Coolpad Note 3 Lite vs Xiaomi Redmi 3 vs Lenovo Lemon 3 : Specs Comparison & Initial Thoughts

The year 2016 has kickstarted with tons of launches and few of them we have seen are the 5-inch screen entry level phones from the Chinese phone makers. Xiaomi was the first to announce the much awaited successor to the highly successful Redmi 2 Prime, in the form of Redmi 3, next was Lenovo with the Lemon 3 and few days back we saw the launch of Coolpad Note 3 Lite which is essentially a trimmed down variant of the highly successful Note 3. While the latter is now officially launched in India, the former two are yet to arrive in India.

While we are yet to get our hands on these devices, we stack them up side by side and compare them in terms of their specifications to see how they pitch against each other:

Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 7.28.35 PM   Lenovo-Lemon-3_2Xiaomi-Redmi-3

Technical Comparison between Coolpad Note 3 Lite, Lemon 3 and Redmi 3 –

Coolpad Note 3 Lite Lenovo Lemon 3 Xiaomi Redmi 3
Display 5” IPS LCD

720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi)


1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi)


720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi)

Thickness and Weight 8.9mm and 148gms 8mm and 142gms 8.5mm and 144gms
Processor and GPU MediaTek MT6753

Quad Core 1.3 GHz


ARM Mali T720


Qualcomm MSM8939v2 Snapdragon 616

Octa-core (4×1.5GHz + 4×1.2GHz)

Adreno 405

Qualcomm MSM8939v2 Snapdragon 616

Octa-core (4×1.5GHz + 4×1.2GHz)

Adreno 405

Internal Memory 16GB + 32GB expandable 16GB + microSD 16GB + 128GB expandable
Battery 2500 mAh 2750 mAh 4100 mAh (Fast Charging)
Camera 13 MP primary camera with LED flash

5 MP front camera

13 MP, autofocus, LED flash

5 MP

13 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, LED flash

5 MP

OS Cool UI built off Android Lollipop 5.2 Vibe UI built off Lollipop 5.1 MIUI v7 built off Lollipop 5.1
Connectivity Dual SIM 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, FM Radio, BT 4.0, USB OTG Dual Sim, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, FM Radio, BT 4.0 Dual Sim 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, GPS, BT 4.1
Sensors Compass, proximity, Accelerometer, Light Sensor, Fingerprint Scanner Accelerometer, proximity


Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass


Price 6,999 INR 699 Yuan (US$ 106 / Rs. 7,195)

Not launched in India

699 Yuan (US$ 106 / Rs. 7,195)

Not launched in India

If you observe, Coolpad Note 3 Lite is the only phone at this price range to feature a finger print scanner, the same that is used in the Note 3. We have seen how well that works and expect the same on the Lite as well. Also, none of the phones in this category have 3GB RAM that will become a key differentiator.

Redmi 3 clearly wins in the battery department arriving with 4100 mAh and MIUI may very well deliver some impressive results here. The camera department could be a close call as we have always seen Xiaomi’s cameras do good regardless of the category they come in but the Coolpad Note 3 Lite, carrying the same camera module as its elder sibling may give the Redmi 3 a tough run for its money.

Where the Lemon 3 shines is the screen as it is the only FHD screen phone while others as just HD. It also falls behind in the sensors department when compared to the others.

While the Note 3 Lite is priced well at 6,999 INR the other two phones are yet to make their way to the Indian market and we believe if and when they arrive, will be priced around the same to handle competition. So it all boils down to what one needs: If it’s the finger print scanner then Note 3 Lite is a clear choice. If a bigger battery is the prime requirement then the Redmi 3 would be one’s pick and if one cares way too much about the screen and is willing to budge on the camera and battery then Lemon 3 may be a decent choice. We will try to get our hands on the devices and see how they perform in real life scenario and present the results to you, stay tuned!

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!

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