Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi launched its first metal smartphone with a fingerprint sensor in India. The company is betting a lot on this device and touting it to be the best in this price segment. We spent some time with the device and here are its first impressions.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 impresses with its metallic unibody design, which gives a premium look which feels to the device. The smartphone has round edges and smooth metal finishing at the back. The volume rockers and power buttons are located on the right side of the device, and the SIM slot is placed on the left side. The front panel consists of three soft keys and a 5MP selfie camera. There is also an LED indicator for notifications. The rear panel of the device houses a 16MP camera with dual LED flash and a circular fingerprint sensor. All in all, it’s a good designing attempt by Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 features a 5.5-inch full HD display with 1080×1920 pixels resolution. The display offers wide viewing angles and the colour reproduction is also sharp. The screen of the handset also consists of a reading mode, which reduces eye-strain in low-light conditions. The display is big enough for viewing movies and playing games.
This is the first smartphone from the house of Xiaomi to be powered by a hexacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor. The manufacturer is introducing two variants with different storage and RAM capacity. There is a 3GB RAM variant with 32GB internal storage and a 2GB one with 16GB onboard storage. The device functioned properly without any hiccups. However, we witnessed some heating issues after moderate usage.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system topped with the MI UI 7 skin by the company. The interface is pretty clean and user-friendly. However, there is no app drawer and your apps are placed on the home screen itself. The device offers OTG support and features like anti-virus to keep your data safe and secure.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes equipped with a 16MP rear camera with dual LED flash and a 5MP front camera for selfies. The camera worked fine in daylight conditions and the image reproduction is also impressive. However, it disappoints when used in low light conditions as the images turn out to be grainy and the autofocus also works at a very slow pace.
What we think
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a good attempt from the Chinese giant to impress the Indian users. The handset also offers some powerful specifications. However, for a more accurate opinion stay tuned for its complete review.