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LG Nexus 5 vs Xiaomi Mi3: Price and specifications compared


A relatively new Chinese company launched its flagship Mi3 smartphone with a pocket-friendly price tag, a year ago. And a month later, Google released its LG-made Nexus 5 budget smartphone, globally. Despite having a less number of markets for its smartphone business, Xiaomi has attracted smartphone critics around the world and manage to sell millions of devices in no time.lg-nexus-5-xiaomi-mi3

Here is a quick comparison of the specifications, price and features of LG Nexus 5 and Xiaomi Mi3 that would help you to choose the right smartphone under your budget.

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Display and Processor:

Both Nexus 5 and Mi3 feature a 5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920×1080 with 445ppi and 440ppi respectively. Nexus display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 while Xiaomi’s Mi3 comes with a scratch-resistant glass. The device is powered by a 2.26GHz  Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM while Mi3 is powered by a 1.8GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor with 2GB or RAM. The Xiaomi is likely to perform well during gaming with the 672 MHz NVIDIA ULP GeForce GPU when compared to Mi3’s Qualcomm Adreno 330.

Camera:

Xiaomi Mi3 comes equipped with a 13Mp primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera  along with dual-led flash. Nexus 5 comes with an 8MP primary camera and 1.21MP secondary camera and a single LED flash. Both the devices can shoot 1080p videos at 30 fps. Xiaomi Mi3 has.2 lesser apertures when compared to f/2.4 of Nexus 5.

Build and battery:

Both the devices feature a plastic build and Lithium-ion batteries with Xiaomi’s battery being non-removable. LG Nexus 5 has a 2,500 mAh battery while Mi3 has a 3,050 mAh capacity. Google Nexus 5 is available in Red, White and Black colors while Mi3 comes in a range of colors like White, Gray, Black, Gold, Pink, Blue, yellow and Green. LG Nexus 5 weighs 15 grams lesser than Mi3 that weighs 145 grams.

Software and Storage:

LG Nexus 5 operates on the latest Android Kitkat 4.4.2 OS while Mi3 runs on a customized MIUI based on Android Jellybean 4.3. Both the devices are offered in 16GB and 32GB models and storage is further expanded through a MicroSD card. Nexus 5 offers 4G support while the Mi3 offers only 3G support. Both the devices provide Bluetooth 4.0 support, Wifi and inbuilt sensors for A-GPS and GLONASS.

Price:

Google has always tried to keep a low price tag for its Nexus series of smartphones, and LG-made Google Nexus 5 smartphone sells at $349 (16GB variant) and $399 (32GB variant). Interestingly, Xiaomi Mi3 smartphone is being sold for around $250 in Asian countries, sell at $379 for 16GB variant in the US on through third-party online stores.

Verdict:

Xiaomi’s Mi3 and LG Nexus 5 are almost similar in specifications and features with slight differences. However, Nexus 5 has the advantage of receiving the latest Android update though Xiaomi Mi3 offers a better camera, MIUI and range of themes. Most importantly, Xiaomi Mi3’s cellular network option ends at WCDMA (3G), while Google Nexus 5 supports much faster internet speed. LG-made Nexus 5 smartphones are available all over the world (most of the countries), while Xiaomi Mi3 is available in and around Asian countries.


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