Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series has always been a great choice if you are looking for a budget friendly phablet. How Xiaomi kept the Redmi Note standing out in the extremely congested market is quite simple: delivering more while keeping the price down. But the original Redmi Note and the Redmi Note 2 are not without their flaws. The Redmi Note 3 is Xiaomi’s third attempt so we are going to find out if the Redmi Note series has finally matured or not.
The unit we review is the Redmi Note 3 powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, instead of the Mediatek chip. Some people call it the Redmi Note 3 Pro. This is supposed to be the international version of the Redmi Note 3 (outside of China) and Xiaomi Malaysia will be selling this version as well. We hope this will avoid any confusion.
The Redmi Note 3, as its name suggests, is the third entry-level phablet introduced by Xiaomi. Like its predecessor, the attractiveness of the phone is largely based on the low price. However, Xiaomi manages to raise the bar for a midrange device again through the Redmi Note 3. The inclusion of fingerprint scanner, metallic body and infrared blaster shows Xiaomi’s ambition in crafting a good phone, not only for its price.
Furthermore, Xiaomi does not forget about the basics. The display, battery life and performance are very close to what we expect from early 2015’s flagships, but at the cost of a fraction of their prices. The only areas that Xiaomi misses are the camera and speaker, which kind of reflect that it is still not a flagship yet. The software experience can be improved too.
In short, the Redmi Note 3 is one of the best choices if you are looking for a midrange device. Starting from RM749, it is unlikely that you can find a much better deal than it. It will serve most people well and there shouldn’t be many people regretting their purchase.
- Inclusion of fingerprint scanner and infrared blaster
- Near-flagship performance & long-lasting battery life
- Good looking metallic design
- Attractive price
- Slightly unpolished software
- Comparatively weak camera performance in low light
- Weak & rear-facing speaker
- Introduction & Summary
- Hardware – Design, Fingerprint Scanner, IR Blaster, Display
- Performance, Battery Life & Storage