Key SpecificationsReview Price: £129.005.5-inch 1080p displayDual sim16/32GB storageFingerprint scanner2GB RAMAndroid 5.0
What is the xiaomi mi Redmi lưu ý 3?
The Redmi lưu ý 3 is the latest large-screen, low-cost phone from Chinese handset maker mi – the company often referred lớn as “The táo apple of the East”, thanks to its dominant position in that particular part of the world.
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The company’s Redmi note series has traditionally been focused at the low kết thúc of the market – even more so than Xiaomi’s other astonishingly good-value offerings, such as the flagship Mi5 series. However, it offers premium features such as metal bodywork, a fingerprint scanner, 5.5-inch IPS screen và a surprisingly fast octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor – all for around £130 for the base model.
Xiaomi Redmi cảnh báo 3 – Design
The Redmi note 2 was certainly no slouch when it came to build quality, but it was still an all-plastic phone & felt a little cheap when mix alongside Xiaomi’s other handsets, such as the sleek Mi4. The Redmi cảnh báo 3 doesn’t leave anything khổng lồ chance and comes equipped with a robust metal chassis that gives the entire handset a pleasing feel of weightiness.
It isn’t entirely made of metal, though – the top and bottom edges are plastic, which blend in seamlessly with the rest of the kiến thiết – but this definitely feels lượt thích it’s in a class above most budget blowers. The construction is also rock-solid, with no noticeable movement when gripped tightly
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The rounded edges make the Redmi lưu ý 3 comfortable to lớn hold, and this is accentuated by the fact that xiaomi has clearly put a lot of thought into ergonomics và what should go where.
The power and volume controls are on the right-hand side, falling just under your thumb. However, the real star here is the fingerprint scanner, which resides on the rear of the device, just below the 13-megapixel camera. It’s the same location that LG chose for the scanner on both the Nexus 5X & LG G5, và is almost effortless to reach.
In fact, the moment you scoop the phone up off a table or lift it out of your pocket, your index finger naturally comes to rest over the scanner, allowing you to wake the phone và unlock it in one movement. The downside of having the scanner on the back of the phone is that you can’t access it when the handset is resting on a table, face-upwards.
Along the đứng top edge of the Redmi chú ý 3 you’ll find the 3.5mm tai nghe socket & an IR blaster, something that’s quite common on phones intended for the Chinese market. While it might seem lượt thích a throwaway addition, being able to lớn change TV channels or adjust the volume on your stereo using your phone never becomes old and I’d personally like to see it featured on more handsets.
On the bottom edge of the handset you’ll find the micro-USB charging and data port sitting alongside the in-call microphone. While mi has embraced USB Type-C with its Mi4C & Mi5, the Redmi note 3 sticks with the older connection standard – just like Samsung did on its Galaxy S7.
Sadly, there’s no NFC included here, even though xiaomi mi has recently changed its previously dismissive stance on the công nghệ by bundling it with the Mi5. As a result, you won’t be able lớn use the phone lớn make contactless payments using apk Pay, which recently launched in the UK.
Xiaomi Redmi cảnh báo 3 – Display
The Redmi cảnh báo range – as the name suggests – traditionally guns for the “phablet” sector of the market, & this third offering is no exception. It’s sporting a large 5.5-inch IPS screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution – hardly earth-shattering, but still more than acceptable in a phone that costs this little. The pixel density of 403ppi is decent as well, và it isn’t possible to pick out individual pixels unless you press your nose up against the glass.
Colour replication và contrast could actually be a little better in my opinion – unless the screen is at a reasonably high brightness level, things tend khổng lồ appear a little washed out – và it’s sometimes hard to lớn see in really bright sunlight.
The screen isn’t clad in Corning’s Gorilla Glass either, but xiaomi insists it has used a glass that offers the same level of protection – & even ran a car over a Redmi lưu ý 3 khổng lồ prove it.
Xiaomi Redmi lưu ý 3 – Performance, Speakers & Call Quality
The Redmi cảnh báo 3 is available in two flavours – the MediaTek Helio X10 version & the more recent Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 version. The version I have for reviews is the former. You also have different storage options, with the 16GB edition shipping with 2GB of RAM, while the roomier 32GB version has 3GB of RAM.
