Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review
Best metal smartphone under $200
Interface and software platform
Performance testing and other benchmarks
Testing built-in sensors and GPS
Xiaomi introduced the Redmi Note 3 at the end of last month, on November 24, and since then this smartphone has become one of the most sought-after products in mobile electronics stores. Such a success for this new product was a foregone conclusion, ever since the manufacturer first started talking about the development of a metal version of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 smartphone, which became a bestseller this year. The alleged novelty in the press was immediately dubbed Redmi Note 2 Pro , since the appearance of other innovations in it, except for a metal case and a fingerprint scanner, compared to the original model, was hardly to be expected. Nevertheless, the manufacturer decided to highlight this smartphone in a new generation of Redmi Note line of devices, which we became aware of only a few days before the presentation. And now we can say with confidence that this step was absolutely justified.
The release of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone, only 3.5 months after the 2nd generation of this line appeared on the market, was a kind of response to Meizu and LeTV, which had previously presented their M1 Metal and Le 1S (X500), respectively. All these devices are united by the presence in each of them of a case made of metal (or an alloy of metals), a fingerprint scanner and a Helio X10 processor. But at the same time, Redmi Note 3 beat the opponent from Meizu by 33% more RAM, and the rival from LeTV with a more capacious battery.
But why should the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone be considered as a separate device, and not an update of the 2nd generation of this line? The fact is that Redmi Note 3 received a completely new case design, although one cannot fail to notice a clear resemblance to the Meizu MX5 smartphone. Xiaomi has launched the first smartphone with a metal back on the market, and also for the first time in its history has installed a fingerprint scanner in the device. And in the course of our review, we will try to find out whether the manufacturer managed to maintain its authority and not lose face in a new field for itself, as well as identify other differences from the previous model of this line, if any. We will also try to reveal all the secrets of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone and evaluate its prospects in the modern smartphone market. And we will start, as usual, with an acquaintance with the packaging of the device, its equipment and a description of the appearance.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone comes in a compact white cardboard box, on the lid of which we see an image of all three color versions of this device. This is Xiaomi's new packaging design, and we like it better than those nondescript brown cardboard boxes. Even in this, the manufacturer hints to us that Redmi Note 3 is a standalone device and not an updated version of the previous model.
Under the cover of the box, you will find the smartphone itself, under which there is an envelope with a manual in Chinese and a paperclip to open the SIM card tray, as well as a USB cable and a black 5V/2A charger with a Chinese standard plug.
Well, the delivery set turned out to be expectedly meager, and the manufacturer did not surprise us with any additional accessories.
Contents of delivery:
Charger with a current of 2A.
Black USB cable (USB - micro-USB).
Instruction in Chinese.
A paperclip to remove the SIM tray.
Let's move on to the appearance of the smartphone.
We got a gray device with a black front panel for testing. The front panel itself is made of glass, but the manufacturer does not indicate its brand and name on its official website. The same picture was observed with the previous model of this line, and according to unconfirmed reports, then it was about Dragontrail glass from Asahi Glass Company. Perhaps the Redmi Note 3 has exactly the same glass.
At the bottom of the front panel there are three touch buttons with a design familiar to Redmi smartphones. Like in Redmi Note 2, the buttons in the novelty are backlit, but this time the manufacturer made it white, not red.
Here we see again a departure from established traditions, and it was the red backlight that once gave the name to two lines of Xiaomi smartphones (Redmi and Redmi Note). Although we personally like the white color much more, because it seems to give the smartphone a premium.
At the top of the front panel you will find the front camera, earpiece, light and proximity sensors, as well as an event indicator. It should be noted separately that the edges of the front panel glass are not rounded, so fans of 2.5D technology may be disappointed. There is a bezel around the perimeter of the front glass of the device, but it does not protrude above its surface and does not protect against scratches when you put the smartphone face down. Although the manufacturer could make this edging in the form of a protruding bead, as in the Lenovo K3 Note smartphone, for example, where the protective glass is also not of the highest quality.
Most of the back panel of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone is made of metal. Plastic inserts are made in the upper and lower parts of the device case, which is a traditional solution for smartphones with a metal case. These inserts are painted in the same color as the metal panel, have the same texture of the coating and adhere to this panel quite tightly and evenly.
At the top of the rear panel of the device, in the center, is the main camera eye, under which you will find a slot for a dual LED flash with different colors of light, and even lower is a fingerprint scanner. The diameters of the fingerprint scanner and the rear camera module are almost the same.
