Xiaomi Redmi 3 vs Lenovo Lemon 3 comparison

Xiaomi Redmi 3 vs Lenovo Lemon 3 comparison

The new year is upon us and we're already being treated to some highly affordable Chinese smartphones with specs not to be sniffed at. For buyers on a budget, these new arrivals from Xiaomi and Lenovo are certainly worth a look. Read on for our Xiaomi Redmi 3 vs Lenovo Lemon 3 comparison, both promising smartphones that won't make your wallet too sad.

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The Lenovo Lemon 3 is ripe for comparison with the similarly priced Xiaomi Redmi 3. / © Lenovo

Xiaomi Redmi 3 vs Lenovo Lemon 3: Design

Glance at the Xiaomi Redmi 3 and you may notice a similarity in appearance to the slightly larger Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, which dropped in November last year.

Its aluminum finish means it feels nice in the hand and the inclusion of three capacitive buttons gives you plenty of screen space to play with. The design of the Redmi 3 is fairly clean, although the Chinese manufacturer has managed to include a unique-looking textured back, comprised of dotted diamond shapes. It's a classy touch.

The back of the Xiaomi Redmi 3 doesn't feature a fingerprint scanner, however, which the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 did. Even so, the price of the handset makes this omission easy to brush off.

On the other side of the fence, the metal-wearing Lenovo Lemon 3 arrives with a 5-inch screen, just like the Redmi 3, although this smartphone is ever so slightly lighter than Xiaomi's newest release. The back is even more minimal than Xiaomi's, simply featuring the Lenovo logo and not much else. It's not quite as eye-catching as the Redmi 3 in our minds.

As is the case with the Xiaomi Redmi 3, the Lenovo Lemon 3 features capacitive buttons below the display. The overall look of the phone reminds us of the Lenovo K3 Note.

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The Xiaomi Redmi 3 has a clean-looking design. / © Xiaomi

Xiaomi Redmi 3 vs Lenovo Lemon 3: Specifications

When it comes to specs, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 and Lenovo Lemon 3 aren't worlds apart, both powered by the Snapdragon 616 processor with 2GB of RAM on board.

Folk that are used to filling up space on their mobile fast will be pleased to hear that both the Redmi 3 and Lemon 3 offer expandable memory via microSD card slots.

Each of these gadgets come equipped with a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash on the back and a 5 MP camera on the front. The Xiaomi Redmi 3 arrives with a 5-inch HD screen (no, not Full HD) with a 720 x 1,280 resolution, while the Lenovo Lemon 3's Full HD display has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. Simply put, the Lemon 3 has a better display.

Xiaomi has plonked a beefy 4,100 mAh battery and 16GB of internal storage inside its budget buy, and the Lenovo Lemon holds the same amount of internal storage but instead rocks a 2,750 mAh battery – that's a significant difference. It'll be interesting to see how a higher-resolution screen and smaller battery size affects the lifespan of the Lemon 3 in comparison with the Redmi 3's. We're looking forward to getting hold of it, and will update this comparison when we do.

For a full comparison between the Xiaomi Redmi 3 and Lenovo Lemon 3, check out the table below.

  Lenovo Lemon 3 Xiaomi Redmi 3
Screen 5 inches 5 inches
Resolution Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) HD (1,280 X 720 pixels)
RAM memory 2 GB 2 GB
Processor Snapdragon 616 Snapdragon 616
Cores 8 8
Maximum speed 1.5 GHz 1.5 GHz
Storage 16 GB + microSD  16 GB + microSD up to 32 GB
GPU Adreno 405 Adreno 405
Main camera 13 MP with f / 2.2 13 MP with f / 2.0
Frontal camera 5 MP with f / 2.2 5 MP with f / 2.2
battery 2,750 mAh 4,100 mAh

Xiaomi Redmi 3 vs Lenovo Lemon 3: Price

We're impressed that both of these smartphones have arrived at the price they have. In fact, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 was said to have 'sold out in seconds' when it appeared online overseas earlier in the week.

Both the Xiaomi Redmi 3 and Lenovo Lemon 3 cost 699 Yuan, roughly equivalent to US$106. This means that for just over US$100 you could pick up an Android-powered smartphone with a 5-inch screen, 2GB of RAM and a very respectable pair of cameras. Both these devices are a great deal, there's no denying that.

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The Lenovo Lemon 3 has a superior display, but will this lead to poorer battery life? / © Lenovo

Xiaomi Redmi 3 vs Lenovo Lemon 3: Early verdict

There is really very little separating these two devices at present. They're virtually identical when it comes to cameras, storage and processing power. Personally, we prefer the looks of the Xiaomi Redmi 3 (that eye-catching pattern on the back does it for us) and it's almost certain to offer better battery life, but one of the reasons for that is its lower-resolution screen. If you plan to use a phone for viewing a lot of videos or admiring Instagram pictures, you might find the Lenovo Lemon 3 and its Full HD display more appealing. 

With all of this in mind, which of these two smartphones has grabbed your attention more? Are you convinced by the Xiaomi Redmi 3, or does the Lenovo Lemon 3 seem to be ticking more boxes? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • storm Jan 18, 2016 Link to comment

    And what about the bands they support? The comparison isn't useful without knowing what carriers I can use them on.

  • storm Jan 18, 2016 Link to comment

    Do you really think your readers are into these impossible-to-get phones? I don't mind reading about them some, but the English speaking/reading market is not where these phone sell.

  • Redmi 3 doesn't come with a given corning gorilla glass protector...will that be a real problem? And how can I solve this? Really like this phone.

  • The think is ppl stil doesnt trust chinesse product even if there triyng to make some of the best smartphone personally for that price ill prefere to go whit a redmi 3 than a samsung grand or prime looks better and im sure it permormance are better

  • Very much looking forward to a review of these devices

  • Redmi 3 over a Lenovo phone any day. I believe in you, Xiaomi.

  • Jose Jan 17, 2016 Link to comment

    Redmi 3 has Built in IR Blaster

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