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Xiaomi Mi3 vs Asus Zenfone 5: Which is Best ?


Battle of the smartphones goes on and on. And today we are going to put the two smartphones against each other to check whether one is better than another or they carry the same properties within almost the same budget range. Even after being a Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi has been doing extremely well with their smartphones in last few years and Taiwanese manufacturer Asus has already been reputed for coming up with impressive smart gadgets, their Nexus 7 tablet is probably world’s best tablet at its price range.

Now, we will be comparing Xiaomi Mi3 Vs Asus Zenfone 5 in terms of their basic properties.


Xiaomi Mi3: The Chinese phones have a negative impression about making cheap designed smartphones, but Xiaomi indeed stands out from the rest. The Xiaomi Mi3 feels so premium in hands and looks elegant; you can easily compare it against any other flagship Android devices in market. Even though there are talks on how Xiaomi has been trying to replicate Apple’s designs, we would say they kind of resemble Nokia’s phones, yet Xiaomi has implemented plenty of their own design. However, the phone’s buttons are rested on its right side, the power button and the volume rockers. The USB port and speaker grills are down below the phone’s bottom. The phone weighs only 145g.

Asus Zenfone 5: This smartphone from Asus sports a moderate design mostly on average bar phone style. Yet, if you look deep down into the details you’ll realize it actually looks very modern. This phone has a metallic boxy case and speaker grills which kind of gives the phone more of a premium feel and reminds us of the first original HTC One phone; except that it didn’t have a metallic build. The phone is 5 inches but it’s still easily usable with one hand. The button placements are similar like the Xiaomi Mi3. The phone is lightweight given its design and specifications.



Xiaomi Mi3:To keep it up to the mark with other market winning flagship devices in the market, Xiaomi has put a 13 megapixel camera sensor in the Mi3. The camera performs well, takes good photos and it’s snappy. The camera interface is simple and there aren’t many advanced features like Asus’s low-light mode but basic features like filters, panorama, HDR etc. are available. The camera won’t disappoint you at all.

Asus Zenfone 5: The megapixel count is bit lower than Xiaomi Mi3, it only sports 8 megapixels. On the better side, this camera has a bigger aperture of f/2.0 and the front camera is 2 megapixels. However, Asus claims to make their camera even better by combining hardware and a software technology named PixelMaster which improves the picture qualities.


Xiaomi Mi3: Xiaomi Mi3 comes with an impressive processing power packed under its case. The phone is equipped with a Snapdragon 800 quad core processor which makes the phone even more responsive and it practically never lags. The user interface is quite smooth and it never lagged while we tried moving around the home screens too fast. The Quadrant benchmark scores ace for the Xiaomi Mi3, it’s 21,164. The phthe one couldn’t outrun the mighty OnePlus One though, but the score isn’t bad either.

Asus Zenfone 5: To keep it under a budget phone range yet a powerful device Asus has implemented an Intel Atom processor based setup in the Asus Zenfone 5.The phone is powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor. This processor is accompanied by the manufacturer’s popular Hyper Threading technology for better multitasking experience. However, there’s another variant of Zenfone 5 that packs a Snapdragon 400 processor which isn’t available in the market yet.

Connectivity Features:

Xiaomi Mi3: The phone doesn’t support LTE yet, probably because the Chinese operators aren’t using this technology yet. Even the phone supports a standard SIM because that’s the format Chinese mobile operators are still using. So if you have a newer SIM card that’s micro or mini, you should purchase an adapter too. Xiaomi Mi3 supports NFC feature. The new phones tend to ditch the FM radio but Xiaomi has still kept it. Other standard connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth etc. are available. The Xiaomi Mi3 is a single SIM phone.

Asus Zenfone 5: The Intel processor backed Zenfone 5 doesn’t support LTE but the Snapdragon version will have LTE connectivity embedded – popular rumors say. This is a dual SIM device. The first SIM supports 3G connectivity but SIM2 does not. On the negative side, Asus Zenfone doesn’t have NFC and there’s no FM radio either. Other connectivity features are standard.


Xiaomi Mi3: The price varies a little bit depending on the store you purchase it from. The company defined maximum retail price is $465, however on average it sells for $316 on amazon.com. You will probably get the best price if you can purchase it from China. The phone packs a lot more than its price’s worth. The phone’s Indian price would be around 20,000 – 22,000 rupees we assume.

Asus Zenfone 5: The Asus Zenfone 5 is officially available in the Indian market and the price is truly very low comparing the configuration. This phone sells at India only for Rs. 9,999! The nearest high end competitor is probably Nokia Lumia 630 dual SIM, yet Asus is lower priced than Nokia which gives more advantage for Asus. Another true competitor against Asus Zenfone 5 is Moto G. If you are stock Google fan, you will want to stick to Moto G.


Xiaomi Mi3 Vs Asus Zenfone 5: For the price, both phones offer you with lot of features you would love to have. The Xiaomi Mi3 is a comparatively higher price phone where Asus belongs in a lower price range. Depending on your budget you are given with the freedom to choose either of these two. Even though there’s a noticeable difference in price and configuration, they really sport a tough competition against each other.

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