At the bottom of the rear panel, you will find the manufacturer's logo and a grid of holes for an external speaker below it. As in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 smartphone, there is a special protruding bead under the external speaker grill that prevents sound waves from completely blocking the propagation of sound waves when you place the device on a flat surface with the screen up.
At the end of the upper plastic insert there is a microphone hole for noise reduction, a standard 3.5 mm headset jack and an infrared port window. Whereas at the end of the bottom plastic insert you will find a Micro-USB connector for charging or data transfer, as well as a hole for a spoken microphone. Both of them are shifted to the right edge, if you look at the device from the rear panel.
On the left side of the Redmi Note 2 case there is a metal tray for two Micro-SIM SIM cards. It does not have a slot for memory cards.
And on the right side of the smartphone case are the power and volume buttons. They are made of metal, do not hang out and have a moderate pressing force.
The back panel of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone case is non-removable, almost like all modern devices, where metal is used as the material for it. In other words, there is no access to the smartphone battery. The network has already met photographs in which this device is shown in disassembled form. According to them, we learned that the frame of the smartphone is made of plastic, not metal, as expected, although this fact is of little importance to us, because the build quality of Redmi Note 3 is at a very high level. In our copy, we did not find the slightest hint of backlash or squeaks. The front panel does not “play” in the corners here, the back cover does not bend, and it will be very problematic to bend the smartphone body, say, in your pocket. So, for the design of the Redmi Note 3 case, the manufacturer can put a solid five.
The thickness of the body of the device is 8.65 mm, and the width and height are 76 mm and 150 mm, respectively. At the same time, the weight of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone was 164 grams. Compared to its predecessor, the novelty is 2 mm shorter, almost 0.5 mm thicker and 4 grams heavier, but Redmi Note 3 feels thinner in the hand due to the rounded edges of the case. And if we take into account that the manufacturer installed here an almost 30% more capacious battery, then we don’t have any complaints about the dimensions of the novelty at all. The same can be said about the ergonomics of Redmi Note 3 in general.
Next, we will move on to a discussion of the technical part of the smartphone, starting, as usual, with the display.
The display diagonal of the smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is 5.5 inches. The manufacturer installed an IPS-matrix with Full HD resolution here. And although the manufacturer of the matrix is not known to us, at first glance it is clear that it is of high quality here. The display of Redmi Note 3 has a high margin of brightness, which is enough for comfortable work in direct sunlight. The manufacturer has equipped the device with the same features that we saw in the Redmi Note 2 model - improving the readability of the picture in the sun, a night mode with a low minimum brightness value, and a reading mode that protects eyes from a blue glow that causes fatigue.
The viewing angles of the display, due to the absence of an air gap between the protective glass and the LCD panel, are traditionally high. The manufacturer claims them at 178°, and we have no reason not to trust these data. Moreover, the image at the corners is practically not distorted, since we did not notice changes in the shades of colors, and if there is any light exposure, it is completely insignificant.
In the AnTuTu Multitouch test, the Redmi Note 3 display showed support for 10 simultaneous touches. And although the display of the previous model showed the same indicators, the matrices in the new model and the old one are different.
This is clearly visible when comparing them face-to-face, especially in terms of displaying white color and color reproduction in general. Which of the matrices installed in both smartphones is better - judge for yourself, but we liked the picture on the display of Redmi Note 3 more, although this assessment remains extremely subjective.
Let's move on to the review of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 interface.
A device with the official Anglo-Chinese firmware MIUI V126.96.36.199 came to us for testing. And although we subsequently installed a more recent version of the firmware, which has the designation V188.8.131.52 and which we later replaced with its Russified custom version from multirom.me, we will introduce you to the Redmi Note 3 interface using exactly the software version that was originally in a smartphone out of the box. We do this only for the reason that we did not find any noticeable changes in the interface of new firmware versions.
So, as we have already said, in the sample we are testing, the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop operating system with the proprietary shell MIUI 7 is installed. The interface of the shell is very responsive and nimble, and the finger glides across the screen quite easily thanks to the oleophobic coating applied to its protective glass. We did not find any lags and friezes in the operation of the interface.
Three touch buttons with a design already familiar to us perform standard functions. By clicking on the button on the left, you will open the menu of running applications or the so-called "multitasking panel". In it, you can unload any application from the smartphone’s memory or completely free up the device’s RAM with one touch. The central touch button of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone performs the "Home" function. It can also be assigned an additional function that will be activated when the button is held down for a long time. And the right touch button of the device performs the “Back” action.
