Xiaomi Mi4c vs Moto G 2015 3rd Gen – Budget Smartphone Comparison

With a set of alleged leaks taking shape prior to the official launch of any smartphone becoming more of a norm, Xiaomi had once again played it smart by offering various official snippets from time-to-time for its next Mi Range phone before the official unveiling. Now with Xiaomi taking covers off the Xiaomi Mi4c, its China exclusive Mi smartphone that offers some incremental updates to the already popular Mi4i, Xiaomi is looking to take the game away from the recently launched Moto G3 (2015) by offering a flagship like experience with Snapdragon 808 Processor and a Full HD display onboard along with a plethora of useful features such as a Edge tap, Double Tap and Quick charge technology breaking cover. Thus, we bring to you a face-off in this Budget smartphone category, pitting Xiaomi Mi4c vs Moto G 2015 3rd Gen to find the best of the lot. Take a look!

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Xiaomi Mi4c vs Moto G 2015 3rd Gen – Budget Smartphone Comparison

Look, Design and Feel

Xiaomi Mi4c : 7.8mm thick, weighs 132g

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Just as we said above, the same design is being carried forward from the Mi4i to Mi4c. So what remains intact is the slim, narrow design with minimalist bezels make way for a beautifully crafted uni-body design that’s sure to make you go weak in the knees. Add to this an array of color options to choose from and you have one of the best Budget smartphone in terms of design in your hands. Also, a better screen-to-body ratio makes way for a larger display to be in-cooperated into a relatively smaller device frame, thus keeping the overall size of the device minimalistic.

Moto G 2015 3rd Gen : 11.6mm thick, weighs 155g

The curved, smooth back with its soft, warm-to-touch matte finish carries forward from Moto G 2014 to Moto G 2015 with minor design tweaks wherein the new device is a bit thicker than the previous one but is less taller too. What this does is add to the sense of comfort that then makes you get a firmer, stronger grip of the device.

Winner : Xiaomi Mi4c


Xiaomi Mi4c : 5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 441 PPI

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An unchanged display with some minor tweaks is being carried forward from Mi4i to Mi4c with the same unibody glass display setup boasting a Full-HD resolution. Add to this some features such as Sunlight Display that lets you have a clear look at the display contents even under direct sunlight, a Night reading mode that makes it easier on the eyes to read content in dim-light and a setup that makes it possible for the display to have a variable Refresh Rate that thereby makes the overall battery consumption to be 10% more energy efficient.

Moto G 2015 3rd Gen : 5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels, ~ 294 PPI

Since its launch, many have been complaining Motorola of not bumping up the display to a Full-HD setup with this 720p display offering unchanged viewing experience from that on Moto G 2014 2nd Gen. The display still isn’t any walkover with a vibrant color reproduction and good viewing angles, but a Full-HD display was surely what Motorola should have fitted this device with.

Winner : Xiaomi Mi4c

Processor and Performance

Xiaomi Mi4c : Hexa Core (quad-core 1.44 GHz & dual-core 1.82 GHz), Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 Processor, Adreno 418 GPU, 2/3GB RAM options

This is where the only major change that has happened to Mi4c from Mi4i shows up. Rather than a Snapdragon 615 Processor, this phone is fitted with a Snapdragon 808 Processor that offer otherwise features on flagship devices such as LG G4. Thus, one has to appreciate the fact that Xiaomi has done really well to get this beast under the hood at this price. What this high-end SoC then does to the device is to help iron out all the hiccups and stutters that one might have faced during severe multitasking on the Mi4i, thus offering optimal lag-free performance.

Moto G 2015 3rd Gen : 1.4 GHz, Quad Core, Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 Processor, Adreno 306 GPU, 1/2GB RAM options

Here’s when you see that all that specs speak isn’t always true. Moto G3 isn’t surely a specs beast but give it to the fine tuning Motorola has done with Adreno 306 GPU and stock Android, Moto G 2015 3rd Gen offers the most well nurtured and lag free user experience. But then, pitting it against the Xiaomi’s ultra-powerful Snapdragon 808 makes the differences in the performance wide and clear.

Winner : Xiaomi Mi4c

Operating System/Software

Xiaomi Mi4c : Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), with MiUI 7

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Accused of excessive bloatware that the MiUI layering on top of the stock Android brings to the system, Xiaomi has looked to fix the same with MiUI 7. Where this iOS-inspired MiUI 7 scores excessively well is the availability of plethora of features such as an “Edge Tap” technology that lets you click a selfie on a single tap on the edge of the phone or lets you go back to the previous screen/app with a double tap on the edge. Also, you can double tap the screen to wake it up without the use of power button and additionally use your phone as a TV remote with the Infrared blaster technology.

Moto G 2015 3rd Gen : Android, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)

This is where the benefits of having the stock Android kicks in. With an option to update to every Android version release in years to come, Moto G 2015 does offer users with the most intuitive, slick and stutter-free User experience. The stock Android trashes all the excessive bloatware that comes loaded with custom UI layering and thus, doesn’t take a toll on the overall performance of the phone making the overall experience flawless.

Winner : Moto G 2015 3rd Gen(for those who love Stock Android), otherwise, Xiaomi Mi4c


Xiaomi Mi4c : 13 MP, phase detection autofocus with dual-LED flash rear-camera, 5 MP front-facing camera

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With a blazing fast stutter speed, high quality camera sensors and under the hood tweaks with imaging algorithms, Xiaomi Mi4c carries forward the same camera setup as that on Mi4i in syle. To add to the accurate, detailed images reproduction and balanced low-light Night photography, Xiaomi has set in a wide-angles front camera that lets you easily fit in all of your friends while taking a selfie.

Moto G 2015 3rd Gen : 13 MP, autofocus with dual-LED flash rear-camera, 5 MP front-facing camera

Even with Motorola bumping rear camera specs from 8MP to 13MP, Moto G3’s camera has surely improved but still fails to impress, just like its predecessors, to say the least.

Winner : Xiaomi Mi4c

Battery life

Xiaomi Mi4c : 3080 mAH, Li-ion Non-Removable Battery

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If numbers aren’t enough to help you feel the prowess this humongous 3080 mAH battery possesses, Xiaomi has also come up with the a Quick charge 2.0 Technology, on similar lines to the TurboPower charging capability on Moto X Play, that lets you charge your device in a jiffy, with the USB-C adapter.

Moto G 2015 3rd Gen : 2470 mAH, Li-ion Non-Removable Battery

A meager 2470 mAH battery powering this Motorola device claims to offer a full day of usage on full charge. But in real-world performance, the device offers a compromised battery performance along with a slow 0-100 charging time.

Winner : Xiaomi Mi4c

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Xiaomi Mi4c vs Moto G 2015 3rd Gen – VERDICT

With an already impressive Xiaomi Mi4i having the better of the Moto G 2015 3rd Gen, Xiaomi has launched this China exclusive Mi4c device with some minor tweaks that further iron out the hiccups and the stutters, if any, that previously featured on Mi4i. Thus, one may find it inappropriate to compare a device with a flagship-like Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chip, a 5-inch Full HD display, a amazing camera setup, a humongous battery and a plethora of customization that the MiUI 7 offers such as the Edge tap and the Double tap features to go against the ever-so-lovely Stock Android experience plus a IPX7 Water-resistance certification, but Moto G3 does have its pluses, especially for those who love stock Android. But, in totality, Xiaomi Mi4c takes the game far away from Moto G3 with it being a clear winner in virtually every segment for its stellar looks and stunning performance.


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