Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is finally here in India. After the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 4i last year, this is technically the first new smartphone that the Chinese start-up has brought in as Redmi Note Prime, Redmi 2 Prime, were upgrades to older devices. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 goes on sale on March 9, initially sale is on Mi.com and Amazon.com. The smartphone will later be available on all other platforms as well, Snapdeal, Flipkart, etc and will be available offline as well.
Now Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 3 in two versions: One with 2GB RAM and 16GB space, another with 3GB RAM and 32GB space. The smartphones are priced at Rs 9,999 and Rs 11,999. Given the under Rs 15,000 pricing, these are all set to compete with mid-budget players like the Le 1S, Lenovo K4 Note, Moto G Turbo, Huawei’s Honor 5X.
The Redmi Note 3 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, (not the MediaTek version in China) and Xiaomi is launching this with two SKUs. One is with 2GB and 16GB space, other is 3GB with 32GB space. I’ve been using the 3GB version with 32GB space, and so far have not faced any performance issues with the device. In our Antutu tests it came in the top 10, just below the HTC One M9. Of course, the scores are not the only indicator of the performance.
Unlike the China version (13 mp), the Redmi Note 3 in India comes with a 16 megapixel camera and a 5 megapixel front camera. The rear camera has quite a few options for tinkering and you can control the exposure, the ISO, and white balance. There’s also a straighten mode, whereby the camera will correct any tilted picture you might have taken. Xiaomi has added enough tweaks of its own to the camera app to keep its fans, and users happy; it’s one of the cleaner and faster camera user interface in my opinion.
The front camera hasn’t impressed me so far, but the rear camera does a decent job if there is ample light. We’ll have more on the camera and its performance in our full review. Below are some sample shots we’ve taken so far in HDR mode, close to sunset.