Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 unboxing and first impressions

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 unboxing and first impressions

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Waiting to know what the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is like? Well see for yourself in our unboxing and first impressions video.

To say that the tech world got excited with the launch of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is an understatement. The Redmi Note 3 took low-cost/high spec to a new level, but what is it like once you get the phone in your hands?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 first impressions

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 represents a lot of firsts for the Beijing phone maker. This is the first time that Xiaomi have launched two versions of the Redmi Note in a single year (remember there was a very big gap between the original Redmi Note and Note 2), its the first Xiaomi with a fingerprint scanner and the first Xiaomi to come with a unibody alloy chassis.

xiaomi redmi note 3 review

So what is it like? Well it’s a chunky phone and the design is very very similar to the Meizu MX5. In fact comparing the Redmi Note 3 to the MX5 actually shows that while the Xiaomi is an alloy phone, it isn’t built to the same standards as the flagship Meizu (to be expected at this price point).

xiaomi redmi note 3 review

Its a shame to see the Redmi Note 3 look so similar to the MX5 (or Meizu Metal) but on the flip side it’s good to see an all alloy budget phone from Xiaomi. It’s also good to finally see a fingerprint scanner and see how it was intergrated in to MIUI (very cleanly). Set up of the fingerprint scanner is good, and once set up, WOW is it impressively fast and accurate!

xiaomi redmi note 3 review

From the front of the phone this phone is unmistakably Redmi. There isn’t much difference on the face of the phone between this and the plastic Redmi Note 2. You have a 5.5-inch FHD display, slim(ish) bezels and a trio of back-lit buttons on the chin.

This being a first impressions I’ve not had chance to fully test the performance of that Mediatek Helio X10, and the camera, but so far there are no alarm bells. MIUI runs really smoothly, there are no worrying heat spikes and the camera takes good looking photos.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 – Gallery

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 – Specifications

Model: Redmi Note 3
Sim Card: Dual SIM Card  Dual Standby(both SIM slots support 4G)
Color: Silver| Gold | Dark Gray
Capacity 16 GB, 2GB RAM LPDDR3 dual-channel

32 GB, 3GB RAM LPDDR3 dual-channel

Multi-Languages  English as default

(For Multi-languages ,please refer to the screenshot showed above)

Chipset CPU: MTK Helio X10 MT6795 Octa-core

GPU: Power VR G6200 550MHz

System MIUI V7 Android 5.0
Screen Display Size: 5.5 Inch full HD display

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels,403PPI

Screen Color: 16000K Colors

Multitouch: Yes

Camera Rear Camera: 13MP, PDAF Autofocus

Front Camera: 5MP

Video Capture:[email protected], [email protected]

Network and Wireless Connectivity 4G FDD-LTE B1/B3/B7(1800/2100/2600MHz) ,

TDD-LTE (B38/B39/B40/B41: 2555-2655MHz)

3G: WCDMA  850/900/1900/ 2100MHz

TD-SCDMA B34/B39

2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz

GPS: GPS + AGPS  + GLONASS + BDS(BeiDou Navigation Satellite System)

Bluetooth: BT4.1,HID

WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Support  2.4/5GHz,Wi-Fi hotspot,Dual-And, Wi-Fi Direct

Battery capacity and life 4000mAh lithium-ion battery

Standby Time: About 3~4 days

Sensor Fingerprint Scanner,Electronic compass, Accelerometer, Light sensor,Gyroscope, Infrared, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor
Size Dimensions: 149.98 × 75.96 × 8.75 mm

Net Weight:  165g

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 – Review

With Christmas coming up I want to try and fast track this review and get it done as soon as possible so please keep posted. I also plan to perform a camera shootout between the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Redmi Note 3 so watch out for that too.

xiaomi redmi note 3 review

If you have any questions about Xiaomi’s latest smartphone then please feel free to let me know in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.

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  • David

    Hello Andi
    Im Glad you decided to review this phone now cause i was thinking about it,, after i saw how bad the battery and the camera of LETV 1s. so i shifted my focus on this one,, please check the audio both from speaker and with heaphones and compare it to le1s.. also compare the camera and battery life..sun light visibility of the screen,, thank you so much

  • Olympique_Packers

    I believe you have the gray version, as the silver version is white front ?

  • Mario Pruteanu

    Please do a camera shootout against the letv le1s and audio through speaker please.

  • Eduard

    It support dlna transfer?

    • balcobomber25

      All modern phones support it, but not all streaming apps support all phones.

  • Dave Bryson

    Gorilla glass screen? single or dual speakers? thanks Andi

  • Andi please do quickly and review this smartphone. I am very interested in getting this for me and wifey this Xmas.

