The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is the latest large screen, smartphone from the China handset maker. For most of you that are not aware, Xiaomi is often referred to as China’s Apple brand. This term is due to the fact that Xiaomi dominated this part of the world with its varieties of smartphone.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with a robust metal chassis that gives the entire handset a pleasing feel of weightiness. However, bear in mind that it is not entirely made of metal. The top and bottom edges of the smartphone are made of plastic that are able to blend in really well with the whole design. Moreover, the construction of the smartphone is very solid without any noticeable movement if you grip the phone tightly. Also, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has rounded edges making it very comfortable to hold and grip. This is a little thought on ergonomic by Xiaomi.
Apart from the improvement in design, the power and volume controls for Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 are on the right hand side, under the thumb. One interesting feature is that the fingerprint scanner resides on the rear of the phone below the camera. It is way too convenient that the moment you grab the phone, your index finger will naturally come in contact with the scanner. Thus, waking up and unlocking the phone is extremely easy. As the scanner is on the back of the phone, you will not be able to access to it when the phone is resting on a platform, facing upwards.
The display screen of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has a large 5.5-inch IPS screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Besides, the pixel density of 403ppi is considered decent as well. In terms of colour display or contrast, it appears to be a little fade off giving some difficulties for users to see in bright sunlight. Like many other Xiaomi devices, the Redmi Note 3 comes with a few different modes with an intention to conserve the battery life. Switching to the more demanding Performance mode naturally will delivers more impressive results.
The speaker for Redmi Note 3 is located on the rear of the phone. It is loud and clear for hearing, even in a noisy environment. The downside include lacking of bass leading to unpleasant audio at certain times. On the other hand, the call quality is satisfying with audio coming across clearly. The background audio is kept at minimum, thanks to a noise-cancelling mic located on the top of the edge.
The Redmi Note 3 supports 4G networks. Like some other Xiaomi or Chinese handsets, the Redmi Note 3 offers dual-SIM support. However, take note that it uses micro-SIMs and not nano-SIM format.