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Launched practically at the same time, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime and the Redmi 3S seem to have a tougher job of beating each other in the competition. With the former carrying a price of about $30 more than the latter, and with almost identical features and specs, is there a lot to gain by squeezing out a few more bucks for the Redmi 3S Prime?

Pros of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

  • It has a full metal body that comes with an elegant, lightweight, and premium design, which is winning factor considering its price.
  • The fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone gives you and the sensitive data on your device more security. Those who want to snoop in your privacy (pesky siblings or annoying friends) will be denied access.
  • The 13MP rear camera takes pretty good photos, and it has a very quick PDAF technology which allows the device to focus on a subject in just 0.1 seconds.
  • It comes with the Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 OS straight out of the box.
  • Internal memory is 32 GB so you can install plenty of apps. The external memory is expandable to 128 GB. It is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. All of this means you can enjoy efficient processing and multitasking.
  • Its huge 4,100 mAh battery gives you enough battery life. Plus, you can charge it for just 75 minutes to reach 100%.

Cons of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

  • Its display is not full HD, with just a 1280 x 720 pixels and 294 ppi resolution. You can get cheaper smartphones that come with full HD screens.
  • The camera doesn’t come with 4K video recording. It manages to shoot 1080p or FHD videos though.
  • It has a Hybrid dual-SIM card slot, so you either have to sacrifice one of your SIM cards or your micro SD card.
  • You don’t have the additional protection you need when you accidentally drop your phone since it doesn’t come with a Corning Gorilla Glass or Aashi Dragontrail Glass.
  • The back panel can’t be removed, so the battery is non-removable as well.
  • The buttons below the display aren’t backlit, so it can be challenging to use in dark-lit situations.
  • The audio quality of the speakers and headphones is pretty low.

The Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime has pretty much the same features as the Redmi 3S, with a few differences. Here are some of the pros and cons of the Redmi 3S when compared to the 3S Prime.

Pros of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S

  • It also comes with an IR sensor for IR blaster, so you have wireless control over your air conditioner, television, and other home electronic appliances. This is the most affordable phone that comes with such a feature.
  • It comes with a lot of sensors, which you usually wouldn’t get for a smartphone that comes with the price of the Redmi 3S. You get a gyroscope, eCompass, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, and proximity sensor.

Cons of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S

  • The absence of the fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone.
  • It has only 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory compared to the Prime’s 3 GB RAM and 32 GB base memory.


With more storage options and additional fingerprint recognition security, the additional $30 or so seems worth it to get the slightly better Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime.