Introduction & Design
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 16GB features a full metal body construction, the front is covered totally by glass and the curved edges make it feel compact. Inspite of having a large 5.5-inch screen size, the smartphone has compact dimensions, measuring 152 x 76 x 8.65mm The device weighs 160 grams. The phone is available in Silver, Grey and Gold.
Display & Camera
The smartphone comes with a 5.5 inch full-HD (1920×1080) IPS LCD display that delivers good viewing angles, the pixel density is also good at 401 PPI. The large display makes it ideal for watching movies, playing games, and browsing web. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 16GB has a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and a dual-tone LED flash that improves low-light photography and focuses faster compared to contrast-detection autofocus. The camera captures images faster without any noticeable lag even when multiple images are clicked back to back. It is one of the best performing smartphone camera in its price range. Colour reproduction is not as accurate as those of high-end flagship phones, they have a bit of vibrancy to them. The selfie department is handled by 5-megapixel front-facing camera that has an aperture of f/2.0. To enhance and beautify the faces the camera software is equipped with 36 smart beauty profiles.
Software & Performance
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is powered by a Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor with two Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz. The high clock speed helps in handling the multi-tasking with ease. The graphics department is handled by the Adreno 510 GPU which has a lot of processing power, it is the best GPU in this price range. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 16GB variant has 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory that can be further expanded by a microSD card. The smartphone runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which is a step behind with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow at the time of its release. Compared to stock Android, the MIUI 7 has a totally different look. The new users will find the interface easy to use but the users coming from device with stock Android UI will find it to be rather frustrating.
Battery & Connectivity
The Redmi Note 3 is backed by a non-removable 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery, it is a smartphone holding one of the largest capacity battery in its price range. The device can keep the phone functional for more than a day with on multiple app usage. The users can expect about 6-8 hours of screen-on time. The battery also supports faster charging at 5V/2A. The device has a stand-by time of 264 hours on 3G and can withstand a music playback of 60 hours. The smartphone features a Hybrid dual-SIM card slot, which means that you can use two SIM cards at a time or you can use one SIM card and one microSD card. Connectivity options include 4G, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, GLONASS, BDS, microUSB 2.0 port with OTG support, and an FM radio. In order to enable the users to control their electronic appliances, Xiaomi has provided an infrared emitter.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 features a fingerprint scanner that enables the user to unlock the phone by just keeping the finger tip on the fingerprint scanner. It makes unlocking easy as the user does not have to enter the passcode.