Review Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: the flagship for geeks

Redmi Note 3
Redmi Note 3

Redmi Note 3 - New smartped company Xiaomi and its first smartphone with fingerprint scanner. Chinese vendor comes up with the times, and its high-end devices in what little inferior gadgets global first-tier manufacturers. Features new items correspond to the latest technology: eight-64-bit chip, the LTE support, and 3 GB of RAM, but the trump card Xiaomi phones shell remains the MIUI, which includes many useful features. Download Xiaomi User guide

Technical characteristics of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

  • Display: TFT IPS, 5,5 ", 1920x1080, capacitive, multitouch
  • Processor: eight-Mediatek Helio X10, 1,95 GHz
  • Graphics Accelerator: PowerVR G6200
  • Operating system: Android 5.1 Lollipop with shell MIUI 7.0
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Internal memory: 32 GB
  • Memory card support: No
  • Communication: GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz || UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz || LTE 1,3,7,38,39,40,41
  • SIM: micro-SIM + micro-SIM, Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS)
  • Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, IR transmitter, FM-radio
  • Navigation: GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • Camera: Basic - 13 megapixels (flash, autofocus), front - with a 5 megapixel
  • Sensors: proximity, light, accelerometer, microgyro, digital compass, fingerprint reader
  • Battery: 4000 mAh, Li-Pol, nonremovable
  • Dimensions: 150x76x8,7 mm
  • Weight: 164 grams

Box content and Packaging

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes in a white cardboard box, inside of which, except for the smartphone, there are power supply, micro-USB cable, and an envelope with the user manual and "clip" to open the SIM-card tray.


Appearance

Most smartphones housing made of metal, plastic inserts plus rather narrow top and bottom rear panel. In the test model and the metal and plastic were silver, the market also received options in gray and golden body.


The front panel is entirely covered with a protective glass. Above the display are light and sensor proximity (read also: Calibration of the proximity sensor on the Xiaomi Redmi 2), earpiece, front camera lens and LED indicator. Under it - three touch-sensitive navigation keys: "Menu", "Home" and "Back".

At the top of the rear panel of the center is the main camera lens, under it - two-tone LED flash, and even lower - a fingerprint scanner. At the bottom of the panel is visible textured logo of the manufacturer and the main speaker.

On the left face gadget tray passed two SIM-cards, and on the right - the power button and volume rocker.


The upper end Redmi Note 3 busy 3.5mm audio jack, microphone and infrared transmitter. At the bottom there is another microphone and a micro-USB port.


Ergonomics

If you are used to devices with larger screens, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 with its 5.5-inch screen will seem quite comfortable: bevelled edges lie comfortably in the hand and most of the functions on the device manages to operate with one hand. The same applies to the weight of the device with a diagonal - 164 grams. If you move to Redmi Note 3 with a compact smartphone, you have to get used to the size of the device.

Overall, smartphone ergonomics deserves some praise, if not the only controversial issue - the location of the fingerprint scanner on the back panel. Because of this, the device can not be quickly unlock if it is on the table "face up": will either enter a numeric password, or take it in hand. But such an arrangement of the sensor has become the unofficial standard for Android-smartphone, and it is unlikely it can be put in reproach Xiaomi.

Screen

Redmi Note 3 is equipped with a 5.5-inch screen on the IPS-matrix with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels (Full HD). This is a really good screen: it has excellent color rendition and contrast, maximum viewing angles. Maybe someone will seem insufficient color saturation (especially in comparison with AMOLED-display), but pastels look at Xiaomi smartphone screen is very nice.

Safety glass with oleophobic coating gadget leaves no chance of any minor scratches or fingerprints - with careful use, they just do not appear on the display.

Built-in software allows you to select one of the preset contrast profiles, or manually adjust the color temperature by moving the pitch in warm or cold gamut.

Interface.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 running Android 5.1 Lollipop, but the version of the OS is almost irrelevant, because its interface is drastically changed branded envelope manufacturer - MIUI 7.0.


The characteristic appearance MIUI shell in the latest version is unchanged: no applications bar (the labels of all the programs are on the desktop), completely redrawn icons and support for a variety of topics.

All standard Android program MIUI Xiaomi replaced by their own applications. They are made in the same style, are consistent with not only the spirit of Material Design, but also the design of the smartphone, and therefore taken very organically.

Keyboard Redmi Note 3 is also on site, but it is designed to enter the Latin or Chinese characters to input Cyrillic have to install third-party keyboard, or, to put third-party firmware to solve all problems at once.

Apparatus in the work

Since 2015, the fingerprint scanner actually became the standard for flagship and "advanced" smartphones. Got your and Redmi Note 3. If you do not take into account its controversial location, the claims to the sensor is not: it instantly reacts to finger touch and almost never wrong. Fingerprint Enrollment takes place in a standard way: the user is prompted about 10 times to make a finger on the sensor slightly shifting it between attempts. Smartphone allows you to register up to five copies and give them their own names, which can be useful if you want to provide access to the functions of a gadget to someone other than the holder, and then remove the guest.

For comfortable work with the gadget in one hand provided the appropriate mode - One-handed Operation Mode. These functions are found in many devices with larger screens, but Redmi Note 3 to use it especially convenient thanks to a couple of interesting "chips". Firstly, to enable the regime is not necessarily to wander the settings, enough of the button "Home" to make swipe left or right directly on the navigation bar: reduced screen image will be shifted in the same direction in which he was placed swipe. Second, the reduced size of the diagonal of the screen, you can choose yourself: 4.5, 4 or 3.5 inches.

