XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 3 REVIEW: BIG, CHEAP AND COMFORTABLE

Xiaomi"s Redmi series has been wildly popular over the past few years and for good reason. The low prices & good features have sầu really phối these models apart, và even other Chinese players have found them hard lớn compete with. Thanks lớn this competition, you can get a lot more in a budget or even mid-range smartphone than you used khổng lồ be able to lớn a few years ago.

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After pushing powerful components and cutting prices, manufacturers have sầu started focusing on premium aesthetics & build quality, which appeal even more to lớn customers. We"ve seen a lot of metal being being used by companies rather than plastic, such as with the recently released Honor 5 X (Review) & Le Eteo Le 1s (Review). In terms of specifications, 3GB of RAM is not something to boast about anymore, và Coolpad has proven khổng lồ everyone with the Coolpad chú ý 3 (Review) that even fingerprint sensors are not restricted to premium phones.


In light of all this, the Redngươi 2 series feels a bit dated, and so Xiaomày is right on time with the new Redngươi Note 3. We had a first look at the device baông chồng in December, although that was the original version running on a MediaTek processor. The one launched in India sports a more potent Qualcomm chip which should make it more competitive. Just like the Xiaongươi Redmi 2 Prime, the Redngươi Note 3 will also be made in India.

The two biggest competitors for the Redngươi chú ý 3 that immediately spring to lớn mind are the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note and LeEco"s Le 1s. Can Xiaomi"s lademo offering become the undisputed winner in the sub-Rs.15,000 segment? Let"s find out.

Look and feelThe moment you take it out of the box, the Redmi lưu ý 3 looks & feels incredibly premium, especially in gold. The full-metal body toàn thân gets a smooth matte finish that doesn"t attract fingerprints. It"s easy lớn keep clean too, as dust & grime come off with a simple wipe.

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In the front, we have the 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display with very narrow side bezels. There"s a glossy rlặng running along the edge of the front facia, which is elevated above sầu the rest of the display to protect it from scratches when the phone is placed face-down. It"s a nice thiết kế touch but it"s also a bit of an annoyance on the ear when you"re making calls. The display has a scratch resistant layer, although Xiaomi hasn"t explicitly stated this anywhere.

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There"s a 5-megapx camera on the top along with a notification LED for alerts. Mercifully, the capacitive sầu buttons at the bottom are backlit. The volume rocker và power button are quite ergonomically placed on the right, while the left side houses the hybrid Dual-SIM tray. In addition to lớn the headphones socket on the top, we also have an infrared (IR) emitter. The phone uses a standard Micro-USB connector for charging and data transfers.

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Around the baông xã, we have a 16-megapx camera, a dual-tone dual-LED flash, the fingerprint sensor, and a speaker grille at the bottom. The Redngươi lưu ý 3 ships with a 10W charger, data cable, SIM ejector tool, and instruction leaflets. The unique of the accessories seems good, and they should last.

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We feel that Xiaomày has done a terrific job with the thiết kế & aesthetics of the Redngươi Note 3. The finish of the phone is excellent và the display is crisp and vibrant. The IPS panel has very good colour reproduction và features Xiaomi"s Sunlight Display hardware feature which indeed makes it decently legible even under direct sunlight.

We also like how comfortable the phone feels in the hvà. It"s a bit tricky to use one-handed, but is fairly slyên at 8.7milimet with good weight distribution.

SpecificationsThe Xiaongươi Redngươi lưu ý 3 might be a budget smartphone but there"s certainly nothing low-over about the hardware it packs. This is the first phone to lớn roll out with Qualcomm"s Snaprồng 650 SoC, which is a pretty big khuyễn mãi giảm giá given its near-flagship level performance in some benchmarks. It"s a hexa-core SoC, much lượt thích the Snaprồng 808 found in the Mokhổng lồ X Style, but instead of the Cortex-A57 cores, we have two of ARM"s more powerful Cortex-A72 cores running at 1.8GHz. The other four cores are Cortex-A53s which chug along at 1.4GHz. This SoC still uses the 28nm fabrication process but the GPU is a newer Adreno 510, which is one notch lower than what"s present in the flagship Snapdragon 8trăng tròn chip.