MIUI is a surprisingly fast UI, but even so, the MediaTek processor copes admirably under heavy load. Even with multiple apps running simultaneously, I didn’t experience any stutters or jerkiness – although there were times when a “Just a sec” message would appear, which suggested that the handset was having khổng lồ re-load the trang chủ menu after some intensive work.
Like many xiaomi mi devices, the Redmi chú ý 3 comes with various modes that are intended to lớn conserve battery life, và switching khổng lồ the more demanding “Performance” mode naturally delivers more impressive results at the expense of stamina.
According lớn the Geekbench 3 benchmark – which I ran in “Performance” mode – the Redmi lưu ý 3’s multi-core rating is 4,658, outranking the Samsung Galaxy S6, which achieves a score of 4,108. In Geekbench’s single-core test, the phone is more in line with the original Nexus 5. The relatively low screen resolution certainly helps, but Xiaomi’s handset is clearly no slouch when it comes to lớn overall performance.
The Redmi cảnh báo 3’s speaker is located on the rear of the phone and is reasonably loud and easy khổng lồ hear, even in a crowded environment. There’s the usual lack of bass that one associates with mono phone speakers however, and the audio is quite tinny and unpleasant at times. There’s a little raised piece of plastic next to the speaker, which – when the phone is face-up on a flat surface – ensures that the speaker isn’t muffled or covered.
Call unique is decent, with audio coming across crystal-clear. A noise-cancelling mic is located on the đứng đầu edge – next lớn the 3.5mm tai nghe socket – và keeps background audio khổng lồ a minimum, while the placement of the phone’s mic on the bottom-left edge means that it’s unlikely lớn be obscured by your hand in the middle of a call.
The Redmi chú ý 3 supports 4G networks, but only bands 3 and 7 in the UK. That means if O2 is your network provider – or you use a company that uses O2’s masts, such as Giffgaff – then you’ll be limited to 3G. Like a number of Chinese handsets, the device offers dual-SIM support, although it should be noted that it uses micro-SIMs; not the more recent nano-SIM format.
Xiaomi Redmi lưu ý 3 – Software
Xiaomi’s phones are all based on Google’s android OS, but they use a custom skin that is perhaps one of the most drastic examples in the app android sector. MIUI bares many visual similarities with Apple’s iOS, & even goes as far as completely removing the trademark game android app drawer, instead placing all of your available apps on your homescreen. MIUI version 7 comes loaded on the Redmi note 3 & is based on android Lollipop.
However, mi has put in a lot more effort than most hardware makers, ensuring that MIUI offers something a little different to stock Android.
For example, you can turn on a feature in the OS that gives you a different lockscreen wallpaper each day. It’s also possible to tải về and install various themes lớn make your phone’s menu system look entirely different – other apk phones have this feature, but not to the stunning degree seen here; there are literally thousands of themes khổng lồ choose from, some of which include animated lockscreens.
There are plenty of other little improvements & enhancements, too, which make the Redmi lưu ý 3 feel very different from your typical game android device.
Since it isn’t intended for sale outside of China, the Redmi note 3 doesn’t come with any Google applications as standard – turning it on for the first time doesn’t prompt you to input your Google trương mục details, but instead asks for your “Mi Account” – Xiaomi’s own login system.
This is backed by a suite of features including a fully fledged phầm mềm store (in Chinese), a backup tool and even cloud storage allocation. Many resellers will install Google apps on xiaomi devices, but these “custom” ROMs often come with annoying bloatware as well.
While the “stable” build of MIUI that shipped on our reviews unit has full English language support, mi does offer “global” ROMs for its devices that feature Google apps & more language options – but updating your phone is more cumbersome than it needs to lớn be, with a bootloader unlock request being required before you can flash any new software.
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MIUI is one of the most recognisable and appealing app android skins out there, but you should be aware that it’s a bit of a minefield if you’re using the phone outside of China. You may have khổng lồ put in a lot of effort khổng lồ get things working khổng lồ your satisfaction, but as the thousands of mi fans outside of đài loan trung quốc will tell you, it’s more than worth the hard graft.