Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 unboxing and first impressions

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.

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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

Multitouch: Yes

Camera Rear Camera: 13MP, PDAF Autofocus

Front Camera: 5MP

Video Capture:1080p@30fps, 720p@30fps

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)

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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