Motorola has released the third Moto G mid-range smartphone, which has received some design tweaks and hardware improvements. We’ll compare this phone with Lenovo’s K3 Note phablet, which was praised by many critics and consumers for its price and technical specs.
The Moto G has the same curved body as the predecessor, but the plastic back has a ribbed texture and it feels kind of sturdy, because it’s very thick at 11.6mm.
Luckily, the rear cover can be replaced with another one that you can order from the Moto Maker website, and in addition, you are allowed to customize even the metal ring around the camera lens and flash. This phone has a height of 142.1mm, a width of 72.4mm and a weight of 155grams.
The K3 Note is made of plastic and it’s available in three colors: Onyx Black, Pearl White and Laser Yellow, it’s slimmer at 8mm and lighter at 150grams. Also, it measures 152.6mm in height and 76.2mm in width, but it’s not water resistant likewise the Moto G.
The Moto G is fitted with an IPS LCD screen measuring 5-inch, which supports 720 x 1280 pixels at 294ppi. The K3 Note has a larger 5.5-inch IPS screen with Full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, which gives a pixel density of 401ppi.
The Moto G has weaker specs, being powered by a quad core processor clocked at 1.4GHz, which is based on a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset along with an Adreno 306 graphics and 1GB of RAM for the variant with 8GB of storage, or 2GB of RAM, which is paired with 16GB of storage.
The K3 Note uses an octa core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, which sites on a Mediatek MT6752 chipset along with Mali-T760MP2 graphics and 2GB of RAM, and it houses an internal memory of 16GB.
Both phones come with a microSD card slot, which allows you to increase the internal memory up to 32GB.
The K3 Note was launched with Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop) out of the box and has Lenovo Vibe 2.0 on top of it, while the Moto G came with the latest v5.1.1 (Lollipop).
These phones have cameras with identical resolutions: 13MP and the back and 5MP on the front. Plus, they benefit from dual-LED flash and can capture 1080p videos at 30fps, but only the Moto G supports auto-HDR for both of its cameras.
The battery from the Moto G 2015 is smaller at 2470 mAh and it’s non-removable. The K3 Note comes with a replaceable 3000 mAh battery.
The K3 Note costs 160 dollars, while the new Moto G is 20 dollars more expensive.