I used to be pretty excited about the Samsung Galaxy Note series since its inception in the Indian market. One of my elder brothers had purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note and I went gaga over it. At that time, Chinese phones were looked down upon. Obviously the people didn’t know that even an iPhone or a device from Apple is assembled in China.
Today, when you look at the rise of Xiaomi as a brand in India, all the myths about a phone getting a label of being “Chinese” fade away. Who would’ve thought that a Chinese brand can flourish so well in India.
Xiaomi unveiled Redmi Note 3 earlier this year in March. The first all-metal budget smartphone and a brilliant successor to their Note series, immediately, I ordered one for myself. Its available in 2 models, a 2GB RAM and a 3GB RAM model.
Here is WhatteGadget’s short and sweet review of the phone describing just those details which you want to know:
Display – With an IPS LCD full HD screen and a pixel density of 403 PPI, the display is really clear and sharp. It feels nice to hold a phone in which the icons do not get edgy and blurred. Watching HD YouTube videos in its 5.5-inched screen is a treat to the eyes. 5.5-inched screen sizes are the new 4-inched these days.
Processing and Memory – Processing even in a 2GB RAM device is smooth and fast. Even if multiple apps are being used at the same time, the phone doesn’t lag. The 2GB model has 16GB space and the 3GB model has 32GB space, with difference of just Rs.2000 in pricing.
Camera – The device is loaded with 16 MP, phase detection autofocus, primary camera and has a dual-LED (dual tone) flash. While it captures pretty decent photographs in daylight with nice detailing of natural colors, the low-light images get pixelated. You can view the results and the photo quality by clicking here. But, don’t worry the front 5 MP camera packs a punch and gives you amazing selfies. The camera is also loaded with filters and quite a few camera modes just at the swipe of left or right.
Special features – The most special feature is the Fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone which lets you do easy unlocking of the screen in as less as 0.3 seconds and you can feed prints of multiple fingers to unlock the device. The second special feature is the 4050 mAh long-lasting battery which gives you 1-and-half-days use even at regular 4G usage.
Another special feature is the MIUI 7 interface which receives OTA updates quite frequently and helps in making the overall processing of the phone even faster. The current MIUI version running (over Android Lollipop version 5.1.1) on this device is 18.104.22.168 (LHOMIDE) which would surely receive an update to MIUI 8.0 as promised by Xiaomi India.
Negative point – The only negative point is the Hybrid dual SIM feature which gives you access to either your SD Card or your 2nd SIM card. You can’t use both dual SIM and SD card together.
Verdict – WhatteGadget gives this device a thumbs up for it is the perfect phone you can get under 10000 bucks. We have seen a lot of successors possessing almost the same specifications like their predecessors, but not in case of this device. Hold a Redmi Note 2 in one hand and a Redmi Note 3 in the other, you will get to know yourself.
Specifications overview –
Processor: Snapdragon 650, 64-bit hexa-core 1.8GHz with Adreno 510
RAM: 2GB/3GB dual-channel LPDDR3 RAM
Screen size & Display: 5.5″ full HD IPS LCD Capacitive screen
Camera: 16MP primary camera with dual-tone LED flash; 5MP front camera
Memory: 16GB/32GB eMMC 5.0 Flash
SIM: 4G hybrid-dual SIM support
Android version: 5.1.1 Lollipop (MIUI 7.5 +)
Price: Rs.9999 for 2GB and Rs.11999 for 3GB