First, there was the iPhone. Then came a barrage of phones trying to compete with it. While in the recent years many phones have proved to be tough competitors for Apple’s iPhone, one company that has always compared its phones with iPhones in their presentation is Xiaomi. After launching their first flagship killer, the Mi3, Xiaomi set up a platform where they launched smartly priced phones one after the other. The jury is still out on the performance of their latest smartphone Mi5 but the reviews for Redmi Note 3 are here.
We take a look at how the Redmi Note 3 performed for us and tell you about everything that went right and things that went a bit sideways for the Chinese manufacturer with this phone. Launched with much vigour, Redmi Note 3 has seen quite a good response for consumers and our experience with the phone was quite satisfactory as well.
Let’s cut the chit chat and get down to business then, shall we?
A 5.5” full-HD IPS display surrounded by a full metal body might seem a bit bigger at first but this screen size seems perfect for your gaming needs. It’s not just gaming however, even for those looking to use their phones as a substitute for their laptops would be pleased with this screen size. The curved edge body fits perfectly in the palm however the joints on the sides may seem a bit rough as the phone does not have a unibody design.
The display has a scratch resistant layer but Xiaomi hasn’t officially stated this and it also seems a bit slippery at times. The fingerprint sensor tucked at the back just below the camera seems just about perfect especially as the usage of power button gets reduced significantly as you can unlock the phone without pressing it at all!
The phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC and gives amazing boost to this machine. This is probably the hero in this phone as it gives flawless performance and we did not experience any lags during our tests (however the launcher did reload a few times during our usage but more on that later). The Hexacore chip houses two of ARM’s more powerful Cortex-A72 cores running at 1.8GHz and the rest four (Cortex-A53s ) are clocked at 1.4GHz. With an AnTuTu rating of 74,502, the phone showcases some serious power. The presence of MIUI is also a boon as the Xiaomi developed software runs smoothly and gives the user a hassle free experience. The phone has the option of using dual SIM cards and even has a slot for micro-SD card.
The phone houses a powerful 16 MP snapper with a wide f/2.0 aperture at the back. The camera which sits at the centre on the back is quite exceptional for a phone of this range. The front camera, a 5 MP also has an f/2.0 aperture which helps click some decent selfies. However, we did notice that the colours were not that vivid. The low light imaging was also quite good and Xiaomi’s beautify feature does help in improving the quality of all the pictures. Some of the pictures taken via Redmi Note 3 can be seen here.
The phone comes in two variants. The 16 GB variant has 2 GB RAM and the 32 GB variant comes with 3 GB RAM. The storage can also be expanded using a micro-SD card but in order to use that, one SIM card slot will need to be compromised.
Xiaomi’s MIUI has been one of the best Android-based launchers in the recent times. From features like Mi Remote to Read Mode, the MIUI gives a user almost all the features that they would need for their day to day use eliminating the need for various apps. As we mentioned before, the phone’s launcher did reload a few times but that could very well be due to some software bug as we experienced the same reloading in other Xiaomi devices running MIUI 7.1.
At the current price of Rs. 9,999 for the 2GB/16GB variant and Rs. 12,999 for the 3GB/32GB variant, we can’t really find any faults with this device. Some miniscule issues do exist with the device but it is nothing that can’t be overlooked for the price as they do not cause much hindrance to the overall experience. Having a fingerprint sensor is certainly a plus and this phone ranks high up there for a phone of this price.
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