Its been long time I haven’t posted anything about Redmi Note 3, actually I was little busy in completing the Mi-Explorer Missions 🙂
Earlier I have posted three articles about unboxing, camera reviews & audio reviews of Redmi Note 3 and I have got many messages and comments to publish the full reviews. In this article, I’m going to write the full reviews about Xioami Redmi Note 3 Indian version.
Key Features Redmi Note 3:
- 5.5 Inch display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels, 403 PPI, Sunlight Display & Reading mode.
- Snapdragon 650 6-core processor, Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & Adreno 510 GPU.
- 2GB/3GB DDR3 RAM with 16GB/32GB internal storage.
- Dual SIM dual standby with 4G-LTE support and VoLTE. SIM2 slot also supports MicroSD card up to 128GB
- 16 MegaPixel primary rear camera with dual ISP, phase detection autofocus & dual-LED flash.
- 5 MegaPixel front-facing selfies shooter.
- Dimension: 150.00 x 76.00 x 8.7 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 164.00 grams.
- Fingerprint scanner.
- 4050 mAh lithium polymer battery. Charge 0% to 50% in one hour which will be 2025 mAh.
- MIUI 7 based on Android 5.1.1
Designs & Display:
The design is the first noticeable aspect of any gadgets. Xiaomi has improved the looks of Redmi Note 3 in comparison of predecessor Redmi Note 2 and the best part is Redmi Note 3 has a full metal body which makes it more premium in hand. Front of the device is covered by glass with a metal frame at edges which is protecting the display.
Above the 5.5 inch display, you can find the earpiece, sensor, 5 MegaPixel camera and notification LED and these all are placed perfectly in the same line with same top-bottom extra space, it shows the company is very strict & serious about designs. Hardware navigation key is below the display and you can assign those keys additional quick actions at double tap and tap & hold.
The left portion of the Redmi Note 3 has ejectable SIM tray. You can put two SIM cards, SIM 1 supports nano-SIM and SIM 2 slot is hybrid, you can insert either one micro SIM or micro SD card expandable up to 128 GB. On the right side, it has a volume rocker and power/lock keys.
Audio jack, the IR blaster, and the secondary microphone are placed on top. The micro USB port and the primary mic are over at the bottom.
The rear side of Redmi Note 3 has most of the new & upgraded features like fingerprint sensor, full metal back panel, dual tone LED flash and 16 MegaPixel camera. The loudspeaker grille is also on the rear side at the bottom and as I have mentioned in my audio review post the speaker placement is the only thing I don’t like on this phone.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 features a 5.5″ Full HD IPS which has 403 PPI for pleasantly sharp imagery. I always liked the display quality of Xiaomi’s phones and Redmi Note 3 is no exception.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has very good display quality in comparison to other full HD screens in the market. It has accurate colour reproduction, natural colour temperatures, and outdoor visibility in bright sunlight is also very good. I can say the display of Redmi Note 3 looks really good and can impress everyone.
Camera & Video Recording: – Click here to read my Camera reviews of Redmi Note 3 Indian version.
Audio, Media & Music Quality: – Click here to read my article about the Sound and Music quality of Redmi Note 3 Indian version.
Performance & Software:-
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is powered by the Snapdragon 650 6-core processor chipset, Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 and Adreno 510 GPU. The device is available in two variant for Indian customers, 2GB RAM with 16 GB internal storage and 3GB RAM with 32 GB internal storage.
I have been using the Redmi Note 3 which has 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage and its working flawlessly. No any major issues so far. Initially, I have faced some issues with SIM card where the device wasn’t able to detect both SIM together but its got resolved in the recent software update.
Indian customers are very sensitive about heating issues in SmartPhones, especially who like gaming on SmartPhone. This device also has mixed heating issues but only in few scenarios like while using the camera for long interval and while charging.
I usually don’t play any heavy games on SmartPhone but I have installed some games just for testing the performance. I had one issue while installing heavy games from play store, it was giving me the error about lack of storage though I had much free storage, so I had to download the APKs directly (Issue resolved in the recent update).
