Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Hands-on: The Snapdragon Edition

By 10:07 Mon, 16 Aug 2021 Comments


Introduction

The Redmi series has always been Xiaomi's bread and butter. Combining fine design, features, and reasonable performance at a very attractive price, the Redmi series has redefined for many what a fine budacquire smartphone should be like.


The latest in the series is the Redmi Note 3. The phone is the successor to last year's Redmi Note 2 and improves upon several key aspects, such as a metal body, fingerprint sensor, brand recent chipset, and a larger battery. It's especially improved over the original Redmi Note Prime, which would be a gigantic deal for people in India who never got the Redmi Note 2.

Today, the company is launching the Redmi Note 3 in India. And even though we already have the smartphone reviewed, it was based on a Mediatek chipset. The recent release comes with Snapdragon 650 and since we've had the chance to play with it for the past few days, we'd gladly share our impressions.

Redmi Note 3 at a glance

  • Aluminum body
  • 5.5-inch, 1920x1080 IPS LCD
  • elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 650; 2x 1.8Giga Hertz (GHz) Cortex-A72 + 4x 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) Cortex-A53; Adreno 510
  • 2GB Random-Access Memory (RAM) with 16GB storage/3GB Random-Access Memory (RAM) with 32GB storage; microSD support
  • Dual SIM, LTE, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, IR, microUSB
  • 16 megapixel rear capturing camera with PDAF, f2.0 aperture, dual Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash
  • 5 megapixel front camera, f2.0 aperture
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 4050mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 with MIUI 7

Compared to Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

  • microSD (occupies SIM 2 slot)
  • Higher resolution capturing camera (16MP vs. 13MP)
  • Better Snapdragon 650 chipset with faster processor and more powerful graphics


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