XiaoMi Mi3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G2 vs Xperia Z1 – Best Price and Specs Comparison

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XiaoMi is a Chinese company that competes with giant brands on the local mobile market. Its phone, the Mi3 stands up against Samsung’s Note 3, Sony’s Xperia Z1 and LG’s G2, but let’s see it the Chinese model can defeat them.

Displays and sizes

The champion of screen sizes is the Note 3, with a 5.7inches display, being followed by the G2 with a 5.2inches display, while the Mi3 and the Xperia Z1 have both a 5inches display. All four of them support the same screen resolution of 1920x1080pixels, but the pixel density varies: the Mi3 and the Xperia Z1 have 441ppi, the G2 has 424ppi and the Note 3 has 386ppi.

In terms of dimensions, the G2 is the shortest between the four smartphones, measuring 138.5×70.9×8.9mm and weighting 140grams, being followed by the XiaoMi Mi3 which is the thinnest (the G2 is the thickest), measuring 144×73.6×8.1mm and weighting 145grams, on the third position we find the Xperia Z1, whose sizes are 144.4×73.9×8.5mm and weighting 170grams respectively, while the Note 3 is the biggest phone, measuring 151.2×79.2×8.3mm and weighting 168grams.

Hardware and OS

XiaoMi equipped its Mi3 with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon MSM8974AB 800 quad-core processor, which is better than the MSM8974 model from the other smartphones, but the Note 3 has a CPU clocked at 2.3GHz, G2’s GPU is slightly slower at 2.26GHz, while Xperia Z1’s CPU is clocked at 2.2GHz.

In addition, the Mi3 TD-SCDMA model has a an 1.8GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 and uses an Adreno 330 GPU, while the Galaxy Note 3 HSPA+ model comes with a 1.9GHz Exynos 5410 octa-core processor and uses an Adreno 330 GPU.

In terms of RAM, the Note 3 outpaces its opponents because it has 3GB of RAM, while the rest are equipped with 2GB of RAM. The internal memory variants for the Mi3 are 16 and 64GB, unexpandable; Note 3 has 16, 32 and 64GB, and the first two internal memories are expandable up to 64GB; the Xperia Z1 has 16GB of ROM, expandable up to 64GB and the G2 has 16 and 32 of internal storage, unexpandable.

The Note 3 was the first smartphone to come loaded with Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS, but in the meantime it was upgraded to v4.4.2 (KitKat). The Mi3 came also with v4.3 (Jelly Bean), and now it runs on the v4.4.2 (KitKat). The Xperia Z1 came with v4.2 (Jelly Bean), and received the 4.4.4 (KitKat) version and the G2 initially ran on v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), but it was upgraded to 4.4.2 (KitKat) in between.


The Xperia Z1 has the most advanced rear camera, which features a resolution of 20.7MP, using G-Lens and Exmor RS Technology. The rest of the smartphones have 13MP cameras on the back.


The smartphone having the battery with the highest capacity is the Note 3 – 3,200mAh, being followed by the M3 with a 3,050mAh battery, while the Xperia Z1 and the G2 have 3,000mAh batteries.


The Mi3 16GB variant costs 270 dollars, the Note 3 16GB variant is priced at 560 dollars, the Xperia Z1 costs 415 dollars and the G2 costs 391 dollars.


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