Xiaomi Mi3 Vs Moto G XT1068 (2nd Gen) 2014 Edition – Comparison & Specs Showdown

The original Moto G was too much of a success for Motorola after it made its comeback in India. Then came the Xiaomi Mi3 which threatened to take everything down and took the market of value-for-money (VFM) phones by storm. So, when the rumours about the new Motorola Moto G (2nd gen) 2014 edition started to come afloat, we were very much doubtful whether it would be ablefflip to carry forward its predecessor’s legacy.

Motorola has not named it G2, probably to avoid confusion between its mid-range offering with the LG G2.

Motorola Moto G XT1068 2014 edition

New Moto G 2014 Edition XT1068

For those who have not have heard about Xiaomi Mi3, it is a Chinese brand popular all over the world for making affordable phones with great specifications, or shall we say hardware. Specifications can be misleading at times, read how and why.

Xiaomi Mi3

Coming back to the comparison between Xiaomi Mi3 and Moto G XT1068 2014 edition, the new Moto G (2nd gen) doesn’t differ much from its predecessor.

Like the name itself suggests, it’s an updated version of the Moto G (2013). The new Moto G (2nd generation) packs a larger 5-inch HD IPS display along with an improved camera sensor. It has now a bright f/2.0 8MP rear sensor instead of the 5MP f/2.4 found in the original Moto G. It also has a front 2MP camera for taking selfies and video chatting.

The inclusion of dual stereo speakers at the front, just like a mono speaker found in the Moto E is another design change which you will appreciate.

 

For a quick comparison of Xiaomi Mi3 vs Moto G 2014 Edition, refer to the table below:

 

Company Name Motorola Xiaomi
Name New Moto G (2nd gen.) XT1068
Mi3
OS Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Will be upgraded to Android L) Android 4.4.2 KitKat
 Winner– Moto G XT1068
Hardware
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
CPU 1.2 GHz Quad Core, Cortex-A7 2.3 GHz Quad Core, Krait 400
GPU Adreno 305 @ 450 MHz Adreno 330 @578 MHz
RAM 1 GB 2 GB
Internal Memory 8/16 GB 16 GB
Expandable Memory None
  Winner– Xiaomi Mi3 (with a compromise)
Display
Type IPS LCD Capacitive IPS LCD, Capacitive
Size 5 inch 5 inch
Display Resolution 720×1280 pixels 1920×1080 pixels
PPI 293.72 ppi 440.58 ppi
  Winner– Xiaomi Mi3
Camera
Primary 8 MP f/2.0, AF, LED Flash 13 MP f/2.2 Stacked CMOS sensor, AF, dual-LED Flash
Secondary 2 MP 2 MP
  Winner– Xiaomi Mi3
Battery
Capacity 2070 mAh Li-ion 3050 mAh Li-ion
  Winner– Can’t Say
Connectivity
EDGE Yes Yes
HSPA+ Yes Yes, up to 42Mbps down
Wi-Fi Yes (with hotspot) Yes (with hotspot, WiFi Direct)
Bluetooth Yes (v4.0) Yes (v4.0)
GPS Yes, with GLONASS Yes, with A-GPS and GLONASS
NFC No Yes
USB Yes (v2.0) with OTG Yes (v2.0) with OTG
Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) No
  WinnerTIE
Others
Sensor Accelerometer, proximity, compass, light, gyroscope Proximity, accelerometer, compass, light, barometer, gyroscope
Dimension 141.5 x 70.7 x 11.0 mm 144 x 73.6 x 8.1 mm
Weight 149 g  145 g
Colours Black Metallic Grey
  Winner– Xiaomi Mi3

 

OS and Design

Both Moto G 2014 and Xioami Mi3 run on Android KitKat OS. However, the new Moto G runs on the latest version of KitKat v4.4.4 and is guaranteed to receive an update to Android L in future.

The Xiaomi Mi3 runs on somewhat old v4.4.2 KitKat and there is official word whether it would receive Android L update or not.

 

Xiaomi Mi3 Gallery

 

Motorola Moto G XT1068 (2nd gen.) Gallery

 

Talking about the looks, the new Moto G 2014 edition looks better the original Moto G, thanks to the placement of dual stereo speakers at the front. But personally, I like the design of Xiaomi Mi3 more.

Winner– The new Moto G, but maybe not. It will receive the Android L update but you might find Xiaomi Mi3 to be more appealing.

Check: Will your current phone receive the next major Android upgrade?

