint scanner on both phones looks and works exactly the same. It’s a really neat, fast, and secure method of unlocking and getting access to your phone.  

Configuration and OS  

In terms of processing power, both phones are quite powerful. The Le1S rocks an octa-core MediaTekHelio X10 processor while the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor. The Le1S clocks a speed of 2.2GHz which makes it around 22 percent faster than the 1.8GHz clock speed of the latter. The le 1s excels at multitasking with 3GB of RAM, whereas Xiaomi has equipped the lesser-priced model of the Note 3 with only 2GB RAM and the higher-priced one has been well endowed with 3GB of RAM.  

Expandable storage is a crucial part of the smartphone in this price bracket and while the LeEco comes with an internal storage of 32GB, the Redmi Note 3 has given the 2GB RAM model an onboard memory of 16GB while the 3GB model gets a 32GB ROM and has the ability to support microSD cards up to 128 GB. For most 32GB would be enough for storage but some people fill that up pretty fast and might require the flexibility of expandable storage.  

Software-wise both, the Le 1s as well as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 run Android Lollipop.


Coming to the camera part, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The rear camera is equipped with an 5 element lens, f/2.0 aperture, 78-degree wide-angle lens, two-tone flashlight, panorama, HDR, and manual mode features. The front camera also has an f/2.0 aperture and it supports face recognition and has Beautify mode.  

The Le 1s has a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies and video calling.   The camera on the Redmi Note 3 is far better than what is found on the LeEco Le1S. While megapixel count doesn’t matter nowadays, the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 has still got more megapixels and a better overall camera than the Le1S. It takes good low-light photos compared to the Le1S, which tends to take pale photos and seems washed out on most occasions.   However, the Le 1S is capable of recording 4K videos at 30fps, which lacks in its rival smartphone.

Connectivity and Battery   

Both the phones have been endowed with an ample number of connectivity options like 4G LTE support, 3G, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB ports, OTG support, HDMI ports, micro USB ports, etc. The addition of an infrared port gives a slight lead to the Le 1S, but the big jump is with the USB Type-C port, which makes the device future-proof.   

The 4,050 mAh battery of the Redmi note 3 is praiseworthy and would easily last you more than a day of use with 7-8 hrs of onscreen time. It’s almost 35 percent more in capacity than the 3,000mAh battery of the LeEco Le 1s. However, the Le 1s comes with a fast-charging ability.  


Overall, both devices are powerful enough to take the lead in the current budget smartphone generation. If you want a marathon battery life and a better brand reputation, it’s better to go with Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. With Le 1s you get a similar set of features with a better design and modern features like USB Type-C port etc., but somehow inferior camera and battery performance.

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