Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Review: In Shiny Armor

By 06:03 Mon, 16 Aug 2021 Comments


The Redmi Note 3 is a thoughtfully targeted device with a premium metal build, flagship-grade specs, and an iconic MIUI launcher. The third device of the series upgrades design of the Redmi Note 2 just three months after its premiere, while keeping the same specs, but improving the security with a fingerprint scanner.

Indeed the upgrades are not that many - a metal shell, a bigger battery, recent dual-LED flash, and biometric security. But are those enough to justify a recent device?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 hit the shelves in August 2015 and the dust from this launch didn't even had a chance of settling before the Redmi Note 3 got official.

It's an unexpected product strategy and we have no possible explanation other than the possibility that the two phones will be offered on different markets altogether.

Or perhaps we should be looking at the Redmi Note 3 as the Pro version of the Redmi Note 2 (or Prime as Xiaomi calls those) - it costs a few bucks more and improves on the usability. The metal shell boosts the aesthetics and handling, the fingerprint reader unlocks the classy screen faster than a PIN number, while the dual-LED dual-tone flash may assist for a better white balance when taking flash photos. And there is the bigger battery to haged the phone running for longer.

The 5.5" 1080p classy screen seems as remarkable as before, the snappy Helio X10 chip is promising a flagship-grade performance, while the 13MP capturing camera seems adequately equipped. The MIUI 7 comes out of the box and we know it will deliver a smooth and unique experience.

Key features

  • 5.5" IPS display of 1080p resolution; 403ppi
  • Mediatek Helio X10 chipset MT6795; octa-core 2.0Giga Hertz (GHz) Cortex-A53; PowerVR G6200 GPU; 2GB (16GB model) or 3GB (32GB model) of RAM
  • 13MP main capturing camera with hybrid phase detect autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • 1080p video capture at 30fps
  • 5MP front-facing camera, 1080p at 30fps video recording
  • MIUI v.7 based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
  • 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage
  • 4G LTE Cat.4 (150Mbps); Dual SIM; Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.1; GPS, GLONASS and Beidou; Frequency Modulation (FM) radio
  • IR port
  • Dual-microphone active noise canceling
  • 4,000 mAh non-removable battery, quick charging

Main disadvantages

  • No scratch resistant front glass
  • No NFC
  • Battery not removable
  • No microSD expansion

It's as if the Redmi Note 3 follows in the steps of the Meizu m1 metal, which came with a similar range of upgrades over the Meizu m1 note.

Like most of the recent Xiaomi offers, the Redmi Note 3 omits memory expansion and removable battery, but this will hardy surprise anyone. The lack of a scratch resistant glass is what bothers us, but maybe Xiaomi just isn't advertising its presence - there is really no way to test that.

Special thanks to HonorBuy for providing the review unit.



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