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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Hands-on

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Earlier today, Xiaomi officially announced the Redmi Note 3, the next-generation of the company’s affordable phablet line. The announcements comes less than a year and only a few months since the company released the Redmi Note 2 back in August. Some speculate that the Redmi Note 3 was originally supposed to be called the Note 2 Pro but the company decided to just call it the Note 3.

xiaomi-redmi-note3-handson-01With the Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi has decided to change its packaging from the simple and plain brown box to a smooth white box with a picture of the Redmi Note 3 on the front of the box and its name printed on the front and sides of the box. The new packaging reminds us somewhat of Apple’s packaging for its iPhone 6 and 6S.

xiaomi-redmi-note3-handson-02The company has also changed many other things with the Note 3 which makes the decision to change the name from the Note 2 Pro to the Note 3 make sense. First off, the Note 3 now features a full metal body that will be available in either gray, gold, or silver. It’s the first time Xiaomi has decided to use a metal body for any of its Redmi series devices.

xiaomi-redmi-note3-handson-03The metal body of the Note 3 is noticeably different from its predecessor. Other than keeping the same width at 76mm, the Note 3 is now slightly thicker at 8.65mm from 8.3mm and shorter at 152mm from 150mm. The edges of the back side of the Note 3 is also more curved than the Note 2 making it easier and more comfortable to grip.

xiaomi-redmi-note3-handson-04The Redmi Note 3 also features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor placed below the device’s camera and dual LED flash, which is also a first for the company’s Redmi series. According to Xiaomi, the Redmi Note 3’s fingerprint sensor only takes 0.3 seconds to scan and identify a user’s fingerprint.

xiaomi-redmi-note3-handson-05The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 will be available in two variants with different processors, storage, RAM, and graphics chips. The cheaper Standard variant, priced at 899 Yuan, will feature a 2GHz MT6795 processor, a PowerVR G6200 550MHz graphics chip, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. The other, higher-end variant will come with a higher-clocked 2.2GHz MT6795T processor, a PowerVR G6200 700MHz GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a price tag of 1099 Yuan.

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