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Three months ago, Xiaomi was unveiling the Redmi Note 2, a phablet with improved specs over its predecessor. We thought that Xiaomi will name the next device Redmi Note 2 Pro, but instead, the all-metal flagship with a fingerprint scanner was named Redmi Note 3. If you’re curious what other features and how advanced this new model is, check out this article.

Designs and Displays

While both devices identical screens with a diagonal of 5.5-inch and which support a resolution of 1080x1920pixels at 403ppi (they use the same IPS LCD technology), the Redmi Note 2 is taller, but thinner, measuring 152x76x8.3mm (160grams) and it comes in five variants of colors such as white, blue, yellow, pink and mint green, the Redmi Note 3 comes in silver, gray and gold shades and it measures 150x76x8.7mm (164grams). Both phablets have a similar body shape – rectangular, with curved edges on the back, but the Redmi Note 3 uses metal instead of plastic and has a fingerprint scanner under the rear camera.


For both models has been used a Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 chipset which supports an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor clocked at either 2GHz or 2.2GHz, which couples with a PowerVR G6200 GPU. The Note 2 supports 2GB of RAM and offers two variants of internal memories: 16GB and 32GB, and the first model comes with a microSD card slot, which allows you to double the capacity. The Redmi Note 3 has a variant with 16GB of storage, which is coupled with 2GB of RAM, while the other model has 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM, but there’s a microSD card slot available for both devices, allowing you to expand the storage up to 128GB.

Cameras and Batteries

The cameras are identical, no matter if we’re talking about the resolutions and features. So, the rear camera supports 13MP and the list of features includes phase detection autofocus, LED flash, Full HD video capture and HDR, while the front camera is 5MP, but the Note 3 can record Full HD videos, while the predecessor supports 720p resolution.

The Redmi Note 2 is powered by a 3060 mAh battery which can’t be removed and which offers only 11 hours and 30 minutes of talk time. Xiami fixed this by equipping the Note 3 with a larger battery of 4000 mAh.