The Xiaomi Redmi 3 is not just a budget smartphone. It has a lot more to offer than a normal mid-range phone. It has an aluminium uni-body, with a 5-inch display, a powerful octa-core processor, 4100mAh battery and a 13MP camera. The price of this device might be midrange-y, but the features of Redmi 3 are better than impressive. The Redmi 3 is a massive upgrade on its predecessor Redmi Note 3. The cameras are upgraded, and the RAM storage have been doubled, along with the battery capacity. But the price remains the same. Xiaomi have not disclosed, or you can say, they just did not bother to give any details about the screen’s protective glass. So probably, there is no protective glass over the screen, to keep the price as low as possible. But, nonetheless, Redmi 3 is an excellent successor to the device which was already quite popular. Let us see; it looks on the specs sheet.
The Redmi 3 comes with a slightly larger display than that of Redmi 2. The phone measurements are 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm and weigh 144 gm. Of course, the better choice of materials, bigger display, and the bigger battery have added about 11 grams of weight. Redmi is 3.5mm taller and 2mm wider than Redmi 2. But somehow, Xiaomi was able to make it 1mm thinner. Also, there is a lot of change in the design. There is a new silver accent around the front; there are rounded edges, and they’ve used metal instead of glossy plastic. There’s the same long loudspeaker grille at the back, though. There're white front panel and silver cover on the back. The back panel features a beautiful rhomboid pattern painted with dark silver dots, which is new for a Xiaomi device and looks wonderful.
Although it has a 5-inch screen, you can easily operate this phone with one hand. The controls set is nothing different than the every other ordinary Android phone. There are sensors, earpiece, and a 5MP camera at the front, just above the display. Below the screen, there are traditional capacitive buttons, with white on the back. There’s a notification LED as well. On the left, there are two slots, one of them is hybrid and accepts either an SIM card or a microSD card. The other slot is for primary SIM. On the right, there is volume rocker and the power key. At the bottom, there is the primary mic, with a microUSB port. And on the top, you get a 3.5 mm audio jack, along with the second mic and IR blaster.
The Redmi 3 features a 5 inch HD IPS display, with a pixel density of 294 ppi. The pixel density seems a little low but is more than enough for sharp text and crisp images. The maximum brightness is relatively high at 520 nits.
The Xiaomi Redmi 3 runs on Snapdragon 616 chipset, which offers eight Cortex A53 cores, with four of them running max at 1.5 GHz and remaining four at 1.2 GHz. The GPU used is Adreno 405. All of this is backed by 2GB of RAM. The benchmark results of Redmi 3 based on multi-core performance are nothing which we can assert proudly, but it is on par with any other device with similar specs, and Oppo F1 is one of them which costs twice the price of Redmi 3. Overall, the benchmark results are better than expected. The OS phone runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which tweaked with MIUI v.7.
The configuration of Xiaomi Redmi 3 includes Snapdragon 616 chipset; octa-core Cortex-A53 processor (4x 1.5GHz and 4x 1.2GHz cores); Adreno 405 GPU; 2GB of RAM; and 16GB of internal storage. It uses Hybrid Dual-SIM/microSD card slot.
The primary camera on the back of Redmi 3 is a 13MP snapper, with a single LED flash. It also features hybrid autofocus, which utilizes phase detection for faster and accurate focus. It records 1080p videos at 30fps. On the front, it has a 5MP selfie camera, which also records 1080p videos at 30fps. The interface of the camera app is simple, and it features toggle for flash, HDR mode, and the video camera. Pull down from the top of the screen gives you a choice of 12 filters, with previews. Sliding from the bottom shows advanced modes such as Beautify, Panorama, Scenes, and Manual as well as the camera settings. From manual settings, you can change the white balance and ISO according to your needs. The performance of Redmi 3’s camera is quite well regarding the image quality. It takes photos quickly and the noise levels are kept low. The white balance seems perfect, and the colour rendition is also quite good. All around, both the cameras are quite impressive.
The Redmi 3 comes with a powerhouse 4100mAh non-removable battery. It scored 107h rating at battery test, which clearly means one thing that you can count on this battery to last four and a half days if you use the phone for an hour each of calling, video playback and web browsing a day. The Snapdragon 616 chip seems energy efficient, and there is already a 4100mAh battery pack, so you can 100% count on the battery life of this phone.
For connectivity, the phone supports LTE bands. Both the slots support LTE, but at a time, you only use one SIM for LTE, the other will become limited to GSM connectivity only. The remaining connectivity options are single-band Wi-Fi b/g/n/ support and Wi-Fi Direct; Bluetooth 4.1; GPS with GLONASS and Beidou; FM Radio; USB on-the-go, IR blaster.