Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Review: Huge Battery, Brilliant Display, Metal Body

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Back ViewIntroduction

Xiaomi is a China-based smartphone juggernaut which is producing devices much better than you may possibly think. In earlier days when we think of buying a new phone, the name "Xiaomi" probably doesn't come to mind. But now when we do get to talk about Xiaomi's handsets the story usually revolves around how much you get for so little. 

Back in 2010 company has commenced, and since then they are doing a really good job. In 2015 Xiaomi managed to sold over 70.8 million units which was countable for almost 5 percent of the smartphone global market share. Xiaomi has nearly zero presence in the Western part of the world and despite of that they have managed the 5th position in the largest smartphone maker in 2015.

Xiaomi has started 2016 with the release of Redmi Note 3 which was unveiled in China back in 2o15. And there are two models of this device the China model was launched with MediaTek Helio X10 processor and in India the device is launched with Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor. 

There are two version of Redmi Note 3- the standard version (with 16GB/2GB) and the pro version (with 32GB/3GB). We've been using the Indian pro (32GB/3GB) version of Redmi Note 3 for a while now, here's our review of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3- read on.

Key Features:
  • 5.5" HD IPS Capacitive Touchscreen (1920 x 1080p)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor
  • 32GB / 16GB Built-in storage
  • 3GB RAM / 2GB RAM
  • 16MP Rear Snapper
  • 5MP Front Snapper
  • Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
  • 4050mAh battery
  • Fingerprint Sensor

Redmi Note 3 Box
Redmi Note 3 Box
  / © GoTech
In The Box:
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
  • Wall charger (Output: 5V, 2A)
  • Micro USB cable for charging and data transfer
  • SIM card ejector tool
  • Quick start guide


Xiaomi was never considered as the company which produces smartphones with aggressive and ergonomic design but with the release of Redmi Note 3 company has proved every one wrong and produce a smartphone with premium looks that appeals to the eye. 

The Redmi Note 3 is a metal-clad smartphone which has rounded edges perfectly chamfered. It's not the best design that we've seen but for the price it's really appealing. The device is incredibly light (164g) despite of the fact that its supports a full metal body. It packs a whooping 4050mAh of battery and its' the lightest we've seen yet. You people might be wondering what's the technology behind it? 

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 uses the latest 690Wh/L battery technology to fit an extra 26% capacity without any excess bulk. Thoughtful engineering design such as the compact circuit board and indented inner back cover maximise room for more battery.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Back View
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Back View / ©GoTech
In the hand, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 feels solid and heavy, however it's curved corners makes it feel comfortable to handle. A fingerprint sensor is also embedded and is positioned right where index finger naturally rests. There are only few low-cost phones that offers this perk, and it's fast and reliable too.

The measurement of the Redmi Note 3 are 1150 x 76 x 8.65 mm and comes in at 164g. It's notably smaller than Motorola Moto G4 Plus and Lenovo Zuk Z1. 


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Display
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Display
This is one of the area where Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 excels, it features a brilliant 5.5-inch HD IPS capacitive touchscreen display with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution, and it's more than enough to deliver clear and crisp visuals. The display is perfect at this budget friendly price. 

Its' not the best display around, as screen colors aren't exactly accurate. Many of you might note even notice but the screen is bit colder than it should be. This means it gives white color  a bluish color but can be corrected from settings. 

In daylight condition the Redmi Note 3 works really well, you'll find no trouble using the device. There also a built-in reader mode which you can use at night, it's pretty much like f.lux which warms display at night. 

The display has a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch and has a good viewing angles. It's a great display although sometimes it can get reflexive. There's is no Corning Gorilla Glass protection but indeed the display is scratch resistant. 


