The Apple of China, Xiaomi, has officially announced its next smartphone in Redmi series in an ongoing event in China, Redmi Note 3, which has long been rumored for a while. It comes in two variants, 2GB RAM with 16GB storage and 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, both priced at CN¥ 899 ($140 USD) and CN¥ 1099 ($171 USD) respectively. The device will be available for orders starting this week in China while availability for global regions is not yet revealed.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is an upgraded variant and successor Redmi Note 2 launched along with Redmi Note 2 Prime in August. It sports a full metal body that has a thickness of 8.65mm and weight 164 grams. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) full-laminated display, and runs MIUI 7 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box. It is powered by a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor paired with PowerVR G6200 GPU.
One of the main highlight of Redmi Note 3 is its possession of fingerprint sensor which is placed at the back for smart security. Also, it packs a huge 4000mAh battery which according to Xiaomi can charge up to 50 percent in an hour via fast charging functionality onboard. In photography, the smartphone packs a 13-megapixel camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) and dual-tone LED flash at the rear, while it sports a 5-megapixel camera at the front.
Connectivity options included are Bluetooth 4.1, Wifi 802.11ac, 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G, and GPS/A-GPS. It will be available in Gold, Silver and Grey when it goes on sale.