The RedMi Note 3 was officially released on November 27 and its price starts at $179, being available for pre-order from third party retailers from China. The phablet is a mid-ranger, but it has a premium design and it’s equipped with a fingerprint scanner on its back.
Designs and Displays
The Redmi Note 3 retained the 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen which carries support for a resolution of 1080x1920pixels at 403ppi, but its body has been upgraded from plastic to metal, and it’s available in three variants of colors: Silver, Gray and Gold. The phablet has become thicker because it houses a larger battery, so the new dimensions are 150x76x8.7mm and this means that the device has gained extra grams, weighting now 164g. The Redmi Note 2 is a colorful phone available in five variants of colors: white, blue, yellow, pink and mint green and its back is made of plastic with a matte finish. This model measures 152x76x8.3mm, it weights 160grams and the display is surrounded by a thin bezel, but its three capacitive keys situated under the screen have a red accent. However, the latest Redmi Note 3 has a fingerprint scanner on its back, below the rear camera.
The Redmi Note 2 was actually released in August 2015, and the Note 3 was supposed to be caleed Note 2 Pro, but we don’t know why Xiaomi made the unexpected decision to name it this way. Anyway, both devices are housing a Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 octa core processor clocked at 2GHz / 16GB of storage or 2.2GHz / 32GB of storage, but the Redmi Note 3 supports a microSD card slot to double the 32GB internal memory. The Redmi Note 2 came loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop and by the time the Note 3 was released, Google has launched version 5.1 Lollipop.
Cameras and Batteries
Their cameras are identical, no matter if we’re talking about their resolutions or features. So, the main camera supports 13MP, it has an ƒ/2.2 aperture and 28mm wide angle lens, plus phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash, while the secondary camera supports 5MP.
The Redmi Note 2 supports a big battery of 3060 mAh, but despite of its capacity, on paper it provides only 11 hours and a half of talk time, which is a shame and Xiaomi repaired that by adding a massive 4000 mAh battery to its Redmi Note 3.