Back in February, Xiaomi announced that its Redmi 3s smartphones have crossed the 3 million milestones. Now, Xiaomi’s VP, Manu Kumar Jain has announced that the company has crossed yet another milepost by selling a total of 4 million units of Redmi 3s till date. The Xiaomi Redmi 3s, launched 9 months back in August 2016, has now become the highest selling smartphone ever in the history of online segment in India.
Xiaomi is now positioned as the number two smartphone brand in the Indian market with 10.7 percent market share, which saw a 15 percent quarter-on-quarter growth, according to IDC report. Xiaomi’s Redmi 3s stands out among the entry-level smartphones with its all-metal unibody design. In terms of design, the Redmi 3s has rounded edges and corners.However, a fingerprint scanner is the only thing that is missing from the phone. Looking back, if any Xiaomi smartphone has been so successful, it was last year’s Redmi Note 3. Xiaomi Redmi 3s was not the only smartphone that the company launched. Alongside Redmi 3s, we also saw the launch of Redmi 3s Prime. The smartphone comes with a fingerprint scanner, bigger battery and more RAM. The Redmi 3s and the Redmi 3s Prime sells for Rs 6,999 and Rs 8,999, respectively.
Xiaomi Redmi 3s, Redmi 3s Prime specifications
Xiaomi Redmi 3s is the more affordable variant of the two and comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage. The Redmi 3s Prime, on the other hand, comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. Both the smartphones have expandable storage via a microSD card, with support for up to 32GB expandable storage in the Redmi 3s and 128GB expandable storage in the Redmi 3s Prime. Other than this, the major difference between the two smartphones is that the Redmi 3s Prime features a fingerprint scanner while the Redmi 3s doesn’t.
In terms of other features, the two smartphones are identical. The smartphones come with a 5-inch HD display. Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. The smartphones are backed by a 4,100mAh battery and the company claims that the battery can last for two days with moderate use on a single charge. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime Review: The holy grail of smartphones
On the camera front, the smartphones sport a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, PDAF and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture. On the connectivity front, the smartphone comes with dual-SIM support (hybrid setup), 4G LTE and VoLTE support, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and GPS. On the software front, both the smartphones run on Android Marshmallow 6.0 based MIUI 7.
Apart from this, Xiaomi is also conducting an event next week where it is expected to launch the Redmi 4 smartphone. While the launch of the Redmi 4 in India is still speculated, the smartphone was launched in China last November. The Redmi 4 smartphone is said to replace the Redmi 3s and considering that, we can expect the Redmi 4 to be a sub-Rs 10,000. In China, the smartphone is priced at RMB 699, which translates to about Rs 6,500 and will be powered by a Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB onboard storage. On the other hand, the higher variant is available for priced at RMB 899, which translates to approximately Rs 8,800 and will be powered by a Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB onboard storage.
Apart from that, the smartphone will come with a 5-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) with 2.5D curved glass IPS display, and a microSD card slot to expand the onboard storage up to 128GB. In the photography department, the Redmi 4 sport a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and phase detection auto-focus (PDAF support). Up front, there is a 5-megapixel camera. Armed with a 4,100mAh battery, the Redmi 4 will come with a fingerprint scanner at the back. On the connectivity front, the smartphone will come with dual-SIM card slots, 4G with VoLTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. On the software front, the device runs on Android Marshmallow wrapped under MIUI 8 out-of-the-box.