Xiaomi was launched not many years ago (three years, as a matter of fact), but has made quite a name for itself. The Redmi series features a smart choice of hardware that makes the phone function smoothly, and the price range is undoubtedly affordable. The Redmi 3S Plus is another addition to the budget mobile range, but the specifications seem promising enough. This also happens to be the first mobile that can be bought from stores (Xiaomi phones have been only available online until now). The 3S Plus was announced in August, and released in October this year.
The Redmi 3S Plus does not feature much difference in design when compared to the other phones in the Redmi 3 series. The corners are rounded, and the sides of the phone feature narrow bezels. The screen to body ratio seems pretty convincing, with the bottom bezel featuring three soft buttons. The rear casing sports the fingerprint scanner, the main camera unit and the flash. The phone is available in three colours – silver, gold and grey.
The display is a 5-inch screen with support for maximum resolutions of 1280x720p. The display is bright and crisp, and with wide viewing angles, however, there is nothing extraordinary in the display unit. The device uses an Adreno 505 as the graphical processing unit.
Performance, again, is just decent. The model uses Snapdragon 430 as the chipset, which is quite popular within budget smartphones. The octa core CPU is clocked at 1.4GHz, and the regular 5-inch screen size truly blends in, with no apparent lag in switching between simultaneously opened applications and games. Based on the latest Android Marshmallow (6.0), the 3S plus features the proprietary MIUI, which although lag free, is not the best when it comes to a liquid smooth interface. But we’re not complaining (keeping in mind the budget)! This coupled with 2GB of RAM sums up to be a hardware combination for a smooth experience.
There’s ample internal memory to play around with (32GB), and you can also use the memory expansion slot for another 128GB.
The main imaging device is a 13MP unit with features like phase detection auto focus and face/smile detection. This automatically implies clearer pictures, but this really isn’t the first phone giving all these features in this category. The camera can also shoot full 1080p HD videos at 30fps, allowing sufficient amount of brightness through the F2.0 aperture lens.
The secondary camera features the same 5MP unit previously employed in 3S Prime. With an aperture of F2.0, this camera also shoots 1080p videos.
The phone features the speakers at the back, and the audio output is pretty good. This gets much better when you plug in a nice headset. The default audio and video apps can play all the standard file formats, too.
Battery is certainly one of the best highlights of the phone. In scenarios where other manufacturers struggle to use a battery that will last a day of heavy usage, Xiaomi seems to have no problem in this sector at all. In case of 3S Plus too, the 4100mAh battery unit guarantees that your cell phone will not die on you by the night time, given a typical day of heavy usage.
The phone is 4G enabled, and has two SIM slots. It also has support for all the standard Wi-Fi protocols, as well as hotspot and Wi-Fi Direct. There’s Bluetooth, and the device supports USB on-the-go. For those interested, there’s FM too.