I have tested games like Top Speed-Drag & Fast Racing, NFS-No Limit, Asphalt Nitro, Real Steel World Robot Boxing etc. all games run very smoothly and haven’t faced any glitches yet. The device is heating only after 30-40 minutes of continuous gaming & that also when you play heavy games, you will feel the insignificant amount of heat even you play games like Temple run, Stupid Zombies, Fruit Ninja etc.
Overheating while playing heavy games is very obvious so I don’t want to call this as an issue. I have also noticed its heating very slow but the cooling speed is very fast so it will drop to normal temperature very speedily even after overheated.
Redmi Note 3 Indian version will have MIUI 7 based on Android 5.1.1, I really appreciate the customization done by Xiaomi for MiUI, they have customised stock android in a way that even Android team should learn from Xiaomi to make the OS buttery smooth & glitch free. Currently Redmi Note 3 runs a beta version of MiUi 7, still, the performance is magnificent, its very fast, smooth and glitch-free. I have compared the apps opening speed and other tasks with Nexus 5X & OnePlus 2 and I found that Redmi Note 3 is a bit faster than Nexus 5X & way faster than OnePlus 2. The final version of OS will have more improved & accurate performance.
These days most of the flagship and budget devices are coming with the fingerprint scanner and seems like very soon this will be a common feature in all SmartPhones.
Xiaomi joining this party very late, there are already many SmartPhones in India which has the fingerprint scanner.
This will be the first Xiaomi device with the fingerprint scanner in India. Fingerprint Scanner is placed on the rear side of Redmi Note 3. It has the option to create 5 fingerprint profiles where 5 person’s fingerprint can be stored.
The fingerprint scanner works very fast and accurate. The Fingerprint scanner of Redmi Note 3 is far better & faster than fingerprint scanner used in OnePlus 2 and almost similar to the fingerprint of Nexus 5X. On 3rd March Hugo Barra said, they are bringing an OS update after installing that update you will be able to click photos just by tapping on the fingerprint sensor.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 packs a non-removable 4,050 mAh battery, that allows some impressive battery life. I’m using dual SIM, primary SIM in 3G mode and always WiFi on and getting 25-30 hours battery backups, sometimes I have seen the sudden battery drain but I guess that will be fixed in upcoming OTAs (Resolved). It has the quick charge feature but because of massive battery capacity its taking 1 hour to charge 0% – 50% and around two & half hours to charge 100%.
Redmi Note 3 Release Date In India: – The device is launched in India on 3rd March, the flash sale is starting from 9th March 2:00 PM exclusively on official store & Amazon.in and very soon the device is going to be available on Flipkart, SnapDeal, and few offline retail stores.
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This is called the flagship killer !!! Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is the well-designed device with flagship specifications, fast-accurate fingerprint scanner, and decent camera. The device really feels premium in hand thanks to the beautiful design and build material. You can call this an all-rounder device which easily fits your budget.
I can give my final opinion about buying this device only when Xiaomi will announce the price for Indian customers, I’m guessing the price of Redmi Note 3 will be something around Rs. 9,000/- to Rs. 12,000. If it will fit on your budget you should definitely choose this device over other devices in this range.
So my guess was correct the price of 2GB RAM-16GB Internal storage variant is Rs. 9,999 and price of the top variant are Rs. 11,999 with 3GB RAM & 32 GB Internal storage. The registration for Redmi Note 3 is already started on Xiaomi’s official store & Amazon.in and the first flash sale will happen on 9th March 2:00 PM.
Anyone who is looking for a budget Android smartphone should definitely buy Redmi Note 3 and please prefer the 32GB version with 3GB RAM it will cost 2 thousand extra but you will not regret investing 12k. Even If your budget is 10k, you can stretch your budget for the top version.
Redmi Note 3 is way better than the devices around 15k considering the design, build, fingerprint, camera, and performance. Don’t get confused with a self-acclaimed competitor of Redmi Note 3, other company may build the similar devices in similar/lower price but there isn’t any device in the price range of 15k which can match the performance of Redmi Note 3, thanks to MiUi.