Xiaomi announces Snapdragon 650 powered Redmi Note 3 variant

by: Robert TriggsJanuary 14, 2016

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro

Xiaomi’s ever expanding Redmi range is starting to become a little hard to keep track of and the Chinese manufacturer has just thrown another handset into the mix – a new variant of the Redmi Note 3.

The smartphone features a number of improvements over the Redmi Note 3 which launched last November and is a higher end model than the recently announced Redmi 3. The phone features a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, a hexa-core chip built from two Cortex-A72 and four Cortex-A53 CPU cores, along with an Adreno 510 GPU. The integrated X8 LTE modem also means that the device will work with 4G+ networks in China and supports VoLTE.

Other hardware upgrades include a 16 megapixel f/2.0 aperture rear camera with Phase Detection Audio Focus and a 4,050mAh battery. Memory options come in either 2GB RAM and 16GB flash or 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage. The upgraded Redmi Note 3 also retains the fingerprint scanner and the full metal body from the earlier model.

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To celebrate the handset’s announcement, Xiaomi is looking for 100 Mi fans who live in India to participate in its Redmi Note 3 Explorer program. If you’re interested, you can read more about the program and the T&Cs over at this link. The smartphone will be heading to the Indian market soon.

The 16GB Redmi Note 3 will be priced at 999 Yuan ($151), the cost of the 32GB model will be announced at a later date.

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  • Jerome

    nice, I had the original which I had to send back becuase of the locked bootloader pretty bad camera.
    I can deal with the locked bootloader but how about the 16mp camera: IMX234 or ISOCELL ?

    • Alexandros Vourlakos

      i guess we’ll learn in a while. although it looks like an isocell.

      • Jerome

        we shall see once the first reviews appear.everything looks decent, I just need a good camera, not interested in the fastest phone to play games. I will no longer pay laptop money for a phone unless it has a very compelling feature.
        fyi Xiaomi: kernel source would be nice too ….

        • Alexandros Vourlakos

          650 is more than enough horsepower anyway :p same as a 808. i guess the camera will be more than decent. both sony and samsung have no 16mp sensor that is bad.

    • Vortex-storm CZE

      i had redmi 1 dead redmi 1S godlike phone. only problem is mediatek

  • Rohit Raja

    Xiaomi is really lining up its shots well

  • kalpavix

    don’t trust them i got my redmi note 3 and guess what the camera is broken “hardware problem” and i can’t do nothing to fix it !

  • Osama M. Ali

    Good specs, but I’m not a big fan of Xiaomi devices.

    Btw, Phase Detection Audio Focus? Seriously?

  • PintoloMay

    What is the display’s diagonal and overall specs about it?

  • Hariharan Karimanal

    It still has no SD card slot and makes us live with 32GB. I’d expect any phone with a ‘Pro’ suffix to at least have an SD card slot or 64 gigs of internal memory…

    • Ylletroja

      it does. The second sim-slot also acts as a SD-card slot according to their chinese site. It’s called a “Hybrid” slot.

    • MaxPower

      For the same logic you should expect to pay a PRO price as well.
      But they still charge a ridiculous cheap price and there’s nothing out there with this value.

      A phone with this specs with 64GB ROM would easily cost $400/$500 if not even more (the HTC A9 with SD617 32GB costs $499).

      They sell this one (which is better than the HTC for $150 (2GB/16GB) and $180(3GB/32GB).

      Sometimes I wonder where you guys live

  • Roberto Tomás

    I’m thinking about buying one, even though I live in the USA. Where I live, in a watershed area of a park right near washington DC, the terrain is low and no one right here gets 4g anyway.. we even have a 3g repeater installed in the house for my dad’s phone.

    What do you guys think about ram — will phones this year make 3gb+ of ram important enough to opt for in this phone? Does it come with no SD card slot? How easy is it to root and put Android marshmallow on it?

    • Adrb

      Rooting probably will not be a difficult issue, as we can see from the current Redmi Note 3, but who will port Android 6 to it?