A consumer checks out smartphones (Reuters)
A consumer checks out smartphones (Reuters)Reuters

Earlier this week, Chinese consumer electronics giant, Xiaomi set foot in to the Indian market with the launch of smartphone Mi 3.

Xiaomi comes with a reputation of being the China's answer to Apple Inc from the east. Its market share in the neighboring country is growing like clockwork threatening well established leaders like Samsung, Huawei and Lenovo, thanks to the company's novel plan to sell feature-rich devices at dirt cheap prices.

Now with the launch of Xiaomi Mi 3, the company is set to create a new wave in the India's highly competitive mid-range smartphone market, just like Motorola did with the Moto G in early 2014.

Moto G and Xiaomi Mi 3 are worth taking a look for prospective buyers who are contemplating to buy a mid-range phone with high-end feature.

Here is a Brief Description of Stand-out Features of Motorola Moto G and Xiaomi Mi 3


Motorola Moto G flaunts a 4.5-inch HD (1280 x 720p) screen with pixel density of 329 ppi (pixels per inch).

[Note: It also boasts of nano-coating on the phone enabling users to take/answer calls even in rain. However, users are warned not to take the phone for a dip in the pool].

Priced just under ₹15,000, the new Xiaomi Mi 3 is the cheapest full HD (1920 x 1080p) smartphone in the market; it has a staggering pixel density of 441 ppi (pixels per inch). That's not all, this feature-rich handset also boasts of the magnesium alloy body with three layers of thermal graphite film to withstand overheating of internal parts when the smartphone is utilized to its extreme, like playing high-graphics game, multi-tasking with numerous apps.

Processor, RAM, Storage Capacity:

Moto G ships with the Snapdragon 400 series 1.2GHz quad-core processor (Adreno 305 GPU) backed by 1GB RAM and 8GB/16GB inbuilt memory.

Again, Xiaomi Mi 3 trumps the rival as it boasts the Qualcomm's superfast beast, 2.3GHz Snapdragon (MSM8274AB) 800 series quad-core processor (with Adreno 330 graphics engine), which is seen only in high-end expensive flagship smartphones like Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z1. The CPU is backed by sumptuous 2GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt memory.

Mobile Operating System Software:

In this aspect, Moto G holds the upper hand over the Xiaomi phone as the former comes with Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS (v4.4.4 KitKat confirmed to get released in India this week by 13 July, 2014). On the other hand, Mi 3 runs on the older v4.3 Jelly Bean OS with MIUI v5.0.


Motorola phone boasts of 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flash on the rear-side and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front side.

Xiaomi ships with the 13.0-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and a 2.0-megapixel snapper on the front. Both the cameras have full HD video recording ability.

Specifications wise, Xiaomi phone comes to the top position, but it has to be remembered that the quality of the photograph depends on the type of the lens, size and aperture.

[Also read: 'Motorola Moto G vs. HTC Desire 310 vs. Lenovo A526 vs. Sony Xperia E1 Dual: Specification Comparison']


As of now, Moto G comes with two-variants - 8GB and 16GB for ₹12,499 and ₹13,999 respectively at Flipkart, whereas the new Xiaomi Mi 3 will hit stores on 15 July for ₹14,999.

Key Specifications of Xiaomi Mi 3:

Model Motorola Moto G Xiaomi Mi 3
Display 4.5-inch HD (1270x720p) LCD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 shieldPixel Density: 329 ppi (pixels per inch) 5.0-inch full HD(1920x1080p) IPS LCD screenPixel density: 441 ppi
OS Android v4.4 KitKat Android v4.3 Jelly Bean optimized with MIUI version 5
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series quad-core processor with 1.2GHz CPU speed 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series quad-core CPU
GPU Adreno 305 Adreno 330
Storage capacity 8GB/16 GB variants 16GB/64GB
Camera Main: 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flashFront: 1.3-megapixel camera Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus, dual-LED flash, HDRFront: 2.0-megapixel camera (with full HD video recording ability)
Battery 2,070 mAh; Can provide power for close to 24 hours under mixed media usage 3,050 mAh; (non-removable)
Network 3G 3G
Add-ons Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n),Bluetooth v4.0, USB, NFC, GPS, Mini-SIM, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), micro-USB v2.0, A-GPS, GLONASS
Dimensions 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm 144.0 x 73.6 x 8.1 mm
Weight 143 g 146 g
Colour Black & White Metallic Grey
Price 8GB: ₹12,499;16GB: ₹13,999; ₹14,999