Redmi Note 3 Reviews

The Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has garnered overwhelming response the recent years and its Redmi series products have helped the company a lot in becoming a real player in the global smartphone market. The low costs and great components have truly separated these models, and even other Chinese players have discovered them difficult to compete with. Because of this competition, you can get significantly more equipped smartphone in an even mid-range that were not accessible few years back.

Xiaomi products always have powerful components and cutting prices and manufacturers have started focusing on premium aesthetics and build quality, which appeals even more to customers. We’ve seen a lot of metal being used by companies rather than plastic, such as with the recently released Honor 5 X and Le Eco Le 1s. In terms of specifications, 3GB of RAM is not something to boast about anymore, and Coolpad has proven to everyone with the Coolpad Note 3 that even fingerprint sensors are not restricted to premium phones.

In light of all this, the Redmi 2 series feels a bit dated, and so Xiaomi is right on time with the new Redmi Note 3. We had a first look at the device back in December, although that was the original version running on a MediaTek processor. The one launched in India sports a more potent Qualcomm chip which should make it more competitive. Just like the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime, the Redmi Note 3 will also be made in India. The two greatest contenders for the Redmi Note 3 that quickly spring to the brain are the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note and LeEco’s Le 1s.

Let’s take a tour of all the positive and negative aspects of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and decide whether this smartphone has the upper hand over its competitors or not.

Look and Feel Of The Smartphone

The minute you take it out of the box, the Redmi Note 3 looks and feels incredible, particularly in the gold color variant. The full-metal body gets a smooth matte finish that doesn’t attract fingerprints. It’s easy to keep clean too, as dust and grime come off with a simple wipe. In the front, we have the 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display with extremely contract side bezels. There’s a reflexive edge running along the edge of the front facia, which is lifted over whatever remains of the showcase to shield it from scratches when the smartphone is set face-down. It’s a pleasant configuration touch but at the same time, it’s a touch of a disturbance on the ear while making calls. The display has a scratch safe layer, in spite of the fact that Xiaomi hasn’t expressed this at anyplace.

There’s a 5-megapixel camera on the top alongside a notification LED for alerts. Mercifully, the capacitive buttons at the bottom are backlit. The volume rocker and power button are quite ergonomically placed on the right while the left side houses the hybrid Dual-SIM tray. In addition to the headphones socket on the top, we also have an infrared (IR) emitter. The phone uses a standard Micro-USB connector for charging and data transfers. In the back, we have a 16-megapixel camera, a double tone double LED flash, the unique finger sensor, and a speaker at the base. The Redmi Note 3 ships with a 10W charger, data cable, SIM ejector tool, and instruction leaflets. The quality of the accessories seems good, and they should last.

Xiaomi Redmi Note-3 Color Variants

We feel that Xiaomi has made a stupendous showing with regards to with the outline and style of the Redmi Note 3. The finish of the handset is fantastic and the display is fresh and lively. The IPhe IPS panel has very good color and features Xiaomi’s Sunlight Display hardware feature which indeed makes it decently legible even under direct sunlight.

We also like how comfortable the phone feels in the hand. It’s a bit tricky to use one-handed but is fairly slim at 8.7mm with good weight distribution.

Specification Of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a budget smartphone but contains no low-end Softwares. This is the first smartphone to take off with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650 SoC, which is a quite big deal given its close lead level execution in a few benchmarks. It’s a hexacore SoC, much like the Snapdragon 808 found in the Moto X style smartphones, however rather than the Cortex-A57 cores, we have two of ARM’s more effective Cortex-A72 cores running at 1.8GHz. The other four cores are Cortex-A53s which chug along at 1.4GHz. This SoC still uses the 28nm fabrication process but the GPU is a newer Adreno 510, which is one notch lower than what’s present in the flagship Snapdragon 820 chip.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 will come in two variants. What we have today is the one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, but you can opt for the other model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage if your budget is tight. Officially, storage can be expanded by up to 32GB by using a microSD card instead of a second SIM in the hybrid slot, though unofficially you can put cards of bigger storage capacity as well.

On account of the Qualcomm chip, the phone highlights Category 7 LTE for Band 3, 5, 40 and 41 alongside VoLTE support. You also get double band Wi-Fi b/g/n/air conditioning, Bluetooth 4.1, USB OTG, FM radio, Miracast, GLONASS, and BeiDou. NFC is one component that is absent.

Software Of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

This smartphone doesn’t have the most attractive android marshmallow but is shipped with an Android Lollipop fork called MIUI 7, which is has been reworked from the ground up. Compared to earlier versions of MIUI, version 7 is certainly more likable and better polished. It’s still a single-layered interface, but it does let users customize the look and feel with transition effects and themes. The Theme Store app has a pretty good selection of free themes, and we particularly liked the Marshmallow one. The lock screen gets an element called Wallpaper Carousel, which shows irregular wallpapers from a user-selected collection which is updated every day. The notification shade has separate tabs for incoming alerts and toggles switches, to avoid clutter. There’s also a lite mode for those looking for a simplified interface, and a child mode that lets you restrict which apps your children have access to when you let them play with your phone. The Settings app is where you’ll find the most interesting changes.

