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Moto E3 Power vs Xiaomi Redmi 3S: which one will rule the budget segment?

|September 19, 2016 |Android Phones, Android, Xiaomi, Motorola, Lenovo, Mobile, Comparisons

"We pitch the Moto E3 Power against the Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime to see which device comes out on top"


The launch of iPhone 7 and the global recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 have been the headlines in the flagship-tier of smartphones. However, a lot has been going on in the budget segment as well, and the industry is gearing up for the launch of one of the most awaited VFM devices of the year- the Moto E3 power (review). Motorola turned the tables in its favour with the first iteration of the Moto E back in the day and the company (now part of Lenovo) has returned yet again to reclaim its throne of the best budget smartphone. The Xiaomi Redmi 3S is one of the best contenders in the sub-10K segment which is why, we decided to pitch the Moto E3 Power against the device. To make the comparison a little more challenging, we chose the higher-spec Prime variant of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S (review), so without wasting any more time, let the showdown begin.

Display and Design


While Xiaomi has brought about noticeable changes in the design of the Redmi 3S Prime which now sports a unibody metal design as opposed to the plastic shell found on its predecessors, Moto has stuck with the plastic body giving Xiaomi an instant plus one over the Moto E3 Power. While both the phones come with 5-inch HD displays, the Redmi 3S Prime is substantially lighter at 144g over the 153.5g Moto E3 Power. The inclusion of a fingerprint sensor on Xiaomi’s contender is perhaps the biggest difference between the two phones making the Redmi 3S Prime a lot more appealing option to the customers. However, the Moto E3 Power does come with a nano coating that makes it splash resistant, so that could tip the scales in its favour if this feature is important for you.



Xiaomi’s gladiator packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 quad-core chip which has been clocked at 1.4GHz where as Motorola’s contender features a MediaTek MT6735P chip with each of the four cores running at 1GHz. While its too soon to comment on the overall performance of the two phones, the Redmi 3S prime should outperform the Moto E3 Power owning to a superior chip. And the story repeats itself in the RAM department as well where the Redmi 3S Prime features 3GB of RAM over the 2GB RAM present inside the Moto E3 Power.


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On the back, the Redmi 3S Prime boasts a 13MP sensor compared to the 8MP sensor found on the Moto E3 Power with an LED flash unit assisting with low-light photography on both the devices. Upfront, the story is a little similar with the duo offering 5MP sensors. If you are a shutterbug, going with the Redmi 3S Prime’s superior 13MP sensor is probably your best bet as both the phones should offer fairly similar results in the selfie department.

Battery and Storage

Although the USP of the Moto E3 Power is its 3,500mAh battery which is a spec upgrade over the original Moto E3, it still pales in comparison to Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime’s 4,100mAh unit. The extra miliamperes  are bound to deliver a much richer battery experience which should suffice for a day’s use to even the most avid user. Shedding some light on the internal storage, the Moto E3 gives users 16GB of internal storage to play with which can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card. The Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime outshines the Moto E3 Power yet again with its 32GB of internal memory with an option to upgrade the storage up to 128 gigs via a microSD card.

Software and Connectivity


Software offered by the two phones is poles apart with Moto offering a near-stock Android experience while Xiaomi topping Android with its MIUI platform. While the former is going to appease to users who prefer a clean look, users who prefer customisation will tend to sway towards the feature-rich MIUI which offers a built-in theme store allowing them to personalise their device to the brim. Regardless to say, the software interface is a purely subjective matter and we leave the choice of deciding which is better to the readers. 

For connectivity, both the smartphones offer USB 2.0 ports along with dual-SIM capabilities. However, 4G on the Moto E3 is limited to just the primary SIM with the secondary SIM offering 3G bands only. The Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime on the other hand, supports 4G on both the SIM cards. Support for Wi-Fi, A-GPS and mobile hotspots can also be found on both the phones.

Pricing and availability

The Moto E3 Power sits somewhere in between the Redmi 3s and its Prime variant. The good news is that buyers can adhere strictly to their budget as the three phones come at different price points giving users a lot more options. The Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime is up for grabs for Rs 8,999 from major online retailers like Flipkart. Users willing to buy the Moto E3 Power will have to shell out Rs 7,999 which will go on sale starting midnight tonight. 


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