Moto G4 Play vs Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime : Specs Comparison & Initial Thoughts

Moto G4 Play vs Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

So Lenovo just launched the Moto G4 Play in India, the cheapest variant in the Moto G4 family and this comes ahead of the much speculated launch of the Moto E3. With an asking price of 8,999 INR the Moto G4 Play directly takes on the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, Zenfone 2 Laser and so on but the closest competitor would be the former. It’s obvious that one would start comparing these two to make a purchase decision. We have had the chance to use the Redmi 3s for couple of weeks and were pretty impressed with its overall performance for the price. Lets quickly compare the two devices and give you our initial thoughts:

Comparing Moto G4 Play and Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime –

Feature Moto G4 Play Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
Display 5” HD display packing 294 ppi

No Gorilla Glass Protection

5” IPS HD display packing 294 ppi

No Gorilla Glass Protection

Form Factor 9.9mm thick and 137gms in weight 8.5mm thick and 144gms in weight
Processor Qualcomm Quad-Core MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 clocked at 1.2 GHz with Adreno 306 GPU Qualcomm Quad-Core MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 clocked at 1.4 GHz with Adreno 505 GPU
Memory 16GB and 2GB RAM

Expandable upto 128GB

32GB and 3GB RAM

Expandable upto 128GB

OS Android Marshmallow MIUI 8.0 built off Android Marshmallow
Battery 2800 mAh 4100 mAh
Camera 8MP f/2.2 and 5MP f/2.2 13MP f/2.0 and 5MP f/2.2
Connectivity 4G LTE with VoLTE, Dual SIM (Dedicated slot for microSD card) 4G LTE with VoLTE, Dual SIM (Hybrid Dual SIM tray)
Others Water repellent, Front Display Flash, FM Radio, Comes with a 10W rapid charger for fast charging Fingerprint Scanner, FM Radio, Infrared sensor, Fast charging support
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity Accelerometer, Gyro, proximity, compass
Price 8,999 INR 8,999 INR

Our thoughts:

Clearly on paper, Xiaomi’s Redmi 3s Prime comes off as a winner. But then it all boils down to one’s personal preference. If you’re someone who is hell bent on a stock Android experience and care a lot about faster OS updates, don’t game much then Moto G4 Play is definitely the pick. But if you’re someone who intends to play a lot of games then the Adreno 505 on the Redmi 3s Prime is the one that will cater to you. But the Redmi 3s is being sold in flash sales model and its so damn hard to get hold of one, while the Moto G4 Play is a much easier deal.

Moto G4 Play Over Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime:

  1. Super smooth Stock Android experience
  2. Promised fast Android update rollouts
  3. Water repellent
  4. Dedicated microSD card slot
  5. 10W Rapid charger provided
  6. Very good post sales service
  7. Hassle free purchase experience

Xiaomi Redmi 3S Over Moto G4 Play:

  1. Better hardware for intensive users
  2. Better camera module
  3. Massive 4100 mAh battery for elongated usage
  4. Highly feature rich MIUI8
  5. Higher RAM capacity
  6. Fingerprint sensor option
  7. Metallic build
  8. More color options
  9. More sensors

Which one would you pick up? Let us know in the comments section below!

Cosmic Paladin

Cosmic Paladin is a Tech Enthusiast and a Gadget Freak! From Nokia 3310 from back in the day to OnePlus One today, he has used tons of devices and has dived deep into the nuances of what it takes to make a good phone. As a Product Manager building enterprise mobile and web apps, his passion is music, photography and tech blogging!

2 Responses

  1. Zen says:

    Dedicated micro SD slot in moto g4 play is a top choice to choose moto.

    Also worst customer service of Mi after sales is a plus point for Moto G4.

    Gorilla glass protection is one more plus point for Moto G4.

    Even if Redmi 3s comes for 4999 rupees I will prefer Moto G4 play because mi.com site serve as notification that there exists a device Redmi 3s which will never arrive on stock and misguide people that don\’t go for any other device. Just wait and wait to arrive back in stock.

    The same Redmi 3s with finger print scanner is available in China for 6999 and here the same is available for that price without fingerprint sensor.

    After Miui update you are going to miss volte feature in Redmi 3s but Iam sure Motorola is not going to do that.

    I have more trust in moto than Xiaomi. This moto g4 play is the best device for volte. Just go for this.

    Don\’t think about low antutu score and old snapdragon processor. Think about fluid experience moto is going to offer.

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