  • Andreas

    Hi,

    thanks for this review, really appreciate it!

    Two questions though:
    – Does it have NFC built in?
    – What’s about a SD-Card slot? Can the second SIM-Card slot used as a SD-Card slot?

    Thanks!

    • Akimitsui

      No for both

  • Muhammad Yasir

    hope the cam is not catastrophic !

    • balcobomber25

      Can’t think of a Xiaomi that had a really bad camera.

      • Muhammad Yasir

        but the note 2 camera wasnt so good … as per the review

        • balcobomber25

          It wasn’t the greatest camera but it wasn’t a catastrophe either.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            yeah .. but , it wasnt as flashy as it was flaunted to be in all the fancy renders AND headlines ..
            kinda makes it stale when the end result can’t live up to that expectation.

        • balcobomber25

          And keep in mind the reviewers here (as with most sites) get to use some of the very best camera phones available so they tend to be more hypocritical of lesser cameras. For the average user the camera will still be very good.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            i see…

  • Chris

    Hi Andi,
    can you also test the reception of the phone and its call quality?
    And how does the glass of the screen hold up to Gorilla Glass Screens in terms of scratch restistence?

    Thanky you very much!

  • Thomson Nguyen

    anyone know where i can get one in hong kong? im here for next few days, went to xiaomi store in mongkok and they dont have it

    • balcobomber25

      Was the store sold out or they didn’t have it at all? I’m pretty sure it hasn’t released in Hong Kong yet. At which point your only option is the cell phone markets where you have to very careful for fakes. Xiaomi is one of the most copied phones in Asia. Your best bet is to just order one online and have it shipped back to your home.

  • MAHOGANY HD

    I am interested in the battery life.

  • Venci

    Greatest mystery, which one is the best:
    -Xiaomi redmi note 3
    -Letv x500
    -Letv x600
    -Meizu m1 metal

    • GoldenBoy

      imho, if you want updates and good rom, go with xiaomi.
      letv roms are more buggy.
      And battery should be better on xiaomi, since it’s 4000mah.
      I think xiaomi made a killer phone with note 3

      • balcobomber25

        Meizu has been very good with keeping the MX5 updated, since August there have been now 9 OTA’s. But no one comes close to Xiaomi with keeping phones updated.

  • Chris

    Does the phone heat after playing games?
    Also, do you think that this device could bend?
    Please answer cause I think about getting this device 🙂

  • richard davies

    I live in the uk and am considering purchasing 1 of these phone, Would i be able to view java based wesites on this phone.

    • GoldenBoy

      if you can see that websites in others android based devices, then yes.

  • MrRoboto

    Looks like a very good device : finger print scanner, big battery, Helios X10..overall specs.
    Should I wait for this one by the end of the month:
    http://cur.lv/s8ue1

  • Wandering Android

    Andi, please benchmark the battery with pcmark or geek bench 3.

    • balcobomber25

      It’s better for him to report on his actual usage with the battery. Simulated tests never give a good measure of how good or bad a battery is. I have used phones that scored very well on those tests and were average at best in real world usage.

      • Wandering Android

        Benchmarks just give you a standard baseline because people uses their phones differently. Like for example if it scores 6 hours on the benchmark, then I would know based on my personal experience with devices having the same score that I would get 3 hours of screen time with my usage. You on the other hand, might get 5 hours or whatever with your usage.

        • balcobomber25

          But benchmarks don’t take into account a lot of factors that can affect battery life. They are simulated tests that are give you a baseline number to judge against other baseline numbers. If he scores 6 hours on the benchmark that means he scored 6 hours on the benchmark. You could get 3 hours of on screen time or you could get 1 because of a major bug in the software that the benchmark doesn’t expose.

          • balcobomber25

            I understand your point, I just don’t agree with benchmarks, I think real world usage gives a better measure.

            • Wandering Android

              It is far easier to benchmark the device and go from there. Saying that phone will have enough power to run you a day and a half is too vague and leaves too many questions. Like how many minutes of calls did you do. Wifi surfing? Data usage? Text messages? And all important question of what screen times do you get on average? The previous Redmi Note 2 averages around 6-7 hours in those tests. But in reality could only do around 4 hours of average screen times. Would be interesting how the x10 with the 4000mah and 3gb ram performs.

            • balcobomber25

              That’s why he would need to break down his actual usage each day, that is much more reliable than a simulated benchmark.

            • Wandering Android

              Which he has never done in his reviews because that is too meticulous to do. That is why people use tools like PCmark and Geek Bench 3.

            • balcobomber25

              It’s not too meticulous at all, he just chooses not to for some reason. Plenty of other reviewers do it without an issue. People use benchmarks because they believe in the false notion that simulated tests actually tell you something.

