Nokia Lumia 730 vs Xiaomi Mi3 India showdown


There are some great devices available in India at the moment, both for the budget and high-end of the market. There are also some that offer some top specs but with competitive pricing, and one of these is the Xiaomi Mi3. New Lumia devices are also of interest though, and today we have a Nokia Lumia 730 vs. Xiaomi Mi3 India specs shootout.

The Lumia 730 Dual SIM handset will become available from October 6th across India. The Xiaomi Mi3 is a single SIM handset in a similar price bracket but has better specs, so we thought it would be interesting to compare specs to see how much more the Mi3 offers. One drawback for the Mi3 that readers in India will know about is that it has been very difficult to get hold of, and sales were suspended for a while. However, it is due to go on sale again within the next few weeks.

The Lumia 730 Dual SIM has a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor and Adreno 305 graphics. The Xiaomi Mi3 has a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and Adreno 330 GPU.

The Lumia 730 has a 4.7-inch OLED display with resolution of 1280 x 720 and 316 ppi. The Mi3 has a 5-inch IPS LCD display with resolution of 1920 x 1080 and 441 ppi.

RAM and Storage
There’s 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage that’s expandable via microSD to 128GB for the Lumia 730. On the other hand the Xiaomi Mi3 has 2GB of RAM and 16 or 64GB models for internal storage, this time not expandable.

Camera set-up
The Lumia 730 has a 6.7-megapixel rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, LED flash, and 1080p video capture. It also has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Xiaomi Mi3 has a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, dual LED flash, and 1080p video capture, as well as a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Lumia 730 has a removable 2200 mAh battery while the Xiaomi Mi3 has a non-removable 3050 mAh battery.

Both phones support 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, GPRS, EDGE, NFC and microUSB 2.0. The Lumia 730 has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n while the Xiaomi Mi3 has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and also USB OTG.

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Operating System
This is a major difference between the two phones as they run different platforms. The Lumia 730 runs Windows Phone 8.1, whereas the Xiaomi Mi3 launched on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean now upgradable to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, skinned with MIUI 5.0.

Dimensions and Weight
The Lumia 730 measures 134.7mm x 68.5mm x 8.7mm and weighs 130g. The Xiaomi Mi3 measures 144mm x 73.6mm x 8.1mm and weighs 145g.

The Lumia 730 Dual SIM price for India has just been announced as Rs. 15,299. The 16GB version of the Xiaomi Mi3 is priced at Rs. 13,999 on Flipkart.

When looking at the above specs it’s easy to see that the Xiaomi Mi3 has plenty of advantages over the Lumia 730, despite the fact that it is cheaper. These include a faster processor and better graphics, larger display with higher resolution and ppi, and more RAM and internal storage. It also has a higher megapixel rear camera and dual LED flash, higher capacity battery, and is the slimmer of the two phones.

However, the Lumia 730 does have some areas where it has the edge over the Xiaomi Mi3 on specs, such as expandable storage, a better front-facing camera, removable battery, and a lighter weight. On paper, as far as specs are concerned the Xiaomi Mi3 is hard to beat. We should remember though that other factors will come into play, including the designs and builds, after-service, and the fact that it’s still hard to get hold of the Mi3.

Taking all of this into account we’d like to hear which of these two phones gets your vote. Are you more likely to buy the Nokia Lumia 730 Dual SIM or the Xiaomi Mi3? We always appreciate your comments.


14 thoughts on “Nokia Lumia 730 vs Xiaomi Mi3 India showdown”

      1. Ahmedkhan Mahadik says:

        It definitely made sense in what he said… its only that you are a layman in tech terms so you werent able to understand him… he meant all the iPhones had mediocre specs in comparison to other androids last 4 years… but its not always about higher specs it also about phone build quality, after sale service, how the software and hardware meet each other.. iPhone is a great example that even if you have lower specs, you can have a great phone. similarly WP is an excellent piece of software which runs smoothly with even lowest of the low specs…

        Android on other hand is a disaster OS in terms of OS stability, resource usage, data safety…

        MI3 mebbe having FullHD,but it also has disadvantage…it will use more battery than 730, and difference between 720p and 1080p wont be that huge on a 4.7-5inch screen. Heck, I have asus t100 and its not even 720 p and it is 10 inch screen and i am ok with it…

        Now do you understand what he meant? stop getting brain washed by the specs war… android followers have become a cult like iSheeps…

        i m gonna buy a 730..

          1. Ahmedkhan Mahadik says:

            all phones of all manufacturers hang and Nokia is no exception. However its much more stable than android…

  1. ktx says:

    Mi 3 gets the vote. Already have one. A few things to mention is that the mi3 has the same retina display from LG that apple uses. Mi 3 also uses a Sony camera for the rear.
    Windows on the phone seems too limited in terms of ui experience.

  2. Santa says:

    Mi 3 beats N730 but the brand value,built quality and after sales service of Nokia takes the vote. If Mi3 does gains the trust like nokia then mi3 will be the ace of mobile market…

  3. Soumya Subhra Dasgupta says:

    Nokia Lumia 730 due to brand value… MI3 is a Chinese Phone with after no sales support and this brands like Nokia, Sony dont ask the price with out a reason. I have an Asus Zenfone 5 Over all look and finish of the phone is like a premium phone but after extended use the phone is slowly showing all Colours. Any body has asked themselves a question that why In these fierce competition market the big brands are still producing costly phones of lesser specs than brands like Xiaomi, Asus, Huwai???? Do you think really Nokia, Sony, Samsung etc dont have the capacity to just swipe these brands away from the market. Think Think.

  4. Anonymous says:

    MI3 ofcourse. Those who are arguing that all these big brands are seeling at high pice for a reason, I would love to know what the “reason” is?
    The sales record says it all for Xiaomi. Other than Apple, maybe, nobody comes even close to this kind of sales figures and such high demands.
    After sales services and everything will come eventually, considering Xiaomi has just entered the Indian market.
    I have used the Lumia products previously and am currently using the MI3 and I am more than happy with this phone.
    Brand value is nothing but what the customers think and talk about the brand. And I am hoping, given sufficient amount of time in the market, Xiaomi will also emerge with a good value.
    No doubt all the big companies are in the race and have well established market share but the competition is getting tougher by the day. They must keep up with the pace or accept the same fate as Nokia did.

  5. Thiru Vetti says:

    NL 730 ofcourse.
    People here who are harping about an Mi3 are just those people who want to show off specs “Look I have 1080 screen, HD recording , blah blah”. Its just this “show off” attitude that Chinese phone makers are tapping into. Mi3 is a poor brand till now since nothing is known about after sales service and already there are complaints queuing up in Flipkart about this phone.

    So if you want to play it safe, stay with NL 730, but if you want a use and throw phone, then buy Mi3.

    1. Puspendu Roy says:

      I’m going to buy the Nokia Lumia 730 in few days..But about that Chinese company, no sorry, I’ll better play it safe with an Indian brand like Micromax, which also gives much more hardware compared to their prices..Enough of China crap..

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