It only has been a couple of months since the launch of the exceptional value Redmi Note 2 phablet, and now Xiaomi has unveiled a successor. Offering nearly high-end specs and luxurious experience, the new Redmi Note 3 thus far seems to be the best in Xiaomi’s line of affordable phablets.

We’re talking about a phablet with a fingerprint sensor (a first for the company) that unlocks the phone in 0.3 second, a departure from plastic to favor an all-metal design (just like Mi Pad 2), and dual 4G SIM support. Compared to its Redmi Note 2 predecessor, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is thinner despite having a larger battery capacity (4000mAh vs 3060mAh) with fast charging technology. It’s only heavier by 4 grams; you can hardly tell the difference.

Besides the metal exterior, fingerprint sensor and larger battery, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is almost the same as its predecessor. It’s powered by a MediaTek Helio X10 chip, which comes with an octa-core processor, PowerVR G6200 graphics and a base 2GB of RAM. Its main camera features a 13-megapixel sensor with phase detection autofocus. Xiaomi’s custom Android firmware, MIUI 7, comes pre-installed.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Specs

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop (MIUI 7)
  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD (1080×1920 Full HD), ~401ppi
  • 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795) processor
  • PowerVR G6200 GPU
  • 2/3GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal storage
  • No microSD support
  • 13-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Dual 4G SIM with dual standby
  • 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Dimensions: 150 x 76 x 8.7mm
  • Weight: 164g
  • Li-Po 4000mAh non-removable battery

No release date has been announced so far. The basic (2GB RAM, 16GB storage) costs CNY899 (approx. Php6,630). Spend CNY200 more, and you get the 3GB RAM + 32GB version.

[Source: Xiaomi]

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