The G3 was released in June and the stores’ shelves were “cleared” immediately, despite of the phone’s price. The RedMi Note is another phone from XiaoMi, but it’s a part of the HongMi series. The two phones – Mi3 and RedMi Note are available only in SE Asia and maybe the company will decide to ship them overseas.
Displays and sizes
All three smartphones have IPS LCD displays, but the G3 comes with 2K resolution, which means is the highest – 1440x2560pixels (534ppi), while the size of the screen is 5.5inches. Next in line is the XiaoMi Mi3, with a 5inches screen and a resolution of 1080x1920pixels (441ppi) and the RedMi Note, with its 5.5inches display, supports a much lower resolution – 720x1280pixels (267ppi). You should know that the LG phone and the XiaoMi Mi3 are protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The Mi3 is the lightest, thinnest and shortest phone, measuring 144×73.6×8.1mm and weighting 145grams, being followed by the G2, with these sizes: 146.3×74.6×8.9mm (149grams), while the RedMi Note weights almost 200grams, and its dimensions are 154×78.7×9.5mm.
Hardware and OS
The G3 is more powerful because it has a more efficient processor from the Snapdragon series – Qualcomm MSM8975AC Snapdragon 801, quad core 2.5GHz Krait 400, which couples with an Adreno 330 GPU. The Mi3 is also using a quad core Krait 400 processor, but it’s clocked at 2.3GHz, and the processor is Qualcomm MSM8274AB Snapdragon 800, while the GPU is the same as G3’s. As for the RedMi Note, this phone is powered by two variants of processors – 1.4GHz or 1.7GHz Cortex A7, both quad core, based on a Mediatek MT6592 chipset and using a Mali-450MP4 GPU. Also, the Mi3 TD-LTE (China Mobile) comes with Tegra 4 quad core processor.
The combinations of ROM + RAM for each smartphone are: G3 – 16GB of internal storage + 2GB of RAM or 32GB of internal storage + 3GB of RAM, and the internal memory is expandable up to 128GB; the Mi3 – 16 and 64GB of internal storage, unexpandable + 2GB of RAM; RedMi Note – 8GB of internal memory, expandable up to 32GB + 1 or 2GB of RAM.
The G3 runs on Android v4.4.2 (KitKat), the Mi3 comes preloaded with v4.3 (Jelly Bean), but you can upgrade it to v4.4.2 (KitKat), while the RedMi Note is running on v4.2 (Jelly Bean).
All three smartphones have rear cameras with the same resolution – 13MP, but they have slightly different features. For example, only the G3 can record 4K videos, has phase detection/laser autofocus and optical image stabilization, but the camera on the back isn’t very advanced – 2.1MP. The Mi3 and the RedMi Note share almost the same camera features, but the last phone has an improved camera on the front of 5MP.
Only the G3 supports 4G LTE networks, and like its opponents, it also supports Bluetooth, GPS, MicroUSB, WLAN and has a 3.5mm audio jack.
The RedMi Note has the battery with the largest capacity – 3,200mAh and it’s user replaceable. The XiaoMi Mi3 has a 3,050mAh battery and the G3 comes with a 3,000mAh battery, but they’re both non-removable.
The G3 32GB variant costs 630 dollars and can be found on amazon.com. The 16Gb variant of the Mi 3 is available at 270 dollars, while the RedMi Note costs only 165 dollars.
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