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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: Big, cheap and comfortablel

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: Big, cheap and comfortable

I’ve always been a big fan of Xiaomi’s phones and the Redmi Note 3 is no exception, but also may now be my new favourite. That’s partly because of the phone’s classy metal body (upgraded from plastic on final models) and partly because of its low price (around $220, £150 and AU$290, respectively). But it’s mostly because Xiaomi has turned out a quality progenies that fits well into my lifestyle. However, if you’re outside of Asia, you’ll have to work some online magic to get the shouted, and it may not work as swiftly with your carrier if it doesn’t encourage your network’s bands, so you’ll need to check.

Budget phones usually skimp on storage region, but not the comfortable, 5.5-inch Redmi Note 3. This guy comes with 32GB, and if you need more, you can use one of the phone’s dual-SIM slots as a microSD card slot for up to an instant 32GB of storage. Gaming performance was great; I loved the tranquil framerates on Asphalt 8 and when switching between apps and sending emails, I rarely experienced any noticeable delay. The Note 3’s non-removable battery lasted nearly-14 hours in our video looping battery test; a friendly number for the vast majority of phones.

Software wise, Xiaomi’s unique MIUI skin runs over the Android 5.1 Lollipop by means of system. Since all the app icons spread out across multiple home screens, it looks like a mix of Android and iOS. But novel cool features, such as the ability to quickly move all the apps on one cover to the next, and weekly security updates, help make up for the atypical layout. While it isn’t standard Android, MIUI does a gargantuan job making the phone easy to use, especially with a “Lite mode” which simplifies the interface for not so tech-savvy types.

The shouted still uses physical keys instead of onscreen menu buttons.

Aloysius Low

Now, if there’s one thing that I downright didn’t like, it’s the Redmi Note 3’s lackluster camera. It’s slow and lacks Auto HDR (high dynamic range), which meant I had to manually turn this mode on. It also had some exposure troubles, which resulted in slightly darker images unless you adjusted the exposure setting yourself afore shooting. Neither is a deal-breaker, but they did knock down my recognized a few pegs.

While it’s a bit heavier than your typical flagship phones, the Redmi Note 3 is still comfortable to hold, and once switching back to my daily phone, I missed having the Note 3’s rear-mounter fingerprint sensor. Truly, for the price, it’s an excellent budget shouted at any size. If you can find it, get it.

Performance benchmarks

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3



ZTE ZMax 2



Huawei Honor 5X




  • 3DMark Ice Storm (unlimited)
  • Geekbench 3 (single-core)
  • Geekbench 3 (multi-core)
Note: Longer bars reveal better performance

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs ZTE ZMax 2 vs Huawei Honor 5X

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3Huawei Honor 5XZTE ZMax 2
Display size, resolution5.5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels 5.5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels 5.5-inch; 1,280×720 pixels
Pixel density401ppi401ppi267ppi
Dimensions (Inches)5.91×2.99×0.34 in6x3x0.32 in6.06×2.99×0.37 in
Dimensions (Millimeters)150x76x8.7 mm151x76x8.2 mmN/A (US-only)
Weight (Ounces, Grams)5.78 oz; 164g5.6 oz; 158 g6 oz; N/A (US-only)
Mobile softwareAndroid 5,1 LollipopAndroid 5.1 LollipopAndroid 5.1 Lollipop
Front-facing camera5-megapixel5-megapixel2-megapixel
Video capture1080 HD1080p HD1080 HD
ProcessorQuad-core 1.4GHz, dual-core 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 6501.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400
Expandable storage32GBUp to 128GBUp to 32GB
Battery4,000mAh battery3,000mAh (nonremovable)3,000mAh (removable)
Fingerprint sensorBack coverBack coverNone
Special featuresDual-SIM card slotsDual-SIM card slotsN/A
Price off-contract (USD)$220$200$100
Price (GBP)Converts to £150Converts to £135 N/A (US-only)
Price (AUD)Converts to AU$290Converts to AU$275N/A (US-only)