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Xiaomi teases a pretty, metal-clad Redmi 3 to be unveiled January 12

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Firms like Xiaomi, Meizu, Huawei and the rest are no longer startups in the phone arena, and are occupying some of the top places by sheer volume of units they moved in 2015. For the past two years or so, the Chinese phone makers drove down the average smartphone selling price to such an extent that even the juggernaut Samsung was forced to rethink its pricing strategy for the low- to mid-tier segments. Not only that, but in the past year or so, the Chinese brands managed to usher their value-for-money propositions into the era of premium design, following in the metal-clad footsteps of that same Samsung. 

Perhaps the most popular of the value-for-money makers from China, Xiaomi is ready to introduce the third edition of the handset that actually made it a household name in the homeland and beyond. The Redmi 3 already passed through the Chinese certification body, revealing some of its specs. It will eventually feature a 5" 720p HD display, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. A 13 MP camera on the back and a 5 MP shooter at the front will be recording the world around you, while there are rumors for a humongous 4000+ mAh battery fitting in. Given the listed 8.5mm thickness, a large battery isn't out of the question.

In fact, Xiaomi itself sort of confirmed the upcoming Redmi 3, by issuing a teaser invitation for an event on Tuesday next week, January 12th, and listing a handset with a 5" display on it. The kicker with the Redmi 3, however, seems to be the design - it is all-metal, like the Redmi Note 3

A metal handset is a pretty remarkable achievement at the usual $100 price point for the basic version of a Redmi phone, but that's not all there is to it, it seems. In the teaser, the handset is presented with an intriguing plaid pattern of the metal rear, which we hope will materialize in the retail Redmi 3 as well, what do you think about this look on the right?

source: Xiaomi via Gizmodo

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