            • Wandering Android

              Most reviewers don’t do it because it takes too much time. That’s why battery benchmarks were created. Simulated tests gives you a baseline. It also makes the reviewers job easier.

            • balcobomber25

              Except most reviewers do in fact do it. It doesn’t take any extra time from their normal review. Takes just as long and sometimes longer to do battery benchmarks. Simulated tests give you a number that is created in ideal conditions. It gives you a baseline to compare against other numbers, and several manufacturers have figured out ways to cheat the benchmarks and make them appear better than they actually are. Flaws that are only exposes with actual usage.

            • Wandering Android

              The point is Andi or the guys in gizchina don’t do that battery review in detail. That is why I suggested just running a benchmark.

            • Wandering Android

              And FYI, as of now there is no way of cheating the battery tests mentioned.

            • balcobomber25

              They don’t do battery benchmark tests either because they are often time too time consuming. That is why i suggested they just tell us about their daily usage during their reviews.

            • Wandering Android

              They are time consuming but you are just leaving the phone running the benchmark until it’s done as opposed to what you’re suggesting which is also timing consuming and 10 times the work.

            • balcobomber25

              How is it 10x the work if they are already doing that work for a phone review? When they do a review they test out everything from playing music to games to camera. Only extra work is writing down how long they did each for and how long the battery lasted.

            • Wandering Android

              You need to do it for a couple of days to find an average, while taking note what you are doing and for how long. That is waaay much, more than 10 times the work, than just running the benchmark.

            • balcobomber25

              The average review takes more than a couple days, most take at least a week. Your very confused about how reviews actually work. What is 10x the work is stopping a review to run a benchmark that takes hours away from your review.

            • Wandering Android

              Try jotting down the things you do on your phone and for how long for a couple of days while going about your daily task like work and etc. See how that compares to downloading an app, running the app and waiting for the results. You must be the one confused on how these benchmarking tools work.

            • balcobomber25

              I have used them all. Battery benchmarks are long and tedious. I have also done phone reviews. A normal phone review you try to do as many tasks as possible to represent what the average user will do with that phone. While your doing your review you will regularly take notes for when you actually sit down to write the review instead of trying to go off of memory. Jotting down “watched 30 minute video” “sent 50 text messages today”, “took 50 test photos and 3 videos” etc. would take all of an extra 30 seconds. You are regularly doing all of these tasks during a review. With a review you usually have a deadline to meet to get the review published, having to stop to run a benchmark which takes hours is counter-productive to taking an extra minute to write something additional to what you are already writing.

            • Wandering Android

              Battery benchmarks are long but NOT tedious. You install the app then you run the app. That is it. Which why I politely asked if they could run it on the device.

              What you are suggesting on the other hand, is extremely tedious and is something Gizchina will probably never do. Which is why this conversation is over.

            • balcobomber25

              You really have no clue what you are talking about. You still have yet to explain how it is tedious to write down something you are already doing. When you are doing a review it is tedious to have to put down the phone to run a benchmark that can take upwards of six hours, depending on your battery size. Anything that takes you away from the actual review is tedious.

            • Wandering Android

              To be clear, I am not asking gizchina to divert from their normal way of reviewing devices. I am merely asking if possibly they can run the benchmark.

              You’re the one who’s confused and has absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Go ask gizchina to do what you are asking. If they’ll do that extra tedious work. Good for you!

            • balcobomber25

              Their normal way of doing things is what I already told you, you don’t seem to understand what actually happens when someone reviews a product. My way would take an extra 10 minutes total, your way would take an extra 6 hours.

            • Wandering Android

              There’s probably a good reason why they don’t do it. And my money is on because it’s extra work. And It’s not just 10 minutes. You must be very confused. But if they are gonna do a battery test in detail. Good for you, kid.

            • balcobomber25

              How is it is anymore than 10 minutes? All they are doing is writing down the tasks they are already doing. Does it take you more than 10 minutes to write “played 30 minutes of Real Racing” or “watched a video that was 45 minutes” and then put them in a nice little list by each day. If that takes you more than 10 minutes you have bigger problems than I thought.

            • Wandering Android

              It’s extra tedious work in their current process that they are probably not willing to do. You might have a serious problem, kid.

            • balcobomber25

              You’re the one with the serious problem junior if you think an extra 2 minutes to write something down is extra work but 6 hours for a benchmark is not. You have some serious issues.

            • Wandering Android

              Boy, you need to ask gizchina that question if it’s that easy to do and if that whole process of writing down every activity you do to a 4000mah battery takes only two minutes. You are confused and have real issues with reality.

