Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime Review: A Closer Look: Performance

By 09:55 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 Comments


Performance

The Xiaomi Redmi 3S duo runs on elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 with octa-core Cortex-A53 Central Processing Units (CPU) clocked at 1.4Giga Hertz (GHz) and Adreno 505. It's a significant improvement over the Snapdragon 410 on the Redmi 2 and snapping at the heels of the Snapdragon 616. The Redmi 3S comes with 2GB Random-Access Memory (RAM) and 16GB storage whereas the more expensive Redmi 3S Prime gets 3GB Random-Access Memory (RAM) and 32GB storage.





System info by AIDA64

The performance on the 3S was a bit underwhelming. The UI doesn't feel anywhere near as fluid as that on the Redmi Note 3. There is noticeable stuttering while scrolling in apps, which gets particularly poor in Chrome especially when you hit an ad on the page while scrolling, in which case the framerate tanks pretty hard. Despite having a much more powerful processor, the 3S often feels less fluid than the outgoing Redmi 2. It seems the performance is set to either conserve battery or to prevent overheating of the phone.

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GeekBench 3 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    4537

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    4067

  • Huawei Honor 5c

    3933

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    3386

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    3321

  • Meizu m3 note

    3028

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

    2874

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    2842

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

    2803

GeekBench 3 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Huawei Honor 5c

    898

  • Meizu m3 note

    807

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

    668

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

    655

The phone does manage its memory quite well. On the 3GB Prime model, we could haged a bunch of apps, 7-8 tabs in Chrome, and a game comfortably open in the background without the phone running out of breath.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Huawei Honor 5c

    51220

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    45474

  • Meizu m3 note

    44898

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

    41693

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

    34937

Gaming is a definite improvement over the Redmi 2. The phone can play most games relatively well, with only the most demanding games stuttering at their max settings. The phone does have a tendency to heat up, however. Games that tdiscontinue to hit the Central Processing Units (CPU) particularly hard (_PRISM is a fine example) tdiscontinue to cautilize the upper back of the phone to warm up considerably.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    15

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    13

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    8.5

  • Huawei Honor 5c

    7.8

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

    6.5

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    6.1

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    5.8

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

    5.8

  • Meizu m3 note

    5.4

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    15

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

    13

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    12

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

    11

  • Huawei Honor 5c

    8.3

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    7.9

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    7.8

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    6.1

  • Meizu m3 note

    5.4

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    10

  • Huawei Honor 5c

    4.5

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

    4.3

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    4

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    2.9

  • Meizu m3 note

    2.5

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    9.7

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

    9.6

  • Huawei Honor 5c

    4.8

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    3.9

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    2.9

  • Meizu m3 note

    2.5

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    12096

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    9111

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    8540

  • Huawei Honor 5c

    7735

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

    7236

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    5656

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

    5427

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    5108

  • Meizu m3 note

    4567

Multimedia performance is decent. You acquire the usual robust codec support from Xiaomi, extending all the way to AC3 and Digital Theater System (DTS) audio codecs meaning you can play most audio video formats without needing to install a separate video player for them. There is no video player as such so you will have to play them through the Gallery app. You do acquire a dedicated video player, however, along with Google Play Music and oddly the former can be uninstalled but not the latter. There is also an Frequency Modulation (FM) radio app. The audio quality through headphones is fine and it also gets plenty loud. The loudspeaker is neither of those things.

The fingerprint sensors on Xiaomi phones have never been particularly remarkable and the 3S is no different. It's pretty inconsistent and can hold a while to unlock at times or completely ignore your finger the other times. It's also placed quite far up to create space for the battery underneath and even on this relatively small phone is a bit of a stretch. The one on the Redmi Note 3 is actually easier to reach than this one even though that phone is much larger.


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