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Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro Review

by Linus 45

We were really happy about the Xiaomi Redmi 3 and we even called it the best cheap phone at the time of our review and we suggest you checking it out

The device had a lot to offer for a very low price. It seems that Xiaomi wants to take cheap phones to a new level with the Redmi 3 Pro. We have all the great features of the Redmi 3 but the company added some significant upgrades to the device. Learn more in our Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro review.

Thanks to Giztop for providing us with the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro for a review.

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro VIDEO REVIEW:

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro Review: UNBOXING

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The packaging is the same as the one that came with the Redmi 3. The contents of the box include a power plug, USB cable, instruction manuals and SIM ejector pin.

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro Review: SPECS

5″ 720p (HD)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 616, 64-bit, octa-core (up to 1.5GHz)
5MP Front/13MP Back
Bluetooth, 3G, 4G, GPS, WIFI, GSM,EDGE, GPRS, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, dual-SIM.

LTE Bands: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)

4.100 mAh (non-removable)
139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm (5.48 x 2.74 x 0.33 in) / 144g
MIUI 7.2 (based on Android 5.1.1)
32GB (expandable via microSD card slot up to 200GB)

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro Review: DESIGN



As for design, nothing really changed except for the fact that Xiaomi added a fingerprint scanner on the back. It is very accurate and it works straight from the standby mode. 


Once I first picked the phone up I noticed that the build quality is slightly better than the Redmi 3.

There is no major difference but the buttons have a slightly better tactile feedback and there are absolutely no moving parts on the device (the Redmi 3’s back cover moved a little bit if pressed harder).

Other than that, we have the same button placement, the same ports, camera and it is the same phone in terms of the design as the Redmi 3 except for a fingerprint reader.

One thing is that the gold model looks much better to me than the silver model of the Redmi 3 we reviewed previously. 

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro Review: HARDWARE and PERFORMANCE


A hardware department is where the Redmi 3 Pro has improved. Well, it uses the same octa-core Snapdragon 616 chip with the maximum clock speeds of 1.5GHz. However, now we are getting 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage via the microSD card slot. 

As expected, gaming performance is good. Asphalt 8 runs perfectly on medium graphics and there were just a few minor skipped frames on the highest graphics settings, so you may enjoy playing even the most demanding games on the Redmi 3 Pro.

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro Review: BENCHMARKS

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro Review: UI

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro comes with MIUI 7.2, which is built on top of Android 5.1. Hopefully, Xiaomi updates this phone to Marshmallow soon.

The UI looks the same as on any other Xiaomi phone. As usual, there is no app tray and all apps sit on the home-screens.

If you are not yet familiar with the MIUI, it has tons of customization options, which include a wide choice of themes, wallpapers, fonts and so on. 

Also, you can highly customise the LED light, assign different tasks to capacitive buttons, do various tweaks and personalise the phone in a lot of different ways. 

All in all, MIUI 7.2 runs fast and fluid most of the times and I didn’t really have any hiccups or lags. 

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro Review: MULTIMEDIA 


Watching full-HD content is a blast as videos in different formats play smoothly. The sound via earphones is pretty good with a loud volume output and clear sound for a budget device.  

As far as the loudspeaker, it is pretty good too. While it is definitely not the best but it has a reasonable amount of depth and it does not sound tinny like a lot of cheap phones. 

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro Review: IMAGE QUALITY

The 13MP camera takes pictures very fast thanks to PDAF system.  Also, I see a slight improvement over the Redmi 3 and that is thanks to the updated software.

The camera has become more consistent with the daylight shots and it does not struggle with focusing. If you take pictures in good lighting, you can achieve some great results. The images are sharp and detailed almost every time you take a photo.

The only downsides are that sometimes there is a softer focus on the corners and the dynamic range was off in a few shots.

The indoor and low-light shots have less detail and more noise but they are still not bad for the phone this cheap if we compare the Redmi 3 Pro to other devices in this price range. 

The selfie camera is pretty good for social media needs.

