Xiaomi is launching the Redmi Note 3 smartphone in India and there are two variants being launched. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, and the phone is powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core chipset, the Snapdragon 650. We are talking about the Indian unit here, because the Chinese one has a Mediatek processor, and it is in India where the Snapdragon variant will be sold.
Along with that, the phone comes with 2GB/3GB RAM and 16GB/32GB internal storage. The phone also has a 4000 mAh battery. Here are some basic questions that you might have in mind, and we did confirm each of it with one of the users from the company’s Explorer program.
Where is the phone available and how can I purchase it?
We will be updating the details about this very soon.
How is the Design and Build of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3?
The phone is well built with the all-metal body that doesn’t put out a single sharp or edgy point at the corners, thus, the device is very comfortable to hold.
How many SIM slots does the Redmi Note 3 have? What are the SIM Types supported?
The phone comes with two SIM slots though one is a Micro SIM slot and the other one is a Hybrid slot, where either a Nano SIM can be used, or a MicroSD card can be inserted.
Does the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Have microSD Expansion option?
Although it isn’t a dedicated slot for it, the hybrid SIM slot in the Redmi Note 3 allows for the storage expansion.
Does the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Have a Display Glass Protection?
For now, we are not told about the glass protection, and it is for sure that there is no Corning Gorilla Glass protection, but it could still be a Dragontrail glass with scratch resistant property on the display.
How is the Display quality of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, and does it have a good sunlight readability?
The display with 403 PPI (5.5-inch 1080p) pixel density is good to look at, with a neat color reproduction. It also has great viewing angles and a good sunlight readability. Thanks to the Sunlight display, reading under sunlight is easier because the brightness is increased while the contrast is still well maintained.
Does the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Support Adaptive Brightness?
Yes, there is support for adaptive brightness in the phone.
Can we set the display colour temperature on Xiaomi Redmi Note 3?
Yes, the color temperature can be changed between Warm, Standard, and Cool, while the user can also change the contrast of the display between standard, automatic and increased contrast.
Does the phone have off-screen navigation Buttons, and are they backlit?
Yes, there are off-screen navigation buttons provided on the Redmi Note 3.
Which Operating System does the phone run on?
The Redmi Note 3 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop based MIUI 7, the company’s latest interface version. Even though we are sure that the MIUI version will be updated to any newer versions later, there is no word about the availability of a Marshmallow-OS based update.
How Much Free Internal Storage is Available to User?
We have used the 32GB variant of the phone, and it is having just arond 24.5GB space available to the user. Since there is a MicroSD card option in the phone, you won’t have much issues about the storage.
Can Apps be moved to SD card on Xiaomi Redmi Note 3?
The app moving isn’t a feature of the phone, and it depends on the app permissions but for the apps we tried moving, all of them didn’t give the option to move them.
What are the apps pre-loaded into the phone, and are they user-removable?
There are some system apps as well as the Mi Specific apps provided in the device, constituting about 800MB of storage, and these apps cannot be removed manually by the user.
How much free RAM is available to the user after a fresh Boot?
Around 1.8-1.9GB is available to the user after a fresh boot in the 32GB variant that has 3GB RAM.
Does the Redmi Note 3 offer theme options to choose from?
Yes, there is a theme store app that is a part of MIUI always, and you can choose to download and install themes from there.
What camera features are available in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3?
The Xiaomi’s camera app on MIUI 7 is quite similar to how it was on the previous versions of the MIUI, as you get to see the HDR mode, and there are options to change contrast, saturation and sharpness. The 13-megapixel rear camera on the Redmi Note 3 comes with F/2.2 aperture, while the 5-megapixel front camera has a F/2.0 aperture. There is a two-tone flash supporting the rear camera. The user can also switch between the modes and filters.
There is Phase detection autofocus included, and the other features include Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama and 1080p video recording on both the cameras.
Can we Play Full HD 1080p Videos on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3?
Yes, the phone supports playing 1080p video content.
Which Sensors are available on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3?
The sensors provided in the device include Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, and compass.
How is the Gaming Performance of the phone?
The phone is pretty great in playing games, and the graphic output is superb as well. We rarely faced any lags while playing even the top-end games.
Does the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 have any heating issues while playing games or recording videos?
The best part about the phone is that it doesn’t heat while playing games or recording videos, and we tested that by playing games for over 30 minutes, and the temperature was well under control all the time.
What are the Benchmark Scores for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3?
- AnTuTu Benchmark Score: 74112
- Quadrant Standard Benchmark Score: 27875
- Geekbench Single core Score: 1521
- Geekbench Multi core Score: 3551
- Nenamark2 Benchmark Score: 60.0 fps
Does the phone have Mobile Hotspot Internet Sharing functionality?
Yes, there is Hotspot feature available in the phone, and you can share the data network on the phone with other devices around.
Does it have LED notification light?
Yes, the Redmi Note 3 has LED notification light and you can also change the color of LED for particular notifications.
Does it support USB OTG connectivity?
Yes, the phone supports USB OTG connectivity.
Does the phone come with a fingerprint scanner, and if yes, what are the functions it offers?
There is a fingerprint scanner provided in the phone and it is not limited to only the security function, i.e. helping in unlocking the phone with the fingerprint security. To learn what it can do check out the Redmi Note 3 Fingerprint Sensor features.
Is Fast Charging Supported on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3?
Yes, the phone supports fast charging feature.
Can the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 be connected to a Bluetooth Headset?
Yes, the device can be connected to a Bluetooth headset to play audio as well as to talk in calls.
What is the Weight of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3?
Due to its all-metal body, the Redmi Note 3 weighs 164 g.
What is the SAR Value of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3?
This is yet to be confirmed.
Is the phone waterproof or water resistant? If yes, what is the certification?
No, the phone is neither water resistant, nor waterproof.
How to take a screenshot on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3?
To take a screenshot, the easiest way for the Redmi Note 3 users would be by pressing the two physical buttons together – Power + Volume down.
What Color Variants Available for Redmi Note 3?
There are three color options given by Xiaomi for the phone – Silver, Gray, Gold.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pros & Cons
Redmi Note 3 Pros
- Metal body, solid build quality
- Good at performance
- No heating issues
Redmi Note 3 Cons
- Not a great camera
- Lot of bloatware apps