Xiaomi launched its metal-clad Redmi 3 smartphone in China on Monday, highlighting the handset's worthy specifications that bring intense competition to the budget smartphone market. In India, there is a lot of scope for such smartphones, and there are plenty options. Xiaomi Redmi 3 features a 4,000mAh battery, which makes it a suitable contender to Asus Zenfone Max and Lenovo P1m.
Xiaomi did not reveal when it plans to launch the Redmi 3 in India. If and when it does, shoppers will be looking to compare the handset with some of the available devices. In this article, we compare the specifications of Xiaomi Redmi 3, Asus Zenfone Max and Lenovo P1m, all of which pack marathon batteries and come at an affordable price.
Asus Zenfone Max features a 5.5-inch HD IPS display with 178-degree viewing angle and the industry's latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection.
Lenovo P1m and Xiaomi Redmi 3 also have the same resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels embedded in the display, but the screens measure 5 inches in both phones.
Asus Zenfone Max features a 13MP primary camera with dual-tone LED flash, laser AF, f/2.0 aperture and backlight HDR, accompanied by several useful modes. Xiaomi Redmi 3 is also powered by the same sensor — a 13-megapixel primary camera with five physical lens, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), and it has a 0.1-second focusing speed.
On the other hand, Lenovo P1m features an 8MP primary shooter with LED flash on the rear .
All three phones have the same 5MP snapper on the front for selfies. Xiaomi Redmi 3 sensor has a f/2.2 aperture, face-recognition feature, and 36 intelligent self-portrait selfie styles.
All three phones have superior batteries. Asus Zenfone Max has the biggest of them all, measuring 5,000mAh. Lenovo P1m and Xiaomi Redmi 3 feature 4,000mAh and 4,100mAh units, respectively. The Vibe P1m is expected to offer up to 16 hours of talktime while Zenfone Max is betting for 37.6 hours. Xiaomi, on the other hand, reportedly offers 80% more talk time than its predecessors.
Lenovo Vibe P1m and Redmi 3 have Quick Charge tech. Lenovo P1m features a dedicated manual button for power-saving activation that extends battery life by disabling power-drawing functions and features.
Processor, RAM and storage
Asus Zenfone Max is powered by a 64-bit 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and Adreno 306 GPU. Xiaomi Redmi 3 comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor while Lenovo P1m has MediaTek MT6735P quad-core processor.
All three phones have 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable memory.
Software and add-ons
Xiaomi Redmi 3 runs on Android Lollipop based MIUI 7, Lenovo P1m is powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop based Vibe UI and Asus Zenfone Max has Android Lollipop-based ZenUI 2.0.
All three phones support dual SIM cards, 4G LTE and the standard connectivity options. Xiaomi Redmi 3 comes in a metal uni-body, which gives it a superior feel compared to the other two.
Price and availability
Asus Zenfone Max is available on Flipkart and Amazon India for Rs 9,999 and Lenovo P1m is listed on Flipkart for Rs 7,999. Xiaomi Redmi 3 is yet to hit the Indian markets, but it is available in China for ¥699 (around $107/€98/Rs 7,143).