Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review & video: A stellar comeback indeed

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 goes on sale today on Amazon India and Mi.com at 2 pm. But is the smartphone worth the hype? Here's our review.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Written by Shruti Dhapola | Updated: March 9, 2016 7:45 pm
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review, Redmi Note 3 sale, Redmi Note 3 Amazon, Redmi Note 3, Redmi Note 3 sale registration, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 specs, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 price, Redmi vs Le 1s Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 starts at Rs 9,999 and goes on sale today on Amazon India and Mi.com at 2pm. Here’s our review of the comeback smartphone from Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is in a way, the company’s comeback smartphone in India. The last major launch was the Mi 4i in April 2015, and it’s been sometime since the Chinese start-up introduced a brand new smartphone for the country.

In India, the Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 price-band has emerged as a sweet-spot for smartphone manufacturers. In January, Lenovo launched the K4 Note at Rs 11,499; followed by Chinese newcomer LeEco’s Le 1S, which offers a full-metal body, 32GB space at just Rs 10,999. At Rs 9,999 for 16GB and Rs 11,999 for the 32GB version, the Redmi Note 3 is the latest addition to this segment, combining beefy specs with premium looks.

The first all-metal body Note phone from Xiaomi, this one has a lot riding for the company, given how crucial India will be to its future growth. As numbers showed, in China the growth has stagnated, and India is the next big market to take seriously, if a player is looking to pump up volume sales of their smartphones.

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But beyond the numbers game, the Redmi Note 3 also has to convince India users that this latest offering is worth their money, that Xiaomi is capable of producing quality products without charging a premium price. So is Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 worth its price and hype? We’ve had the phone for a little over a week and here’s our review

Specs: 5.5-inch full HD display with Sunlight Display | Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor | 2GB RAM + 16GB space or 3GB +32GB | 16 megapixel rear camera + five megapixel front camera | 4050 mAh battery |MIUI 7 with Android 5.1 Lollipop

Price: Rs 9999 for 16GB, Rs 11,999 for 32GB

Xiaomi Redmi Note

The Redmi Note 3 is the first full-metal body smartphone in Xiaomi’s Note series, and it looks really good. Sure it’s a phablet with a 5.5-inch display and a 4050 mAh battery, but the phone doesn’t feel too bulky or heavy. The curved edge design means it fits perfectly in most hands.

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The rear camera is bang in the middle of the rear cover, below which is the fingerprint scanner. Xiaomi has kept the speakers at the bottom, adding a little rift just below these to ensure that even when the device is placed on a totally flat surface, the sound is not affected.

From a design perspective, the gold-coloured Redmi Note 3 looks quite stylish, especially for its price. I’ve seen the Le 1s and the Huawei Honor 5X smartphones, both of which are full metal body and in the same price-range. Personally, I’ve liked the Redmi Note 3 as it looks the best out of the three, although the Le 1s is a close competitor.

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So what’s good?

Obviously, the design of this phone is a big plus point. The other feature that accentuates the Redmi Note 3 is the 5.5-inch full HD display. It’s a vivid, crisp display, and perfect for binge-watching Netflix sessions as I found out. The 4050 mAh battery means you don’t have to worry about charging it, and I didn’t get tired holding the device forever.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review, Redmi Note 3 sale, Redmi Note 3 Amazon, Redmi Note 3, Redmi Note 3 sale registration, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 specs, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 price, Redmi vs Le 1s We tested the 3GB, 32GB version of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.

Redmi Note 3 comes with Sunlight Display technology as well, and it makes sure that even in bright sunlight, you don’t have trouble reading on this phone. There’s also a reading mode where the screen turns all yellow, blocking out harsh blue light, which is effective if you’re planning to use this smartphone before going to bed.

Battery is the other really strong suit with the Redmi Note 3. As I noted in the first impressions, the first few days I didn’t feel the need to charge the smartphone more than 40 per cent, as it would last the whole day. Even with constant notifications on WhatsApp, Facebook alerts, browsing, gaming, the phone easily lasted one-and-a-half days for me. Given the price-point, I’d say that’s a clear win for Xiaomi. From a battery perspective, you can’t get better than this.

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As far as performance goes, Xiaomi talks a lot about how Redmi Note 3 is super-fast thanks to its new Snapdragon 650 six-core processor. In the launch, Xiaomi spoke about how the phone scores above 70,000 in Antutu benchmark tests, and yes for us the 3GB version scored around 75,000 in test, putting it firmly in the top ten.

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But benchmarks aside, the phone is more than equipped to handle anything you throw at it: gaming, watching videos, or just your general browsing. The fingerprint scanner on the back is accurate and fast, and till now I’ve not seen it fail. The audio quality and call quality is also quite good on this phone.

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Add to this MIUI7 ensures a pretty smooth experience overall. I personally use the Mi Pad and have come to like Xiaomi’s approach to UI. It’s clutter-free, the extra apps from Xiaomi are not constantly giving alerts, like I’ve seen from other companies.

What’s not good?

Perhaps the biggest letdown for the Redmi Note 3 is the camera, both front and rear. In proper daylight, or even solid indoor light, the camera performs decently, although PDAF takes some time to adjust and focus. The camera, however struggles with low-light, and even slightly darker colours. For example, one colour it struggled to capture was a deep magenta, say in the backdrop of a sunlit blue sky. While it captured the blue sky okay, the staircase looks two shades darker than what it is.

