The Redmi Note 3 is official only three months after its predecessor.
After an overbearing amount of leaks, Xiaomi’s newest smartphone is now official as the Redmi Note 3. Coming a little over just three months after the Redmi Note 2, the Redmi Note 3 brings numerous firsts to the Chinese manufacturer’s smartphone lineup, including a full metal body and a fingerprint scanner (which resides at the back of the phone.)
The Redmi Note 3 is also unique for its 4,000 mAh battery, which is one of the largest we have seen on a high-end handset this year. The large battery means the metallic device isn’t very thin at 8.65 mm, but the added heft should make it less of an ergonomic nightmare than any of the iPhones and Galaxies that fly off the shelves in the millions.
There’s also the fact that the Redmi Note 3 isn’t a true flagship, with hardware that isn’t bad but not top-of-the-line either. It has a 5.5-inch Full HD LCD display, and the octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 chipset under the hood for pushing all the pixels. There’s a 13-megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus, a 5-megapixel front camera, and 16/32GB of non-expandable storage.
The 16GB variant will sport 2GB of RAM, while the 32GB model will add an extra gig. The phone also comes with dual SIM slots, both of which support LTE connectivity, and runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with MIUI 7, the latest iteration of Xiaomi’s traditionally heavy-handed iOS-like user interface.
The Redmi Note 3 will only be available in China for now (starting November 27th), in silver, gold and dark grey. Pricing is rather impressive for everything on offer: The 16GB model is priced at 899 Yuan (roughly $140), while the 32GB model will cost 1,099 Yuan (roughly $170).