Xiaomi Redmi Note vs Moto G 2nd gen India face-off


For buyers after a smartphone with decent specs and a competitive price there are a growing number of handsets to fit the bill. One of these is the Motorola Moto G (2014) that released in September and another is a new arrival for India, the Xiaomi Redmi Note. If you are not sure which would be best for you we’ve come up with a Xiaomi Redmi Note vs. Moto G 2nd gen India face-off specs comparison.

The Moto G Dual SIM has already been a big success and has found plenty of buyers in India. The Redmi Note is also a dual SIM handset and finally launched in India yesterday with official pricing. The latter comes in both 3G and 4G models, but for this comparison we’re considering the cheaper 3G version. Both are Android handsets that are not too far apart in pricing, so let’s take a look at what they offer in the way of specs.

The Redmi Note is powered by a 1.7GHz MediaTek 6592 octa-core processor with Mali-450MP4 graphics. The Moto G (2014) Dual SIM has a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor and Adreno 305 GPU.

The Xiaomi phone has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with resolution of 1280 x 720 and 267 ppi. The Motorola handset has a 5-inch IPD LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution and 294 ppi.

RAM and Storage
The Redmi Note has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage that’s expandable via microSD to 32GB. The new Moto G has 1GB of RAM and 8/16GB of internal storage, also expandable to 32GB.

The Redmi Note has a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and 1080p video capture, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The 2nd generation Moto G has an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and 720p video capture, as well as a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Xiaomi phone has a removable 3200 mAh battery while the Motorola smartphone has a non-removable 2070 mAh battery.

Redmi Note vs Moto G b

Both phones support 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPRS, EDGE, and microUSB 2.0 with USB Host. The Redmi Note also features WiFi Direct.

Operating System
The Redmi Note runs Android Jelly Bean-based MIUI version 5. The Moto G 2014 launched on Android 4.4.4 KitKat, upgradable to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Dimensions and Weight
The Redmi Note measures 154mm x 78.7mm x 9.5mm and weighs 199g. The Moto G measures 141.5mm x 70.7mm x 11mm and weighs 149g.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3G is officially priced at Rs. 8,999 and registrations for the first flash sale on Flipkart begin today at 6pm. The Moto G (2014) Dual SIM launched at Rs. 12,999 for the 16GB model, which is available at various retailers in India.

This specs look throws up some interesting pointers as despite its cheaper price tag the Redmi Note has plenty of advantages over the Moto G 2nd gen. These include a faster processor that’s also an octa-core, a larger display, more RAM, better camera capabilities, and a higher capacity battery that’s also removable.

On the other hand the Moto G has a higher level of internal storage and is notably lighter than the Redmi Note, and it also has FM radio. Another point in its favour is that it runs the latest version of Android and Motorola has been very reliable lately for pushing out speedy updates. Also many people simply prefer the Motorola branding.

Your final choice will also come down to your choice of handset design and you should consider build quality and after-sales service as well. Of course even if you decide that the Redmi Note is the one for you, it could be a little difficult to get hold of if availability of the Xiaomi Mi4 and Redmi 1S was anything to go by.

Taking all of the above into account we’d really be interested to know which of these you are most likely to purchase. Will you take a chance on flash sales for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3G or is it the Motorola Moto G (2014) Dual SIM that gets your vote? Do let us know with your comments.


4 thoughts on “Xiaomi Redmi Note vs Moto G 2nd gen India face-off”

  1. Frank says:

    After comparing the new Moto G 2nd Generation 2014 with Xiaomi RedMi Note, I think RedMi Note is better. After a lotta reviews, i decided to buy the Redmi note:

    Advantage MotoG 2nd Gen:
    1. Lollipop update coming soon and Stock Android with No Bloatware
    2. Great Ergonomics: Looks and Feels Good in hand
    3. Front Firing Dual Speakers Clear and Loud Sound
    4. Great Display, Decent Camera, awesome brightness

    Cons of Moto G 2nd Gen:
    1. Even though it is stock Android, you will have approx 600 to 700 MB RAM Free Only (Out of 1 GB), this aint good for power users.
    2. Poor 3G Reception: Many friends complained that the new Moto G 2nd Generation doesn’t hold on to the H++ or 3G connection for long, its 3G reception is poor. If you are one who travels by the Indian Railways (Say Delhi to Mumbai) long journeys then chances of you getting GPRS or 3G is very less so you can’t expect to stay always connected with Moto G 2nd Generation
    3. It is very highly priced: Rs 13000 as against Redmi Notes 9000 Rs and you get just 1 GB RAM, even ASUS Zenfone 5 comes with 2 GB RAM.
    4. Poor battery life. Just 2000 MaH. Considering its display is quite bright and its just 2000 mAH as against RedMi Notes 3200 mAH, you must have a portable charger handy all the time. Nowadays everyone wants a good battery. 2000 mAH is too less. At least 2500 would have been good,

    Advantage RedMi Note 3G:

    1. Price: Rs 8999 is much less than the hefty price that Moto G charges for a 1 GB RAM Phone.
    2. RAM: 2GB RAM. You would get around 1300 MB Free all the time
    3. MIUI: The interface is awesome. Check 30 Tricks MIUI on Youtube and you will love the user interfact of MI.
    4. Battery Life: 3200 mAH is great for 1.5 days for normal users.
    5. Display and Camera: It is awesome. Moto G lets your record SlowMot, this one lets you record slow Motion as well as Fast Motion Video besides the Normal ones. You can record 1080p videos too. Camera captures great colors and is sharp.
    6. Display Size: I prefer 5.5 inch display of RedMi note over MotoG 2nd Gen 4.8 Inch DP (point 2 Inch is occupied by the navigation buttons which r built on the screen of Moto G so you dont get 5 ” display as stated)
    7. Brand Value: It is China’s Apple for a reason. Trust me you would get good ReSale value for this phone.
    8.Great Reception: 3G reception is very clear
    9 Value for Money
    10. Looks Good!


    1. Cheap plastic back. But i replaced it with a new back cover and you get thousands of stylish covers on Flipkart and Blink Ideas Site.
    2. Does not come with a handsfree, you need to buy it separately
    3. Runs the jelly Bean but you can always root the phone and install the custom KitKat ROMs available
    4. Speakers on Rear side (though they are loud enough)

Live Comment

Your email address will not be published.