When the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime goes on sale on August 9 on Flipkart and Mi.com, there will be some big changes being brought in by the Çhinese startup. For instance, these will be first phones from Xiaomi that are fully made in India. While this will be a big boost for the Narendra Modi government’s Make in India initiative, this will also mean the start of a new era for Xiaomi and Mi Fans in India.
Since the company is no longer dependent on China for its supplies, it will be able to offer much more units for sale in India. Manu Jain, India head of Xiaomi, said the phones will be available without a flash sale for the first time. And this is because they are more confident about being able to match supply and demand with the Redmi 3S Prime.
With the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, launched earlier this year, Jain claimed they were able to sell 6,00,000 units in just 60 days. With the new Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime, Xiaomi is offering more units for sale. Another interesting aspect about the new phone is that this version is manufactured only in India. Since these new versions come directly from the Xiaomi factory in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, where it is manufactured in partnership with Foxconn, they will have the Band 5 support which is not available in China.
Xiaomi 3S is similar to Redmi Note 3 where design goes, and has the same metal unibody as the more expensive and bigger phone. Xiaomi is touting battery as the USP of Redmi 3S and 3S Prime, calling it a dependable smartphone with two days of battery life thanks to the 4,100mAh battery.
Othe specifications of the Redmi 3S Prime are: 5-inch HD display (720 p), Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage space (expandable microSD slot with 128GB as limit). It has a 13 MP primary camera with a 5MP front camera. Xiaomi Redmi 3S has 2GB RAM+ 16GB storage, compared to the Prime version.
Both phones are dual-SIM smartphones with VoLTE 4G support. Redmi 3S does not have a fingerprint scanner on the back, like the Prime version. The phones runs MIUI 7 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and will come in Gold, Grey and Silver colour options.