The new Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was released, and it went out with a bang. This is the first smartphone from Xiaomi that comes in the metal casing, and the switch was a big headline from the manufacturer.
The new addition to the model is a fingerprint scanner, another tech enhancement that found its place in Xiaomi’s smartphones for the first time. The company announced the Redmi Note 3 only three months after the release of the Redmi Note 2, making us want to think about this move. Why would they do this?
But either way, we’re here for the comparison of the two phablets, right? So, let’s have it going.
The small, but significant difference
When you look at the two phones, there is a noticeable difference: the metal casing. The new phablet is all tucked in the metal casing, following the global trends of all the main smartphone manufacturers. Both phones have the same screen diagonal, 5.5 inches, and the same processor, the MediaTek Helio X10 MT6795. This is an octa-core processor, clocked at 2000 MHz (Note 2 has an overclocked version that goes up to 2200 MHZ), with the same 64-bit technology and graphical unit, the PowerVR G6200.
Regarding RAM memory & storage, Redmi Note 3 will come out in two variants of the mentioned specs; 2GB/3GB RAM and 16/32GB storage.
And now comes one big difference: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with a 4000 mAh battery. The previous model had the power to withstand some serious torture with his 3060 mAh battery, think about the energy difference with the new model.
The casing of the Note 3 is little thicker (8,3mm – 8,65mm), and a bit heavier (160-164g).
Here is the complete comparison chart table:
|DESIGN||Xiaomi Redmi Note 3||Xiaomi Redmi Note 2|
|OS||Android (5.1) MIUI 7 UI||Android (5.0) MIUI 7 UI|
|Dimensions||5.91 x 2.99 x 0.34 inches (150 x 76 x 8.65 mm)||5.98 x 2.99 x 0.32 inches (152 x 76 x 8.25 mm)
|Weight||5.78 oz (164 g)||5.64 oz (160 g)|
|Materials||Main body: metal||Main body: plastic|
|DISPLAY||Xiaomi Redmi Note 3||Xiaomi Redmi Note 2|
|Physical size||5.5 inches||5.5 inches|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 px||1080 x 1920 px|
|Pixel density||401 ppi||401 ppi|
|CAMERA||Xiaomi Redmi Note 3||Xiaomi Redmi Note 2|
|Sensor||13 MPX||13 MPX|
|Camcorder||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (120 fps)||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)|
|Features||Video Calling, Video sharing|
|Front-facing camera||5 MPX||5 MPX|
|Video Capture||1920x1080 (1080p HD)||1920x1080 (1080p HD)|
|HARDWARE||Xiaomi Redmi Note 3||Xiaomi Redmi Note 2|
|Processor||Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit||Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit|
|Graphics processor||PowerVR G6200||PowerVR G6200|
|System Memory||3072 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 933 MHz) / LPDDR3||2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 933 MHz) / LPDDR3|
|Built-in storage||32 GB||32 GB|
|BATTERY||Xiaomi Redmi Note 3||Xiaomi Redmi Note 2|
|Music Playback time||46.00 hours|
|TECHNOLOGY||Xiaomi Redmi Note 3||Xiaomi Redmi Note 2|
|GSM||900, 1800, 1900 MHz||900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
|UMTS||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz|
|FDD LTE||FDD LTE||FDD LTE|
|TDD LTE||1900 (band 39), 2300 (band 40), 2500 (band 41), 2600 (band 38) MHz||1900 (band 39), 2300 (band 40), 2500 (band 41), 2600 (band 38) MHz|
|Data||LTE, HSPA (unspecified), HSUPA, EDGE, GPRS|
|PRICE||899 and 1,099 Yuan||starting at 799 Yuan|
Why is Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 announced and released so quickly?
Xiaomi is an advanced, skilled, and experienced company in the smartphone market. The majority of the customers are from China, and the competition is growing stronger every day.
The main competitors, Meizu, released their metal model, and they want to attack Xiaomi with this move. The answer came pretty quick, don’t you think?
The new model is cheaper than the competition, thus earning the company the advantage. With this move, Xiaomi stays at the top of the food chain in Asian smartphone market.
Both Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 are quality phones. The new model comes in a premium casing, and a fingerprint scanner, and significant battery improvement. The upgrade is worth the cost, as you get the premium-built device with the possibility of using your fingerprint in payment and other services.
Both Redmi Note 2 and 3 are great smartphones from Xiaomi, and you won’t be wrong when you get one. The difference is in the way and the intensity of your usage, next to the build quality and looks. If you are a power user, you’ll love the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 for sure.
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