Xiaomi Redmi 3 doubles the battery size of the Redmi 2

by: Kris CarlonJanuary 8, 2016
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Xiaomi Redmi 3 teaser

The Xiaomi Redmi 3 will arrive officially next week on January 12, but that hasn’t stopped Xiaomi from leaking some details on Weibo in advance of the launch. As much as we all love battery life, teasing a new phone with its battery capacity is slightly odd. Nevertheless, a 4,100 mAh battery in the Redmi 3 is sure to please a lot of folks, and for good reason.

When you consider it’s almost double the size of the battery in its predecessor, the Redmi 2 (2,100 mAh), it’s a little clearer why Xiaomi would lead with that little tidbit. Interestingly, this disclosure pretty much stitches up the specs sheet that passed through TENAA last week, detailing yet another solid entry-level device from Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Redmi 2

Xiaomi Redmi 2

According to the TENAA listing, the Redmi 3 will come with a 5-inch HD TFT LCD display, octa-core SoC clocked at 1.5 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory with microSD expansion and a 13 MP/5 MP camera combo. Unfortunately, it looks like the Redmi 3 will launch with Android 5.1.1. Lollipop rather than Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Of course, we’ll have to wait for the official launch to see if these specs pan out. Speaking of which, a Chinese analyst is claiming the Redmi 3 will actually be powered by the Snapdragon 616 which is clocked at 1.7 GHz and will be priced “higher than expected” due to its metal construction.

It’s hard to say what the expected price is, considering the significant specs bump from the Redmi 2 which was priced at the equivalent of $110. Considering Xiaomi’s low-cost pricing strategy, even with a metal build and massive battery, the Redmi 3 will be unlikely to cross the $150 threshold.

What do you think of Xiaomi phones? Do you think Xiaomi will succeed in the US?

  • osm

    A lot of 5″ phones with battery sizes greater than 3500 mAh is exactly what I want to see this year.

    Shame this one only has 16GB storage and no Marshmallow.
    Without Marshmallow (flex storage) 16GB is too low for me.

    • RiTCHiE

      ofcourse it will have marshmellow in the future.

      • osm

        But when?
        Useless to me until that time.

        • gg

          Xiaomi is really slow in updating their devices (blame MIUI for that). Your best bet might be another Custom ROM, CyanogenMod for example.

          • balcobomber25

            Xiaomi doesn’t update MIUI just to update it to the latest version, they make sure it actually works on their devices and is as bug free as possible before releasing it. During that time they release the Betas they work on for anyone to use and try. But while MIUI doesn’t update to the latest Android right away, they do update MIUI itself and that happens every week with bugs reports submitted by the community.

        • balcobomber25

          Why is it useless to you? What is in included in Marshmallow that you can’t live without?

          • osm

            Marshmallow is only important to me if I want to get a phone with 16GB or less internal storage. This is too low for me to consider in pre-Marshmallow devices, but the Flex storage (adoptable storage) feature of Marshmallow in theory ends the problem of low internal storage.

          • balcobomber25

            Flex storage is useless if there isn’t an SD card slot and don’t forget MIUI is a heavily skinned version of Android. It doesn’t always have all the features that stock Android will have so there is no guarantee this would even be in MIUI v8. But there are already apps on Google Play that will do this for you.

          • osm

            From the article

            “16 GB of internal memory with microSD expansion”

          • balcobomber25

            There is nothing official on this, that is just the TENNA specs which themselves aren’t always 100% accurate especially when it comes to storgae. Xiaomi has been phasing out SD cards recently. This will most likely have one as the Redmi 2 and Redmi 1s did but even so there is no guarantee the next version of MIUI based on 6.0 will have Flex Storage.

          • AsterMK

            MIUI has everything stock Android has and so much more. I mean, for example, stock Android didn’t have a permission manager until a few months ago, MIUI is one of the rare skins that had it for years.

          • balcobomber25

            MIUI doesn’t always have all the features of stock. Sometimes they dont work right with the changes Xiaomi makes. Two of the biggest features that aren’t included are Google Services and an app drawer. There are several more smaller features that have been left over the years. I have been using MIUI for years and I love it because it is not stock.

          • AsterMK

            Uh, the app drawer thing can be solved by installing a different launcher.

            Yes, it does have Google services anywhere outside of China.

          • balcobomber25

            You do realize you are arguing against yourself right now? This isn’t about what can or can not be done with MIUI. It’s about what stock MIUI does and doesn’t include. There have been features that stock has that MIUI doesn’t, it’s like that with most custom ROMs.

        • Nioni

          Xiaomi is beta testing MM on mi4 and mi note now. and all phones expect redmi 1 will get MM in near future

    • Kushal Rajbhandari

      At the price that Xiaomi sells its phones, I am pretty sure it would be a steal.

    • EasyCare

      You’re asking too much for a budget phone.

      • osm

        Well then they should sell it for $50 more with 32GB storage. There are too many 16gb phones and not enough 32gb phones.

        • EasyCare

          You can get yourself a micro SD card. Now compare this phone with smartphones from typical big manufacturers (Samsung, LG, Sony) at the same price, and now you know why this thing sells like hot cakes.

          • osm

            My original point was that without Marshmallow, the addition of an SD card is not of great value to me.

            Marshmallow brings Flex storage which potentially removes the need for annoying micromanagement of SD card storage (which I have to do on 16GB phones). So without Marshmallow I’m not really interested in 16GB + microSD phones. Once these phones have Marshmallow, that will change.

          • EasyCare

            Well, good luck finding such phone. You should be looking at upper-midrange phone in the first place, not this.

          • osm

            OK. Tell me which upper mid-range or flagship phone has a screen size less than 5.2″ and a battery capacity more than 3500 mAh, and I’ll buy it.

          • EasyCare

            Duh, I wish I can find that too. That’s why I said “good luck”.

  • Hariharan Karimanal

    The main problem with Xiaomi phones: if you got it on Lollipop, that’s how it’ll stay. The end. My Redmi 2 has a 64 bit processor, but only runs on 32 bit because it still is on Kitkat…

    • AsterMK

      Is that why they’re updating three of their devices to 6.0 right now with more to follow?

    • EasyCare

      Xiaomi updates MIUI, not Android version. Their software makes up for the feature you may miss in the newer version of Android.

  • Karly Johnston

    I’m using a Mi4c on tmob, it is a much better experence than dealing with the 5X.