With a great price to spec ratio, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 looks set to be one of early 2016’s midrange must-buy. Although it sacrifices the camera and speaker quality, every other aspect is certainly above average from the display all the way to its build quality. The 16GB storage / 2GB RAM option is sold at RM749 while the 32GB/2GB model is sold at RM849. Unless your budget is really tight, we would highly recommend you to pick the higher end model. For an extra RM100 you get 1GB of RAM and double the storage. Moreover, with extra storage you are less likely to need a microSD card to expand it, thus freeing up the extra SIM slot. So we think this is quite worth it.
With the Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi has managed to push our expectation of a midrange phablet to a new high, for the third time. The original Redmi Note is a phablet which gets everything right and the Redmi Note 2 brings in more processing power and a better display. By including premium features that are rarely seen in midrange devices, the Redmi Note 3 is a clear step above its predecessors.
While the previous Redmi Notes are quite good for their price, they are never a threat for the high-end market without any killer feature. The Redmi Note 3 solves this and I think this is a phone that people coming from a higher-end phone will be comfortable with. The low-price is still important, but I can finally say that this is a good phone, even without considering the price. This shows Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series has finally matured. I can’t wait to see what the Redmi Note 4 will bring to the table in the future.
[Update] 29 March 2016: XiaoMi had officially launched the Redmi Note 3 in Malaysia a few hours ago. The 16GB model with 2GB of RAM comes in Silver only at a price of RM 749 while the 32GB model with 3GB of RAM comes in a choice of Gold or Grey at a price of RM 849. Their Facebook post is linked here.