With the help of a swipe from the central button to the right one, you can activate the smartphone control mode with one hand, in which the size of the desktop and all the icons on it are reduced, and the images move to the lower right corner of the screen. Left-handers can set this feature to move the image to the lower left corner of the screen.
Swiping down from the status bar (the area at the top of the screen) will open a quick launch bar for various functions, such as activating silent mode, activating wireless and data connections, changing the screen brightness, turning on the flashlight, and others. From here you can also go to the smartphone settings menu. And if you make a swipe to the right from the same panel, then you will go to the notification panel.
With the help of two-finger swipe to each other on the desktop, you will open the settings menu. Here you can sort application shortcuts on your desktop, customize widgets or wallpapers, and customize desktop flip effects.
Consider some menu items of the smartphone. For example, under "About phone" you will find the over-the-air update feature. At the time of our testing with this feature, we found that firmware version 184.108.40.206 became available for download for our Redmi Note 3, but it was not possible to download or install it “over the air”.
Also, we can not ignore the presence of the function of unlocking the smartphone using a fingerprint scanner. You can configure its operation in the "Password and Fingerprint" menu. It should be noted that registering one will take you no more than 10 seconds, and the function itself allows you to unlock the device even from sleep mode without first waking it up.
The fingerprint scanner works very quickly and accurately, and you can put your finger on the sensor at any angle. And we can say with confidence that Xiaomi coped with the task perfectly, despite the fact that this is its first experience in this area.
Among other interesting features in the smartphone settings menu, you can also note the presence of a mode for children, the ability to fine-tune the display (color temperature and contrast), select the color of the event indicator for various notifications (in additional settings), as well as the function to improve the sound in headphones. In addition, in the additional settings, you can activate the wake-up function of the smartphone using the volume button, although other smart functions we are used to, such as double-tap wake-up or smart gestures, are not yet provided in the Redmi Note 3 smartphone settings.
And finally, we can not fail to mention the presence in the device settings of energy-saving modes, which will be useful for the efficient use of battery power, even despite its fairly decent capacity.
To transfer data between devices in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone, you will find only the Bluetooth function, and you will not find the NFC and HotKnot functions here. However, this moment more than compensates for the presence of a built-in infrared transmitter, with which you can remotely control home appliances (TVs, air conditioners, etc.).
Please note that at the time of writing this review, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphones do not have the ability to install official Russian-language firmware updated “over the air”. Moreover, the manufacturer has not yet unlocked the bootloader (bootloader) for smartphones of this model, which means that you will not be able to flash using standard methods through the stock recovery, as well as get root rights for your smartphone. In other words, at the moment you have several options for getting out of the situation:
1) Use the software version that will be installed in your device. If this is the official version of the firmware in English and Chinese, you will have over-the-air updates available, but there will be no Russian language.
2) If you receive a device with a Russified version of the firmware from the seller, then updates "over the air" will not come to you or will not be installed. And in this case, you will have to be content with this version of the software, or install others yourself using a computer. Installation options can be found here or on any other similar resource.
3) Wait for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone to appear at official dealers in your country, or refuse to purchase this device in favor of devices from other manufacturers that have international firmware already installed from the factory.
You can find one of the options for installing Russified firmware in Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 in this video. How the situation with the software in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone will develop further, we will inform you on our website and in our vkontakte network group.
And now let's move on to testing the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone in various benchmarks, starting, as usual, with a test in the AnTuTu program.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone, as we said earlier, runs on a 64-bit Android 5.0.2 Lollipop operating system with a pre-installed MIUI version 7 proprietary shell. The device is powered by an 8-core 64-bit Helio X10 (MT6795) processor with clocked at 1.95 GHz. And for the graphics in this chipset, the 4-core PowerVR Rogue G6200 video accelerator, which runs in our version of Redmi Note 3 at a frequency of 700 MHz, is responsible. The amount of RAM in our smartphone is 3 GB, and the amount of internal storage is 32 GB, of which almost 26 GB is available to the user.
There is also a version of Redmi Note 3 on the market with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, which has an MT6795M processor with a video accelerator operating at 550 MHz. But for testing, we chose the top version of this smartphone, because, in our opinion, it will be the most popular among buyers.
In the test of the Antutu v6.0 program, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone scored 48499 points, which is not so significantly different from the result shown by the Redmi Note 2 model in the previous version of this benchmark (v5.7.1). Recall that the previous smartphone with the same processor in our review was the LeTV Le 1S, which scored 48343 points, but still in the same old version of the AnTuTu benchmark. Although this does not mean at all that the new product from Xiaomi is somehow weaker, because the test itself is synthetic, and its results are not absolute, but are only used for comparative analysis. In addition, it is quite obvious that the Redmi Note 3 software is still quite “raw”, and with the improvement of its optimization level, these results may change.
