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Xiaomi, popularly known as the Chinese Apple, has unveiled a new Redmi 3 smartphone for the lower end market.

The phone features a 5-inch screen display and it is coveredwith a full metal body.

It has never happened before for a budget smartphone from this company to come in with a full metal body, especially a phone that costs only $107. Nonetheless, this same price tagwas put on its predecessor.

A change from plastic to metal casing

Smartphone makers have started shifting their attention from building plastic casings for their devices and instead jumping over to metal bodies. This is has happened with top smartphone seller Samsung in a bid to up its game against tough competitors such as Apple, however, this was only affecting the high-end market.

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 with a plastic casing, something that many of the company’s enthusiasts weren’t so happy about. In fact, the plastic casing on this device was one of the major reasons as to why the 2014 flagship managed lesser sales as expected by the company. To make amends, the company went for a metal casing when designing Samsung Galaxy S6, a move that has been hailed by millions of people using this device.

Xiaomi is also taking this direction with its devices, but rather than target, the high-end market as Samsung is doing; the Chinese OEM is bringing this amazing design to the lower end market. The Redmi 3 is not the only Xiaomi smartphone that has received a metallic body in the recent past. Last December, the Redmi Note 3 came out with a similar casing as well as becoming the first Xiaomi smartphone to come in with a fingerprint scanner.

What this means is that users of this phablet will be able to enjoy mobile payments and other services that make use of this new feature, however, don’t expect to come across this fingerprint scanner feature on the newly unveiled Xiaomi Redmi 3.

Decent battery for the Xiaomi Redmi 3

In addition to coming in with a premium body, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 also features a massive battery unit of 4,100mAH. Battery life has been an issue ever since the smartphone era kicked in. Even though companies have been working hard to come in with technologies aimed at helping better the life of batteries on their devices, most of them have begun taking the same direction as Xiaomi – building battery units with large capacities.

According to the OEM, the 4,100mAh unit gives the Redmi 3 an additional juice of up to 80% when compared to its predecessor. When you look at the rest of the phone’s specs, you will wonder why this phone is priced at such a price.

It sports a slightly older but still powerful Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor that is supported by a decent RAM of 2GB and comes with onboard storage of 16GB. As far as matters photography are concerned, the Redmi 3 has 13MP and 5MP snappers on the rear and front respectively.

The official sale of Xiaomi Redmi 3 began on January 12.

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