The reading mode, which is basically a blue light channel, can be flipped from the notification shade. The strength of the filter can be controlled in the Display sub-menu. Out of all the best sensors available for the smartphone, this handset has the unique fingerprint sensor that can recognize up to five fingerprints. The Xiaomi Vice President Hugo Barra stated during the phone’s launch that it’s possible to record your lip pattern too, though it failed to unlock the phone when we tried it.

The signing up to a Mi account gives you 5GB of cloud storage for backing up your contacts, messages, photos, etc. You also have the option to protect specific apps to keep other people out of your private chats, for example. You can hide files with fingerprint authentication using the Explorer app.

Redmi Note 3 - mi Mover

Xiaomi has also included a one-hand mode operation, by which you can enter or exit by essentially swiping right from the capacitive Home Button. You can even choose the size to which you want the display to shrink. The phone comes with a preloaded app called Mi Mover which lets you move apps and data to or from any other Android device. MIUI 7 supports up to 13 Indian languages. Apart from the standard Google keyboard and SwiftKey, our test unit also had a keyboard called Fleksy, which turned out to be much better than we had expected.

Performance Of The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3’s hardware and software have been incorporated in such a way that it effectively deliver a pleasing Android Smartphone experience. The interface is fluid with barely any noticeable stutter when multitasking. Call quality is good and the phone had no trouble latching onto multiple carriers’ LTE networks in Mumbai. One niggling issue we encountered was the long time it took to get both SIMs working. But faced no issue on the Single-SIM, yet when we embedded the second one, it would take a truly long time for the smartphone to read it. We were even stuck with a ‘No Service’ message for more than 10 minutes on one such occasion. Rebooting the phone didn’t help. This could be a pain if you swap SIMs often, but otherwise, it’s not that big a deal. We’re happy to report that the fingerprint sensor works well and is quite fast at unlocking the phone.

The Redmi Note 3 is awesome on the multimedia front, particularly because of its crisp display. The device can deal with 4K video playback and the speaker is genuinely uproarious for alarms and media in spite of the fact that we missed the stereo impact. The music player is useful and you can switch between various sound profiles set for various sorts of headphones. You can rapidly impart media records to other Xiaomi gadgets utilizing Mi cloud. In the 32GB version, you get around 26.2GB of open storage capacity and you have 1GB of free RAM accessible on the off chance that you just have a single application running.


The back camera has a 16-megapixel sensor and a wide f/2.0 aperture. Both landscapes and macro shots captured in daylight have good detail. Colour reproduction is good too. However, objects in focus lack a bit of definition and aren’t very sharp, but this is only visible once you zoom in. Images look good on the phone’s display, though, and as long as you don’t need to crop the picture at full size, you should be good.
We liked the handy HDR toggle switch next to the shutter button, which makes life a lot simpler. You swipe down or left for filters, and the other way for shooting modes, depending on whether you’re holding the phone in landscape or portrait. The Panorama mode does an okay job of stitching photos together. The Manual mode lets you play with white balance and ISO settings but there aren’t any options for aperture or shutter speed.

The focussing pace is great, even in low light. You can catch a picture with the secondary shutter button placed in the focal point of the center ring. Burst mode additionally functions admirably and different modes incorporate Gradient, which levels out shots regardless of the possibility that you tilt the handset; Fisheye, which includes a fun impact; and Beautify which gives you a chance to smoothen out skin imperfections.

Battery life Of the handset

The non-removable 4050mAh battery figured out how to get us through 12 hours and 21 minutes of consistent video playback, which is entirely great. Amid real use, we effectively figured out how to go over a day, and this was without falling back on the battery sparing modes. The smartphone backs Qualcomm’s Quick Charge feature, and we figured out how to charge the Redmi Note 3 up to 20 percent in 30 minutes. We wouldn’t call this super quick but it’s better than nothing.

The final Verdict on Redmi Note 3

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is evaluated at Rs. 9,999 for 2GB of RAM and 16GB of capacity, and Rs.11,999 for 3GB of RAM and 32GB of capacity, which is exceptional when you consider the specifications of the device. Xiaomi has also partnered with Hungama to offer a free two-month subscription to its streaming service.

It’s hard to find fault with the Redmi Note 3 as it holds everything that is desired in a good android smartphone. The metal body and fingerprint sensor are welcome additions to the Redmi series, and make the Note 3 feel relevant in 2016. You also get a great display, very good battery life, and a powerful SoC. The camera isn’t too bad, and MIUI 7 is improved compared to previous versions and is quite likable. We do wish storage expansion beyond 32GB was officially supported, and it wouldn’t have hurt to throw in NFC just to complete the package.

Keeping aside a couple of low points, we trust that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is effortlessly one of the best smartphone accessible for under Rs.10,000 today, and can possibly show signs of improvement with the future software update. On the off chance that you are confused among, the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note and the Le 1s, we can certainly give the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 our vote.

Redmi Note 3 Infographic:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Infographic

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