Jan 14, 2016 12:51 AM EST
The Chinese companies are racing to capture the midrange market with Octa-Core phones priced at the just-over-$100 range. With the Xiaomi Redmi 3 launching the other day, the gadget-hungry masses should be happy at the great specs for the absolutely affordable price of $105. Until the Lenovo Lemon 3.
Now, the market for the $105 price range should be split because of Lenovo’s new midrange model. According to various reports, though, the Lenovo Lemon 3 has a higher-resolution display. The Xiaomi Redmi 3 sports a 5-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and a pixel density of ~294 ppi, whereas the Lenovo Lemon 3 has a 5-inch full-HD display with a maximum resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a pixel density of ~441ppi. As you can see, the Lenovo Lemon 3 has twice the pixel density of the Xiaomi Redmi 3 for the exact same price.
As for the rest of the specs, here’s what Lenovo packed into the Lemon 3:
Processor/Chipset: 1.5GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616
GPU: Adreno 405
OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Connectivity: GSM, HSPA, 4G, LTE, WiFi
Expandable Storage: Yes, MicroSD with yet-unspecified maximum storage capacity, although Times of India claims that the microSD card capacity is at 128GB
Display: 5.0 inches, full-HD display with a maximum resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a pixel density of ~441ppi
Cameras: Primary: 13MP with LED flash; Secondary: 5MP
Battery: 2750 mAh, with around 15 days of standby time
Goodies: Waves MaxxAudio technology and Dolby Atmos audio, all-metal body, dual SIM, 4G LTE is supported on both SIM cards
Color Options: Gold, Silver
On the other hand, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 has a monster 4100 mAh Lithium Ion battery, and the exclusive and gorgeous MIUI 7.0 interface. However, others may prefer the Lenovo Lemon 3’s dual-4G/LTE capabilities, as well as the inclusion of enhanced audio features and the higher resolution to boot.
There is no word yet on whether the Lenovo Lemon 3 will be launched outside of China, although the Lenovo A7000 Turbo has been launched in India. In any case, for those who are willing to snap up units from eBay, the Lenovo Lemon 3 is a serious substitute for a flagship Android. Take note that flagship brands retail for 3x to 8x the Lenovo Lemon 3 or even Xiaomi Redmi 3’s price tag.
The Lenovo Lemon 3 Official Webpage on Lenovo China: http://www.lenovo.com.cn/activity/lm3/index.html
A comparison between the Xiaomi Redmi 3 and the Lenovo Lemon 3: http://www.ibtimes.co.in/xiaomi-redmi-3-vs-lenovo-lemon-3-which-smartphone-better-663109
Read more on the Xiaomi Redmi 3. This article was written during the time when the Xiaomi Redmi 3 was still on “rumor” status: http://www.droidreport.com/xiaomi-redmi-3-budget-phone-comes-packed-4100-mah-battery-12065
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