Xiaomi joined the race of Le 1S’s metallic body and fingerprint sensor along with RAM war and launched Redmi Note 3 in 2016. We managed to get one unit on the first flash sale of Redmi Note 3 on 9th March, 2016 which is a Gold variant (2GB/16GB).
Recently we posted the Antutu score of Redmi Note 3 in which the 2GB variant managed to score 73538 which is really a high score even at such a budget price point of Rs.9999. So today without wasting much time, lets move towards an unbiased review of Redmi Note 3 which we have done on the unit of 1st flash sale.
Redmi Note 3 comes with 5.5″ Full HD IPS display with 401 ppi. IPS provides good viewing angle and without being biased we must say sunlight visibility is really good and there is no problem you will face while looking at the screen during day time under the sun. The one thing which the company has turned its back is its glass protection. Redmi Note 3 does not support Gorilla Glass Protection but there is some protection glass fitted which might be sourced locally and might be an unbranded product but it works good. You can see many Youtube videos where in you don’t get scratches on screen with keys or knife. Most of the videos are rubbish and we want our viewers to know that keys or knife would have no impact on screen protection even if it is taken from Gorilla Glass or from good unbranded company as their hardness level is below the hardness level of any of glass protection used in mobile phones. Yes, if you scratch the display with small SANDS, than you would most probably get the screen scratched easily as its hardness level is more.
|Body Build and Design:|
Without being biased, we must appreciate Xiaomi for really working hard on the build and design of Redmi Note 3. It has managed to provide full metal unibody with its superb design. The sand blasted finish on the back panel gives it a premium feel. The phone is also surrounded by a chrome strip along its edges which is little shiny and gives it a premium look and it also gives protection to the screen as it is slightly raised above the screen which you might not able to notice.
Xiaomi has also tried and avoided simple and small mistakes which many manufacturers do. Like the capacitive buttons on the bottom of the front panel are backlit so that you don’t mess up at night with no light. Also you can lock those capacitive buttons directly from top quick setting options so that you don’t accidental pause or go back while playing games. Xiaomi also has given the option of stopping the backlit of those capacitive buttons in case you want to save battery.
We appreciate Xiaomi for providing those 3 capacitive buttons. This helps the customers fully utilizing the 5.5″ screen and not compromising on screen size as many manufacturers provide on-screen buttons for HOME and BACK buttons. This is a good tactic wherein you get full screen as well as the lower body of the front side is fully utilized which works as a good design. There is no branding done on the front side which is a good thing many manufacturers are following to avoid distraction.
The speaker grill was placed back side which we do not appreciate but if you look closely just below the speaker grill, you would notice a small nib raised which is really a good design and we must appreciate the work of its design team. This small thing like the small raised nib just below the speaker helps in escaping the sound when kept on flat surface. Keeping the speaker grill on rear side might be a technical problem for Xiaomi as it has to distribute and fit all the equipments in the smartphone body and Xiaomi was knowing about this awkward position of speaker grill and so it provided that slightly raised point to eliminate the problem of sound getting blocked when kept on flat surface.
As you can see in the below picture, Redmi Note 3 has round curved shape from rear side so that customers can hold the smartphone comfortably as it avoided sharp edges. But without being biased, the phone easily slips out from your hand a lot of time. We really appreciate the design of rear side but it is too smooth and you would most probably miss out the gripping the smartphone in our hand.
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 houses one of the finest Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 with hexa core processor our of which 2 cores runs at 1.8 Ghz Cortex A72 for powerful performance while the rest 4 cores runs at 1.4 Ghz Cortex A53 to save battery. It has Adreno 510 GPU which is really good and you can see the benchmarking score HERE. This processor has outperformed many big companies smartphone in benchmarking score of Antutu though we do not recommend that the performance of a smartphone should only rely on Antutu score as actual performance might vary.
It has 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB variant both of which are exactly the same in other department. The performance of 2GB is really good and during unboxing we got 980MB to 1GB of Free RAM. During these approximate 7 days usage we always monitored the free RAM department and it managed to get 850 MB to 1014 MB free RAM. The device do not hang even after playing big games like Asphalt and Morten Combat at high graphics.
The smartphone comes with Fingerprint sensor and we must say it really worked good even at 360º. But we have noticed many times fingerprint sensor stop detecting which can be solved by just opening the smartphone using security pin code manually and again the fingerprint sensor will start working. This might be a problem with software or might be limited only to our unit but without being biased we felt its our responsibility towards our viewers to know about this problem which we have observed 3-4 times in those 7 days usage. Otherwise the fingerprint sensor works 9/10 times you touch it.
Redmi Note 3 has 16 MP rear camera with dual tone flash and the result is really bad. Many website and reviews tell you about the camera of Redmi Note 3 to be superb but we guess that the 16 MP rear camera is only on papers. It was clearly outperformed by many Samsung’s 5 MP camera. The HDR provided is good and if you click photos via HDR than and than only you will get good quality photos. Xiaomi provided many good features like on-screen brightness changing option while clicking the photo and without being biased, it really provided good brightened photos. Its autofocus is really very quick and one thing which we liked is its shutter speed. The moment you click, the smartphone takes with picture under 1 second. Though it is a matter to think, how it managed to get autofocus within that time frame.
We will provide you detailed review of Camera department in another separate review.
It has 5MP front camera which is good and clicks decent photos.
The MIUI 7 is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and the company is working on Marshmallow update which will soon be rolled out but there is no time given by the company. In the MIUI 7, there is no app drawer and in the setting menu, the background is kept white which uses more battery and there is no option to turn the background of the setting menu to black. You get quick setting which houses many quick setting options wherein you can customize the position.
You can change the theme, you can even change the color of the notification light to Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Cyan, White or Violet. The company has provided Lite mode where you get only most necessary features like calling, messaging in order to save battery. You can the Child mode where in you can lock apps and rest features are normal so we do not want to waste time of our viewers.
Xiaomi really provided a good 4050mAh battery which can easily provide you 2 days of normal usage and some 7-8 hours of on-screen usage. It takes too long to charge. A full battery takes 2.5 hours approximately to charge.
Last but not the least, we would like to give our viewers an unbiased review of heating problem of Redmi Note 3. Since it provides a full metal body, we must say the while playing heavy games, the product do heat up but it does not go to boiling stage. One more thing we would like to mention is it cools down very quickly. Means if you playing games for 15 minutes and you would most probably feel the warm in the back panel near the camera side and than you keep the mobile aside for 3-4 minute and you will realize that the mobile has cooled down a lot.
One more thing is that while charging, the mobile do heat up along with the charger but than it cools down very quickly if you stop charging. This might be because it houses a big 4050mAh battery with high density as Xiaomi managed to reduce the size and weight even after increasing the battery capacity. So we think its all normal but again you do get to see mobile getting heat up during charging.
We tried to provide you an Unbiased review of Redmi Note 3 and we hope our viewers would have found the review useful. We would like to answer every possible questions that our viewers have in the below mentioned comments section.