LG Google Nexus 5 16GB vs Xiaomi Mi 3 [Compared]

LG Google Nexus 5 16GB vs Xiaomi Mi 3 [Compared]

Editor’s Note: These two phones may have been released back to back at the end of 2013, but they’ve been in the news for different reasons. The Nexus 5 provided a bang-for-the-buck package with the latest and greatest of Google’s Android Operating System. The Xiaomi Mi3, although launched late in India, is being sold for half the price of the Nexus 5 and boasts nearly the same hardware. 

Let’s start with the display — both have 5-inch 1080p LCD units, though the Nexus 5 is a bit compact in size and lighter in weight. Possibly one of the reasons for the added bulk is the big 3050mAh battery on the Xiaomi Mi3, that claims more up-time than what the Nexus 5’s 2300mAh battery can serve. They’re powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, have 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory with no support for microSD card slots. Connectivity-wise, both have WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, but the Nexus 5 has the upper hand with LTE (though since it is TD-LTE and not FD-LTE, it is unclear whether it will work in India). 

Moving to optics, the Xiaomi Mi3 boasts a higher 13 megapixel camera unit with dual LED flash, while the Nexus 5 has an 8MP sensor with a single LED bulb. But the Nexus 5 has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Software-wise, the Xiaomi Mi3 runs MIUI, it’s flavour of Android which is popular in communities for its special features (like a built-in call recorder) and a steady steam of updates. Bottom line, hardware-wise the Xiaomi Mi3 is a steal for the price and makes the Nexus 5 look like a rip-off. But if you care for running the latest and pure version of Android the way Google makes it (especially now with Android L on the horizon), the Nexus 5 is what you should be buying.

  • LG Google Nexus 5 16GB has launched 7 months before Xiaomi Mi 3
  • These two devices have displays that are almost the same size
  • Xiaomi Mi 3’s got 13 MP camera resolution, while LG Google Nexus 5 16GB’s camera resolution is 8 MP
  • Both products have similar storage capacities
  • LG Google Nexus 5 16GB and Xiaomi Mi 3 have an equal capacity of RAM
Specifications LG Google Nexus 5 16GB Xiaomi Mi 3
Price Rs. 28,300 Rs. 14,999
Operating System Android (4.4)
Apps Market: Google Play
Android (4.4)
Apps Market: Google Play
Display 4.95 inches
Screen Type: Full HD IPS
Details: 16M Colors, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Screen: 1920 X 1080
Pixel Density: 445 PPI
5 inches
Screen Type: IPS Retina Display Touch Screen
Details: 16M Colors
Screen: 1920 X 1080
Pixel Density: 440.6 PPI
Camera 8 MP
Geo-Tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Photo Sphere, Optical Image Stabilization
Secondary Camera:  YesHD Video Rec: 1080p
Auto Focus:  Yes
Flash Light: Yes
13 MP
Aperture f2.2, Stacked CMOS, Dual-LED Flash,
Secondary Camera: Yes
HD Video Rec: 1080p
Auto Focus:  Yes
Flash Light: Yes
CPU 2.3 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800, Krait 400, Quad-Core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8274AB, Quad-Core
Memory Internal Storage: 16 GB,
User Available Internal Storage: No Info
Card Slot: no card slot
External Memory: 
Internal Storage: 16 GB,
User Available Internal Storage: No Info
Card Slot: no card slot
External Memory: 
Battery 2300 mAh, Non-Removable, Lithium-Ion Polymer 3050 mAh, Non-Removable, Lithium-Ion
GPRS Yes Yes
FM Radio No Yes
3G Yes Yes
4G/LTE Yes No
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm Head Phone Yes Yes
Form Factor Touch Screen Touch Screen
GPU Adreno 330 Adreno 330
SIM Details Type: Micro SIM
(Single, GSM)
Type: Normal SIM
(Single, GSM)
USB Slots microUSB version 2.0, SlimPort microUSB version 2.0
Body Dimensions:
69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59
Weight: 130 grams
144 x 73.6 x 8.1
Weight: 145 grams


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