Xiaomi just lifted the veil over one of its most surprising announcements ever - the Redmi Note 3
. Pressed by the move to metal handsets all over manufacturer leagues big and small, Xiaomi was forced to employ a more premium design, but it did so with added twists of its own that might put it ahead of the competition in the Note 3's particular segment.
Being a company that sells predominantly in the Chinese market, that segment has formidable competitors to go against now - Meizu's fresh Blue Charm Metal
handset, the LeTV 1s
, and even Xiaomi's own Redmi Note 2
. Not only did Xiaomi house its new Note 3 in a metal body, but it also added a fingerprint sensor to match the Meizu and LeTV endeavors, but what differs it from the direct competitors?
Well, as you can see in the table below, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 employs a huge, 4000 mAh battery, against the juice packs of the others that gravitate around the 3000 mAh mark. A 30% larger battery means you will be able to get about two days away from the charger with average usage, so it's a pretty big score for Xiaomi right there. The new Xiaomi phone is also the shortest of the bunch, though slightly thicker because of the larger battery
Moreover, the LeTV phone, claimed to be sold below cost, commands a $172 tag, which is the starting point for the 3 GB/32 GB model of the Redmi Note 3 as well, and is lower than the $206 Meizu is asking for its similarly-equipped metal 5.5-incher. All in all, it will be hard for anyone to one-up Xiaomi in the battle for the most popular format in China now, and that might have been the manufacturer's goal all along when outing a Redmi Note 2 successor just three months after the launch.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 vs Meizu Blue Charm Metal