The fight for the best affordable phone in Asia: Lenovo Lemon 3 goes official, to rival the Xiaomis of the world

China has become the world's largest phone market in recent years and over there, the competition is intense, especially when it comes to affordable phones. If you start counting Chinese phone makers, you might as well find that there is a brand for every one of the billion people living in the world's most populous country.

It should come as no surprise then, that days after Xiaomi (a company said to be the world's second highest valued start-up after Uber) unveiled its Redmi 3, Lenovo is announcing a rival to the phone in the same price tier: the new Lenovo Lemon 3.

Now, keep in mind that here we are talking about phones that are officially sold only in China (and in some other Asian countries), but that will most likely not be officially sold in the United States or Europe. Still, it's interesting how such cheap devices push the envelope of what's possible in an affordable phone.

Here is what the Lenovo Lemon 3 is all about: at an official price of just around $106 in China (699 yuan, if you buy it via re-seller expect a double digit price hike), it brings a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core system chip under the hood, a 13-megapixel rear cam coupled with a 5-megapixel selfie shooter and a plentiful for its class 16GB of internal storage.

We also consider the presence of Dolby Surround effects as an interesting extra (it's hard to what this really means, but hopefully, it's an indication that Lenovo has taken care to make sound on this affordable phone better than standard). Apart from all this, the phone itself looks sleek, with a fairly non-chubby, 7.99mm thin body.

The only part where it clearly loses the comparison with the Xiaomi Redmi 3 is the battery: while the Xiaomi features a 4,100mAh cell, here you have a 2,750mAh battery.

So... if you had the hypothetical ability to buy this phone at its low price, would you go for it?

source: Lenovo (translated)



1. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

I think with lesser battery Lenovo Lemon 3 also light in weight than redmi 3.Also looks more premium in design as compared to redmi 3.

2. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

But at this budget, looks are second priority. A bigger beefier battery is always welcome though..

6. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Definitely a bigger battery is always welcome.But it also adds some weight to the phone.Personally I prefer lighter phone over heavy phones having almost same specs.Also if u wants to add a flip cover it furthers makes it more bulky.

7. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

do not forget that lenovo has a history of using low quality materials for low budget phone and out of 5 phones i bouht from lenovo all died before completing there first birth day. xiaomi i bought redmi1s on the day of lauch, running smoothly till now and now redmi note 2 which is working owsum

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

you keep buyin phone from lenovo even tough all those die less than a year? it must be so hard for you to learn something :-/ or at least, try to make more believable, like change that 5 phone to 2 or 3 phone

3. joseanand

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

2750 mAh battery with 1080p screen vs 4100 mah Battery with 720p screen. redmi 3 will go on for days.

4. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Design is clearly better, reminds me on my old HTC HD2. Lenovo has better display, Xiaomi has better battery life + support. How about the LTE Band support on the Lime? If it supports 800mhz i might go for the lime than redmi.

5. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015


8. Rifqiandi

Posts: 23; Member since: May 28, 2015

Insult a company just because that company phased out your favorite company? Sorry, I guess this is what they called "business".

15. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Lenovo is an EVIL company and they soon will ruin everything moto gained so far. ++ RIP MOTO ++

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Only oneplus ATM can sell an affordable phone and still sell it exclusively in NA.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

great, who need midranger nowaday? lowend phone spec is almost same as midranger, and last year flagship also cost same as midranger :-/

14. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

These Snapdragon 600 series chips are such a crap... 8 weak cpus, weak gpu... 650 and 652 are OK tho...but 28nm..

16. abhinav.snsahu

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 08, 2015

Redmi 3 with 4100mAh > Lemon 3 with 2750

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