The much-awaited Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was launched last month. It was reported earlier that Xiaomi will release the new smartphone as Redmi Note Pro, but the company renamed it to Redmi Note 3.

It would be interesting to know whether the Chinese company has upgraded and changed the specifications in Redmi Note 3 in comparison to the Redmi Note 2.

Designs and Displays

Similar to other Xiaomi devices, the Redmi Note 2 has a plastic back, slightly curved edges and rounded corners. The device back panel comes in white, blue, yellow, pink and mint green.

Redmi Note 2 sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. It has three capacitive keys with a red accent and weighs 160 grams.

Unlike other Xiaomi devices, the Redmi Note 3 boasts of a full metal body and features a fingerprint scanner that allows users to have a secure biometric authentication for mobile payments. The device is available in three colour variants: silver, gray and gold along with and the gray-coloured capacitive keys.

However, the Redmi Note 3 is relatively smaller and weighs 4 grams heavier than Redmi Note 2.


In terms of hardware, the Redmi Note 3 and Note 2 shares almost the same the hardware specs. Both devices are powered by a Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz, paired with 2GB RAM. The devices are backed by a PowerVR G6200 GPU and runs on Android Lollipop.

Redmi Note 3 is available in two versions, the 32GB model and 16GB model. The 16GB model has a 2GB RAM and the 32GB model has a 3GB RAM.

However, the difference is that Redmi Note 2 has an internal memory of 16GB and has an expandable storage support via the microSD card (up to 32GB). Redmi Note comes with a small disadvantage: both versions do not have external storage features.

Cameras and Batteries

Like the hardware specs, Xiaomi Redmi 2 and Note 3 share the same camera technology featuring a 13MP Samsung/OV shooter with phase detection autofocus for the rear camera. It also supports dual LED flash and Full HD capture, whereas the secondary camera has a 5MP OmniVision snapper.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is packed with a 4000mAh battery while the Redmi Note 2 has 3060mAh.

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