News by Luke Jones on Tuesday November 24, 2015.
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We are still waiting for Xiaomi to launch a replacement for the nearly 18 month old Mi 4 flagship, but while we are waiting for that handset the company has treated us to another high end device. The Redmi Note 3, in many ways, is a clear pointer to where the Chinese company is going with its next flagship as it comes with plenty of Xiaomi firsts. With a killer price and appealing specs, one may even wonder if we need the Mi 5 to launch.This is the company's first ever smartphone to be made from metal and we like that Xiaomi, unlike some other manufacturers, are treading their own design path these days. Similarities to Apple's iPhone or one of Samsung's high end devices are non-existent, which seems like a refreshing thing to say these days. Of course, those familiar with the Redmi Note 2 will know this aesthetic, as it is more or less exactly the same, minus the metal build. Another first for Xiaomi is the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner, making the company among the last major brands to include this technology. The circular scanner sits below the camera module on the rear of the Redmi Note 3, a configuration we are used to seeing on numerous other smartphones. Xiaomi says the fingerprint sensor can be used for mobile payments and that it will unlock the device in just 0.3 seconds. In terms of specs, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 proves to carry some potent high end hardware. A Gorilla Glass coated 5.5-inch panel sits on the front with 1080p Full HD resolution, while a 2.0GHz Helio X10 MediaTek chipset with 2GB or 3GB RAM options provide the power. Elsewhere there is 32GB (16GB for the 2GB RAM variant) of native storage, but sadly no expandable space. A frankly enormous 4000mAh juicer will keep the lights on, but the Helio X10 is not the most power efficient, so don't expect market leading battery life even if that power pack is huge. A 12 megapixel lens serves as the primary camera on the rear of the handset, while around the front users will find 5 megapixel shooter. A very good package then, but there are a lot of very good packages with affordable price tags at the moment, so how does Xiaomi?s latest do against those? Well, it does very well against similarly spec'd smartphones for one reason alone... its cost. This smartphone will be priced at 899 yuans ($140) for the 16GB version, while the 32GB one will cost 1099 yuans ($172). That?s a bargain folks. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 will be available in silver, gold, and dark grey, although you can forget about this landing in the United States or Europe.
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