Xiaomi has taken the wraps off its first new phone for 2016—the Redmi 3. This 5-inch Android-powered handset is proof that Xiaomi is still committed to providing remarkable hardware at incredibly low prices.

Before you get the wrong impression, we have to warn you: This isn’t the high-end phone you’re looking for. You’ll have to wait until January 21 (per reports) for the Mi 5 flagship announcement. The Xiaomi Redmi 3, in the meantime, is a 5-inch Android smartphone with a 720p resolution, dual-SIM configuration, 4100mAh battery, and 13-megapixel main camera. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 616, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage. These are average specs, yes, but they’re remarkable when you consider the price, mentioned below.

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No more plastic. The Xiaomi Redmi 3 fully dons a metal body with a unique diagonal pattern on its rear. That last detail should give the phone its own identity, even if people still can’t help but compare its similarities with the iPhone’s design.

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Specs

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop (MIUI 7)
  • 5-inch IPS LCD (720×1280 HD), ~294ppi
  • 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 (8939v2) processor
  • Adreno 405 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • microSD support up to 128GB
  • 13-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Dual SIM with dual standby
  • 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dimensions: 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5mm
  • Weight: 144g
  • Li-Ion 4100mAh battery

The official price of the Xiaomi Redmi 3 is CNY 699 (approx. Php5,000). Now, the question on everyone’s mind: “When can I buy it?” Today in China, unknown for international markets.

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[Source: Xiaomi]

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