Back in 2014, when there was a paucity of options for affordable and good smartphones, Moto E 1st generation redefined that whole segment and sent ripples across the smartphone market. At a mere 6999 rupees (prices change over time, to check current price click here or here), Moto E was the kind of smartphone that promised great performance and durability.
But in 2016, the same cannot be said about Moto E 3rd generation. The reason being that just by paying a thousand rupees more, you get a smartphone with significantly better features and performance than the Moto E3 Power.
Well, I am talking about the recently launched Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime at a price of 8999 (the price may change over time, to find current price, check here or here). Back in 2014, the predecessor of Redmi 3S, Redmi 1, was typecast as just another cheap Chinese smartphone, that cannot be compared to a phone like Moto E from a brand that is considered to be a giant and pioneer of mobile phones in India. At that time, Redmi 1 was dismissed as just a marketing gimmick from an unknown Chinese brand trying to make itself known in India.
But today, it seems Xiaomi has beaten Motorola in its own game and that too by a huge margin. Frankly, besides sharing a 5 inch HD display, the Moto E3 Power isn't even close to what Xiaomi's phone has to offer in design and build quality. The Redmi 3S Prime boasts of a full-metal body, a first for any smartphone in and around this product category.
Now, without getting my opinions in the way any further, let me get straight down to the comparison of specs of both the smartphones.
Comparison of Moto E3 Power and Redmi 3S Prime on features - which one wins?
Redmi 3S Prime edges out Moto E3 Power on the Display
Both the Moto E3 Power and the Redmi 3S Prime come with a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display with a 720x1280 pixel resolution that roughly translates to 294 ppi pixel density.
Redmi 3S prime’s screen brightness in terms of colour accuracy however is better than Moto E3 and the Redmi 3S also offers a manual mode to achieve better results.
Performance gets skewed by the processor of the Moto E3 Power
The Moto E3 Power is powered by a 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor coupled with Mali T720 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. The dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and USB OTG. The phone comes with separate slots for two SIM cards and one microSD.
The Redmi 3S Prime on the other hand is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processer coupled with Adreno 505 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a microSD hybrid card slot. The dual SIM phone supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and USB OTG.
If you are a heavy gamer who does not like even the hint of a lag, then Moto E3 should not be your choice, it should be the Redmi 3S Prime. When I played even simple games like Temple Run on the Moto E3, I faced a certain amount of lag. In such a scenario, your choice is clearly Redmi 3S Prime. The reason being that the Redmi 3S Prime delivered a perfect performance even when I played a heavy duty game like Asphalt 8 on it. So if you are into games, then your choice a very clear.
With the battery Redmi 3S Prime is the clear winner
The Moto E3 is powered by a 3500 maH battery that lasted longer than I expected on a day of heavy usage, however having said that the battery of the Redmi 3S Prime is a massive 4100 maH and lasts significantly longer then the battery of the Moto E3.
The Cameras are at par
The Moto E3 Power comes with an 8-megapixel camera on the rear compared to Redmi 3S Prime's 13-megapixel camera with both having auto focus and flash. As far as the front camera is concerned, both Moto E3 and Redmi 3S Prime share a 5 megapixel one.
Although low light photos with Redmi 3S Prime are prone to noise but overall its camera is superior to that of the Moto E3 Power, in both quality and functionality. It produces good results and is also able to capture decent photos in tricky light situations.
Where does it lean on the Software front
In terms of software Moto E3 seems to be a step ahead of Redmi 3S Prime since it runs an almost unmodified version of Android, which means it is almost free of any adulteration and bloat or unwanted apps while Xiaomi's phone puts in its own skin on top of Android, which is called MIUI and is known to have a few bloatware. Both the Moto E3 Power and the Redmi 3S Prime run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software out-of-the-box.
Final Verdict - the conclusion on MotO E3 Power versus Redmi 3S prime
There is no doubt that Redmi 3S Prime is the better choice for an affordable smartphone with a good solid performance, but the recent trends of flash sales happening for the phone clearly shows that it is going out of the stock very fast. Thus, for an individual looking for a smartphone on an immediate basis there are very low chances of laying their hands on a Redmi 3S Prime. Also, there is still a segment that goes by brand Moto rather than specs. For these loyal fans of Motorola, Moto E3 will be an obvious choice.
In conclusion, you should go in for the Redmi 3S Prime if you are not a Moto fanboy or fangirl.