This year the market has been flooded with budget-smartphones. From unpopular brands to high-end smartphone brands like Samsung, all have put their economic foot front to rule the market. Chinese brands like Meizu and Xiaomi has remained consistent with the production of budget devices to cater to the needs of people who do not want to spend a fortune on smartphones. Meizu’s M3S and Xiaomi’s Redmi 3S are two such phones which fall in this range. Both the phones are quite similar and will make the consumer quite confused about which one to finally own. To make this choice an easy one, let us look at the dynamics of these two devices more closely.
Design and Display
The Meizu M3S and Xiaomi Redmi 3S both come with a metal unibody design with slight variation.
The Meizu M3S comes with a 2.5D curved glass display that has lamination technology. It has a sleek metal body and weighs 138grams. The Redmi 3s comes with a curved metal body which has a matte finish and weighs 144grams. The Redmi 3S measures 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm while the Meizu M3S measures 141.9 x 69.9 x 8.3 mm, hence making it lighter, slimmer and better looking. The Xiaomi Redmi 3S comes in colors like gold, gray and silver. The Meizu M3S offers all those colours as well as a Pink colour.
The Meizu M3S comes with an exquisite 5-inch IPS LCD 2.5D curved glass display which has an HD (720 x 1,280 pixels) resolution with a pixel density of 294ppi. The Redmi 3s also comes with a 5-inch IPS LCD display with an HD (720 x 1,280 pixels) resolution and a pixel density of 294ppi excluding the curved glass part.
Chipset, RAM and Storage
The Meizu M3S comes with a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor clocking at the speed of 1.5GHz and Mali-T860 MP2 GPU on the top.
The Redmi 3S come with two Snapdragon 430 quad-core processors (1.4GHz Cortex A53 + 1.1GHz Cortex A53) aided with Adreno 505 graphics engine. Both the devices are supported by 2GB and 3GB of RAM for their respective storage variants.
The Meizu M3S as well as the Redmi 3S comes in two storage options of 16GB and 32GB that respectively feature 2GB of RAM and 3GB of RAM. Both the devices can support microSD cards of upto 128GB.
While the Meizu M3S runs Android v5.1 (Lollipop) as its operating system with Flyme 5.1 UI on top of it, the Redmi 3S flaunts Android Marshmallow as its OS with MIUI 7.0 user interface over it.
Camera, Software and Other Features
The Meizu m3s offers a 13MP rear facing autofocus camera with an aperture of f/2.2, it also comes with PDAF and a dual-tone LED flash. A front facing 5 MP camera sits comfortable on the device for assisting in taking selfies and emerging in video calls. The Xiaomi Redmi 3S also has a 13MP rear-facing camera but only with a single LED flash. The secondary camera is again a 5-megapixel unit.
The Meizu M3S has a fingerprint sensor which is incorporated on its Home button while the Redmi 3S lacks a fingerprint sensor.
Battery and Connectivity
The Meizu M3S comes derives its power through the non removable li-polymer battery having a capacity of 3,020mAh. The Redmi 3S however, comes with a mammoth 4,100 mAh battery with fast charging support.
Connectivity options on both the devices include dual SIM slots, 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, and microUSB 2.0.
The Meizu M3S seems to be a better than the Redmi 3S when it comes to all over performance. The smooth processing speed along with a better camera capability and a fingerprint sensor gives it an edge over Xiaomi’s Redmi 3S.
However if you like Xiaomi’s uncluttered user interface and want a large battery backup, then you may go for the Redmi 3S.