The Xiaomi Redmi 3 brings decent specs at an affordable price. This week, the company presented its Redmi 3, a fully-metallic, 5” Android operating smart phone with a price tag of around $105 and that will be initially available just in China.
This new device carries on the company’s tradition of selling amazing gadgets at very low costs. The phone arrives at only half a year after the release of the Redmi 2 model and its battery power is more than double from 2,250-mAh to over 4,000-mAh.
Its larger relative, the mid-range 5.5” Note 3, with a price of $150, was revealed in Nov. While many people are traditionally been fans of Xiaomi, spending money on the producer’s mobile phones whenever they come, it is obvious that the young Chinese company starts to seem like another smart phone manufacturer on the market.
Perhaps Xiaomi is still growing and its fast development time, at least regarding the phone deliveries, starts to level. The producer does also develop other items, but they likely are a very limited segment of its activity and income.
Xiaomi sold over 60 million mobile phones only in 2014 and did not disclose its 2015 figures, so many are wondering if it did not reach its target of 75 million devices for last year. Its effort to get a large slice of market in India does not seem to have been successful yet, either.
This news comes despite Xiaomi’s main homegrown competitor, Lenovo, placing comfortably in the top smart phone producers, along with well-established companies such as Samsung. As time may confirm, there are still important markets for Xiaomi to conquer, and it must be successful there.
In China, Huawei is beginning to surpass Xiaomi, according to the latest sales numbers. Its Redmi 3 features a 720p screen and is operated by the octa-core Snapdragon 616 chip system. Its 16 GB of memory storage can be extended up to 128 GB with microSD cards, while the 2 GB of RAM are enough even for the most complex applications.
As said earlier, the 4,000-mAh battery pack represents the true advantage of the phone and at just 8.5 mm in thickness, it is a fairly thin system, with a weight of 144 g. The primary digicam is 13-MP with the f/2.0 aperture and its front-facing shooter is 5 MP with an aperture of f/2.2.
The dual-SIM feature allows one port to also act as the microSD tray and it operates on MIUI7, Xiaomi’s newest customized edition of Android OS. Whether the recent interface is centered on Marshmallow 6.0 or a previous release is still unclear.
Overall, many like the MIUI skin and choose it over Huawei’s EMUI. However, for some Android purists, skins are not the best variants and prefer a vanilla Android OS as Google designed it. On the rear of the device, the speaker’s grill, along with the brand’s logo and an intricate texture are the three factors stopping it from being labeled as another clone of the iPhone 6.
This similarity is really obvious and Chinese customers will probably appreciate that. Xiaomi was not truly going for creativity in the style of the Mi Pad, either, which looks like Apple’s iPad Mini. Xioami’s much-delayed leading smart phone of this year, Mi 5, will be released at some weeks after China’s New Year, as the company’s officials have said.
While its Redmi 3 may be very attractive for people who do not want to spend too much on a phone, the upcoming Mi 5 represents the device everyone’s been patiently waiting for. We can only hope that the smart phone will be a worthy competitor for Huawei’s premium devices that are already top of the line in the Western countries too.
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