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The video quality is good but not great. The level of detail is decent but there is some noise in the video, the footage could have more sharpness and the lack of OIS leads to a kind of shaky footage. Well, I believe it is too much to ask for OIS in a budget phone anyway. See a video review for a video sample. 

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Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro Review: CONNECTIVITY


All the connectivity options work great. Call quality is okay and signal reception is excellent. Also, Wifi, GPS and Bluetooth are working fine. However, I was disappointed as the phone does not support 5GHz Wifi connection.

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro Review: BATTERY LIFE 


The Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro has a huge 4100mAh non-removable battery and it performs just like the regular Redmi 3. 

In short, battery life is fantastic. I could not squeeze the battery out in one day even on heavy usage that involved gaming, installing lots of apps, watching a lot of videos, taking pictures, browsing the web and so on. 


I was able to achieve over 7 hours of screen-on time with max. auto brightness setting of the screen. That means that you can achieve even more impressive results if you reduce the brightness or don’t use the phone that heavily like I did during my testing period. 

Finally, Xiaomi claims that the Redmi 3 Pro has a fast charging feature. However, it took me just over 3.5h to charge the phone with the original charger. That means that you would need to buy a fast charger separately to charge your phone fast. 

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro Review: CONCLUSIONS


So here it is, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro, an upgraded model over the Redmi 3. 

It has preserved great looks of the Redmi 3 and it even sports a better build quality. Right now the phone feels more solid in the hand. Also, the addition of a fingerprint scanner, which is fast and accurate, is a great feature to have in a compact phone. 


You are not going to see a major difference in terms of UI or gaming performance with the additional 1GB of RAM or more storage space but these specs make the Redmi 3 Pro a more solid and future-proof phone.


The daylight image quality seems to have become more consistent  and that is thanks to software optimisation. However, don’t expect any stellar results in low-light scenarios.


Some may agree, some may not but if you asked me, I would have loved to see backlit capacitive buttons on the Pro model. Also, while the 720p display is pretty good, the 1080p panel would have better justified the Pro moniker. 


All in all, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro is a very solid device and it is very hard to beat it in this price range. It brought some welcome features and slight improvements over the Redmi 3 and it is highly recommended to buy if you are in the market of great affordable smartphones. 


A budget smartphone to beat in 2016.

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  • Steve B

    Pics look very flat, no pop or zing to them.

    • download original camera samples. The samples on the website are resized, so the page loads up faster

      • Maurice

        Hi Linus, how is the display on the Redmi 3 Pro? Did Xiaomi chose a quality display? How is it compared to the Note 3 Pro? Thanks in advance!

  • Yusuf

    Thank you for the great review Linus! I was planning to get the Redmi Note 3 Pro but finally I will get the Redmi 3 Pro. Like you, I would have preferred a Redmi 3 Pro with a 1080p screen and a SD650 (or even a SD625) instead of the SD616 but I guess that Xiaomi prefer to sell more MI4S and MI5.

    Redmi Note 3 Pro was my favorite choice because it is very powerful but its size scares me a bit. My favorite size is 5.2″ but still I will think about it before to make my decision.

    • you are welcome! 🙂 yeah, huge phones can sometimes become a problem. Hopefully, you will make a right buying decision

      • Yusuf

        Hi Linus, it is hard to make the right decision. I have seen that the MI4S is available with 16GB rom and 3GB ram at $260. The problem is that the only color available at the moment is the white version. The Redmi 3 Pro is available around 150€ without shipping costs. If the Redmi 3 Pro had a upgraded processor I would have gone for it without any hesitation. That being said, I have the feeling that the SD616 is handling everything pretty well after seeing your Redmi 3 Pro review.

        I really like Gizmochina compared to Gizchina. Gizmochina website is a lot better IMO.

  • balcobomber25

    This is what the Mi5 should have looked like instead of that hideous Samsung inspired design they used. Overall it is a great budget option.

