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Face off: Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen Vs Xiaomi Mi4i

Its like the beauty versus the beast scenario where one offers refreshing new design while the other will appeal to the gamers and multitaskers.

Motorola earlier this week announced the launch of Moto G 3rd generation in India in two variants – one comes with 8 internal storage, 1 GB and is priced at Rs 11,999 while the other has 16 GB internal storage, 2 GB RAM and is priced at Rs 12,999.
Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen Vs Xiaomi Mi4i
The handset offers a 5 inch touchscreen with high definition and 3 coating. The smartphone is water resistant (IPX7 rated) and is thus immune to splashes and accidental drops in the water but is not water proof. The Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) has the quad core Snapdragon 410 processor, 13 rear camera with flash light, 5 megapixel front camera, 32 GB micro card slot, and dual with 4G. It has a 2470 battery that claims to last a whole day. The Moto G 3rd Gen comes armed with the 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system.
Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen Vs Xiaomi Mi4i
At Rs 12,999, there is also the popular Xiaomi Mi4i. Here’s thus we have compared the 8 GB version of the Moto G 3rd Gen with the Mi4i.


Xiaomi Mi 4i comes with a polycarbonate rear cover which is non removable and this cover goes on to cover the sides as well, forming smooth rounded corners and edges. On top of that its matte finish offers good grip. As far as statistics goes, the phone measures 138.1 x 69.6 x 7.8 mm, and weighs 130 grams. It also comes in different colours.

The Moto G 3rd Generation has also got rave reviews for its design. Its ribbed pattern back panel with metallic finish frame looks fresh and appealing. Like other Motorola smartphones, it has got a curved body. What’s more, it is water resistant (Ipx7 rated) and also you can opt for various back panels according to your style.

Clearly, the Moto G (3rd Generation) has a slight over the Xiaomi Mi 4i in terms of design.

SEE: Moto G 3rd Gen Pics Gallery.


The Motorola Moto G 3 has a 5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, thus offering density of 294 ppi. Xiaomi Mi4i has a 5 inch IPS display as well but with much better resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, resulting in a of 441 ppi.
Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen Vs Xiaomi Mi4i
As per Xiaomi, the Mi4i’s display has the latest Sunlight Display that “uses hardware-level technology to adjust the contrast of each pixel in real time, so images are less affected by glare. This improves content clarity significantly, so the display actually appears as clear as day”.
Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen Vs Xiaomi Mi4i
Needless to say the Mi4i is much better than the Moto G (3rd Generation) in terms of display for sure.

Processor & Memory

The Xiaomi Mi4i has the octa-core Snapdragon 615 (2nd gen) processing unit clocked at 1.7 GHz which runs with 2 GB of RAM. The stands at a non-expandable 16 GB.

The Motorola Moto G 3 is armed with the Snapdragon 410 quad core but has 2 GB RAM. As I said earlier, the Moto G (3rd Gen) model which costs Rs 12,999 has 8 GB of internal memory and it can be expanded by another 32 GB.

So here it gets a bit tricky. If you go for the better processor of Mi 4i, you have to contend with the limited storage. On the other hand, Moto G (3rd Gen) has decent balance of processing power and storage. The Snapdragon 410 and 2 GB RAM combination should be good enough for even high end games and multitasking.

For Xiaomi Mi4i Review – click here


The Motorola Moto G 3 runs on Android Lollipop and has the stock UI. Motorola had a good track record of releasing Android updates regularly for its devices but then it was a product of Google but now it has been taken over by Lenovo.

The Xiaomi Mi4i runs on Android Lollipop too but has a heavily customised interface, MiUI 6.0. Now if you love the interface, Moto G 3rd Gen is the obvious choice, else you go for Mi 4i.


The Motorola Moto G 3 has a 2470 mAh battery, which the company claims can last a whole day. The Xiaomi Mi4i has a much bigger 3120 mAh unit and comes with quick charging mode and expectedly impressed us with its back up during our review.


As we said in our review as well, the Xiaomi Mi4i is an impressive phone when it comes to camera work. It does a good job with its 13 megapixel primary camera, which is equipped with flash, auto-focus, face recognition, smile detection, HDR, burst mode, face beauty features and can record videos at 1080p at 30 fps. For selfies, the Mi4i has a 5 megapixel front camera.

The Motorola Moto G 3 too has a 13 megapixel camera with an of F/2.0, flash, auto-focus, HDR features and can record videos at 1080p at 30 fps. It too has a a 5 megapixel camera for video calls and selfies.

Overall, spec for spec, both the phones are equal to each other.


The Motorola Moto G 3 is a phone with WiFi, WiFi direct, WiFi hotspot, 4.1.1, and with and GLONASS. While the Xiaomi Mi4i also has 4G, with all the regular connectivity options such as GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, and Bluetooth 4.1.

There isn’t much to separate these two in this round as they are akin to each other.

Wrapping up

The Xiaomi Mi4i is ahead of the Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen when it comes to the display, battery, and processing ability. But if you require expandable storage and a nicer looking phone, the Motorola Moto G 3 is the one you should go for. Here we would like to underline that the Moto G 3rd Gen isn’t bad in these sections.

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