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.
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).
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!
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
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
|Camera||Rear Camera: 13MP, PDAF Autofocus
Front Camera: 5MP
|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
2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz
GPS: GPS + AGPS + GLONASS + BDS(BeiDou Navigation Satellite System)
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.
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.