While not everyone can afford to be a premium smartphone with high end specs and a exorbitant price, there are alternatives that will satisfy the mid range category. In this article, Xiaomi is fighting against Motorola and their handsets will try to ingratiate you.

Designs, displays and dimensions

The Mi3 has a rectangular body with rounded sides and a flat back, with three capacitive buttons below the screen that is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3; it measures 144×73.6×8.1mm and has a weight of 145grams, and the display is sized at 5inches, using IPS LCD technology, which is able to give a resolution of 1080x1920pixels with 441ppi.

The Moto G has a rubberized curved back with rounded corners and the front panel also features three capacitive buttons. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is also present on the front panel, and the screen has a size of 4.5inches, being an IPS LCD with a lower resolution of 720x1280pixels and 326ppi. This device is 2grams lighter than the Mi3 and the physical dimensions are 129.9×65.9×11.6mm.

Hardware and OS

The Mi3 easily beats the Moto G in terms of hardware performance, as it’s powered by a quad core 2.3GHz Krait 400 processor backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, while the Motorola handset has only a quad core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor that sits on an inferior Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 chipset. The Mi3 uses Adreno 330 graphics and has 2GB of RAM, while the Moto G comes with an older Adreno 305 GPU and supports 1GB of RAM.

Although none of the devices supports microSD card slot for expansion, the Mi3 is a better option because it has more convenient variants of storage – 16 and 64GB, compared to 8 and 16GB from the Moto G.

Both handsets run initially on Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean), and they supported upgrades – Mi3 has now v4.4.2 (KitKat) and the Moto G was upgraded to v4.4.4 (KitKat), but it will be among the first phones to get the new v5.0 (Lollipop).


The Mi3 humiliates its opponent with its 13MP rear camera which has some great features such as dual-LED flash, autofocus, HDR, geo tagging etc., while the Moto G offers only a 5MP back camera with LED flash, autofocus, HDR, panorama etc. The difference is seen also in the front cameras, because the Mi3 has a more advanced one, of 2MP, which records videos at 1080p@30fps. The Moto G has a 1.3MP front shooter which will come in handy if you use to make video calls.


If the previous humiliation was enough for the Moto G, wait until you’ll find out the capacity of Mi 3’s battery, which is 3050mAh, with over 1000mAh bigger than Moto G’s battery.


You can purchase the Xiaomi Mi3 directly for the company’s website – xiaomishop.com, where the 16GB variant costs 370 dollars. The Moto G can be bought from Amazon, and the 8GB variant costs 160 dollars, with 20 dollars less than the 16GB variant.

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