Xiaomi, the renowned phone maker from China has come a long way in past few years. The company still holds a few odds, but you have to give full credit for the value it has delivered in such a short time period. Right from Mi3, we’ve seen a plethora of Mi phones that not just looked good but also delivered value for money- just as we all wanted.
And even now, the legacy continues. Still focused on the entry-level category, Xiaomi continues to expand its Redmi and Mi series. The company recently unveiled the third Redmi Note and now it’s following up with the new Redmi 3s, the successor of Redmi 3.
While Redmi 3 did not show up in the Indian market, its successor covers up all the things that we should not have missed. Redmi 3s has been launched with a beefed Prime model, but that’s for another day. Today, we’ll give you a quick walk through all the tweaks that have been made in the new and sassy Redmi 3s. Read on to catch up!
Design and Build Quality
Xiaomi never compromises on aesthetics. The company has given full efforts to craft Redmi 3 and Redmi 3s into mind-boggling sensations. The two budget phones pack an all metal and look extremely premium from all angles. They look pretty similar from the front, but the back is completely different. Redmi 3 has got a grid like texture at the back, while Redmi 3s packs a plain rear with a fingerprint reader positioned perfectly for your index finger. It looks great and also adds up benefits of advanced biometric security to keep your data safe.
On whole, it would be fair to say Redmi 3 and 3s feel great in hand and bring high-end specs into a compact, sturdy and very reliable package. Their capacitive touch buttons do not have backlight, but the multi-coloured notification LED, curved corners, and perfect tactile feedback certainly adds a lot into the package. Good job Xiaomi!
Visual Experience and Colour Output
Expecting dense and detailed visuals from a phone priced under 10k wouldn’t be fair. 91mobiles mentions that Redmi 3 and 3S are not one of those hefty flagships, but at the same price tag, both can get you a respectable 720p panel with good viewing angles, colours and contrast levels. The 5-inch panel bundled with both smartphones could easily do the job, especially when you’re reading a book indoors or typing a text in direct sunlight. It might not be the best display in the market, but is good enough to live up to your requirements.
Internals and Performance
The hardware bundled with Redmi 3 and Redmi 3s is not the best, but can do the job quite easily. Both phones hold sufficient power under the hood and deliver seamless performance with Qualcomm’s octa-core chipsets paired with 2 gigabytes of RAM and 16 gig of on-board storage. Xiaomi has deployed Snapdragon 616 for Redmi 3 and Snapdragon 430 for Redmi 3s. These two SoCs belong to different line-ups, but against what most would have expected, the new SD430 performs just at par with SD616.
If you’re looking for lag-free gaming and hefty usage, none of these phones could make it home. However, if it were for day-to-day usage, SD430 or SD616 both could the job with a balance of usability and battery life and minimal heating.
Probably the only reason to ditch Xiaomi. Whether Redmi 3 or Redmi 3s, the one thing that always annoys Xiaomi phone users is the customizable and heavily bloated MIUI. Each time with a different version, MIUI has offered the same user-experience, with minor feature and performance upgrades. On Redmi 3, you’ll find MIUI 7 on the top of Android 5.1 Lollipop, while on Redmi 3s, you’ll get the latest MIUI 8 running atop Android 6.0 Marshmallow. In the latest version, the redesigned skin packs iPhone like cues but fails to match up with tidy vanilla Android. There’s no app-drawer and the entire UI looks heavily cluttered.
But as per 91mobiles, there are some nifty additions as well. MIUI now has less amount of bloatware with a cleaner lock screen and notification centre. The lock screen also gets a new tool that can be used to switch wallpaper right from the locked screen. To be fair, MIUI has its moments, but it still needs to improve a lot.
For Redmi 3s, Xiaomi has kept the same camera unit that came with Redmi 3. The company has used a 13-megapixel f/2.0 shooter at the back with PDAF, LED flash, HDR, Geo-tagging, and more. It gives punchy and colour rich shots with minimal noise and makes a decent package for low-light smartphone photographers. Redmi 3 and 3s, both capture 1080p videos at 30fps and take vivid selfies with their 5-megapixel f/2.2 front-facing shooters. Their out isn’t that good, but all of this put together definitely makes sense at a price as low as INR 6,999.
Again sticking with the same set of specs, Xiaomi has added a 4,100 mAh battery inside Redmi 3s. The device with a 720p panel utilizes this battery efficiently and handles heaviest usage without running out power. It outperforms most phones in this price bracket and even includes advanced fast charging tech which helps in charging up to 40-45% in just half an hour. Clearly, it’s a wise from Xiaomi to take on its competitors.
Seeing what Redmi 3s is capable of doing, we can say that the latest Redmi hardly different from the previous one. Apart from design and processors, the two phones have everything in common. Their display, camera, battery life, everything matches like a mirror image. This is probably the reason why Xiaomi decided to skip Redmi 3 for an improved and neatly designed Redmi 3s. The handset stands out in all departments, and clearly makes a tempting package for buyers running on a budget.