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Xiaomi is the Chinese Apple.
At least that is the popular name for the Chinese manufacturer that has managed to widen its sales outside of China as well. The company has a reputation of producing quality Android devices for a cheaper price than competitors. The Mi3, for example, is aimed at the medium priced markets. This is where HTC competes with the Desire 616. Let’s break down the comparison.
Design and Display
One look at the Mi3 and you’ll think it is an Android device trapped in an Apple’s body. And you won’t be wrong. The Mi3 looks like an expensive, premium phone, thanks to the aluminum magnesium chassis on top of the plastic build and glass front. The company has paid attention to every detail; much like Apple does with its products. Many believe Xiaomi is intentionally copying Apple’s industrial design and they might be right. But as it is, the result is one beautiful device. The same cannot be said about the Desire 616, which at best, is an average looking HTC device. Two other selling points of the Mi3 are the weight and thickness. Let’s look at measurements, and you’ll understand why. The dimensions of the Mi3 are 144x72x8.1 and it weighs 145 grams. With the same screen size, the Desire 616 delivers dimensions of 142x72x9.15 weighting 150 grams. And when it comes to the display, it is unfair to say the Mi3 is slightly better. Since both devices pack a 5 inch screen display, the difference in resolution is huge. The Mi3 delivers full HD display of 1080×1920, translating to 441ppi, while the Desire 616 offers a resolution of just 720×1280 and density of 294ppi.
Hardware and Operating System
We mentioned that Xiaomi strives to deliver top notch performances for low prices. The processor speaks for itself, as it is one commonly found in more popular and expensive flagship devices. The quad core Snapdragon 800 is clocked at 2.3GHz, and comes with 2GB of RAM memory. The problem with the Mi3 is the onboard storage, as it delivers only 16GB of memory space. There is no option for microSD card, meaning you are stuck with 12-13GB more or less. The Desire 616 runs on octa core processor from MediaTek. The maximum clocked speed is set at 1.4GHz per core, with RAM memory set at 1GB. Even though the internal storage is low, just 4GB, the device supports external storage through microSD card. Users can add up to 32GB storage memory. When it comes to the operating system, the Mi3 is the clear winner. Besides the fact that it runs on the latest Android 4.4, it comes with custom MIUI skin, which comes with tons of customization options for themes. Another benefit of the MIUI skin is the option to move apps around with ease, never seen on any other device. The Desire 616 runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, with no indication it might get 4.4 anytime soon.
The Mi3 packs a powerful 13-MP sensor on the back of the device and a simple and decent 2-MP shooter on the front. There are no special features and tricks. The camera app is simple and elegant, but it has all the standard options such as panorama, HDR and several filters. The Desire 616 comes with a slightly less powerful camera, which is an 8-MP rear facing camera.
The Mi3 can easily last two days, thanks to a big and powerful 3050 mAh battery. Additionally, there are several power modes to preserve battery life. HTC’s device delivers up to 14 hours of talk time, thanks to the 2000 mAh battery found in the handset.
The price advantage also goes to Xiaomi, with its device slightly cheaper. Even though the performances are better, the price is lower, and set at $220. The Desire 616 costs $250.