lemon 3 vs Redmi 3

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After Xiaomi and Lenovo treated us to two budget smartphones with specs so similar to each other, it was inevitable that a Lemon 3 vs Redmi 3 comparison would be done. The specs, which are very impressive for phones in that price range, are so similar nobody would tag you nuts if you insist both phones are the products of a collaboration between Lenovo and Xiaomi.

lemon 3 vs Redmi 3
photo: technosamigos.com

If at the end you find yourself in a muddle about which phone to buy, it would be quite understandable. Read on and try to make up your mind.

Let’s start with the bottom line; price. In the final analysis, no matter the specifications of an item, especially a non-essential item like a smartphone, where users are spoilt for choices, the price determines whether we finally buy it or not.

Both phones are sold at almost the same price of $100 give or take a few dollars. For phones of such specs, it was two New Year delights for phone buyers especially in China. The uncanny similarity did not end here though. Let’s a look at why $100 is a steal for Xiaomi Redmi 3 and the Lenovo Lemon 3.

lemon 3 vs Redmi 3
Redmi 3                                         photo: androidpit.com

In the overall physical design it is easy to spot the difference between both phones. While the Xiaomi Redmi 3 has an aluminum finish, the Lenovo has a metal look. In both cases, the casing gives both phones a quiet, classy look.

Both phones have 5 inch capacitive displays and feature three capacitive touch buttons at the base of the display. From the dimensions and weight, the Lemon 3 appears to be slightly lighter than the Redmi 3. But the difference is so minimal it might as well be non-existent.

Software and Storage
This is where the similarities become weirder. Both the Lemon 3 and Redmi 3 opted for the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 616 chipsets. And to power all applications in the phone, both phones also opted for 2GB of RAM.

In the storage department, both OEM’s must have had phone users who delight in filling up their phones with all sort of files in mind. Internal storage for both phones is a decent 16 GB. Additionally, both have microSD slots where the storage can be expanded if perchance, 16 GB of internal storage is not enough.

lemon3 vs Redmi 3
Lemon 3                                                                                      photo: ndtv.com

It is here we see a significant difference in specs between the two phones. Xiaomi went the extra mAh by slapping a huge 4100 mAh battery in the Redmi 3 while the Lemon 3, comparatively, is just a modest 2750 mAh battery. Meaning the Redmi 3 has almost twice the size of the Lemon 3 in terms of juice. Hopefully, this does not mean a doubling in performance of the Redmi 3 over the Lemon 3.

No matter, the size of the Redmi 3 battery gives it a fat edge over the Lemon 3.

Camera and Display Resolution
Here we come back to where things are sort of even between the two phones again. Both of these phones come equipped with 13 MP rear camera wit LED flash and 5 MP secondary camera.

Perhaps to compensate for its inferiority in the battery department, the Lemon 3 display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is better than Redmi’s 720 x 1280 pixels. And while both phones have 5-inch HD screens, the Lemon 3 also score points here because it is a Full HD phone while the Redmi 3 is not. In bare bones term, Lenovo’s Lemon 3 has a better display.

See the full specs of both phones side by side; Lenovo Lemon 3 on the left, Redmi 3 on the right

Network Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
CDMA 800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
4G Network LTE LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
Speed HSPA, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps HSPA, LTE, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps
GPRS Yes Yes
EDGE Yes Yes
Launch Announced 2016, January 2016, January
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2016, January Available. Released 2016, January
Body Dimensions 142 x 71 x 8 mm (5.59 x 2.80 x 0.31 in) 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm (5.48 x 2.74 x 0.33 in)
Weight 142 g (5.01 oz) 144 g (5.08 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by) Dual SIM (Micro-SIM/Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.0 inches (~68.4% screen-to-body ratio) 5.0 inches (~71.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density) 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes Yes
– MIUI 7.0
Platform OS Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop) Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8939v2 Snapdragon 616 Qualcomm MSM8939v2 Snapdragon 616
CPU Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 405 Adreno 405
Memory Card slot microSD microSD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 16 GB, 2 GB RAM 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
Camera Primary 13 MP, autofocus, LED flash 13 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps 1080p@30fps
Secondary 5 MP 5 MP, f/2.2, 1080p@30fps
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
– Dolby audio
Comms WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE v4.1, A2DP
GPS Yes, with A-GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Infrared port No Yes
Radio FM radio To be confirmed
USB microUSB v2.0 microUSB v2.0
Features Sensors Accelerometer, proximity Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5 HTML5
Java No No
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
– Fast battery charging
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
Battery Li-Po 2750 mAh battery                       Non-removable Li-Ion 4100 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 360 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 32 h (3G)


So which of the two phones would you buy? Would you go for Redmi’s impressive battery or the awesome display of the Lemon 3? Most people I know would opt for that battery, after all there isn’t much difference between a 720p and a 1080p display. Full HD is a just a little extra detail.

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