Another unusual feature of the smartphone - the ability to manually adjust the LEDs for various events. Its glow shade of a pretty impressive list of options can be set for unread messages, missed calls and other notifications. Of course, this is just a nice little thing, but such small facilities in many respects and is firmware Redmi Note 3.


As another example, the ability to define additional actions for a long press the navigation buttons or the ability to include the device by pressing the volume rocker. And all this without obtaining root access and install additional software.

In Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 decent hardware stuffing. The gadget is equipped with a 64-bit chipset Mediatek MT6795 eight-core ARM Cortex-A53, the clock frequency of which can be up to 1.95 GHz and graphics accelerator PowerVR G6200. Volumes of RAM and internal memory are dependent on your smartphone model. The sale came Redmi Note 3 version with 16 GB of internal and 2GB of RAM, and 32 GB and 3 GB of memory, respectively.

We tested received the eldest, respectively, more expensive version of the device, and in it of 32 GB of internal memory available to the user about 26 GB. At the same time slot for microSD in the device does not have - or will have to use cloud services or external storage via the USB OTG cable from the USB-host function manufacturer of refuse still did not, for that - thank you.


Given the power of the processor, with the performance of the smartphone can not worry about a couple of years. Redmi Note 3 copes with all the daily tasks: animation work very smoothly, applications run instantly. Do not cause problems in the smartphone and games: The unit coped with Relic Run and World of Tanks: Blitz, hence, similar results can be expected in less demanding games.

Redmi Note 3 results in benchmarks were expectedly high.


At the height of the music and smartphone features. For example, the device allows you to reassign the headset or headphones key - to change the volume levels or music tracks.

But the main thing is, of course, the sound itself. The Redmi Note 3 is not only the equalizer with manual adjustment, but also additional sound adjustment depending on the type of headphones - have their own profiles for "inserts", "fillers", overhead headphones and almost all models from Xiaomi by name.

Of course, the sound quality - a thing quite subjective, but that when you specify the type of headphone sound becomes much more detailed and complete, it can not be denied.

But the main speaker was not too loud - perfect for sound effects, but I do not listen to music.

Camera

Application for shooting in MIUI is done at the same time concise and functional. On the main screen, the user sees only the shutter button, the video and go to the gallery of images, as well as three quick switch - camera, flash and HDR mode. All other features are hidden in the side menu, which opens access to swipe from the top or bottom of the screen (in landscape orientation). Above are color filters, and the bottom - advanced shooting modes and additional camera settings. Interestingly, in addition to, in fact, photographing, the application can recognize the QR-code, for this gadget does not need to put any additional applications.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 received a 13-megapixel main camera. With daylight shooting machine copes without problems: even if the weather is not very good photos are crisp, rich and quite detailed.

At dusk or indoors the situation worsens: get clear shots manages not the first time, and even then the image is clearly visible noise. To obtain high-quality picture you need to keep your smartphone stronger - the picture can ruin even a slight tremor.

The same goes for night shooting, but an advantage of the smartphone, you can get decent photos even in such conditions. Spread night light helps HDR mode, thanks to which more bright objects do not look overexposed.

HDR is used in the daytime sky in the pictures becomes a semitone, and the colors of other objects to become more saturated.

But shooting panoramas disappointed: despite the fact that the bonding frame is no problem, the device does not allow to turn around 360 degrees, and the final image resolution is only 1.3 megapixels - not enough for a good panorama detail.

Using the flash when shooting a subject allows you to see the details hidden in the shadows, but it is necessary to monitor the distance to the object being photographed, so as not to light it.

The maximum resolution of the video on the main camera - 1920x1080 pixels, smooth and clear videos, videography device manages well.

In addition to the basic, Redmi Note 3 also received a front-facing camera to 5 megapixels. It is well suited for shooting selfi, but good quality can be expected only if there is sufficient light.

Wireless interfaces

The smartphone is equipped with two slots for SIM-cards, switching between them the standard way for Android, you can also be selected for each of the cards by default. For data transfer gadget can use the LTE, And no matter in what kind of slot-inserted the SIM card.


As befits a decent flagship, Redmi Note 3 works with all current Wi-Fi standards - 802.11a / b / g / n / ac in the frequency bands 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 with low power consumption. More device has received FM-receiver and an IR transmitter to control household appliances.

Navigation module supports just three satellite systems - GPS, GLONASS and the Beidou, so that even the "cold" start does not take more than 10-20 seconds, and the "hot" takes place almost instantly.

Battery life

Non-removable lithium-polymer battery, the novelty has an impressive capacity of 4000 mAh, and in everyday use smartphone can easily survive for about two days. Even if it all day just did not let go, to stay in the evening with a discharged battery is unlikely to face. In addition, in the range of device profiles  provides performance and power saving modes, so a careful approach to the issue of autonomy gadget can feed more often.


Excellent results Redmi Note 3 showed in the tests: The unit sustained 6 hours of gaming operation at medium brightness, and more than 14 hours of video playback in the "Flight" mode at full brightness - an impressive result for any smartphone.

Results

With a fairly low price, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is one of the best smartphones of its level. It has high performance, which will be enough for all the new games a couple of years, a great screen, LTE support and a relatively good camera. Well, geeks also will enjoy ample opportunities for fine-tuning device ranging from color LED and ending with consumption profiles. All this makes the gadget a reasonable purchase with one of the best value for money on the market.

Pros:

  • high performance;
  • support for two SIM-cards and LTE;
  • Fingerprint's scanner;
  • many software "chips".

Cons:

  • No support for memory cards;
  • no NFC.