The Redmi 3 Android 5.1 lollipop smartphone is Xiaomi’s new year gift to the world, especially those who are enthused by phones from that company. Not many people have heard of the Xiaomi brand in this part of the world or are even aware that that their phones have being in existence for over 5 years now.
Xiaomi is a privately owned Chinese consumer electronics company. It was founded in 2010 by eight Chinese businessmen. Over the last half a decade, it has grown into the fourth largest smartphone maker in the world. So why it is still a relative unknown in Nigeria is a mystery. Perhaps it all boils down to the fact that Xiaomi is yet to consider the Nigerian mobile phone market a viable one for its products.
Back to the Redmi 3. In keeping with its tradition of making quality smartphones, Xiaomi did not disappoint in the overall specs and design of the the phone.
Dimensions and Design and Display
The Redmi 3, with a measurement of 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5mm weighs only 144 grams and comes with 5 inch touchscreen display. To ensure sharp pictures and videos it is a decent 720p phone having a display resolution of 720×1280 pixels.
Operating system, Storage and Memory
It is here one gets to know t Xiaomi is not just another Chinese phone maker making use of the ubiquitous MediaTek Chipset. The Redmi 3 uses the top of the line Qualcomm MSM8939 V2 based Snapdragon 616 chipset. This supports a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex A53 processor and an Arena 405 GPU. There is also a variant with 1.2 GHz Cortex A53 CPU. It is also a Quad-core affair.
With an internal storage of 16 GB, the Redmi 3 packs enough storage to store all your files, videos and photos. There is also the option of increasing the storage by a further 128GB with the provision of a microSD expansion slot.
All these are powered by a RAM of 2GB. The hope is that, with the snapdragon chipset, the 2GB RAM would be enough to make sure there is little or no freezing up of the phone during heavy usage.
The Redmi 3 came with an impressive 4100 mAh battery. This is huge by any standard. Though there is no further information on talk time and stand-by time at the moment, it is expected that a battery of that size can give a heavy user more than a day of usage between full charges. And like most top OEM’s are doing these days, the battery is a non-removeable battery.
Xiaomi is yet to officially release the price of the Redmi 3 for Africa. Hopefully, this would be done close to the launch-date of the phone into the market. But in China it is going to sell at 699 Yuan which translates roughly to $106. At that price one can say it is relatively cheap for a phone with those specifications.
|Network||Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE|
|Status||Available. Released 2016, January|
|Body||Dimensions||139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm (5.48 x 2.74 x 0.33 in)|
|Weight||144 g (5.08 oz)|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Micro-SIM/Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Display||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.0 inches (~71.1% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)|
|– MIUI 7.0|
|Platform||OS||Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8939v2 Snapdragon 616|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Memory||Card slot||microSD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)|
|Internal||16 GB, 2 GB RAM|
|Camera||Primary||13 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama|
|Secondary||5 MP, f/2.2, 1080p@30fps|
|Sound||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Comms||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|Radio||To be confirmed|
|Features||Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|– Fast battery charging
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 4100 mAh battery|
|Misc||Colors||Gold, Dark Gray, Silver, Classic Gold|