As expected, Xiaomi today took the wraps off the new Redmi Note 3. As the name suggests, it is essentially the successor to the Redmi Note 2, which was launched about a couple of months back. The smartphone is going on sale in China, with prices starting from 899 Yuan or roughly Rs 9,300.
As Xiaomi has repeatedly teased in the run up to today’s unveiling, one of the talking points of the Redmi Note 3 is the full metal unibody design. Despite the metal body, the Redmi Note 3 is only 8.65mm thick and weighs 164 grams or four grams heavier than its predecessor. It is being made available in three colored variants – silver, dark grey and gold.
Furthermore, this is also the first smartphone in the company’s portfolio to boast a fingerprint scanner placed below the rear camera. Xiaomi says that the sensor is ultra-fast and can unlock the device in just 0.3 seconds.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 price: The smartphone has been launched in two variants. The 16GB variant with 2GB of RAM is priced at the aforementioned 899 Yuan. The 32GB variant with 3GB of RAM is priced at 1,099 Yuan or roughly Rs 11,400.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 specifications and features: In line with earlier leaks, the Redmi Note 3 flaunts a 5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) display with a dedicated Reading mode, and is powered by a 2GHz MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core 64-bit chipset paired with 2GB of RAM for the 16GB variant, and 3GB of RAM for the 32GB variant.
On the photography front, the smartphone includes a 13-megapixel snapper at the back with LED flash and Phase Detection Autofocus support. Up front, there is a 5-megapixel snapper. It also features a 4,000mAh battery and connectivity options like dual-SIM card slots, 4G LTE support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and GPS. On the software front, it runs on Android Lollipop-based MIUI 7.