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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is an Affordable but Powerful Android Phablet

While this might not be the case here in Nigeria, the Xiaomi Redmi series is quite popular in some markets for making premium-like features available to users at pocket-friendly prices. The Redmi Note 3 is an example of great value this range offers, parading a spectacular Full HD display, a six-core processor, generous RAM, humongous battery and a fingerprint sensor, amongst other superlative features. It should not be confused with the 5-inch Redmi 3.


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Design and Display

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is an aesthetic device, defying its budget-friendly status. It flaunts an anodized, sandblasted metal body with a downy matte finish. You will love the fact that this one is not a fingerprint magnet. The build quality is solid and quite commendable. The handset crams in a huge 5.5-inch display with thin bezels and a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels for awesome visuals. It features diverse screen modes to make for comfortable viewing and impressive eye protection.


A look at what is on offer on the camera front reveals a combo of 16-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The main camera on the back comes with a wide f/2.0 aperture and dual-tone dual-LED flash for awesome lowlight shots. It also boasts super-fast phase detection autofocus offering fast focusing capability comparable to that of DSLR shooters. You can use it to shoot 1080p videos. The front-facing camera also has an f/2.0 aperture and offers HD (720p) video recording.

Hardware and Software

On the inside, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is equipped with a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor – the phablet is supposedly the first device to use this powerful chipset. There is also a model driven by a MediaTek chip. The device will come with either 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of onboard storage or 2 GB of RAM and 16GB of integrated storage – expansion is supported. The Adreno 510 GPU on show here is only a bit outdone by what you will find on some flagship smartphones. The Redmi Note 3 runs on Xiaomi’s MIUI 7 software, a highly customised version of Android Lollipop.

Sundry Specs and Features

Another highlight of the phablet is its massive 4,050mAh battery described as ‘ultra-thin and light’ by its Chinese manufacturer. The juicer is based on 690Wh/L high-density battery technology and is said to be able to offer standby time of up to 22 days. It supports Quick Charge feature.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 offers faster 4G LTE (Category 7) with VoLTE support. Connectivity options include USB OTG, Bluetooth 4.1 and dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac. It comes with a fingerprint sensor that supposedly gets it unlocked in just 0.3 seconds.

Pricing and Availability

It is unclear if the Redmi Note 3 is available in Nigeria at this time, but it is in India where the base model with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage sells for about Rs. 9,999. That price works out to a price in the range N30,000-N40,000, depending on what exchange rate you are using. When you consider what the phablet brings to the table, you may agree it is a steal at this price.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Major Specs at a Glance

– Metal body
– 5.5” Full HD IPS display
– 16MP PDAF rear and 5MP front cameras
– Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor
– 16GB/32GB onboard storage
– Android Lollipop with Xiaomi MIUI 7
– 4,050mAh battery with Quick Charge
– 4G LTE with VoLTE support

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