Xiaomi has just revealed the pricing of one of the most expected device of 2016 so far, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. As we have come to known earlier, it does indeed come in 2 variants, a 16GB version that comes equipped with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is priced at 9,999 and a 32GB variant which will feature 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which is priced at at 11,999.
Xiaomi has always done the impressive feat of positioning its products in a very lucrative pricing and the Redmi Note 3 is no different. For the price of 9,999 and 11,999 both the handsets are extremely compelling and offer features which no other handset in the current price bracket offers.
The Redmi Note 3 also poses a threat to Xiaomi’s own Mi4i and the Mi4, it is speculated that the Chinese giant will soon pull down the previous generation due for the latest Mi5 and Note 3 models.
Barring the differences in the RAM and memory capacity, both the handsets share the same specifications. The Redmi Note 3 sports a massive 5.5-inch display that’s glorified by 401 ppi distributed in 1920 x 1080 pixels (that’s just our euphemism for a Full HD display). It is powered by a beefy Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 CPU which is a hexacore processor that has enough horsepower to challenge Qualcomm’s own Snapdragon 808. Xiaomi also revealed that the Snapdragon 650 on the Redmi Note 3 is able to gather around 77,000 in the Antutu Benchmark, which is just fantastic.
The Battery and Display
The Redmi Note 3 also features a huge 4,000 mAh battery to ensure amazing battery life along with Quick Charging capabilities. The handset is also crafted out of metal to ensure a premium look and feel, both, when on the hand and on the table.
Hugo Barra showcased that the Redmi Note 3 lasted for around 10.5 hours on a continuous video loop test and for around 7 hours during an uninterrupted gaming session. To be honest, that’s just expected from a 4,000 mAh handset, in comparison a Samsung Galaxy S5 with a 2,600 mAh battery last around 11 hours on a continuous video loop test. We know that it has a Super AMOLED display, but even so, 11 hours from a 2,600 mAh battery is amazing. We truly expected more from the Redmi Note 3, but an average user would probably never find the battery life of the Note 3 to be insufficient.
The camera and fingerprint scanner
The fingerprint scanner of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 variant has been reported to be excellent, we also had a conversation with a couple of Mi explorers and found out that the Indian variant performs admirably as well. The fingerprint sensor can also act as a shutter button for the camera.
The camera on the Redmi Note 3 is a 16 MP shooter from Samsung, it is a close relative of the ISOCELL camera found in the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. So we expect amazing image quality (amazing is relative to the money we pay for it and not in absolute terms). The front facing camera is 5 MP which should be sufficient for selfie-lovers, as we were told by the MI explorers that it produces pleasing images.
What we liked
We liked the fact that the Redmi Note 3 is an absolute no compromise device, it has almost every core functionality one could ask for. It is even equipped with the memory card slot in the form of a hybrid SIM tray for those who just can’t get enough. In our eyes, the Redmi Note 3 is one of the best value for money devices in India so far.
The Redmi Note 3 will be made in India and will also feature themes from Indian designers. As for the UI front, it will be running the latest iteration from Xiaomi, the MIUI 7. The Note 3 will be 4G LTE capable and will also support VoLTE with 5 band network optimization.
What we didn’t like
Hugo also displayed that the Redmi Note 3 beats the Nexus 5x and the Moto X Style, but what he didn’t tell you is the fact that the Snapdragon 808 has twice the connectivity speed of the Snapdragon 650 found in the Redmi Note 3. Although we are a couple of years away from reaching those speeds commercially, it is still a little ugly for a brand to go after other brands, especially when those other brands are developer’s favourite ones.
The Note 3 is also equipped with Hungama (perceived as bloatware by a few users) with free service for 2 months.
Hugo Barra announced that the Redmi Note 3 would go on sale by next week.