But first, let’s take a moment to remember the Redmi Note 3.
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Redmi Note 3 Specs
- Android 5.0 Lollipop with MIUI 7
- 2GHz MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10 64-bit octa-core processor
- PowerVR Rogue G6200 GPU
- 2GB LPDDR3 RAM
- 16GB storage (32GB option available)
- 5.5in full-HD (1920×1080, 403ppi) display with Sunlight Display, Night Display and Reading Mode
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- IR Blaster
- GPS, A-GPS
- Bluetooth 4.1
- Dual-SIM dual-standby (2x Micro-SIM)
- 4G LTE support for bands 3 and 7, not 20 (800MHz, used by O2) on both SIMs
- fingerprint scanner (0.3s)
- 13Mp, f/2.2 rear camera with two-tone LED flash
- 5Mp, f/2.0 front camera with smart beauty profiles
- 4000mAh non-removable battery, charges over Micro-USB
- performance results: Geekbench 3.0: 4597 (multi-core)
- AnTuTu 3DBench: 46,924
- SunSpider (tested in Chrome): 907ms
- GFXBench 3: 22fps T-Rex, 8fps Manhattan
Hardware & Design
Since we’ve given out a huge part of the phone’s specs above, we’re going to leave out some of the technicalities in favor of talking about the obvious improvements and upgrades brought to the Redmi 3. The matte plastic in the Redmi 2 was swapped for aluminum, and the rest of its big physical changes are visible to the naked eye. A good example is the dual LED flash and the addition of the fingerprint scanner, which can be noticed at the back of the phone. In fact, the back is where most of the relevant changes reside.
For an in-depth analysis of the hardware specs of the Redmi 3, you can read a full review here.
This is where the really important bits roll in. In order to use the Redmi Note 3 at its full capacity, the most vital thing to analyze and keep an eye out for is how well it performs. After all, if it’s tediously slow and struggles to run a game of snake, it’s safe to say that you can’t really use a phone at full capacity without the risk of it starting to smoke and eventually explode.
Luckily, this isn’t the case with the Redmi Note 3. Its 2GHz MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10 64-bit octa-core processor runs smoothly and appropriately, even for a phone that provides 2 GB of internal storage. And since we’re talking about storage, you might consider acquiring the 32 GB external storage model since there is no support provided for MicroSD and, in this case, it’s always better to have more free space to choose from.
This Xiaomi supports Performance and Balanced operation modes, both of which work neatly. While in Performance mode, many tech reviewers and people that got their hands on a Redmi Note 3 had nothing but words of praise regarding its two-day long run.
Upon being analyzed with Geekbench 3, which establishes the overall performance, the Redmi Note 3 scored an impressive amount of points and was ultimately defeated only by Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy Edge 6. Needless to say, the results vary depending on the platform used to analyze the performance, but there’s no denying that the Redmi Note 3 has managed to find an impressive balance between price and the rather impressive speed that compliments it.
80% of the activities on a phone involve Internet connection, so it’s definitely an important aspect to remember. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 supports 7 LTE bands, which can be tapped into from which one of the dual SIMs you want. In turn, that will limit, however, the other to a GSM connection only. And since we’re on the topic of limitations, the 4G isn’t accessible for every network, so make sure to do some research and find out whether your phone is supported by your network.
Other connectivity-related features include:
- Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac support;
- Wi-Fi Direct;
- FM Radio;
- Bluetooth 4.1;
- A microUSB 2.0 port for data connectivity;
- Wireless screen mirroring via Miracast protocol.
A very important aspect. After all, when you really want to take the best out of what a device has to offer, you really do need to consider what it will cost you in terms of battery life. Under normal circumstances (a one-hour call each day, one-hour of Internet browsing, one-hour of video playback), the sturdy battery of the Redmi Note 3 is able to last for as long as three days without charging, which is quite the impressive feat.
Now, of course, if we overstep the boundaries and start going way beyond these one-hour limits, its life significantly drops. But, regardless, it’s safe to believe that touring through all of the apps and software it has to offer won’t make your battery go down any sooner than a day, at least. And speaking of software…
We should probably start off by mentioning the biggest underside. The Redmi Note 3, which runs on the MIUI 7 that mimics the Android 5.0 Lollipop, doesn’t have access to virtually none of the Google apps. There is no Play Store, and a large portion of the pre-installed apps are in Chinese, including the keyboard. Shifting to an English keyboard might be a rather daunting task, and even then, that doesn’t change the fact that the apps are still in a foreign language.
So, in order to get the best of what the Redmi Note 3 has to offer, it’s mandatory to install Google Play, which is, fortunately, an achievable feat thanks to the multitude of tutorials detailing the process.
Now, this is where the really fun part begins. Of course, it’s important to know your phone’s performance, what it can and can’t handle, how long the battery lasts (for time management reasons) and what kind of apps and software it supports. But there are some built-in shenanigans that can make your life so much easier!
Smart SMS: The MIUI7 comes with a really useful feature – the ability to search and filter through your messages, sorting them into folders. To enable it, follow these steps: Settings >> System Apps >> Messaging and enable Notifications Group.
One-Handed Mode: Boast to your friends about how easy it is to work the phone around with only one hand if you consider it small enough to do so. Settings >> Additional Settings >> One-handed mode.
Fingerprint Scanner: If the phone has it, why not use it? Especially when Xiami innovated the Chinest smartphone market with it. Don’t forget to set up the fingerprint recognition feature to make your life so much easier. Settings >> Lock Screen & Fingerprint Reader >> Password and Fingerprint >> Add Fingerprint, then follow the on-screen instructions.
Last but not least, full capacity means to function without obstacles. Just like any phone, the Redmi Note 3 has its own problems and errors which might interfere with the general experience.