            • balcobomber25

              You don’t seem to realize when you do a review, you already write down every single activity you do to the phone. The size of the battery has nothing to do with writing stuff down. Whether you have a 1500mAh battery or 12000mAh batter you still record everything you do with the phone so you can mention it in your review. The reality is you have a hard time grasping the simplest of concepts. Your feeble little mind can’t understand that these tasks they are already doing, the only extra step is writing something extra down, which for any sane person with motor skills above that of a 3 year old takes about an extra minute at the most.

            • Wandering Android

              Boy, you confused. Writing every single activity for a battery review is tedious. It takes extra work. It takes more than two minutes. Try doing it. You delusional, kid.

            • balcobomber25

              Lol you are just funny now. If it takes you more than two minutes to write down “played X game for 30 minutes” you need to get off your keyboard and seek professional help immediately.

            • Wandering Android

              To a confused delusional person, I can understand how it could be funny. Like I said, do a detailed battery review on your own phone. Let’s see how quick and easy it is. Prove me wrong, boy.

            • balcobomber25

              Okay here you go my battery usage today:

              Sent 15 text messages
              Took 23 pictures
              Recorded a 2 minute video wishing my niece happy birthday
              Browsed the internet for 53m and 27s
              Browsed Bleacher Report for 6m and 13s
              Used Facebook Messenger for 9m and 15s
              Screen on time 1h 5m 28s
              Listened to 5 songs on commute.
              Current battery level 76%.
              Brightness level set to 50% always.
              3g and location always on

              That took me less than 2 minutes to type that all out, how did I get exact numbers for time? Just about every phone will give you the exact times you used each for. Boy you must feel stupid, but that seems to be a daily occurrence for you so you must be used to it by now.

            • Wandering Android

              GOod for you! Now do that for a few more days. And get back to us with the necessary screenshots so we can actually see the battery usage. An A for effort, sonny boy.

            • balcobomber25

              Seeing as that took me all of two minutes, doing that over a few more days plus screen shots would be a total of about 15 minutes extra work. Your battery benchmarks would at a minimum take 4 hours. I know simple math confuses you so don’t worry junior I am here to help. 4 hours is 240 minutes. 240 is more than 15. If you need any more help sport, let me know.

            • Wandering Android

              I’ll take you word for it. Do you want your milk and cookies, now?

            • balcobomber25

              Not needed proving you wrong was reward enough.

            • Wandering Android

              Ok, if you say so, kid. Here’s a cookie anyway.

            • balcobomber25

              No problem junior.

            • Wandering Android

              Be nice to other the children. And remember… crayons are not for eating.

            • balcobomber25

              This what you tell yourself each morning before you leave the house? Good Job, wouldn’t want you to get beat up by the other kids

            • Wandering Android

              Here’s a shiny gold star, sweetie. Make sure you show mommy and daddy.

            • balcobomber25

              i think your Mom will love it! I’ll make sure to show her tonight

            • Wandering Android

              thats nice, dear. But cementery is closed at night, you can try tomorrow morning.

            • balcobomber25

              Work on those motor skills sport, eventually it won’t take you an hour to write out simple sentences. I have to run now.

            • Wandering Android

              Sure you do, sonny boy. Get back to us when you do.

            • balcobomber25

              She is meeting there at night, she is a freak I don’t complain.

            • balcobomber25

              I actually prefer CNN for news, I’ll wait while you check the Democrats “How to match whits with Republicans” handbook for your response.

          • Wandering Android

            Pcmark and gb3 are fairly accurate in benchmarking battery performance. The point is getting a baseline. Andi’s “one day of usage” will be different to everybody’s.

  • hands on video:

  • balcobomber25

    I don’t see any resemblance to Meizu other than both of them being silver metal phones, a similarity you could see in every metal phone.

    • Really?

      • balcobomber25

        Yea they look like two metal phones. Camera lens is a different size, flash is different, Xiaomi has the fingerprint and speaker grill on back. All metal phones bear resemblance to one another, there is only so much they can do with metal.

        • Honestly, I don’t agree with you here. The button placement, the horizontal lines running on the top and bottom, and the overall design approach looks very similar to me. A matter of opinion of course, we can have 7 billion views on this very matter.

          • balcobomber25

            We usually do agree when it comes to phones but this is one were we have differing opinions.

  • Tobias

    Could anyone clarify what they mean when they refer to multilanguage?:
    “(For Multi-languages ,please refer to the screenshot showed above)”

    Thank you very much.

  • tauerman

    Will you get a Meizu Metal for review?

    • Yep, should be here in a week or so.

  • Mister MyGIP

    Пошли в продажу уже по 140$ на aliexpress!
    http://mygip.ru/xiaomi-redmi-3/