We saw the launch of Redmi Note 3 on November 27 with a price tag starting at US$179 (AU$246). Fans can now pre-order the phone from third party retailers in China.

Loaded with a premium design and amazing features, the Redmi Note 3 edges past its predecessor, the Redmi Note 2, with a special fingerprint scanner on its back. A look at the other specifications will make you realize why the Note 3’s the best buy this holiday season.

Display and Design

The Redmi Note 3’s been upgraded from plastic to metal and has a shiny body texture reflected in gray, gold and silver hues. Its 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen is powered by 1080 x 1920 pixels defined in clarity with 403 ppi. The phablet appears large in size and carries a large-sized battery.

The Redmi Note 2 appears in five different colours: blue, yellow, white, mint green and pink. The device has a plastic rear with matte finish and is surrounded by thin bezels on all sides. The Note 2 weighs 160 grams, a little less than Note 3’s 164 grams, reports Neurogadget.


Both devices host a Mediatek MT6797 Helio X10 octa-core processor set at 2 GHz for its 16 GB version and 2.2 GHz for its 32 GB version. Here’s good news for the fastidious lot craving for extra space in smartphones. The Redmi Note 3 supports a microSD card slot that doubles its 23 GB internal space.

Another notable difference is that the Note 2 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop and the Note 3 has version 5.1 Lollipop running at its core.

Cameras and batteries

Camera resolution is the same for both devices with a 13 MP, 28 mm wide angle lens for its primary camera and a 5 MP support for the front-facing camera. While the Note 2 supports a 3060 mAH battery, the Note 3 supports a massive 4000 mAH battery.

In a nutshell, the Redmi Note 3 wins the race in many contexts: big battery, enhanced native space and a fingerprint scanner.

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