“Comparing three of the most popular smartphones in the budget segment”The research that goes into buying a budget smartphone is often more detailed and extensive than when buying a flagship. With a flagship, a buyer is assured of getting the best processing package along with a great camera and a good display. However, the same is not the case for a budget smartphone. For instance, while the Moto E3 Power (review) boasts an enormous battery, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime (review) comes wrapped in metal. And the recently-launched budget offering from Lenovo in the form of the K6 Power makes choice all the more difficult. This is why, we decided to compare the three smartphones to see which one ticks the most checkboxes for a budget buyer.
Design and Display
All our three contenders sport 5.0-inch displays which makes the trio incredibly compact. With the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime and the Moto E3 Power, buyers get IPS LCD displays of HD resolution putting the pixel density of the smartphones at 294ppi. Lenovo on the other hand, blows the competition out of the water by strapping a much superior full HD screen onto the K6 Power. This puts the K6 Power’s pixel density at 441ppi, making it an obvious choice for consuming media on the smartphone.
Design-wise, both the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime as well as the Lenovo K6 Power come encased in metal, giving the budget smartphones a premium feel. On the contrary, Moto chose plastic drapes to cover the internals of the E3 Power which makes the device feel outclassed in front of the competition. Another design feature which make the Moto E3 Power obsolete in comparison is the absence of a fingerprint sensor which is present on both the Redmi 3S Prime as well as the K6 Power. However, unlike the K6 Power and the Redmi 3S Prime, the plastic build of the E3 power allows users to swap the battery out with ease.
Performance, Storage and Software
Driving the cores of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime and the Lenovo K6 Power are Snapdragon 430 quad-core SoCs with two high performance cores clocked at 1.4GHz and two battery-saving cores clocked at 1.2GHz. Both the smartphones come with 3GB of RAM. Conversely, buyers will find a MediaTek MT6735P quad-core processor clocked at 1GHz under the hood of the Moto E3 Power with just 2GB of RAM working in tandem. Qualcomm chips have been known to perform better than their MediaTek counterparts and the lower clock speed of the MediaTek chip found on the Moto E3 Power doesn’t make it an ideal choice for gamers.
For storage, the Lenovo K6 Power and the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime come with 32GB of internal storage with room for expansion up to 128GB on both the phones. In contrast, Motorola gives users 16GB of onboard memory to load all their apps with support for expansion of storage up to 32GB via a microSD card. Suffice it to say, buyers opting for the E3 Power will run out of storage a lot quicker than the ones opting for one of the other two smartphones.
In terms of software, all the three smartphones can be seen running Android Marshmallow out of the box with their respective skins on top. While Moto has opted for a near-stock build to run on the E3 Power, the Redmi 3S Prime can be seen with Xiaomi’s proprietary MIUI. Lenovo K6 Power on the other hand, utilises the company’s Pure UI that comes with its own special features.
Camera, Battery and Connectivity
In the camera department, the Lenovo K6 Power can be seen with a pair of 13MP and 8MP sensors on the back and the front respectively. On the other hand, Xiaomi has furnished the Redmi 3S Prime with a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP secondary camera. Moto is left playing catchup again with its 8MP primary camera and 5MP secondary camera. If you are a selfie enthusiast, then going with the Lenovo K6 Power’s superior 8MP secondary camera makes the most sense.
In terms of battery, Xiaomi’s contender takes the lead with a massive 4,100mAh battery. Lenovo’s K6 Power comes a close second with a 4,000mAh battery, followed by the E3 Power sporting a 3,500mAh battery. While the battery on the E3 Power is a great deal smaller than the one on the Lenovo K6 Power, it also powers a lower resolution display and pushes lesser pixels. Therefore, take the performance of the batteries based on their capacities with a grain of salt. For connectivity, all three devices come with standard connectivity features and dual-SIM capabilities.
So where does that leave you? Well, if you like watching movies on your phone along with some casual gaming, then the K6 Power with its full HD display and the Snapdragon processor should be the ideal choice. However, buyers looking to get more than a day’s charge from their smartphones should go for the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime. For those who prefer the simplicity of stock Android experience, Motorola’s E3 Power is the way to go.