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0 Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 - The Best Budget Winner

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi have done a great job in recent years with their in-budget still high-end smartphones. With best-mirrored iPhones lookalike designs again with optimum quality and style, Xiaomi proved to be one of the best-selling global brands.

Xiaomi fits well in best 'Made In China' tagline. Let us see how their recent Redmi Note 3 worked well with its incredibly premium, especially Gold model.


Most of the Mi's model were plastic built, but this time Note 3 has full Aluminium make. Being entirely made up of metal and glass on top (similar others to include here Honor 5X and Le Eco Le 1s), Note 3 feels totally premium and high-end. Its rounded edges make the device easy to hold and ergonomically well balanced. 



 Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Gold

Its precise fingerprint scanner is eye catching and placed correctly where your thumb will naturally reach while you lift the phone. It supports up to 5 thumb signatures. At the top, it has 3.5mm Jack and an IR blaster which is commonly seen in most of the phones. On left it houses a hybrid Dual SIM tray. At the bottom, you have its microUSB slot and microphone. Instead of a latest USB Type-C connector, Redmi Note 3 still sticks to older microUSB. 


Bad count 1 - No support for NFC (No access for contactless payments)


Note 3 Sports 5.5 bigger Full HD IPS display with 1920 x 1080p, 403ppi resolution which is extremely sharp as per today's market trend. Its narrow bezels look much attractive. Overall color production and display quality is fabulous. It also supports 4K videos. The screen is enough hard even though not covered by Corning Gorilla glass.


Looking at a performance Note 3 delivers great performance with its top of the line Qualcomm snapdragon 650 SoC or MediaTek Helio X10 chipset (2nd variant). It also has 16GB and 32GB versions with 2GB and 3GB RAM variations respectively. (Coolpad Note 3 has more RAM) Running on custom MIUI, a user interface is pretty faster and easy to manage. 


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Note 3 has great 16MP rear camera and 5MP front facing which takes pretty balanced shots. You won't certainly see iPhones image quality but its autofocus and dual-LED will give you pretty well satisfactory results. It may suffer low light environments.


Xiaomi devices also support various modes to conserve battery, and yes, Note 3's 'Performance' mode is pretty impressive. It easily outranks Galaxy S6's Geekbench 3 benchmark. Note 3 has best call quality, inbuilt speakers and also has a noise-cancelling mic. 


You will love its lock-screen feature called Wallpaper Carousel which displays random images (or selected folders) which look great.


MIUI uses custom interface over Google's Android OS and it resembles more of an iOS. This new Android Lollipop modified custom MIUI 7 is seriously good. While you boot the device for the first time, a system will ask for 'Mi Account' setup instead of traditional Google accounts. Mi Account will offer you 5GB cloud storage and password protects for specific apps. 


Xiaomi being a china brand is definitely not worth for tech users or people who do lot more app or development stuff as it is a bit of a minefield outside China. You will need to play more on a various workaround to keep up with apps and things. 


Bad Count 2 - No fast charging available 


(However being on Qualcomm chip, device features Category 7 LTE for Band 3,5,40 and 41 along with VoLTE support. It also has dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, USB OTG, Bluetooth 4.1, Miracast, GLONASS, and BeiDou)


Looking at battery performance, a device will last for a whole day on a single charge and regular use. Note 3 packs non-removable 4050mAh Battery which gives up to 12 hrs of continuous video playback.


Immediate Competitors 


Lenovo Vibe K4 Note - See full Specs

LeEco's Le 1s - See full specs

Buyers Prospectives


Xiaomi Mi 5 is a better option for this device. If you are looking for larger, solid built and more importantly extremely attractive low price range, Redmi Note 3 beats most of the phones in this specification range.


With amazing built quality, superior hardware specs, faster fingerprint scanner, and great battery life are some of the USP of this device. 


However you will need to compromise on some of the said above bad counts and to chose it against other high-end, high-priced, top-tier brand like Apple, Samsung, HTC, Sony for superior display, camera lens etc. and so on... See our full review on 'Some of the best-selling high-end device in the market right now'.


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Xiaomi Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, newer versions of best budget Redmi 3 have been announced in China recently. Most of the features are same as Note 3 except some tweaks. New devices will have a metal unibody design and curved 2.5D Glass on a front and latest chipsets. New displays have 1080p rathe than a previous 720p one. It also has higher RAM and storage options. Phones will have MIUI 8 on Android 6.

Its pro edition is having 899 Yuan while Standard Edition has 699 Yuan pricing. 
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