How the new Moto e3 Power stacks up against Xiaomi Redmi 3S
Moto’s latest affordable e3 Power smartphone comes across as a major upgrade over its predecessor, but then again, the rivals are not going to let it have an easy ride
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Lenovo’s Moto e-series smartphones have been very popular with users looking for a reliable budget Android smartphone. The third generation of the series, dubbed as Moto e3 Power, looks like a major upgrade over its predecessors.
The phone will be sold exclusively on Flipkart at Rs.7,999.
Also, given its features, it will come in direct competition against Xiaomi’s budget smartphone, the Redmi 3s (Rs.6,999).
The Moto e3 Power looks similar to the new Moto G4 series phones. It has a very similar flat back design made of plastic, albeit very good quality materials are in use. The dual speakers are also placed on the front panel. On the other hand, the Redmi 3s with its unibody design and a full metallic exterior, looks and feels more premium. The SIM and the microSD slots in the Xiaomi phone are placed on the side panel, unlike Moto e3 Power in which the slots are placed on the back panel under the plastic cover. In the Redmi 3s the speaker is placed at the back. What still gives the Moto e3 Power lead over the Redmi 3s is the splash resistant finish, which means it can be used in rain.
Screen goes bigger
One of the typical features of the Moto e series has been the small screen size. Last year’s Moto e had a screen size of 4.5-inches and a screen resolution of 960x540p. With the Moto e3 Power, Lenovo has finally ramped-up the screen size and resolution. The 5-inch display has a resolution of 1,280x720p which puts it at par with the Redmi 3s’ 720p 5-inch display. With Gorilla glass 3 and oleophobic coating, a feature present in all Moto phones, it is less likely to pick up a smudges and scratches in comparison to Redmi 3s.
The big attraction of the Moto e smartphones is that it runs a fairly newer version of Android with a clutter-free plain Android interface. Moto e3 Power is no different. It runs Android 6.0 out of the box with hardly any third party apps. This means more free storage and less clutter. Xiaomi prides itself for its highly customised MiUi, which allows users to apply new themes, change app icons. But compared to plain Android it is a bit overwhelming to use.
Moto e3 Power belongs to the new breed of smartphones which have a big battery. It comes with a 3,500mAh battery which is slightly less than the Redmi 3s’ 4,000mAh battery. Given the fact that the MiUi is a more resource intensive interface than plain Android, we won’t be surprised if the Moto e3 Power delivers a better battery backup.
The Moto e3 Power runs on MediaTek’s MT 6735P quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. This is the first Moto E smartphone with more than 1GB RAM. The MT6735 is 64-bit processor and has been used in a number of budget smartphones such as Lenovo Vibe P1m . The Redmi 3s is driven by a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 and has paired it with 2GB RAM. Both devices offer 16GB internal storage and support microSD cards.