It is a known fact that Xiaomi produces excellent budget smartphones that offer great value for money. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 that was launched in 2015 is one of the most successful devices from the company and is very much in demand even now. The perfect combination of competitive budget pricing with lucrative specs are the reason why the Redmi Note 3 is so good.

Meanwhile, Samsung has done an excellent job in the high-end segment, but the company has not been very famous in the budget segment this year. The South Korean giant recently revamped its Galaxy A series and J series of smartphones and gave them new specs and features along with the “(2016)” suffix. One of those smartphones include the new Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 that comes with some notable upgrades over its predecessor.

We have already seen Xiaomi take the budget smartphone segment by storm with the Redmi Note 3, and now it’s time to see whether Samsung is able to something even closely similar with the new 2016 Galaxy J3. Does the Galaxy J3 2016 have what it takes to create an impact on the budget market? Or does it stand weakly against the Redmi Note 3? Let’s compare.

Galaxy J3 2016 vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Galaxy J3

Design and Display

The Redmi Note 3 gets a full-metal sandblasted unibody that looks premium and makes the phone look double its price. It’s perfectly made with proper curves and smooth edges, and it doesn’t look cheap from any angle. The phone features a 5.5-inch Full HD display.

The Galaxy J3 (2016) on the other hand looks like most other budget smartphones from Samsung and gets a plastic body. It’s appearance shouts out loud that it’s a cheap smartphone. It comes with a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen.

Processor and Memory

The 2016 Galaxy J3 runs on a 1.2 GHz Spreadtrum processor that’s not even worth mentioning. The phone gets 1.5GB of RAM with 8GB/16GB of internal expandable storage and runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

The Redmi Note 3 gets a powerful Helio X10 octa-core processor with 2GB/3GB RAM and 16GB/32GB internal storage. It also runs on Android 5.1.1.

xiaomi redmi note 3 image

Camera and Battery

The Galaxy J3 (2016) features an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera, both with LED flash. The Redmi Note 3 comes with a 16MP rear camera with PDAF and dual-tone dual LED flash, and a 5MP front camera.

The Galaxy J3 2016 gets a 2600mAh battery, while the Xiaomi phone gets a 4000mAh one.


The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with a fingerprint sensor at the back, but the J3 does not.


The new Galaxy J3 2016 costs around INR 9,000. Meanwhile, the 2GB RAM/16GB storage variant of the Redmi Note 3 costs INR 10,000, while the 3GB/32GB version costs INR 12,000. In any case, we suggest you to go for the Redmi Note 3 and you won’t be disappointed as it comes with better specs, more memory, faster processor, better looks, and much more than the J3 can offer.

What’s your choice? Comment below.