Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 with Snapdragon 650 processor launched in India

by: Bogdan PetrovanMarch 3, 2016

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Xiaomi is bringing another affordable mid-ranger to India.

Following the release of the Redmi Note 3 in China late last year, Xiaomi is now bringing an improved version of the device to its second biggest market, India. The Indian Redmi Note 3 version ditches the MediaTek processor in favor of a more powerful Snapdragon 650, a hexa-core design with two ARM Cortex-A72 processor cores and four Cortex-A53 cores.

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There are a couple of other improvements compared to the original version – the battery is a bit larger, at 4050 mAh, compared to 4000 mAh, while the rear camera received an upgrade to a 16MP sensor with phase detection autofocus, able to adapt to the scene in just 0.1 seconds.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650, launched a year ago as the Snapdragon 618, integrates an X8 LTE modem, which supports 4G+ networks and Voice over LTE calls.

Other than that, the Redmi Note 3 introduced in India today is identical to its Chinese counterpart. The base version features 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, while spending a little extra will net you 3GB of RAM and double the flash storage. The screen remains a 5.5-inch LCD panel featuring Xiaomi’s Daylight Display technology, which adjusts brightness and contrast on the fly to account for harsh lighting situations.

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The metallic unibody of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is available in Dark Grey, Champagne Gold, and Silver, for Rs. 9,999 for the 16GB/2GB version and Rs. 11,999 for the 32GB/3GB version.

The Note 3 will initially go on sale on Mi.com and Amazon.in, starting next Wednesday, with availability to extend to Flipkart and Snapdeal in the coming months.

What do you think of the Redmi Note 3? Good deal or not?

  • RG

    If it wasn’t for import costs, lack of global rom and 50% incompatible LTE bands, I’d be all over this.

    • RDJ

      There is a global rom, what else do you think the Indian market uses?

  • Kunal Narang

    Damn! I purchased Honor 5X last month!

    • devilreaper

      Cant you sell it on olx or something? And if you bought it less than 30 days ago try to return it.

    • PI

      I shoot in my foot ,bought same 4 days back ,,,,
      I banging my head

      • bob

        didn’t they announced a week back that they would be launching redmi note 3 on march 3rd ,why you couldn’t wait ?

        • PI

          i didnt have a hint for this till yesterday,,this is what appens when u distance yourself from techsites and go more towards Facebook ,skype
          Anyway im planning to give it to my family member

          • bob

            it’s better to wait for MI5 then which would be released next month in india only if you have budget around 25 k

          • Shashank

            Dont waste time on Mi 5 it wont be releasing next month!

    • bob

      well i’ve purchased k4note and cancelled it for this that was 2 months back ,passed on le 1s and honor 5x

      so finally i can buy redmi note 3 pro after being without smartphone for almost 3 months

  • MaxPower

    “There are a couple of other improvements compared to the original version…”

    You missed the most important one:
    SD card slot

    • Thomas Sumanth

      it is available ……. u can put sd card instead 2nd sim btw ,i think its pretty good atleast they did that,not like mi4i !!

      • MaxPower

        I quoted the article and that “you” was meant to the author.
        I know that the SD card reader is included.

        He mentioned the 50 mAh increase of the battery while forgetting to mention a way more important feature like the SD card slot.

        And btw, I’m writing from the RN3 Pro

        • Thomas Sumanth

          oh ok ok my bad

    • sir ur wrong i talk with redmi customer agent and they said that sd is supported but you can use one sim and one sd card both at one time and if u want to use dual sim then u have to remove sd card.this phone support 32 gb of sd card

      • MaxPower

        That’s correct

        • B Manjunath Bhat

          Just 32 Gb? Ahh It’s Disappointing as other phones support at least 64 Gb in the same price Category…

          • MaxPower

            The internal Rom is 32GB. The SD card is up to 128GB

          • Sanford Dsouza

            SD card is expandable upto 32 GB. Get your facts right. It’s on the Mi Global as well as Indian website.

          • MaxPower

            I’ve just put a 64GB Samsung class 10 in it and it works just fine.
            I guess my smartphone can’t read Indian.

            Companies play safe declaring the lowest amount of supported SD card, but truth is that they can read much bigger cards especially good quality ones like Samsung and SanDisk.

  • Roberto Tomás

    the note3 still isn’t on Mi (dot) com

    Yeah, I think it is a good deal.. it is almost a good deal even with typical markup of about 30%

    • MaxPower

      It is
      / note3 / pro /

  • Zoltan Gyokeres

    Well, the SoT is twice as much as for the regular Redmi Note 3.

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  • killeki

    What is the possibility that this device will get the marshmallow update? I am curious. Don’t want to get a phone stuck with old android version.

    • Max

      Since this is a Snapdragon device, I believe you can flash anything you’d like. They do come with unlocked/unlock-able bootloaders, or am I mistaken?

      • MaxPower

        The bootloader is locked but it can be unlocked on request and they’ll send you a unlock code.

        To flash any other Rom you need a porting from devs that can use a generic kernel.

        The best option is to compile the sources which aren’t public (at this moment)

        • Dan

          who is “they”
          From who do we need to request unlock code?

          • MaxPower

            Xiaomi. You can request the unlock code from their website.

  • Max

    I’m a bit confused on how the modem works. Having a Snapdragon 650 means that it will support global bands, right?

    • MaxPower

      The SD650 can operate with all the bands but this doesn’t mean that they are all included.

      It’s up to the phone manufacturer to decide to include a specific band adding the proper antenna and paying the fees to operate on that frequency.

      To cut it short, this phone works only with FDD-LTE band 1/3/7

      • Max

        Thanks, nobody has been able to tell me anything about this.

  • Shail

    I hoped for the SD801 in this device.
    Price can be more for the quality they are providing but the performance needs to be bumped up.

    • Kishore Venktesh

      SD801 is an old chipset.. no point using that. Plus, it still costs significantly higher than the snapdragon 650 because it was meant to be a higher end chipset

  • B Manjunath Bhat

    What the maximum memory that it can support through a Micro Sd card?

  • catapult

    Waiting to know the mi 5 prices in India!!!! And also, I wish they released this phone in the grey black combination, apparently only the golden colour is going to be available, and I hate that colour

  • cheaptech4life

    Which LTE bands supported on this phone?