Lenovo Lemon 3 Vs Xiaomi Redmi 3: 5-inch Metal Heads Smartphones With Snapdragon 616 octa-core And 2GB RAM Under 14k

Chinese players Xiaomi and Lenovo are taking entry-level battles to a whole new level. Both tech conglomerates are taking a dig against each other with some mind-boggling devices, that too with a meticulous profile and top-notch innards. First, we witnessed the tempting “Note face-off” in the sub-10 price category, and now, it is going bigger with all-new Redmi 3 and Lenovo Lemon 3, priced very closely to each other!

Unveiled in January itself, the two highly affordable Chinese smartphones, Redmi 3 and Lemon 3 pack enormous power for buyers on a budget. They go neck and neck in all departments, and promise a slick user-experience without taking too much from your pocket. To know more about their features and capabilities, read on for our in-depth comparison!

Design Language

The design language of Redmi 3 looks very similar to the large Note 3 phablet available in the country. The phone incorporates a premium metal finish, and feels great in hand with its negligible weight and an uncommonly seen textured back, comprising dotted diamond shapes. It misses out on a fingerprint scanner again, but that’s an omission which can easily brush away with price.

On the other side, Lenovo Lemon 3 joins the elite club of sub-10k smartphones, which actually flaunt a sassy and alluring metal body. The device features a sleek and easy-to-carry profile, just like Redmi 3, but its back is looks far simpler with nothing except the Lenovo Logo. It features capacitive buttons under the display, and looks stunning with a simple and lean figure!

Lenovo Lemon 3

Display and Visual Experience

This one being an easy bid, we can easily deduce, the display bundled with Lenovo Lemon 3 is better, vibrant, and much impressive than any smartphone in the sub-10k category. The power-packed beauty incorporates a 5-incher full-HD panel which not only endows an impeccable visual trip, but also outperforms all entry-level players in the game, including the new Redmi 3.

On the other end, for the leading Chinese giant, lack in pixel density in its latest entry level smartphone is a big setback, especially when the competition is so intense. But if we check real-world performances, Redmi 3 does not look so bad, even against a strong Lemon 3 or K3 Note. Its colour output and viewing angles are absolutely perfect and there’s hardly anything to mark out while using it under sunlight or in a dark room. Simply put, both will give you a nice visual experience, but if you’re more into gaming and multimedia with a tight budget, go for the new Lenovo Lemon 3 with a razor sharp display!

Xiaomi Redmi 3

Performance and Innards

When it comes to specs and performance, Xiaomi Redmi 3 and Lenovo Lemon 3 look quite like siblings of similar nature. Both phones promise smooth and lag-free performance with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 616 Octa-core processor, paired with 2GB RAM and Adreno 405 GPU. To recall, the new SD616 processor, launched earlier this year, is the best of all mid-ranged processors, and is strong enough to handle heaviest usage without any struggle or heating issues!

So, in our opinion, heavy gaming or multi-tasking will not be an issue on these two phones. They hold enough power and sufficient storage to keep things up and running throughout the day. There’s a similar tie under-the-hood, as even in terms of storage, they both will give you 16GB with an additional microSD card slot expandable up to a maximum 32GB for Lemon 3 and 128 GB for Redmi 3.

Camera Quality

Up here, there’s hardly any difference as Redmi 3 and Lemon 3 both incorporate a 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front-facing shooter with a bunch software tweaks and filters in the camera app. They both give sharp and vibrant images in dull lighting conditions and capture 1080p videos at 30 frames per second. Our overall experience was pretty good at both ends, but with new and innovative camera upgrades in the game, these two look pretty normal for a phone priced under 10k!


Based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, Redmi 3 and Lemon 3 feature their own custom skins with a plethora of features and customizations. Xiaomi with its prolific MIUI 7 and Lenovo with its highly-interactive Vibe UI, take a dig against stock Android and other popular skins. The two phones handle multi-tasking smoothly and flaunt a unique look with colourful themes and much more. The amount of bloatware on the two smartphones, is also pretty negligible.

Battery Life

In terms of power-efficiency, Xiaomi clearly outperforms Lenovo Lemon 3 with a beefy 4,100 mAh battery. First, a less power hungry display and now a big battery, this is a win-win situation for Xiaomi in all ways. It offers enormous juice for seamless work and play, and can easily hold some power after an entire day of gaming, social networking, and heavy usage.

In a nutshell, the new Redmi stands out against Lemon 3, which not only bears a small 2750 mAh battery, and but also sports a power hungry full-HD display.


The pricing strategy opted by Xiaomi and Lenovo is really impressive. Both phones cost 699 Yuan, which translates into something around Rs. 7,200 in Indian currency. As of now, there is no word on their global or India launch, but we expect both tech-giants to make a move with a price well-below Rs. 10,000!

Early Verdict

Since it’s too early to choose sides, our verdict is still in balance for Redmi 3 and Lemon 3. If one gives you a strong audio-video experience, the other rocks back with good looks and impeccable power backup. There is very little separating these two phones, and all we can say is they both are quite good and attractive. The design and better battery life of Redmi 3 is a choice for power lovers and on-the-go users, while Lenovo Lemon 3 is truly appealing for gamers and audio-video buffs. So, keeping your needs in mind, grab one wisely!

Source: 91mobiles.com