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Other than this, the one big issue I faced was when the Redmi Note 3 abruptly re-booted twice.

Verdict

Redmi Note 3 might not have the best camera in its price-range, but it ticks all the right boxes. Battery, which can be a pain point at this price is not a problem, the display and sound work fine, the phone has virtually no lag. Plus, you’re not paying a bomb for this smartphone; Rs 11,999 and you get 32GB space.

As I’ve noted earlier, there’s a lot of competition in this price-point. Xiaomi to some extent has established itself as a player in the market and for now, this would be my recommendation to anyone looking for a phone in this price-band.

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First Published on: March 9, 2016 11:15 am
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    vikram
    Jan 2, 2017 at 6:14 am
    bakwaaaaaas phone h low camera quality, heating problm, waste of money dont buy,,, akhir china h,,, chala to chand tk warna saam tk,,, do din huye h mijhe liye hue pachta rha hu
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      Pk
      Mar 9, 2016 at 8:39 am
      Redmi Note 3 All colour available WhatsApp 9386880913
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        Alok
        May 18, 2016 at 1:14 pm
        My xiaomi redmi note 3 mobile is heating up
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          Augustine
          Mar 10, 2016 at 4:31 am
          Reviewer has no idea how to test camera! With backlight, foreground is always going to be dark. Also no phone in this range has a good camera, so what are you comparing with?
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            PRIGIN PAUL
            Dec 14, 2016 at 3:01 pm
            Xiaomi Note 3 very heat 🔥 problem and the battery capacity was only one day and the net connection on to charge capacity will be very speedily low
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              Raji
              Mar 15, 2016 at 9:47 am
              redmi note 3 OR lenovo K4 which is best
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                Arun
                Mar 30, 2016 at 12:16 pm
                I Buy Redimi 2 Prime from Amazon on Nov-7-2015, and suddenly while using whats up , phone discharge. Problem with device so send phone to service center (Jaipur) to check issue as phone was under warranty. But it’s Extremely disappoint by service center, as they keep phone for 8 days and they pull some water on mother broad and tell that there water gone inside phone and they cannot repair or replace it. It shown very Cleary they are cheating customer by doing such false activities.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Cheated and gave false explanation of problem to avoid warranty service.Worst.. Service Support…now get why such companies sell such phones at cheap rates…cheated…should Avoid all such online selling companies
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                  Bakul
                  Mar 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm
                  hi we have mi redmi note 3 16Gb Gold Please Call 9974390704 @ 12500
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                    Balaji Viswanath
                    May 31, 2016 at 9:39 am
                    phone is fine but problem comes when if there is any problem with ur device mi has got the worst customer service ever u can imagine for the god sake dont buy this from offficial mi site if u recieve defective piece u have to deal with it no refund only once replacement it has been such a pain using this phone performance is awesome but service is horrible i prefer to go for lenovo or any others which provide good customer service ..lt;br/gt;p.s: for the love of god plz plz dont buy this phone from mi site its the worst experience of my entire life ..and i finally decided not to use any smart phone in my life.
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                      mohit
                      Mar 9, 2016 at 8:37 am
                      i have added note 3 in my cart anyone interested can call me in next half an hour 9971234590
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                        Bharat
                        Mar 9, 2016 at 9:53 am
                        I have redmi note 3 16 GB interested call me at 9646756068
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                          cbuystore
                          May 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm
                          Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Available in cbuystorelt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Experience many firsts with Redmi Note 3. lt;br/gt;Not only is it first in the world to feature Snapdragon 650, lt;br/gt;it also boasts an ultra-fast fingerprint sensor, large 4050mAh battery, lt;br/gt;and a premium metal body never seen before in Redmi phones. It is hard to imagine that with these enhancements, lt;br/gt;Redmi Note 3 is still 21g lighter than Redmi Note Prime..
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                            Debashis Pakhira
                            Mar 9, 2016 at 4:09 pm
                            everything is fine with the phone but i think the gal forgot way to review a phone.
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                              drmohinderverma
                              Mar 24, 2016 at 7:54 am
                              Why in USA.32 GB sold ,249 dollar. Through EBay. In India 33,GB is not available.
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                                DK
                                Mar 9, 2016 at 9:11 am
                                Do you have 3GB 32GB Gold
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                                  VIcky TIwari
                                  Mar 9, 2016 at 3:48 pm
                                  Anyone interested in Redmi Note 3, 32 GB (GOLD) , 15000 only ,email me at - gagvick@gmail
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                                    VIcky TIwari
                                    Mar 9, 2016 at 3:45 pm
                                    Anyone interested in Redmi Note 3, 32 GB (GOLD) , email me at -
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                                      Govind
                                      Apr 10, 2016 at 5:43 pm
                                      My xiaomi redmi note 3 mobile is heating up .... What should I do
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                                        lallu
                                        Mar 9, 2016 at 8:40 am
                                        redmi note 3 2gb version call me 9971234590
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                                          nish
                                          Mar 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm
                                          is ths cell is cool r nt?
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                                            hussain
                                            Mar 9, 2016 at 2:08 pm
                                            anyone interested in Redmi note 3(Black) @ 12500, call @ 8800561246, Delhi NCR
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