Let's move on to testing 3D graphics. In the 3DMark test in Ice Storm Extreme mode for Full HD resolution, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone scored 9185 points. And these results did not surprise us at all, because we already know how the PowerVR Rogue G6200 video chip copes with this test.
Let's check how the device under test behaves in mobile games, especially with regard to case heating. To do this, we used the game Dead Trigger 2, which the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 managed without a hint of any problems. After 10 minutes of playing with maximum graphics settings, we measured the heating of the smartphone case using a pyrometer. The maximum temperature we measured with this instrument was 44.5°C, which can be described as "medium heating". In practical use, this level of heating will be noticeable to you, but it will not cause discomfort at all.
Well, in this test, the Helio X10 processor confirmed all our expectations, and in general, we were completely satisfied with the results of testing the Redmi Note 3 smartphone in this chapter. We hope that we were able to convince you that this device can handle any everyday or non-trivial tasks.
Let's check which built-in sensors Xiaomi has equipped with the Redmi Note 3 model. For this, we will use the Sensor Sense program.
So, on board the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone there are the following built-in sensors: accelerometer, magnetic field sensor, gyroscope, spatial orientation sensor, gravity sensor, vector rotation sensor, as well as light sensors and a proximity sensor. In our opinion, this set of sensors is more than enough for a smartphone in this price segment.
Let's move on to evaluating the work of GPS navigation in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone
After a cold start and without connecting to Wi-Fi networks, the smartphone connects to satellites almost instantly, and no more than 20 seconds after the start, you can freely use GPS navigation in this device. Redmi Note 3 demonstrates a high level of satellite signal and excellent positioning accuracy. The device sees GLONASS satellites and connects to them without any problems. So, we can say with confidence that everything is just fine with GPS navigation in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone.
Next, we will move on to testing the built-in cameras and evaluate the quality of the images taken with their help.
So, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone received a rear camera with a resolution of 13 megapixels and an aperture of F / 2.2. In the design of the camera, the manufacturer used a module from Sunny (in some instances, a module from O-film may come across) with a sensor from Samsung (presumably S5K3M2, as in Redmi Note 2) and a lens with 5 lenses, the viewing angle of which is 78 ° . The manufacturer also equipped the rear camera with a phase focusing system, the so-called PDAF, which allows the camera to focus on an object at a speed of up to 0.1 second.
As for the front camera of Redmi Note 3, here too there is a continuity of generations, since the manufacturer installed a 5 megapixel module with an aperture of F / 2.0. In our case, the manufacturer of the front camera was also Sunny, and the same sensor from OmniVision (presumably OV5670) was chosen as the sensor for it as in Redmi Note 2.
The interface of the Camera application in Redmi Note 3 is standard for the MIUI shell from Xiaomi, and we got acquainted with it in the review of the Redmi Note 2 model. Swipe to the right after launching the application, you will get to the shooting mode selection menu, where you can activate delay shooting, manual mode, gradient mode, beautification mode (for taking portraits), and scene selection mode. In manual mode, you can independently set the white balance, ISO sensitivity, and in automatic mode, you can only turn on the HDR function.
With a swipe to the left from the main window of the camera application, you will be taken to a menu with which you can apply some kind of filter to the picture (monochrome, indigo, mosaic, etc.).
The maximum size of pictures taken from the rear camera is 4160x3120 pixels (~13 MP). You can select it in the camera settings. There you can also assign the camera shutter function to the volume button, activate PDAF or the sex and age detection function by a person's face. In the same settings, you can adjust the exposure compensation function, adjust the contrast, saturation and sharpness of the pictures.
The maximum video resolution that Redmi Note 3 can currently record is 1920x1080 pixels (Full HD, 2.07 MP) at 30 fps. You can choose the method of focusing when recording a video yourself - automatic or touch (focusing on an object by touch). The ability to record video at a higher frame rate or higher resolution is not provided in the device. At the same time, the rear camera is able to conduct pretty decent quality slow-motion footage with a resolution of 720p at 120 fps.
As for the front camera menu, you will not find any innovations here either. Its interface provides the ability to configure the function of improving portraits (three levels of correction or complete shutdown) and the imposition of various filters, similar to the rear camera, and in the settings for the front camera you can activate the face recognition function.
