Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 – Reviewing the Beast

After a long draught Indian Mi Fans will have an opportunity to once again show their love for a new device, going to be launched in India shortly, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 – a beast unleashed with super specs to kill the competition.

Specifications :

  • Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650 Hexa Core Processor
    • Quad core 1.2 GHz Cortex A53
    • Dual core 1.8 GHz Cortex A72
  • Adreno 510 GPU
  • MIUI 7 based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • Network
    • 2G – GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
    • 3G – HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
    • 4G – LTE 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
    • VoLTE
    • HSPA
  • Screen
    • 5.5″ FHD IPS Multi Touch Display
    • 1080 x 1920 pixels @ 403 ppi
    • Sunlight display
  • Hybrid Dual SIM
    • Micro SIM
    • Nano SIM
    • Memory Card (In place of Slot 2 SIM Card)
  • Memory
    • 3 GB RAM
    • 32 GB ROM
    • Memory Card upto 128 GB (In place of Slot 2 SIM Card)
  • Camera
    • Rear – 16 MP f/2.0 with Dual Tone LED Flash having 0.1s Ultra Fast PDAF
    • Front – 5 MP f/2.0 1080p
  • Connectivity
    • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
    • Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, LE
    • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
    • IR
    • USB OTG
  • Sensors
    • Fingerprint
    • Accelerometer
    • Gyro
    • Proximity
    • Compass
  • Battery
    • Non removable Li-Po 4000 mAh
    • Fast Charging
  • Body
    • Dimensions – 150 mm x 76 mm x 8.7 mm
    • Weight – 164 g

Appearance :

Lookwise Redmi Note 3 has got trademark Xiaomi styling with Brushed Aluminium Steel Body.  It is available in 3 colors – Grey, Silver & Gold.



Front consists of :

  1. Top centered ear piece.
  2. Proximity Sensor.
  3. 5 MP Camera.
  4. 5.5″ FHD IPS Multi Touch Screen.
  5. Physical capacitive navigation keys.





Back sports :

  1. 16 MP Camera.
  2. Dual tone flash.
  3. Finger Print Sensor.
  4. Mi Logo.
  5. Speaker.



Hybrid SIM TrayLeft side has Hybrid SIM Slot which can accommodate :

  1. Micro SIM.
  2. Nano SIM.
  3. Memory Card.

Volume Rocker & Power Button


Right side gives easy access to :

  1. Volume rocker.
  2. Power button.

IR Blaster, 3.5 mm Jack & MicTop of the device incorporates :

  1. IR Blaster.
  2. 3.5 mm Jack.
  3. Mic.


Mic & USB Port Bottom provides :

  1. Mic.
  2. Micro USB port.


Performance :

As can be observed from the above 2 sections that :

Section 1 : Specifications

Like all previous Xiaomi products, Redmi Note 3 once again hides beneath its hood a monster which is waiting to be unleashed.

About Phone



Hexa core SD processor with 3 GB RAM & 32 GB of internal storage with an option to increase it upto additional 128 GB via Memory Card.

The device is driven by Google’s Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS masked by Xiaomi’s renowned ROM MIUI 7.




With this device Xioami has offered an option for both, memory card haters as well as lovers, to use the device as per their preference.  Hybrid SIM Slot enables user to either use 2 SIM or 1 SIM along with SD Card.  How you use it, is entirely upto you…

Actually this is a clever move by Xiaomi, as many Mi Fans wanted memory card free devices to experience fast & lag free performance whereas numerous others condemned their move of removing the same from its premier series i.e. Mi series devices like Mi 3, Mi 4 & more because with so many free apps on Android users tend to install a lot of them & as modern games are getting better & bigger in addition to the high quality camera’s which can shoot FHD pictures & videos, storage capacity does becomes an issue with a lot of users.  Hence, comes Hybrid SIM Slot to the rescue.

It supports multiple networks from old 2G to latest 4G with added capability to handle advanced 4G+ network with Voice over LTE (VoLTE) facility.



Camera has always been good on Mi devices although low light images tend to have noise, but it is still better than many of its competitors in its category.  16 MP rear camera has ultra fast Phase Detection Auto Focus which focuses in 0.1 second.  With features like Beautify image quality is really great.  With various filters & other options it adds fun to imaging.



Slow Motion & Time Lapse videos can also be recorded with this device.


5.5″ FHD IPS Multi Touch screen gives sharp resolution of 1080 X 1920 with 403 ppi density coupled with Sunlight Display which makes it easier & convenient to use, inside as well as outside, in addition to helping in reducing the thickness of the device & producing better colors.

Finger Print Sensor provides additional security to your device as it can be unlocked only with your finger’s print & no one can spy into your personal info & data.

With its mammoth Li-Po 4000 mAh battery your device has enough juice to last entire day despite of serving your numerous purposes from calling to chatting, browsing to online shopping, watching & recording videos to listening music & not to forget clicking those fun filled selfies & pics with your loved ones.  It also supports Fast Charging so if unfortunately you have to charge your phone within 24 hours, it can be done asap.

Section 2 : Appearance

There is nothing new in the look of the device as everything is in accordance to the traditional Xiaomi design except for Brushed Aluminium Steel Body.

With dimensions of 150 mm x 76 mm x 8.7 mm it is sleek & light as it weighs 164 g.

Final Verdict :

To summarise, its a powerful device which is amalgamation of traditional designing & latest technology.  With MIUI as its running force, users can look forward to addition of some cool features in near future as ROM development is quick, regular & never ending process at Xiaomi.

Now the things to look out for are :

  1. Device launch
  2. Pricing

as both are very crucial keeping in mind a long gap since the last launch of a device in Indian market & advent of numerous multi national brands.

One thing that Mi Fans will find missing is use of Finger Print Sensor to click selfies.  Hoping that this feature gets added via updates in near future.

As per assumptions Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is scheduled for March 2016 launch with a price tag ranging between INR 10,000/- to INR 15,000/-.