Lenovo Lemon 3 goes after Xiaomi Redmi 3 with 1,080p screen, tiny battery, $106 price
Aside from Motorola-branded devices, the low-cost Lemon family is said to play a pivotal role in Lenovo’s short-term smartphone future plans, with Vibes gradually phased out. The Lemon 3 offers similar bang for buck in China as the just-unveiled Xiaomi Redmi 3, also rocking a full-metal jacket, and fetching a virtually identical CNY 699 price.
That converts to $106, but from a historical standpoint, it seems unlikely the budget-friendly 5-incher will ever see daylight stateside. Or anywhere on the old continent, unless Lenovo maybe rebrands this as the next-gen Moto E.
Under the hood, you get the new gold standard for Android mid-rangers, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor, doubled by 2GB RAM, and kept humming by a 2,750 mAh battery. The cell feels a little small, especially compared to the 4,100 mAh beast inside the Redmi 3, but it was required for the sub-8mm profile to be achieved.
The Lenovo Lemon 3 is obviously a featherweight too, tipping the scales at 142 grams, and it breathes elegance through every pore, thanks to that premium aluminum build, a pair of rear-fitted Dolby speakers, sleek silver and gold paint jobs, and smoothly rounded corners.
The main redeeming quality for the seemingly tiny juicer is Full HD screen resolution, compared to standard HD for the Xiaomi Redmi 3, while all the other features replicate the arch-rival’s specs by the letter: 13 and 5MP cameras, 4G LTE connectivity, 16GB expandable storage, dual SIM support, Android 5.1 Lollipop software goodies. Tough decision, huh? The good kind of tough, but tough nonetheless.