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.
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.