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In benchmarks, we witnessed some pretty impressive sầu numbers especially considering the price of the device. We got an average of 74,303 in AnTuTu, which is higher than what we got from many high-end phones based on the Snaprồng 810. GPU performance is equally impressive sầu, và we recorded 31fps in the T-Rex demo in GFXbench, which once again is competitive khổng lồ scores posted by Snaprồng 810 devices.

The Xiaomày Redngươi chú ý 3 will come in two variants. What we have sầu today is the one with 3GB of RAM và 32GB of onboard storage, but you can opt for the other model with 2GB of RAM & 16GB storage if your budget is tight. Officially, storage can be expanded by up khổng lồ 32GB by using a microSD card instead of a second SIM in the hybrid slot, though unofficially you can put cards of bigger storage capathành phố as well.

Thanks to the Qualcomm chip, the phone features Category 7 LTE for B& 3, 5, 40 and 41 along with VoLTE tư vấn. You also get dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooh 4.1, USB OTG, FM radio, Miracast, GLONASS, và BeiDou. NFC is one feature that"s missing.

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SoftwareThe phone ships with an Android Lollipop fork called MIUI 7, which is has been reworked from the ground up. Compared lớn earlier versions of MIUI, version 7 is certainly more likable & better polished. It"s still a single-layered interface, but it does let users customise the look and feel with transition effects & themes. The Theme Store tiện ích has a pretty good selection of không tính phí themes, and we particularly liked the Marshmallow one.

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The lochồng screen gets a feature called Wallpaper Carousel, which displays random wallpapers from a user-selected collection which is updated daily. The notification shade has separate tabs for incoming alerts & toggle switches, to avoid clutter. There"s also a lite mode for those looking for a simplified interface, & a child mode that lets you restrict which apps your children have sầu access lớn when you let them play with your phone. The Settings app is where you"ll find the most interesting changes.

Reading mode, which is essentially a bluelight filter, can be toggled from the notification shade. The strength of the filter can be adjusted in the Display sub-menu. The fingerprint sensor can recognise up to lớn five fingerprints. Xiaongươi Vice President Hugo Barra stated during the phone"s launch that it"s possible lớn record your lip pattern too, though it failed lớn unloông xã the phone when we tried it.

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Signing up for a Mi tài khoản gives you 5GB of cloud storage for backing up your contacts, messages, photos, etc. You also have sầu the option khổng lồ password protect specific apps to lớn keep nosy people out of your private chats, for example. You can hide files with fingerprint authentication using the Explorer app.

Xiaomi has incorporated a one-handed mode, which you can enter or exit by simply swiping right from the capacitive sầu trang chủ button. You can even choose the kích cỡ to which you want the display to shrink. The phone comes with a preloaded tiện ích called Mi Mover which lets you move apps and data khổng lồ or from any other Android device. MIUI 7 supports up lớn 13 indic languages. Apart from the standard Google keyboard và SwiftKey, our demo unit also had a keyboard called Fleksy, which turned out lớn be much better than we had expected.

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In terms of preloaded apps, you get basic productivity tools along with some additional ones such as Mi Remote. This lets you mix up the IR emitter for various infrared-capable devices, including DSLR cameras. The Mi Store tiện ích is a marketplace for all Xiaomi products sold in India. The Security ứng dụng lets you monitor data usage và run basic maintenance tasks. You also get Facebook, WPS Office, & the usual Google apps.

PerformanceXiaomày Redmi chú ý 3"s hardware & software come together nicely to deliver a very pleasing Android experience. The interface is fluid with barely any noticeable stutter when multitasking. Call chất lượng is good and the phone had no trouble latching on khổng lồ multiple carriers" LTE networks in Mumbai.

Our Reviews unit was fairly stable apart from a few reboots which occurred when the phone got warm when running benchmark tests with it plugged in. Speaking of heat, the metal toàn thân does get warm during continuous video clip playbachồng & when recording videos, but it doesn"t get too uncomfortable.

