Xiaomi lifted the wraps off the Redmi 3, the latest version of its popular budget Smartphone and looks like it could conquer the market yet again with it. It ticks all the list to make it a potential blockbuster for the price. Priced at 699 CNY, that’s around $107 (Rs 7,100) and similar to the pricing of the previous generation, the Redmi 3 goes on sale January 12 in China.
Doing away with the polycarbonate body we have seen in the previous versions, the Redmi 3 is clad in a full metal body for the first time and the rear looks unique in a new diamond lattice design pattern.
Another highlight of the phone is the larger battery at 4100mAh which is another serious upgrade and should put to rest any concern regarding the battery life. The 5-inch display has a 720p resolution and is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage. Redmi 3 features a hybrid dual-SIM card slot, where one of the slots can be used to add a memory card. On camera side, it has a 13-megapixel rear camera with Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), and a five-megapixel front camera. It runs on MIUI 7.
Despite the larger battery, the Redmi 3 manages to be thinner than Redmi 2. It measures 8.5mm which is pretty good considering the battery size.