Xiaomi unveils its first metal phone with a fingerprint scanner: meet the Redmi Note 3 and its 4,000mAh battery


The latest addition to Xiaomi's Redmi Note family, the Redmi Note 3, has just been unveiled at the company's "Grand Finale" event, which took place in China. All in all, the Redmi Note 3 is quite an interesting device, as it is Xiaomi's pioneering device in a couple of rather interesting areas. Which ones exactly? Let's find out!

For starters, the new Redmi Note is the first Xiaomi device to sport a metal build. Well, it's using a new material, but the phone's design language is not strikingly new; on the contrary, the Note 3 employs a refreshed design language that is somewhat similar to the one of its predecessor for the most part. Still, the edges are more rounded, similar to the designs Meizu has been pulling off lately. Still, the new entrant is ever so slightly thicker - at 8.65mm, it's not the perfect example for a super-thin catwalk star, but there's a perfectly good reason for the added bulk. We'll get to that later.

Let's avert our eyes at the specs sheet of the phone. Up front, we have a 5.5-inch 1080p display, laminated with Gorilla Glass; right beneath it, one can find a 2.0GHz Helio X10 MediaTek chipset paired with either 2 or 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The former version comes with 16GB of native storage, while the 3GB one has 32 gigs right out of the box. There's no microSD card slot in the mix, though.


At the back, there's a 13MP camera with phase detection autofocus  as well as the another highlight of the device - its large, 4,000mAh battery. Neat-o! The Redmi Note 3 is also the first Xiaom device to come with a fingerprint scanner. It's a circular one and is positioned at the back, just beneath the camera and its flash. Xiaomi says that the user can unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds and also use the scanner for mobile payments. 

Connectivity-wise, the phone comes with two SIM card slots, both of which are LTE-compatible. The Redmi Note 3 arrives with the seventh version of Xiaomi's in-house MIUI firmware, which is based on Android 5.1.1.

So far, so good, but what about the price and availability of the phone? Well, it seems that the handset will only hit the shelves in China at first, though we suppose that it might hit the Indian and probably other markets in the region sometime in the future. The 16GB version will be sold for 899 yuans (~$140) locally, while the 32GB one will cost 1099 yuans (~$172). The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 will be available in silver, gold, and dark grey. 

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source: Xiaomi

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23 Comments

1. carlemillward unregistered

Meizu Vs Xiaomi. Unfortunately Helio X10 is not power efficient, so 4000mAh will give you slightly above average. Plus it does not come with Doze. Either way it is ridiculously affordable. Will probably be a top seller on Flipkart when launched in India.

4. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

It won't. Mediatek chipset phones are officially banned in India.

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

What are you saying? There are many many many MTK phones which are currently selling offline / online in India. BTW, this is very affordable device for its specs, but nowadays the design for all Chinese OEMs looks the same.

13. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

He meant Xiaomi's MTK devices are banned in India(for now) due to some patent infringement.

14. iampun33t

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

Correction, Xiaomi Handsets with Mediatek chipsets are banned in India hence this phone will not see the light of day in India, unless Xiaomi decides to launch another version of the same phone with a Qualcomm or some other chipset.

17. carlemillward unregistered

Forgot all about that, I'll read about it.

12. yourmom

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

they're not banned, but they'll probably face patent infringements so they'll release a snapdragon version if any with mostly 620

15. Guaire

Posts: 893; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

People tends to overlook display power consumption when looking battery life. Cheap phones with Mediatek chips usually paired with power hog a-Si displays. Meizu choose IGZO instead to a-Si for their M1 Note and M2 Note and guess what these devices results very good battery life. Meizu Metal comes with LTPS which is even better than IGZO regarding power consumption. I have checked Xiaomi's official page about display, but they didn't specify that aspect. So that one probably have a-Si. In that case people gonna think *hey, how Meizu Metal can provide better or equal battery life than Redmi Note 3 with smaller battery it have to be software?* Large battery explains the bulk though.

16. carlemillward unregistered

But according to GSMARENA, the Meizu M1 Metal battery test is lower than the M2 Note.

18. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Well damn. For me, Xiaomi won it for device.

2. E34V8

Posts: 110; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

This looks the same as MEIZU MX5.

3. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

note 3? really? lol

5. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

They just announce Redmi 2 around 3 month ago, and now they release this?

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

It's China, they can do whatever they like. Besides, it's only an announcement, releasing it will take time.

10. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

how about next week?

6. Obádárà

Posts: 218; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

... I think this is good for the price...

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

It's China, they can do whatever they like. Besides, it's only an announcement, releasing it will take time.

9. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Yuck why did Xiaomi go with the X10? The SD610 or SD615 eat up less battery.

19. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

The SD610 would've been the better choice. Qualcomm isn't so good at big.LITTLE yet...

21. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Because it's cheaper and has better performance?

22. dazed1

Posts: 806; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

LOL S615 is 2 class behind the X10.

20. Sealblaighter

Posts: 430; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

GSMArena says it has micro SD slot.

23. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

THAT IS A BEAUTY - but my vote goes to Meizu Blue Charm Metal. I like their speaker placement and fingerprint sensor placement better. Plus I just hate those capacitive keys on android phones!

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