Xiaomi has finally launched its Redmi Note 3 smartphone in India, as it had promised last week. It packs a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, is powered by a Hexa-Core Snapdragon 650 (Snapdragon 618 previously) processor, runs on Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) with MIUI 7 top, a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash and phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF), resulting in a quick focus of just 0.1 second and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. At the event Hugo Barra said that the third Xiaomi smartphone to be ‘Made In India’ after the Redmi 2 Prime and the Redmi Note Prime.
It has a metal body, hybrid dual SIM support with 4G on both, fingerprint sensor on the back that can unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds and packs a 4000mAh battery with fast charging support that lets you charge the battery up to 50% in just 1 hour.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Pro) specifications
- 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD IPS display, 178-degree viewing angle
- Hexa-Core Snapdragon 650 (4x 1.4GHz ARM A53 + 2 x 1.8 GHz ARM A72) 64-bit processor with Adreno 510 GPU
- 2GB RAM with 16GB storage / 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, expandable memory with microSD
- MIUI 7 based on Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop)
- Hybrid Dual SIM (micro + nano/microSD)
- 16MP rear camera with PDAF, dual-tone LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture, 1080p video recording, 120fps slow-motion
- 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture, 1080p video recording
- Dimensions: 150x76x8.65 mm; Weight: 164g
- Infrared sensor
- 4G LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/b/g/n (2.4 / 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS
- 4000mAh (minimum) / 4050mAh (typical) battery with fast charging
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes in Dark Grey, Silver and Champagne Gold colors and is priced at Rs. 9,999 for the 2GB RAM with 16GB storage version, while the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage variant costs Rs. 11,999. It will be available starting from March 9th at 2PM in the first flash sale on Mi.com and Amazon.in. It will be available through other online channels such as Snapdeal and Flipkart and also offline soon.
We went hands-on with the smartphone at the MWC last week, check out the video below. Also check out our teardown of the Helio X10 variant of the smartphone.
Commenting on the launch, Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra said:
We are extremely excited to be launching Redmi Note 3 in India, which is the start of many firsts for us in 2016 and more than meets the demands of our hardcore Mi fans. We literally pioneered the category of ‘phablets’ below INR 10,000 in India, and with Redmi Note 3 we are redefining what you can get in this category. 2016 is a significant year for us and we are looking forward to introduce even more amazing products in India in the year to come.
Sunil Lalvani, President, Qualcomm India, said:
Qualcomm Technologies is very pleased to work with Xiaomi on their latest smartphone Redmi Note 3, featuring the Snapdragon 650 processor designed to deliver amazing performance, thanks to its powerful 64-bit capable hexa-core CPUs and super-fast 4G LTE connectivity. Xiaomi and Qualcomm Technologies have a long-standing, strong relationship and have worked closely together for many years to deliver a shared vision of bringing new and truly compelling user experiences to consumers.
Amit Agarwal, VP and Country Manager, Amazon India, said:
We are very happy to be the partner of choice for Xiaomi and offer our customers exclusive access to the new Redmi Note 3. We are customer-obsessed and always focused on ensuring that customers have a delightful shopping experience every time they shop on Amazon.in. This is one of the most awaited launches in India this year and we are excited to be part of it.