The year 2016 has seen Xiaomi launch many successful handsets in the country. The Redmi 3X, announced in June this year, is yet another addition to the list of devices produced by the Chinese smartphone maker. The 3X comes almost in line with the launch of 3S and targets the mid-budget user segment. There are a lot of features that this affordably priced handset packs, a 5-inch full HD screen, fingerprint sensor and 32GB internal memory being some notable ones. It would be a shame not to mention the 4100mAh battery unit that 3X supports, given the fact that most Android phones struggle in this aspect.
The Redmi 3X sports a similar design as the 3S, however, with some significant differences. The corners are smoothly rounded, and although the device seems to be slightly slippery, a case for the phone is all you need to have a good grip on it. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the rear panel, along with the main camera unit. The display, as mentioned above is a 5-inch full HD panel with a maximum resolution of 1280x720 pixel, and a calculated pixel density of 294ppi. While this may not be pretty impressive, it completely justifies the price that you pay for the phone itself. The right and the left bezels are narrow, and the top and bottom ones aren’t too broad either, giving the device an ideal device to body ratio of above 70%.
Redmi devices have become known for their performance, and although it seems to be a bit too early to discuss its reliability, the 3X certainly keeps up the trend. The fingerprint sensor, for starters, is responsive enough. As for the specifications, the device comes integrated with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset (as in other handsets in the same price range), and an octa-core Cortex A53 CPU clocked at 1.4GHz.
The phone comes in only one variant, with a 2GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. Also, there’s no dedicated expandable memory slot, and the SIM2 slot doubles up as one if you want to insert your memory chip in the phone. However, more than 20GB is at your disposal when you take it out of the box. There’s no lag that you would experience in the phone when using it on a day to day basis. Graphic intensive games play pretty smooth too, thanks to the Adreno 505 GPU.
The 3X has the same camera features as the 3S – a 13MP rear imaging unit with an aperture of 2.0. This allows sufficient amount of light to come through when taking images, so shots taken are more detail oriented, bright and have better colour reproduction. The secondary camera is 5MP unit, and can take full HD videos too. HD videos can also be recorded using the main camera, but at a maximum of 30 frames per second. About multimedia features, the smartphone features loudspeaker and 3.5mm audio jack with Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic. The messaging sector comes with the general features like SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM etc.
One of the best features about 3S was its long battery life, and the Redmi 3X retains this feature as well. The latter sports a huge 4100mAh battery unit that gives the phone enough juice to last through the day with moderate to heavy usage. The manufacturers haven’t left any stone unturned too in terms of connectivity, and the device features it all, from supporting almost all popular wireless protocols, Wi-Fi Direct and hotspot, to Bluetooth 4.1, infrared, radio and GPS.