Powering the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 at the software end is company's own MIUI OS based on Android 5.0 Lollipop on the board. The user interface is fluid and responsive, and switching between apps is generally quick, with only occasional hiccups.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 MIUI
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 MIUI / ©GoTech

Now considering the Redmi Note 3 on the performance end, this is the other department where the device excels. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC (inside the unit we are reviewing) couple with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. And for those this isn't enough, there's also a microSD card slot as well. Normally this kind of hardware specifications have only seen in high-end devices. 

There's also a standard (basic) version of Redmi Note 3 which comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There's not much price difference between the two models, but we'd highly recommend you people to go for the pro version (3GB/32GB).

Ports, Slots & Buttons

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Top View
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Top View / ©GoTech
On the top of the Redmi Note 3 there's a audio jack, IR blaster and secondary microphone. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Side View
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Side View / ©GoTech

On the left side of the Redmi Note 3 there resides a ejectable SIM tray. It's a hybrid SIM tray, you can either insert one microSIM and one nanoSIM or you can insert one microSD card instead if nano SIM.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Bottom View
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Bottom View / ©GoTech
On the bottom of the device there's a microUSB port and primary mic.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Side View
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Side View / © GoTech
On the right side of Redmi Note 3 there's a power/lock bottom and volume rocker. 


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 © GoTech
Manufacturing a budget friendly phone is really a task, as it requires some corners to be cut. And the Redmi Note 3 weak link appears to be it's camera. It does a decent job in day light conditions but the camera struggles in dark light conditions. Even thought the setup seems promising on paper: 16MP rear camera shooter with features like auto focus, phase-detection and f/2.0 aperture. 

On the bright side the camera app works fine. It's simple to use and take photos real quick, interface is straightforward. Camera modes includes: burst mode, panorama, self timer, slow-motion and time-lapse video.

Despite the sensor's high megapixel count the image quality is average, but considering the price at we are getting this it's acceptable. There's also a HDR mode which helps to some extent but adds a noticeable delay between shots. 

On the front side there's a 5MP selfie snapper which get's the job done. But it also struggles in low light conditions.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 packs a humongous  4050mAh of battery and this is also the area where this device excels. The battery life of this device is really good especially for the price you are getting. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Battery
If you are heavy user, you'll get about a day of solid use and if you are a light user the battery will easily last couple of days. It's said that the phone is equipped with a quick charger but it doesn't seems the case as it takes time to reach up to 100 percent. 

Specs Sheet Comparison

CategoryXiaomi Redmi Note 3Motorola Moto G4 PlusLenovo ZUK Z1
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1
Skin MIUI 7
Android 6.0.1Android 5.1.1
Skin Cyanogen OS 12.1
Processor1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 6501.5GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 6172.5GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Display5.5-inch IPS HD display (1080×1920, 403ppi)5.5-inch IPS HD display (1080×1920, 401ppi)5.5-inch IPS HD display (1080×1920, 401ppi)
Rear camera16MP main16MP main,13MP main, 8MP front
Front camera5MP5MP8MP
Battery4050 mAh removable3000 mAh removable4100 mAh removable
Network4G LTE / 3G4G LTE / 3G4G LTE / 3G
Dimensions150 x 76 x 8.65mm153 x 76.6 x 7.9mm155.7 x 77.3 x 8.90mm
Weight164 grams155 grams175 grams
No. of SIM's 222
ConnectivityWifi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPSWifi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1, GPS
Wifi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth, GPS
ColorsSilver/Gold/DarkGreyBlack/WhiteSilver Grey/White


  • Large, high-resolution display
  • Fast and reliable fingerprint scanner
  • Good sound quality during phone calls
  • Good battery life for the price
  • Dual-SIM phone


  • Mediocre photo quality
  • Buying one outside of Asia takes time and may be costly


At the end we will say that Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a grad deal, it delivers plenty of value for its money. The device comes in at ₹11,999 for the 3GB/32GB model and ₹9,999 for the 2GB/16GB model. Overall it's a good deal at this much price you are getting a brilliant display, a full metal body, average camera, and a huge battery. 

Benny Singh
Forever Tinkering With Gadgets

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