Xiaomi, a day before its scheduled launch on Tuesday, has officially launched the Redmi 3 smartphone. It is priced at CNY 699 (around Rs.7, 000). At this price, the Redmi 3 will take over the other budget friendly handsets such as Meizu m2 note and Lenovo Vibe K4 Note. The Xiaomi Redmi 3 smartphone is now listed on the company site in China with the accurate pricing details and full specification. The device is available on Mi.com and Tmall and will go on sale in China commencing tomorrow. The availability will be announced soon too.
As revealed by the company, the Redmi 3 flaunts an all-metal body and is adorned by a textured back panel themed “the stars in the night sky. It comes with a full metal body and “an all-new lattice design, made up of 4166 stars woven together to reflect a gorgeous arrangement of diamonds,” the company said in the press release.
For specifications, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 flaunts a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display and offers an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 chipset processor, with four cores clocked at 1.2GHz, and four cores at 1.5GHz.
The handset also includes 2GB LPDDR3 RAM, Adreno 405 GPU, as well as 16GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via micro SD card (up to 128GB). One of the biggest pros of the Redmi 3 is its 4100mAh non-removable battery.
With a battery density of 685Wh/L, which extends the talk time of its predecessor by reportedly 80 percent, the Redmi 3 comes with support for 5V/2A fast charging as well. The Android version used by the set hasn’t yet been disclosed.
Also we look at the screen size of 5-inches and its resolution of 720 pixels; you can expect this battery to last long. Really long.
On the camera front, the Redmi 3 sports a 13-megapixel back camera with LED flash, f/ 2.0 aperture, PDAF autofocus, and also supports 1080p full-HD video recording.
There is also a 5-megapixel front camera for the selfie addicts as well which also supports full-HD recording.
It comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable internal memory, and packs in a large 4,100mAh battery.
Measuring 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5mm and weighing in at 144g, the handset ships with the company’s MIUI 7 OS.
The Redmi 3 offers support for dual-SIM functionality. The SIM one and two slots use a micro SIM and Nano SIM.
There are three sensors in the handset, namely compass/manometer, proximity sensor, and accelerometer. An ambient light sensor is also present in the Redmi3.
For connectivity, the Redmi 3 comes with 4G LTE connectivity, with support for LTE bands in India.
Other available options include Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, GPRS/ EDGE, Micro-USB, Infrared and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. It measures 139.3×69.6×8.5mm and weighs144 grams. The handset is listed to be available in Gold, Grey, and Silver colors.
While the phone looks eye catching and a big upgrade over the Redmi 2, it looks like that it may also have a slightly costlier launch price, especially in India. Till now, there is no information as to when Xiaomi would bring Redmi 3 to India. But it is believed that it will create a lot of hustle bustle in the budget friendly smartphone market giving a really tough competition to its competitor’s handsets.