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One niggling issue we did encounter was the long time it took khổng lồ get both SIMs working. This wasn"t a problem if there was only a single SIM in the phone, but when we inserted a second one, it would take a really long time for the phone to detect it. We were stuông chồng with a "No Service" message for more than 10 minutes on one such occasion. Rebooting the phone didn"t help. This could be a pain if you swap SIMs often, but otherwise it"s not that big a deal. We"re happy to report that the fingerprint sensor works well and is quite fast at unlocking the phone.

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The Redmi lưu ý 3 is great for multimedia, especially thanks to its crisp display. The phone can handle 4K đoạn Clip playbachồng. The speaker is fairly loud for alerts và truyền thông although we missed the stereo effect. The music player is functional & you can switch between different audio profiles phối for different types of earphones. You can quickly mô tả truyền thông files with other Xiaomi devices using Mi Drop. We didn"t have issues with audio chất lượng with our own earphones. In the 32GB version, you get about 26.2GB of accessible storage space. On average, you have sầu about 1GB of free RAM available if you only have a single ứng dụng running.

CameraThe rear camera has a 16-megapixel sensor and a wide f/2.0 aperture. Both landscapes và macro shots captured in daylight have sầu good detail. Colour reproduction is good too. However, objects in focus lachồng a bit of definition and aren"t very sharp, but this is only visible once you zoom in. Images look good on the phone"s display though, và as long as you don"t need khổng lồ crop the picture at full kích thước, you should be good.

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The camera also struggles a bit with sharpness & depth under artificial lighting. Low-light images are not too shabby, as there"s barely any visible noise in the dark areas. The dual-tone flash is decent for nearby objects but don"t expect too much from it. 1080p video recording is good but very shaky due khổng lồ laông chồng of any software stabilisation. Also, 720p Clip unique is not great so we recommkết thúc shooting in full-HD all the time. The front camera captures good selfies in daylight thanks to the same wide f/2.0 aperture.

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The camera ứng dụng is simple khổng lồ use và has plenty of shooting modes. We liked the handy HDR toggle switch next to lớn the shutter button, which makes life a lot simpler. You swipe down or left for filters, and the other way for shooting modes, depending on whether you"re holding the phone in landscape or portrait. The Panorama mode does an okay job of stitching photos together. The Manual mode lets you play with Trắng balance and ISO settings but there aren"t any options for aperture or shutter tốc độ.

The focusing speed is good, even in low light. You can capture an image with the secondary shutter button placed in the centre of the focus ring. Burst mode also works well. Other modes includes Gradient, which helps level out shots even if you tilt the phone; Fish eye, which adds a fun effect; và Beautify which lets you smoothen out skin blemishes.

Battery lifeThe non-removable 4050mAh battery managed to lớn get us through 12 hours và 21 minutes of continuous đoạn phim playbaông chồng, which is quite good. During actual usage, we easily managed lớn go more than a day, và this was without resorting to lớn the battery saving modes. The phone supports Qualcomm"s Quick Charge feature, and we managed to charge the Redmi cảnh báo 3 up lớn trăng tròn percent in half an hour. We wouldn"t call this super quiông xã but it"s better than nothing.

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VerdictThe Xiaongươi Redngươi lưu ý 3 is priced at Rs. 9,999 for 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, and Rs.11,999 for 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which is very aggressive sầu when you consider the overall package. Xiaomày has also partnered with Hungama khổng lồ offer a miễn phí two-month subscription khổng lồ its streaming service.

It"s hard lớn find fault with the Redmi Note 3 as it ticks all the right boxes, và in some ways, rivals phones that cost a lot more. The metal body và fingerprint sensor are welcome additions to lớn the Redngươi series, and make the chú ý 3 feel relevant in 2016. You also get a great display, very good battery life, and a powerful SoC. The camera isn"t too bad, although we could have sầu done with sharper stills and better unique HD videos. MIUI 7 is improved compared lớn previous versions, and is quite likable. We bởi wish storage expansion beyond 32GB was officially supported, và it woudn"t have hurt to throw in NFC just to complete the package.

A few kinks aside, we believe sầu that the Xiaomi Redmày cảnh báo 3 is easily one of the best smartphones available for under Rs.15,000 today, & has the potential lớn get better with future software updates. If you are confused between this, the Lenovo Vibe K4 chú ý (Review) and the Le 1s (Review), we can confidently give the Xiaomày Redmày Note 3 our vote.