Xiaomi Redmi 3 announced with full metal chassis and 4,100 mAh battery for $105

by: Kris CarlonJanuary 11, 2016

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Xiaomi just put out a fast-charging external battery pack for $105 that happens to have a smartphone attached. That’s one way of looking at the Xiaomi Redmi 3, a ridiculously cheap phone with a massive 4,100 mAh battery that extends the talk-time of its predecessor by 80%.

Xiaomi-Redmi-Note-3-4 editorsSee also: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review87

Xiaomi is known for its low-cost strategy, but this is impressive even by Xiaomi standards. Nearly doubling the battery capacity of the Redmi 2, the Redmi 3 isn’t just a phone with a big battery, either.

It also packs a 5-inch HD display, octa-core Snapdragon 616 SoC, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage backed up with microSD expansion, all housed in a full metal chassis.

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The Redmi 3 is also equipped with dual-SIM (although one slot doubles as the SD card tray). On the camera front, the Redmi 3 comes with a 13 MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture and 0.1 second Phase Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF). On the front, there’s a 5 MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture. The Redmi 3 is available in three colors: black, silver and gold.

The Redmi 3 release date for China is January 12 via Tmall and Mi.com (there are no details around a global launch). The Redmi 3 price in China is 699 RMB, the equivalent of $105. The Redmi 3 may not be available outside China just yet, but for a full metal phone with a battery that big, you can bet the world is taking notice.

Would you like to see the Redmi 3 in the US?

Show Press Release

Xiaomi announces Redmi 3 with a full metal body and 4100 mAh battery BEIJING, 11 January 2016 — Leading smartphone company Xiaomi announced Redmi 3 today, which features a beautiful new look and upgraded features from its predecessor, including a 4100 mAh battery. With a full metal body and an all-new lattice design, made up of 4166 stars woven together to reflect a gorgeous arrangement of diamonds, Redmi 3 goes on sale for RMB 699 starting 12 January. Despite measuring just 8.5mm and weighing only 144 grams, Redmi 3 packs a powerful 4100 mAh battery with an increased battery density of 685Wh/L, which extends the talk time of its predecessor by 80%. Redmi 3 comes with support for 5V/2A fast charging. It also ships with MIUI 7, which includes battery optimisations that can further prolong the use of the device by up to 25%. The two SIM card slots on Redmi 3 offer support for all three major operators in China. If only one SIM card is used, the second slot doubles as a microSD card slot, which supports cards up to 128GB in capacity. Combined with the 16GB internal storage, users will have no lack of space for music, videos and photos. Here are the key specs of Redmi 3: – 5-inch 720P HD display – Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor – 2GB RAM – 16GB storage with microSD card slot (supports up to 128GB) – 4100mAh battery – 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5mm; 144g – 13-megapixel, F/2.0 rear camera with PDAF for fast 0.1s autofocus – 5-megapixel F/2.2 front camera – Dual SIM (second slot doubles as microSD card slot) Available in three colours, Redmi 3 will be available at RMB 699 in China starting tomorrow on Mi.com and Tmall.

  • Manthan

    First to comment that the Phone has killer specs at more than dirt cheap price..!!

  • Jalitha

    who thought this will be a great phone?

  • MaLaV

    These types of specs sound good on paper but the real problem starts after using these phones for 3-4 months…

    • Dis


      • Franciscus Michael Panggabean

        bloatware and os optimisation is always a problem

        • Syukri Lajin

          software aspect isn’t the best. it’s heavy and somewhat bloated(but only as MIUI’s “features”, still thousand times better than asus), but they do have a good community behind it, and there are a few 3rd party MIUI team available that strips off the chinese bloats. it’s not amazing, but it is better than most other custom skin

          • Airyl

            The global version of MIUI is bloat free, outside of a few tool apps like calculators, notes and the like.

          • Karly Johnston

            If you don’t activate a Mi account and reset your defaults its like they are disabled. MIUI requires permission before it will run it so there is no rouge stuff running in the background.

        • Dis

          On Xiaomi? Nah.

          • Franciscus Michael Panggabean

            tried my friend’s mi4i, watched a youtube video, and it automatically restarted after around 4-5 minutes. Sure, people can just install custom rom into it, but the majority of people won’t, don’t know, or even know that it’s possible.

          • Airyl

            The Mi4i’s problem is that it’s running the rubbish Snapdragon 615. Every phone with that processor suffers similar issues. Look at pretty much any other Xiaomi smartphone and there won’t be even a mention of these sorts of problems.

