Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Review: In Shiny Armor: Performance

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Performance

Just like its predecessor, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 powered by the MediaTek's MT6795 chipset, also known as Helio X10. Unlike what the name suggests, the processor is actually an octa-core 2Giga Hertz (GHz) Cortex-A53, accompanied by a PowerVR G6200 (Rogue) GPU and 2GB of RAM.

If you'd prefer more RAM, you can opt for the 3GB Random-Access Memory (RAM) model, which also doubles the internal storage up to 32GB. Our review unit however is of the 16GB variety.


GeekBench 3 gauges the multi-core performance of the processor and the Redmi Note 3, unsurprisingly, is outing the same score as its Note 2 sibling. It's a flagship-grade one, though somewhat lower than the Meizu's MX5 and m1 metal, which are also running on the same chips.

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GeekBench 3

Higher is better

  • Meizu MX5

    5110

  • Meizu m1 metal

    4825

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    4589

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    4537

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    4067

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    3554

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    3321

  • Oppo R7s

    3206

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2435

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    2336

  • OnePlus X

    2297

The compound AnTuTu 5 bench deems the Redmi Note 3 equal to the rest of the Helio X10 handsets - the MX5, m1 metal, and Redmi Note 2.

AnTuTu 5

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    50875

  • Meizu m1 metal

    49508

  • Meizu MX5

    48915

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    47816

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    46307

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    46283

  • OnePlus X

    39990

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    38786

  • Oppo R7s

    37857

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    34491

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    32487

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II 2.0 calculates CPU, GPU, memory, Operating System (OS) and web performance and mashes it all up into a single score. The Redmi Note 3 is on par with the Redmi Note 2 and Meizu m1 metal. It manages to beats the Xperia M5, but falls behind the MX5.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • Meizu MX5

    1252

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    1233

  • OnePlus X

    1213

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    1063

  • Meizu m1 metal

    1039

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    1018

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    984

  • Oppo R7s

    930

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    860

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    479

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    296

Quite expectedly, a single Cortex-A53 processor core running at 2Giga Hertz (GHz) is a real beast, while eight of those are indeed a blazing quick configuration.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    5739

  • OnePlus X

    5118

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    3434

  • Meizu MX5

    3262

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    3008

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    2990

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    2551

  • Meizu m1 metal

    2439

  • Oppo R7s

    2418

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2388

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    2065

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    24979

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    24538

  • Meizu MX5

    22976

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    21516

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    18490

  • Meizu m1 metal

    17481

  • OnePlus X

    16983

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    14276

  • Oppo R7s

    13882

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    13521

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    7891

PowerVR G6200 GPU is perfectly capable of handling 1080p displays. Its raw offclassy screen performance is better than the widespread Adreno 405 within the Snapdragon 615, so we guess the Helio X10 is the smarter choice for the 1080p upper mid-rangers. The only threat comes from the Snapdragon 808's Adreno 418 (Xiaomi Mi 4c), which seems to be the better performer. The aging Adreno 330, once a royalty, is also better. And we still can't elaborate the MX5's win, which has identical specs.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    15

  • Meizu MX5

    10

  • OnePlus X

    9.9

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    8.5

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    8.5

  • Meizu m1 metal

    8.4

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    8.4

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    6.2

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    6.1

  • Oppo R7s

    5.9

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    10

  • Meizu MX5

    4.8

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    4.5

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    4

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    4

  • Meizu m1 metal

    4

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    2.9

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    15

  • OnePlus X

    10

  • Meizu MX5

    9.5

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    8.7

  • Meizu m1 metal

    8

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    7.9

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    7.9

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    6.2

  • Oppo R7s

    6.2

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    6.1

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    9.7

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    4.9

  • Meizu MX5

    4.7

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    3.9

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    3.9

  • Meizu m1 metal

    3.9

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    2.9

The GPU bench Baseimprint X confirms our findings.

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    12096

  • OnePlus X

    10572

  • Meizu MX5

    10403

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    8540

  • Meizu m1 metal

    8526

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    8518

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    7780

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    5656

  • Oppo R7s

    5302

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    4875

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2974

The Helio X10 inside the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a remarkable performer for such an affordable device and a real powerhouse. There is nothing the Helio X10 can't handle on the Redmi Note 3's 1080p display and we are sure the Xiaomi fans will appreciate the choice of platform and all the software optimizations the company has done on the MIUI 7 launcher.


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