Xiaomi Redmi 3 launch confirmed for January 12

by: Rob TriggsJanuary 7, 2016
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Xiaomi Redmi 3 teaser

Late last month, a new Xiaomi device passed through China’s TENAA which led many to believe that a new Redmi 3 smartphone, not to be confused with the Redmi Note 3, would soon be arriving. Today, Xiaomi has not only confirmed the existence of the handset, but has also teased a launch date for January 12th.

The teaser was posted to the company’s official Weibo account and gives us a brief look at the back of the smartphone. The camera positioning matches up perfectly with last month’s TENAA images and there also now appears to be a plaid pattern design on the back.

Xiaomi has also revealed that the smartphone will feature a 5-inch display and an all metal body, but hasn’t mentioned any additional specifications yet. We do have the TENAA details to go on though, which listed a 1280 x 720 resolution display, unspecified 1.5GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and a 13 megapixel rear, 5 megapixel front camera combination.

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The old Redmi 2 cost just $110 when it first launched, so here’s hoping that Xiaomi will target a similar price point with the Redmi 3. Pencil January 12th into your calendars.

  • Matt

    It will be probably weak SD 615. Shame.

    • EasyCare

      Only if you are really aware of Redmi’s typical price tag.

    • Dk Gagan

      i dont know why ppl call it “terrible SD615”
      i have used a phone with sd615
      it is good man for its price
      if you are not a hardcore gamer it’ll be good enough for you
      i have a rumor that it has 617 on it #redmi 3

  • Shubham Prajapati

    Mi haven’t released redmi note 3 in India yet ,this may will arrive at 2017 in India :v

    • Dk Gagan

      Redmi note 3 have helio x10
      and Xiaomi is having issues Regarding Mediatek in india they cant launch any phone with mediatek till april 2016 thats what i know

  • EasyCare

    Hope that pattern is not real. Also, I’m really hoping they’re not removing the micro SD card slot as in Redmi Note 3. It’ll be a perfect budget phone!

    • Giuseppe Campanaccio Lucantoni

      microSD is an awesome feature…are you crazy??