Comparing Xiaomi Mi 3 with Moto G, Moto X, Gionee Elife E7 and Nexus 5

Xiaomi just announced the launch of Mi 3 in India, scheduled to go on sale on July 15th at an extremely aggressive price of Rs. 13,999. The Xiaomi Mi 3 is a highly affordable smartphone considering its high-end specifications and pricing in India as compared to others phones. Mi 3 is a tough competitor to mid-range smartphones, specially Moto G and the high-end ones like Moto X, Gionee Elife E6, Gionee Elife E7, and Nexus 5; all of which feature similar specs. Mi 3 is powered by 2.3Ghz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor; features a 5” 1080p display at 441ppi, 13MP camera with dual-LED flash, 2GB RAM, NFC, and a 3050 mAh battery.

Here we’ve compared Motorola’s budget phone Moto G and some high-end devices with the Mi 3 to differentiate and find out, what all this unusual Chinese phone packs at such a competitive price. Find the specifications comparison below:







Chipset (CPU)

2.3 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800

1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor1.7GHz Dual-Core Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU2.2 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor2.3 GHz Quad-core Krait 400 Snapdragon 800 processor
OS Android 4.3 optimized with MIUI version 5Android 4.4.4 KitKatAndroid 4.4.4 KitKatAndroid 4.2 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.4.4 KitKat
GPUAdreno 330Adreno 305Adreno 320Adreno 330Adreno 330
Display5.0-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920) IPS LCD at 441ppi4.5-inch HD (720 x 1280) IPS LCD at 326 pixels per inch4.7-inch AMOLED HD (720 x 1280) at 312 ppi5.5-inch HD (1080 x 1920) IPS LCD at 401 pixels per inch4.95-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920) True HD IPS+ at 445 ppi
Main Camera13 MP Autofocus with dual-LED flash5 MP Autofocus with LED flash10 MP Autofocus with LED flash16 MP with Autofocus and LED flash8 MP Autofocus, with LED flash and optical image stabilization
Video1080p recording @ 30fps (Both cameras)720p recording @30fps with HDR1080p recording @ 30fps (Both cameras)1080p recording @ 30fps1080p video recording @30fps
Front Camera2MP1.3MP2MP8MP1.3MP
Storage16GB/64GB Internal8GB/16GB Internal16/32/64GB Internal16/32GB Internal16GB/32GB Internal
ConnectivityDual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG, NFCWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPSDual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFCWi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG, NFCDual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG, NFC
SIM TypeMini SIM, Micro/Nano SIM adapter providedMicro-SIMNano-SIMMicro-SIMMicro-SIM
Battery3050 mAh Non-removable2070 mAh Non-removable2200 mAh Non-removable2500 mAh Non-removable2300 mAh Non-removable
Dimension144 x 73.6 x 8.1 mm129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm150.6 x 75 x 9.5 mm137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm
ColorsBlackBlackBlack, WhiteBlack, WhiteBlack, White, Red
Price in India (16GB)Rs. 13,999Rs. 13,999Rs. 23,999Rs. 26,999Rs. 28,999

The only concern with Mi 3 would be future Android updates which you can’t expect to be like that on a Nexus or a Moto device, and the customer support in India. Hope, the company can work on these concerns. Overall, Mi3 is certainly a true value for money smartphone!

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