The maximum photo size from the front camera is 2592x1920 pixels (~5 MP), and the maximum video resolution from this camera is 720p at 30 fps. There is no autofocus in the front camera of Redmi Note 3.
Examples of images from the rear camera of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone show us a fairly high quality of the images obtained in normal daylight. Pictures in these conditions are distinguished by good color reproduction, and the exposure and white balance chosen by the camera practically do not cause any complaints. The same can be said about the sharpness of the shots and the detail of the objects in the camera's focus.
However, as soon as the lighting conditions change for the worse (cloudy weather, twilight), the quality of the photos is noticeably reduced. The sharpness in the frame and the detailing of objects drop noticeably, especially at the edges of the picture, and unpleasant noises also appear. The camera starts to make mistakes in choosing the exposure, which can be partially corrected by turning on the HDR mode. At the same time, the pictures become overly saturated with colors, although this feature is not such a serious problem and many will like it.
Night shots are not at all the strong point of the Redmi Note 3 rear camera. Of course, in its price segment, the quality of night shots can be considered quite decent, and sometimes you will be able to take a really good shot if the object is not in complete darkness, but under some or a light source. Also, the smartphone shoots well using an LED flash, the power of which is enough to illuminate not only the subject, but also the scene around at a distance of 3-4 m. In this case, it is impossible not to note the correct value of the white balance in the resulting images.
But in general, the high amount of noise and low detail clearly do not contribute to the creation of masterpieces of photographs at night. It is difficult to say for sure who is to blame for such a mediocre quality of night shots - the low aperture value of the rear camera optics (for normal night shooting, it should be at least F / 2.0, and the higher the better) or unfinished firmware, or maybe something and more together.
It is also worth considering that the viewing angle of the rear camera lens is 78 °. And although this is not the widest angle that can be found in modern smartphones, it is better not to place important subjects at the edges of the frame due to the barrel-shaped distortion that is clearly visible at the edges of the frame.
As for the front camera, the level of images from it, despite the lack of autofocus, can be called very worthy. The images obtained with it are sometimes too soft-focused, but for shooting portraits, especially when using the face enhancement function, this camera can be considered one of the best in its segment.
Photo with flash
Regarding shooting video from the rear camera of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone, we also had mixed feelings. The camera does a good job with exposure compensation and clings well to the subject, demonstrating good autofocus speed. But at the same time, the lack of optical image stabilization and weak digital capabilities will not allow you to shoot a decent quality video without using the so-called "steadicam". Believe me, looking at objects twitching in the frame will hurt your eyes, and only a firm hand and your complete immobility when shooting will help here. Also on the video, the sharpness of objects suffers greatly, both at the edges of the frame and closer to the center, and the dependence here is absolutely not linear. But even more disappointing is the lack of 4K video capture, as well as Full HD at 60 fps. Although, it is possible that such modes will be added in subsequent firmware, because the Helio X10 processor supports them. The same can be said about the video from the front camera, the maximum resolution of which could and should have been Full HD.
In general, the quality of images from the cameras built into the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone can be rated as “above average”. Compared to the same Meizu M2 Note or LeTV Le 1S, the difference in favor of Redmi Note 3 is obvious. In the first firmware versions, the cameras of Redmi Note 3 do not even reach what we are seeing now in Redmi Note 2. But since firmware version 220.127.116.11, the situation has leveled off, and the reasons for many of our complaints have been eliminated or leveled. At the same time, our Redmi Note 3 obviously cannot compete with its older brother, the Mi4C model, since even adjusted for the firmware, the difference in the camera models themselves is quite significant. Although, this can be justified by the higher cost of the Xiaomi Mi4C smartphone, which is currently almost $50 more expensive than the Redmi Note 3.
Sources of photos and videos from the camera here - https://yadi.sk/d/G9t34XN5m8p85
According to the manufacturer, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone has a 4000 mAh non-removable battery. The manufacturer managed to install such a capacious battery in a device with a thickness of only 8.65 mm thanks to the use of an element with a high specific energy density (about 690 W * h / l).
In the battery test using the AnTuTu Battery Test program with a discharge of 80%, the Xiaomi Remi Note 3 smartphone scored 7570 points, which is a very good result for a modern powerful device. At the same time, we believe that the result will be higher with the advent of new firmware versions for this device.
Measured using a special USB tester, the battery capacity of Redmi Note 3 was 3990 mAh, which, taking into account possible errors, exactly corresponds to the data declared by the manufacturer.
