Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: phone review

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: phone review

Xiaomi had huge success with the Redmi series. And while they don’t offer their flagship hardware in the more budget oriented Redmi phones, they still provide excellent performance and built quality, and they provide the best bang for the buck considering the price and the goods that they offer.

And the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is most certainly no exception from this formula. It is the successor from the Redmi Note 2 from last year (which by the way was a huge success, not only in China, but in Europe too), but improvement in several key aspects is noticable.
Design

First of all, one of the biggest improvements compared to the Redmi Note 2 is that the new phone, the Redmi Note 3 comes with a metal body. Most of the body is made out of aluminum, and the front (the screen) is made out of glass. This gives the phone a premium feel, which is something we didn’t expect at this price range. The front is occupied with the screen, and it has very thin bezels from the sides, while the right side contains the volume rocker and the power button. On the left side there is the sim slot, which can be either double sim (micro SIM + nano), or single sim + microSD card. This isn’t something new, and we already got used to it.

Hardware

As usual, we will start off with the screen. The screen it self is 5.5 inches in diagonal, with the resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. It is an LCD panel, and while not the most modern of screens, and with some additional software tweeks it looks very decent. In the Standard mode, the viewing angles are good, the contrast and color saturation are on point and overall it looks good.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is the first smartphone to launch with the new processor of Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 650. It is a hexa-core processor with 2x Cortex-A72 cores (clocked at 1.8GHz) and 4x Cortex-A53 cores (clocked at 1
.4Ghz). Paired with the Adreno 510 graphics card and 2GB or 3GB of RAM (depending on which version you will go for, the 16GB or the 32GB), the phone scores remarkably well. In fact, so well that it easily beats every other phone in that pr
ice range, and even some phones that are much more expensive, orsome older flagships. It scores fascinating ~75000 points on one of the most popular benchmarks, AnTuTu.

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The main camera is of 16 megapixels, with the aperture of f/2.
0 and two-tone LED flash. Overall, we are not impressed with the main camera, and although it can shoot some good photos, it is certainly not on par with the other parts of the phone in general. The videos are in 1080p resolution, but they too are not very good. The secondary camera is of 5 megapixels and it is fine for a front camera.

The battery on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is of 4,050 mAh and while it is not removable, it
offers some excellent performance. Be it the new processor from Qualcomm, or the overall dedication of Xiaomi, but the battery life is most definitely one of the best aspects on the phone.

Verdict

The price point of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is (just) 148$ for the 16GB (and 2GB of RAM) variant, and 178$ for the 32GB (and 3GB of RAM) one. And to be honest, at that price there is no better phone money can buy. It offers excellent performance, really good screen, aluminum unibody, very good battery, and while it lacks a little bit on the camera department, we can easily forgive it. All in all, well done Xiaomi!

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