Xiaomi Redmi 3s is officially launched in India, and as the company says, it draws a lot of inspiration from the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, which is a completely different device in a separate category. The metal body and the fingerprint scanner are the same, but what else is?
Let’s check out the comparison below to find out how do the two phones from Xiaomi differ. To mention, while the 2GB RAM variant of Redmi Note 3 is priced at Rs. 9999 and the 3GB RAM variant costs Rs. 11999. On the other side, the Redmi 3s is priced at Rs. 6999 for the 2GB RAM variant and Rs. 8999 for the 3GB RAM variant.
Similarities between Redmi 3s and Redmi Note 3
- A metal body is very similar. In fact, Xiaomi mentioned that it is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 whose inspiration is taken while designing the Redmi 3s. The same curvy back and symmetrical design are quite similar.
There is 4G LTE support available on both, with both the SIM cards supporting 4G and VOLTE.
Also, the support for a MicroSD card is seen on both the phones.
The front-facing camera on both the device is the same, a 5-megapixel shooter with 1080p video recording
The battery on both have a fast charging support, and both come with MicroUSB connectivity
Both have variants having similar RAM and storage capacities – 2GB RAM + 16GB internal, 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage
The rear camera on both the phones have phase detection autofocus
Differences between Redmi 3s and Redmi Note 3
- The Redmi 3s comes with a 5-inch HD display (1280 x 720 pixels) while the Redmi Note 3 has a 5.5-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels).
- The processor on both the devices is different. While the Redmi 3s has a Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, the Redmi Note 3 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 octa-core processor.
- While both the variants of the Redmi Note 3 have a fingerprint scanner, it is only the 3GB RAM variant of the Redmi 3s that has a fingerprint scanner included.
- The rear camera on the Redmi 3s is on the lower side when it comes to resolution. It is a 13-megapixel camera located on the back of the device when compared to the 16-megapixel camera of the Redmi Note 3.
- The battery is not very different but there’s a slight difference. While the larger Redmi Note 3 carries a 4000 mAh battery, the Redmi 3s comes with a higher battery capacity, i.e. 4100 mAh.
- The weight difference is quite a lot between the two phones – 144 gm of Redmi 3s compared to the 164 gm of Redmi Note 3.
Which Xiaomi phone should I choose?
To be fair, there is no favorite among the two. While we would prefer the Redmi Note 3 because of the chipset it packs, not everyone would want a phone with that large screen size and while getting a smaller Redmi 3s, you are seeing no compromise with the battery capacity, which is a good thing.
The camera again seems a bit better on the Redmi Note 3, but if you are considering to purchase the 3GB RAM variant of the Redmi 3s, then you should do that without thinking about the Redmi Note 3 because the fingerprint scanner also is present on the phone. With regards to the UI, you won’t be seeing any difference because both the phones run MIUI.
So, to see which is a better choice, first look at what is going to be comfortable for you to hold and then, check the performance. The price factor too is important because you would have to spend Rs. 2000 more if you want the higher end variant of the Redmi Note 3.