Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: A Low-End Smartphone with High-End Specs


Xiaomi nailed it with the much impressive and low-priced Redmi Note 3 smartphone that comes with some of the best features and specs available in the current market.

You will enjoy the phone’s premium build, exceptional battery unit as well as a fast and extremely accurate fingerprint scanner for far much less money than you’d expect. The focus on affordability is not just in the high-end mid-level segments, but the lower end class is also doing marvelouslywith quite some amazing devices.

In most cases, devices in the lower end usually have their share of issues. However, Xiaomi is ready to do away with this notion and come in with a device that is near perfect. To get to know more about this Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 here is a deeper insight into the phones specifics.

Design and display

If you saw the design of the Redmi Note 2, you will be a little familiar with the Redmi Note 3. However, the latter features a metal unibody while the former features a matte finish theplastic build, which makes the Note 3 look a lot more premium than its predecessor.

The phone comes with curved edges and sides that make the handling experience a lot better; however, you got to be careful when handling it given the slippery nature of the metal body. In short, you may need to use two hands when working with this phone on most occasions. The fingerprint scanner has been placed at the back, just close to the camera.

As far as the display is concerned, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has a 5.5 inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 403ppi. For a device that is groupedon the lower end, this is an amazing display.

Performance, hardware, and software

Inside the Redmi Note, 3 are an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 chipset that manages a speed of 2GHz. To back it up, there is a PowerVR G6200 graphics unit and a RAM of either 2GB or 3GB, depending on the variant. Whether its 2 or 3GB, the phone provides decent multitasking speeds where everything is smooth, and there is no significant lag apart from when running processes that are more intensive.

When it comes to gaming, you will only enjoy this phone when you set it to Performance Mode. Otherwise, you will have some issues when playing certain games on the phone.

The onboard memory available is decent as well, offering two variants of 16GB and 32GB. However, unlike many low and mid-range devices, the Redmi Note 3 has no microSD card expansion slot on either variant. As a result, we may see the 32GB model getting more sales as opposed to the 16GB variant.

The fingerprint scanner has been placed in comfortable proximity to the index finger, and as mentioned earlier, it is fast and accurate, almost as good as the Nexus 6P.

With the device’s large screen and the fact that large screens consume more battery power, Xiaomi went for a 4,000mAh unit that ensures your entire day is over without any battery issues. On the other hand, you won’t find quick charging capabilities on this device, but you will enjoy the long battery life it offers.

The Note 3 smartphone comes with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box in addition to a heavily skinned MIUI 7 UX that ideally hides the Material Design elements of this phone. Nonetheless, you will enjoy the customization options and some features offered by MIUI, among them transition effects as well as weekly OTA updates from developers.

With Google still having problems in the Chinese market, the Redmi Note 3 has no Google apps preinstalled on it. The good thing is that they can still be installed. Better still; the global version of this phone will come preinstalled with the usual Google apps found on any Android device.

Camera and pricing

The Redmi Note 3 has a 13MP snapper on the rear that features an f/2.2 aperture as well as phase detection autofocus. On the front panel, there is a 5MP snapper with a much better f/2.0 aperture. Nonetheless, both cameras will give you decent photos.

As mentioned earlier, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a low-end smartphone and now, it is only available in China. The 16GB, 2GB RAM variant trades at $140 while the 32GB, 3GB RAM variant sells at about $172.

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