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Lenovo launches the Lemon 3 to compete with Xiaomi’s Redmi 3

Spec-wise, the Lemon 3 is nearly identical to the Xiaomi Redmi 3. It's battery isn't as impressive, but it boasts a better display.

Published onJanuary 13, 2016


Earlier this week, Xiaomi turned heads around the world when they put out the Redmi 3, an impressively spec’ed and priced handset with a full metal body, a 5-inch HD display, octa-core Snapdragon 616 SoC, and a monstrous 4,100 mAh battery. The device is so competitively priced at $105 that some are expecting it to have a drastic effect on the Chinese mid-range smartphone market, seeing as many phones with these specs are selling for three times the price. Now Lenovo is stepping up to the plate with their own insanely priced handset: the Lemon 3.

Spec-wise, the Lemon 3 is nearly identical to the Xiaomi Redmi 3. Both have 5-inch HD displays, both are running the same Snapdragon chip, both have 2 gigs of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Both also have a 13 MP main camera and a 5 MP selfie-snapper. Price tag on the Lemon 3? Same as the Redmi 3: 699 RMB ($105 US).

Xiaomi Redmi 3 announced with full metal chassis and 4,100 mAh battery for $105

Why buy a Lemon over a Redmi, then? Well, although the displays are the same size, Lenovo’s boasts a higher resolution than its Xiaomi counterpart. The trade-off is that the Lemon 3’s battery is nowhere near as incredible as the Redmi 3, which can literally last for days. So it looks like if you’re stuck between these two, your decision will hinge on whether you value longevity over screen quality. Hard call here.

No word on either of these devices being available outside of China for now, but with the amount of attention they’re both getting overseas, who knows what’s in the cards for the future? Now it’s your turn. Given the choice between the two, which would you pick? Let us know which and why in the comments!