The device, initially previewed on Thursday, January 7, is the latest product released by Xiaomi, the 4th largest producer of smartphones in the world, and it boasts even more outstanding features than its predecessors, although it’s identically priced.
More precisely, it sports a sleek-looking metallic body, with an intricate diamond pattern on its rear, unlike older versions which were covered in plastic instead.
Also, its battery is much more powerful: at 4,100 mAh, it boosts talk time by as much as 80%, when compared to Xiaomi Redmi 2, which was released in January 2015 and had significantly lower autonomy, given its 2,200 mAh battery.
Also, the gadget can be charged quite quickly, thus allowing the user to save precious time when the battery eventually runs out.
There is however a disadvantage that American customers must take into account: while the mobile phone theoretically supports 4G LTE technology at a global level, it’s quite likely that across the US it won’t be compatible with such networks, being limited to 3G connectivity instead.
Xiaomi Redmi 3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 611 MSM8939v2 SoC, with a 64-bit, octa-core CPU, and its user interface is based on the MIUI 7 operating system, inspired by Android.
It is equipped with 2GB RAM and 16GB of main storage, which can be extended by up to 128 GB thanks to the smartphone’s dual SIM feature that can double as a microSD card slot.
The gadget, available in 3 different color schemes (gold, silver and grey) weighs around 5 ounces, and its dimensions are 5.48 x 2.74 x 0.33 inches, while its 5-inch display is high-definition, with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels.
Xiaomi Redmi 3’s front camera has 5 megapixels, while the rear one boasts 13 megapixels, which promises 1080p full HD video recording, and automatically detects subjects, focusing on them in as little as 0.1 seconds.
With all this slew of high-quality features, it’s rather striking that the Android-based smartphone costs a mere 699 yuan (107 US dollars).
For prospective buyers interested in taking advantage of this bargain, the bad news is that the device has only been launched in China for now, although it will be eventually available across the rest of the Asian continent, and in other countries such as Brazil.
Even so, those who are able to lay their hands on this budget smartphone are advised to at least bide their time until the manufacturer releases its refined version, destined for English-speaking users.
This way, the device will include Google’s apps and features, like the Google Maps navigation software or the company’s popular email service, Gmail.
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