Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro Review: Trimmed Up: Hardware Overview

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Retail package

The Redmi 3 Pro isn't particularly generous with the accessories: a 2A A/C Adapter and a microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable for charging and data is all you get. Hardly a surprise - the original Redmi 3 didn't offer anything extra either.




The retail box

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro 360-degree spin

At 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5mm and 144g, the Redmi 3 Pro is identical size-wise with the original and the Redmi 3s flavor. Consistency is a fine thing - the Pro variant adds a fingerprint scanner and more Random-Access Memory (RAM) plus storage over the Redmi 3 while the Redmi 3s Prime adds the same things over the Redmi 3s. The identical exterior of the Redmi 3 Pro and 3s recommends they will probably taracquire different markets.

Design and build quality

The Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro keeps the unibody design and curvy edges but gets rid of the diamond pattern for a clean and smooth finish. All three Redmi 3 Pro paint jobs - gold, silver and blackgray - utilize solid colors, no gradient or pattern whatsoever.


Other than the missing texture, everything about the Redmi 3 Pro feels familiar. We got the silver edition, which combines a white front and a silver rear cover.

The back may fool you that it's all metal, but the top and bottom bits - where the antennas are placed - are both made of matte plastic to not obstruct reception.






Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

The sunk in fingerprint sensor on the back is quite nice and fits well in the stylish design. It's an always-on scanner performing reasonably fast. It must be one of the reasons for Xiaomi to opt out of the diamond pattern - the back would've looked too cluttered.

The 5" Redmi 3 Pro is perfectly sized to allow reasonably comfortable one-hand operation and yet its classy screen is gigantic enough to like a movie or a game. The phone is compact, perhaps a bit heavy, so you won't be patting your pocket often to check if it's still there.




Handling the Redmi 3 Pro

The Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro's aluminum case provides enough grip, but also for a rather sturdy built, too.

Controls

The Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro's layout of controls is nothing out of the usual. Above the display, the earpiece is sided by a couple of sensors and the 5MP selfie camera.





The Redmi 3 Pro

Below the screen, we find the traditional capacitive control set: Task switcher, Home, and Back keys. There is a status Light Emitting Diode (LED) around too. The keys are still not backlit, though.

The left side houses the ejectable compartment, which can either hold two SIM cards or one SIM and a microSD card.

The correct side is where the volume rocker and the power/lock key are.






The sides of the Redmi 3 Pro

On top of the Redmi 3 we find the audio jack, the secondary mic, and the IR blaster. At the bottom is the primary mic and the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port.






The audio jack and the IR blaster • A peek at the bottom • The microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port

The 13MP capturing camera lens is on the back, accompanied by a single Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash. The loudspeaker grille is also around.





A close-up on the Redmi 3 Pro's back


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