Xiaomi Redmi 3S Plus is official: low-cost handset with octa-core chip and 4100 mAh battery
The Redmi 3S Plus goes on sale today in India for the equivalent of $143
Xiaomi has just taken the wraps off the Redmi 3S Plus, which seems to be similar if not identical to the Redmi 3S launched back in June by the Chinese firm. Like the earlier model, it offers a stylish design and reasonable set of internal hardware for not a lot of money and curiously, will launch in India as an offline exclusive.
It's no secret that Xiaomi's rise to prominence in the smartphone arena has been largely thanks to its online sales. But as we heard earlier in the week, the firm is looking to bring its handsets to brick and mortar stores to catch those who prefer to do their shopping on foot. As Xiaomi's promised expansion to the U.S continues to elude, those in India will be able to pick up the Redmi 3S Plus through a number of well-known retailers as well as Xiaomi's official distributors.
The LTE-ready device includes a 5-inch 720 x 1280 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, 2 gigs of RAM and 32 GB of expandable storage. There's a 13-megapixel rear shooter a 5-megapixel snapper for selfie lovers. The dual-SIM handset also gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow topped with Xiaomi's MIUI launcher, a 4100 mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor.
The Redmi 3S Plus will cost Rs. 9,499, which equates to about $143 U.S.D. Interestingly, Xiaomi already sells a Redmi 3S variant in India called the 3S Prime, which includes an extra gigabyte of RAM for Rs. 8,999 ($135). But with this new device being offline-only, there's no competition from online deals which allows a bit more room for manoeuver on the price.