        • Dis

          With Snapdragon it is very likely custom ROMs will be available too like cyanogenmod

    • Shinshin

      Not an issue with Xiaomi phones…

    • saksham

      yeah especially if they release the marshmallow update

    • Korbs

      I had a Xiaomi Mi2S for 2 years, never had a single issue with it. I gave it to my brother and he’s still using it without any issue. No battery loss over time by the way.

    • Syukri Lajin

      3 xiaomi phones(mi 3, redmi note, redmi 2), been using for more than a year with not a single problem

    • AsterMK

      Yeah, no. I bought the Redmi Note 2 3 months ago. Still uber fast.

      • Matthias Van Gestel

        same here :D at first I was unsure about the SoC being from mediatek but I actually quite enjoy the performance on redmi note 2 :D

    • PuiuCS

      it’s a common misconception based on false rumors and intentional misinformation.
      the xiaomi phones actually perform better than most western phones, especially after long periods of time. any xiaomi user can confirm this.

  • saksham

    i eat a one nights dinner with my friends at that price !

  • boyo1991

    I want this to be good…. If it is im gettin it! Lol

  • Shankar Sk

    The Back design is not looking so gud, it must be plain finish design..

  • Saksham Khurana

    Need it in India fast

  • EasyCare

    Wish they lose that lattice pattern, but at that price it’s a steal.

    • Isaac T.

      As the matter of fact, they do have a gold option without the patterns. Take a look.

  • Every time I see awesome value for money with these devices, I die just a little more inside, being a WP fan. I mean, look what these OEMs are giving you for the price? smh.

    • GetMeGadget

      True that. Such a price..

    • EasyCare

      IKR, Microsoft & Nokia’s arrogance by selling underspec’d device at higher-than-average price made me leave WP. It’s sad because the OS itself is unique and interesting.

    • Trasher

      Xiaomi MI4?

  • BladesNSpades

    Woah… they really outdid themselves on this one

  • Khir Abu Syafiq

    Look way better than my asus with about the same price…

  • Mark Pointon

    I wish someone would make a phone identical to this – except with a decent SoC… Not just the Mid-ranger multi-core stuff. A 801/805/808 or 820 + 5ish inch screen 1080×1920 res, great camera + app especially for the sensor/lens running stock android – and a 4000+mah battery would sell better than the latest star wars movie.

    • smartisan t2

    • Airyl

      It won’t sell better than the latest Star Wars movie unless it’s branded as Samsung or Apple. I know this because the ZUK Z1 exists. The camera isn’t groundbreaking, and the display is 5.5-inches, but other than that it fits the bill.

      • Matthew Young

        The ZUK Z1 isn’t designed for markets like the USA, where B2, B4, B12, and B13 LTE are used.

        I have yet to see a phone similar to this at the similar price point that has most, if not all of the LTE bands used on T-Mobile and AT&T

      • PuiuCS

        Xiaomi is the biggest phone manufacturer in Asia. Trust me, they can sell them :D

        • John

          I thought it was Huawei? :D

          • PuiuCS

            they keep changing positions. currently Xiaomi should be ahead (according to some january reports – we don’t have exact figures for both companies).
            and with the release of the new budget phone Redmi 3 and the high end Mi5 they should be able to keep the top spot.

    • PuiuCS

      it’s called the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Prime or the Xiaomi Mi4, both of which are really good.
      as for the snapdragon 820 soc, it will be used in the Xiaomi Mi5 which will launch very soon.

    • Karly Johnston

      Mi4c has all that, except the battery is 3080.

  • Miguel A.

    I love Xiaomi and I’ve owned all their phones. I just wish their LTE worked in the states :/

  • Respati

    would you make a review about this phone after this phone release??
    antutu, design, camera, performance etc ?? thanks

  • GetMeGadget

    We wish to see them coming officially to States…

  • Saikrishna

    What is this midrange specs for a budger smartphone unbelievable ? wonder what xiomi is upto

  • Albin

    I’ve been holding out for a decent sub-$200 phone with a microSD card (i.e. that will finally work as well as they did four years ago on Gingerbread) and a good camera. It’s obvious that low-end phones have been artificially crippled for almost half a decade, and we’re still unsure if any US vendor will provide Android M with working microSD this year.

  • aaloo

    hmmm, i wonder what phone this looks like. amazing how hard they had to try to hold back on the rose gold option.

  • Sean

    Am I the only one that does not see an antenna band on this phone’s exterior? I wonder how the reception is on this phone and how they are doing a metal case without noticeable antenna bands.

    • DinoMayDay

      The upper and bottom lips of the phone (surface with no pattern) are actually made out of plastic. So yeah, thats where the signal goes.

  • Lars Cleghorn

    please tell us where you found this price from kris…it’s not listed anywhere at the price you mention in the article…??????