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When Xiaomi didn’t reveal any device in the UAE during the second half of last year, its fans in our country got concerned. However, that was for a good reason. The company was working on something big for our budget smartphone market. It kicked off 2016 with a bang by introducing Redmi Note 3. But just about how good is this smartphone prepared in “silent mode” by the Chinese giant? Let’s figure out in our review.
Xiaomi is traditionally known for putting a lot of emphasis on the design of its products, and it has maintained that standard in Redmi Note 3 as well. The all-metal body of the device doesn’t allow smudges and dust to stick for a long time. The device doesn’t feel heavy, but at 164 gm it has got enough heft to ensure that you don’t feel like playing with a toy. To maintain its premium looks, Xiaomi is offering it in golden, gray and silver colors.
On the front, there’s a 5.5-inch Full-HD display, complete with scratch protection and a metal rim running around it to keep it slightly lifted from the surface when the phone is placed with its display facing downwards. The edges of display are nicely rounded. Overall, it doesn’t feel like a phone under 10k from any angle – it feels incredibly premium.
Company in China had launched this phone with a Mediatek Helio X10 chipset. However, for the India company has decided to launch it with a Snapdragon 650 chip, which is way better than Helio X10 in every regard. It’s a hexacore chipset, complete with 2 Cortex A72s, four Cortex A53s, and Adreno 510 GPU. That SoC has been combined with 2GB of RAM, which results in a super-smooth performance even for some highly demanding tasks. You can play games as demanding as Asphalt 8 without heating up or slowing down the phone. When that level of performance is provided for gaming, you can guess what it’d be like for multitasking and other day-to-day tasks. Everything runs smoothly, and the phone destroys its Mediatek counterpart in benchmarks.
Besides this performance stuff, there’s 16GB of internal memory in the device and an accurate fingerprint sensor, which, according to a company’s claims is capable of unlocking the phone within 0.3 seconds. The phone runs MIUI 7 based on Android Lollipop 5.1, and there’s also a microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB.
There’s a 16MP primary and 5MP secondary camera in Redmi Note 3, both of which have got f/2.0 aperture and capable of recording Full-HD videos. The rear camera has also got modern technology like Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and dual-tone flash. However, the thing about the camera is that it somewhat disappoints in most photography conditions. While photos captured in daylight come clear, those captured under artificial light or low light come a bit blurry. Even for the photos captured under daylight the colors look pale, and HD video recording doesn’t stand up to expectations. Full-HD video recording works better than HD, but it requires a stable hand due to lack of stabilization.
Fortunately, the phone doesn’t disappoint in multimedia department at least. It has got Xiaomi’s music player and an excellent video player that supports almost all popular video formats including XVID, ASF, and MKV.
The battery is an important department that’s often screwed up by most smartphone manufacturers, but Xiaomi isn’t one of them. The phone packs a massive 4,050 mAh battery that can easily survive a whole day (24 hrs) of heavy usage filled with multimedia streaming on 4G, gaming and other multitasking. In fact, you may still have some juice left in it for the next day.
The phone supports all 4G bands and even VoLTE, which can come handy for HD Video or voice calling over high-speed LTE networks. Other connectivity features include 802.11 a/c dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1 and Bluetooth HID, many of which you won’t find in any other similarly priced phone.
Xiaomi has once again introduced a game changer in the form of Redmi Note 3, which performs in almost every department. There’s disappointment with the camera, but the company is working on an OS upgrade for the phone to improve things a bit. Other than that this phone is robust in virtually every other department.WHAT WE LIKED
So all this info boils down to one question: Should you buy it? I’d say sure because nowhere you get a phone that stylish and that powerful at such a low price.And after all, a 4G smartphone isn’t used for photography alone – there’s so much more than that, and Redmi Note 3 is a power packed device for all those things. You should certainly consider it before purchasing any other budget smartphone.
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