Xiaomi has announced a new variant of the Redmi 3, which went official in January this year. The Redmi 3s is a slightly downgraded version of the Redmi 3, with the Snapdragon 616 SoC on the latter being replaced by the lower-end Snapdragon 430 chipset. Other specs remain the same, including the giant 4,100 mAh battery under the hood.
As a refresher, these specs include 2GB/3GB of RAM, 16/32GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 4G LTE connectivity, and a microSD slot. The phone has a metal body similar to any of the other Xiaomi phones that have launched in recent times, with the Redmi Note 3 the closest inspiration. On the software front, the device runs MIUI 7, with no mention of what version of Android it is based on.
The Redmi 3s is priced at 699 Yuan (roughly $105) for the 2GB RAM/16GB storage variant and 899 Yuan (roughly $135) for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant. Color options include dark grey, silver, and gold, with availability to begin in China on June 16th. There is no word on a global rollout just yet.