 

Performance

The new Moto G XT1068 2014 edition runs on the same old Snapdragon 400 chipset as its predecessor. It has four CPU Cortex-A7 cores running at 1.2 GHz each. Xiaomi Mi3 on the other hand, runs on the much faster Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with its each Krait 400 core clocking 2.36 GHz each. The Mi3 also has a much more powerful Adreno 330 GPU compared to Adreno 305 found in Moto G (2nd gen).

Xiaomi Mi3 also has 2GB RAM as compared to just 1GB of RAM found in the Moto G. This gives the Mi3 an upper edge in multi-tasking.

Winner– Xiaomi Mi3.

 

Display

Both the phones boast of IPS LCD displays having good viewing angles. The Moto G has an 5 inch HD display with a pixel density of 294ppi whereas, the Xiaomi Mi3 has a full HD 5 inch display bragging a pixel density of 441 ppi.

Mi3’s display is sharper and is great for enjoying full HD content.

Recommended: How display resolution affects the smartphone experience?

Winner– Xiaomi Mi3.

 

Camera

The image quality is something which we can’t comment upon without actual testing. The Xiaomi Mi3 packs a 13MP f/2.2 AF camera along with dual-LED flash and the Moto G packs an even brighter f/2.0 8MP AF accompanied with a single LED flash.

They also have 2MP cameras at the front for selfies. As you will read in the link below, the lower f number is always better to have, but in the world of smartphone photography it is not always the deciding factor.

Read: What does f/number represent?

However, we can promise you onething- the camera in the neither of the phones will disappoint you.

Winner– Can’t Say.

 

Battery

The Moto G 2nd gen. has the same Li-ion battery of 2070 mAh as found in the original Moto G. The Xiaomi Mi3 packs a 3050 mAh Li-ion battery.

We know that the Xiaomi Mi3 has better battery backup than the original Moto G. And as the new Moto G doesn’t pack any new hardware which would improve the battery life, we would say that the Mi3 will last longer than the Moto G 2014 edition on a single charge. Things might change when the Moto G will be upgraded to much more power efficient Android L.

Recommended: Improve your smartphone’s battery backup by at least 15% in 14 steps.

Winner– Xiaomi Mi3.

 

Other deciding factors

Besides the major differentiating factors listed above, here a few more deciding factors which can affect your buying decision:

Availability

Xiaomi Mi3 is a great phone but its huge demand and lack of supply can make it troublesome for you to order it online.

Bookmark the below link if you are interested in buying Xiaomi Mi3.

Buy Xiaomi Mi3

Brand Recognition

Xiaomi is a good brand, but if you are sceptical about it then Motorola Moto G 2nd gen. XT1068 would be a much safer bet.

Buy Motorola Moto G XT1068

If you are using either of the above two phones then we would highly appreciate you for sharing your valuable feedback and your experience with the phone with us. It will help thousands in making an informed decision between Xiaomi Mi3 & the new Moto G XT1068 2014 edition.

7 Comments

  • Sree says:

    A few months ago I argued here about the service center availability of Motorola, that ownership of lenovo should solve the issue, but it seems nothing has changed. Same old story of on-contract service centers and incompetent servicemen who neither have the technical expertise nor the commitment.

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Hi Sree,
      We are sorry to hear about it. I agree with you about their commitment and expertise. Once I got the chance to visit a service centre of some local Indian brand which had given the contract to some other party. And, the experience was, “What have I done!”

  • pravakar says:

    I am using this phone. Fantastic features and awesome camera quality, no other handset can’t provide better picture quality then 2nd gen moto. The problem what i am noticing is poor battery charger and dull screen look.

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Hello Pravakar,
      Thank you so much for sharing your valueble feedback with us. Can you share some camera samples with us via email?
      Is there something wrong with the charger? or is it the poor battery backup? We were expecting the display to look good like it was in the original Moto G.

  • durgesh says:

    I am using moto G 2nd generation for about a month and i can say it worth money.
    camera and performance are good and not to many bloatware on the phone.
    Battery might be a problem. Games like asphalt 8 and dead trigger 2 has no lag issue.
    overall great phone and optimized nicely….!

  • Pankaj ßhatt says:

    I am is a #Motorola user my phone is superb and superb
    my battery backup is nice, HD gaming experience is very nice
    I am is a pure #Motorola supporter in whole india
    i am the biggest fan of motorola
    #I LOVE YOU MOTOROLA !
    My favourite company

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