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One thing that Chinese OEMs are good at is coming in with cheap smartphones that have great designs, impressive hardware specs and very hard to find.

Yes, you read that right! It’s not easy bumping into a Xiaomi Redmi 4A, for instance. It’s a great phone with an impressive design and some interesting specs for a device of its price. However, you will sweat trying to find it, which is where the new Moto C might just have an edge.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A

Also a product of China’s Lenovo, which now owns Motorola, the Moto C is a great budget handset that doesn’t have a lot to get excited about except that fact that it’s easy to find and, well, it’s a Motorola phone. You can have either of these two phones at about $100 or even less, but which one is worth it? Let’s take a closer look.

It’s true that both Xiaomi Redmi 4A and Moto C are carved out of plastic, but the former has the better looks and feel when compared to the latter. A quick glance at the two might leave you with the impression that they belong to two different smartphone classes. As opposed to the removable black cover on the rear that easily brings back the memories of the Moto E3 Power, the Redmi 4A has a slight matte finish that adds more elegance to the otherwise budget phone.

In terms of display, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A has a decent 5-inch LCD display screen with a 1280 x 720 pixels (HD) resolution that ends up with about 294ppi pixel density. If you are not so happy with the already vibrant colors of the display, the Redmi 4A also packs a manual mode that can be used to deliver even much better results. On the contrary, the Moto C continues its run of disappointments with a 5-inch TFT screen with a meager 854 x 480 pixels resolution that delivers a poor 196ppi pixel density.

In short, the kind of display quality you get on the Moto C is nowhere near the Xiaomi Redmi 4A – but this is not all, just yet. On the inside, the Lenovo-owned phone has a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor with a clock speed of just 1.1GHz and paired with a RAM of 1GB. There’s 16GB of storage with room to expand it up to 32GB. You also get things like dual-SIM connectivity, 4G LTE as well as USB OTG.

On the other hand, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A has a decent Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core that has a speed of 1.4GHz and is paired with a better 2GB RAM. The storage is the same at 16GB, but the Redmi 4A can accommodate up to 128GB of extended storage. There’s dual-SIM support, but you’ll have to sacrifice the microSD card in order to enjoy using a second SIM card on the phone. Like the Moto C, you also get support for USB OTG, 4G LTE as well as VoLTE connectivity.

When it comes to software matters, Motorola has always been ahead of the game and so is the Moto C. The phone has the latest Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box as opposed to Redmi 4A’s Android Marshmallow. It gets even better as Motorola’s phone has a near-stock Android OS as opposed to the heavily customized MIUI 8 that runs on top of stock Android on the 4A.

Motorola Moto C

As far as the camera is concerned, you’ll come across a 13MP lens with f/2.2 aperture, AF and LED flash on the back of the Xiaomi Redmi 4A. The front has a 5MP lens for selfies, which is same as the Moto C’s main camera that also includes AF and LED flash. As for the front camera, the Lenovo phone has a mere 2MP lens. Keeping the Redmi 4A alive is a massive 3120mAh non-removable battery unit that outshines the mere 2350mAh removable unit used on the Moto C.

So, what do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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