The Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime is the company’s new smartphone placed in the budget category. Priced at Rs 8,999, it can be purchased exclusively from Flipkart and Xiaomi’s official website mi.com/in. For its price, the smartphone brings unibody metal design, a fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. In one way, the Redmi 3s Prime is the compact version of the company’s highly popular and successful Redmi Note 3.
Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime specifications
It features a 5-inch HD (1280x720pixels) IPS display with pixel density of 294ppi. Under the hood, the Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card.
The smartphone features a 13-megapixel primary camera with LED flash, along with phase detection auto-focus (PDAF). It also includes support for full HD (1080p) video recording. On the front, you have a 5-megapixel camera with the f/2.2 aperture for selfies and video calling. On the connectivity front, the Redmi 3s Prime includes support for 4G LTE and VoLTE voice calling support, dual hybrid SIM slot, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and Wi-Fi 802.11n. Fuelled by a 4,100mAh battery, the Redmi 3s Prime runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS- based MIUI 8.
At its price range, the Redmi 3s Prime will go heads on with Intex Aqua S7, Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus, and the Moto G4 Play. The Intex Aqua S7 is priced at Rs 9,499, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is priced at Rs 8,499, whereas the Moto G4 Play will set you back by Rs 8,999.
The Moto G4 Play features a 5-inch HD (720p) display. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 306 GPU. With 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for further expansion is also present. In the photography department, the smartphone is equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The Moto G4 Play is armed with a 2,800mAh battery, which the company claims is good enough to last for an entire day. With connectivity options such as dual-SIM card slots, 4G LTE with VoLTE support, Bluetooth 4.1 (LE) and A-GPS, the smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. Though the Moto G4 Play misses out on the fingerprint scanner, Motorola has added water-repellent nano-coating making it splash resistant.
The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus, on the other hand, also features a 5-inch display, but of a higher full HD (1080p) resolution. It is powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz along with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 305 GPU. The smartphone comes with 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for further expansion. The Vibe K5 Plus sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a front-facing 5-megapixel camera. Fuelled by a 2,750mAh battery, connectivity options include dual-SIM, 4G LTE support, Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi. Running on Android 5.1 Lollipop, the interface of the smartphone is wrapped under Lenovo’s custom Vibe UI. Like the Moto G4 Play, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus also doesn’t come with a fingerprint scanner.
Lastly, the Intex Aqua S7 features a 5-inch IPS HD display with 2.5D curved glass on top. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by a 64-bit MediaTek MTK6735 quad-core processor, which is paired with 3GB of RAM. Also on offer is 16GB of internal storage, which can further be expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card.
On the camera front, the smartphone sports a 13-megapixel primary camera with LED flash and auto-focus. Up front, it features a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Aqua S7 is equipped with a 3,200mAh battery. On the connectivity front, it supports dual-SIM card slots, 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11n, and GPS. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. Just like the Redmi 3s Prime, the Intex Aqua S7 also comes with a fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication.
Other than the three smartphones that the Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime stands against, it somewhat also stands a chance of comparison against the Xiaomi Redmi 3s, which was launched alongside the Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime. The two smartphone have almost identical specifications and fall in a price category close to each other. Essentially, Xiaomi Redmi 3s would be like buying the Redmi 3s Prime at a lower cost, slightly lesser RAM and devoid of a fingerprint scanner. It is priced at Rs 6,999.
The Xiaomi Redmi 3s, much like the Redmi 3s Prime features a 5-inch HD display. It runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM, as against the 3GB of RAM on the Redmi 3s Prime. Again, as opposed to the 32GB that the Redmi 3s Prime feature, the Redmi 3s, comes with 16GB of internal storage, which also is expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card. Similar to its sibling, the Redmi 3s Prime, the Redmi 3s also sports a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.