As expected, Xiaomi has brought the newer Snapdragon version of the Redmi Note 3 to India in place of the original MediaTek one which came out in November last year. The brand has also launched its line of colorful Mi Bluetooth speakers and slapped it with a Rs 1999 price tag.
As for the metal-bodied Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, the brand has stuck to what’s been working for it so far, coupling top-notch specs at an affordable cost. The 2GB/16GB model retails for Rs 9999 and the 3GB/32GB one for Rs 11999. Both are set to hit the brand’s official store and Amazon on March 9, with availability expanding to Flipkart and Snapdeal in the future.
The Redmi Note 3 seems to be more or less the same phone that we saw back in January. It uses Qualcomm’s new hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor which clocks in at 1.8GHz and uses an Adreno 510 GPU. A fingerprint scanner can be found on its rear surface, letting users click selfies and unlock the phone within 0.3 seconds.
A quick look at the specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3:
– OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop-based MIUI 7
– Display: 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixels
– Storage: 16GB/32GB
– RAM: dual-channel 2GB/3GB
– Battery: 4050mAh
– CPU: hexa-core 1.8GHz Snapdragon 650
– GPU: Adreno 510
– Camera: 16MP rear, 5MP front
– Weight: 164g
– Size: 150 x 76 x 8.65mm
– Connectivity: 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fiac, dual-SIM, A-GPS, GLONASS, microUSB 2.0, USB OTG
Another major highlight is the Xiaomi phone’s 16MP main camera. The module takes advantage of PDAF to focus photos within 0.1 seconds and further offers two-tone LED flash. It even comes with the skill to determine a room’s color temperature and dual ISP processing to reduce noise and improve contrast.
In other major Xiaomi news, the company is debuting the Mi 5 in India within a month’s time. The flagship phone came out in China just a few days ago and had apparently gotten more than 16 million registrations for its first flash sale. For now, Indians can register for the Redmi Note 3 via Amazon or the company’s site.