At full load on the processor of the smartphone, with the screen brightness set to the maximum value and with Wi-Fi turned on, our test sample worked for about 5.5 hours, which is also a high indicator.
The charging time of the smartphone from 0% to 100% is approximately 3.5 hours, which is not an outstanding result, especially considering that the device supports fast charging.
Summing up the assessment of the autonomy of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone, we can say that during normal use, you will charge the battery of this device approximately 1 time in 2 days. For those who use their smartphone to the maximum during the day and lead an active lifestyle in this regard, an important factor when choosing Redmi Note 3 will be that its battery will last you from early morning until late at night.
Let's move on to testing the sound in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone, starting, according to tradition, with an external speaker.
Using a sound level meter, we measured the maximum volume of sound from the external speaker of the device under test, and it was about 93 dB, which is quite a high value. The previous model, Redmi Note 2, once showed a maximum external speaker volume of 92 dB, which is comparable to the Redmi Note 3 result. In terms of sound quality, both of these models are also almost identical and demonstrate the same high detail and a wide range of playable frequencies.
To check the sound in the headphones, we, as usual, downloaded songs with a bit rate of 950 kbps into the memory of the smartphone and listened to them in Xiaomi Mi Headphones Hi-Fi Edition headphones. The impression we got from the songs we listened to on Redmi Note 3 turned out to be exactly the same as when we listened to them in the previous model of this line. The sound quality can be safely called excellent, although we have to admit that LeTV smartphones gave us a little more enthusiastic emotions when listening to our favorite tunes.
But this does not mean at all that you should urgently refuse to order Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 in favor of LeTV Le 1S, because most of you are not music lovers, and even fewer of our readers can boast of having high-quality Hi-Fi headphones at home. So, you may not hear the difference we noticed. In addition, the LeTV smartphone does not have a built-in FM receiver, while the Redmi Note 3 does, and for many of you it is an important attribute of a modern mobile device.
It's time to take stock of our smartphone testing.
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Let's start by listing the advantages of the device:
1) The cost of a smartphone. In this regard, Xiaomi again pleased its fans with a democratic price tag for its new product.
2) Design, body materials and build quality of the device. Being a typical representative of the middle price segment, according to this indicator, Redmi Note 3 is practically not inferior to more expensive flagship-level devices.
3) Excellent fingerprint scanner.
4) The presence of an infrared transmitter, the benefits of which were appreciated even by the LeTV company. Let's hope that Meizu will think of this soon.
5) Autonomy of work. What the owners of Redmi Note 2 lacked so much is now available in the new model of this line.
6) Excellent display.
Let's try to find the flaws:
1) No slot for memory cards. This issue will become especially acute for the younger version of Redmi Note 3 with 16 GB of internal memory. Although the manufacturer's desire to extend the life of the Redmi Note 2 model on the market is quite clear to us.
2) Non-removable back cover and lack of access to the battery compartment to replace the battery, because the need for this may arise in a few years, and without the help of specialists, it will be quite problematic to do it yourself.
3) Lack of official international firmware that can be updated using the OTA function. We really hope that this problem will be solved later, as happened with the previous model.
Conclusions: Xiaomi has again managed to launch an excellent product on the market, which has every chance of dispersing around the world in large numbers, if not repeating the success of the Redmi Note 2, then becoming the second model in the company's lineup, claiming to be a bestseller for the coming months. And although the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone cannot be called ideal, for its price it is almost the best solution on the market at the moment and for the next month at least, especially if we talk about the 3/32 GB version.
Device type: smartphone/phablet.
Available colors: gray (with black faceplate), gold, silver (with white faceplate).
Case materials: metal, plastic, glass.
Operating system: MIUI 7 based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
Networks (depending on phone versions):
2G - GSM: 900/1800/1900 MHz (b8/b3/b2);
3G - TD-SCDMA: 1900/2000 MHz (b39/b34),
UMTS: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz (b5/b8/b2/b1);
4G - FDD-LTE: 1800/2100/2600 MHz (band 3/1/7),
TDD-LTE (b38/b39/b40/b41:2555-26 55MHz )
SIM-cards: 2 x Micro-SIM, Dual Standby.
Processor: Helio X10 (MT6795), 64 bit, ~2.0 GHz, 8 cores Cortex A53.
Video accelerator: PowerVR Rogue G6200 MP4, 700 MHz.
RAM: 3 GB LPDDR3, 933 MHz.
Memory for data storage: 16/32 GB, there is no slot for memory cards.
Fingerprint scanner: on the back panel, 0.3 sec., 360°, up to 5 fingerprints in memory.