    • Yusuf

      Haha…well said Balcobomber25, I am seriously considering the Redmi 3 Pro. That being said, I would have preferred a Pro version with a 1080p screen resolution and an upgrade of the CPU by using the new SD625. With that configuration, it would have been a stellar phone for the 5″ size lovers. I guess that Xiaomi do not want to impact the sales of the brand new MI4S or other phones they have already released. Like you said, with its current specs that Redmi 3 Pro seems to be a great budget phone. The MI4S is another great looking device from Xiaomi but I think that its a bit overpriced. I think that they should have released a 32gb rom version with a better pricing ($275 for international buyers). Hope that with regular updates, its camera will get better and better. There is also the Redmi Note 3 Pro which is another amazing phone but a little bit wider for my hands. I can go until 5.2″ screen size, frankly I don’t know what I should buy. Each phone has pros and cons. I like to use case cover to protect the phone. Maybe that Redmi 3 Pro could be the perfect phone for me.

      • balcobomber25

        What about the Mi4c? It’s really not too much different than the Mi4s but it costs a lot less. It can be found online for as low as $195 (3GB version) or $150 (2GB version).

        • Yusuf

          Well, the MI4C seems to be a great phone but I do prefer the MI4S a lot! I will chose between the Redmi 3 Pro and the phablet Redmi Note 3 Pro.

          What you gonna buy? I have seen that you have a preference for 5.5 inch screen size phones, are you planning to get something around 5.2″?

          • balcobomber25

            My preferred size is probably 5.5 but right now I am looking at 3 phones mainly:

            Meizu Pro 6 – 5.2
            Huawei P9 – 5.2
            Gionee S8 – 5.5

            The P9 is my first choice but I just cant justify paying over $800 for a phone. Unless I can find a really good deal on it that is out of the question. The other two I am waiting for reviews of. I got to use the S8 at MWC but it was only for about 15 minutes and it was a pre-production model. I love everything about the Pro 6 but like most I am concerned about the small battery, I am waiting to see how efficient the X25 is. If the Pro 6 can last a full day it will be my phone.

            Besides those I am also interested in seeing the following launched:

            One Plus 3 – never owned a OnePlus before but willing to consider it.
            Nubia Z11 – owned the Z7 and loved everything but software.
            Zuk Z2 Pro – used the Z1 for a few days liked it but didnt love t.
            Xiaomi Max – I was really underwhelmed by the Mi5 and Xiaomi is my favorite brand so hoping this is great.

          • Yusuf

            Amazing selection balco, the phones listed above are definitely great choices. Some of them are not released yet but am sure that manufacturers will learn from their past mistakes. One Plus 3 could be the flagship of the year if they bring a phone with a great design, 5.2″, very good camera and a processor like the SD652. If they sell the One Plus 3 at a price around $330 with the specs mentioned above it could be a killer device.

          • Ionut Johnny

            I will choose 1 of those phones to buy too, your list is my favourite also. I read a review about Leagoo Shark, seems a great phone at a cheap price.

        • Yusuf

          I forgot I had the chance to hold a MI4C in my hand, the phone is thin and appeared small when holding it. That’s why I prefer the design of the MI4S and still hesitating for the Redmi Note 3 Pro.

          Why are you going for the MI5 in black color? It is the best color to chose and it looks amazing. Huawei P9, Meizu Pro 6? So sad that Xiaomi

          Of course it is all about budget, in my case if I had the money I would have gone for a flagship phone with a bigger battery.

          • balcobomber25

            I don’t mind the Mi5 in black it hides those ugly black borders but it’s hard to find right now and those that are available are expensive. I want to see if Xiaomi improves the camera though with coming updates. I would actually get the Mi4s too if it was about $50 cheaper.

          • Yusuf

            I feel you regarding the design of the MI5 and some reviews stated that the camera is pretty good but not perfect even if Xiaomi is using an advanced technology to capture great pictures and videos. Moreover, it cost 400€+ for the 64gb version which is expensive taking into consideration the downsides the phone has.

            I am like you, if the MI4S receive updates that improve the camera and gaming experience. A price reduction of $50 will push me to get the MI4S instantly without any hesitation.

          • Yusuf

            Why are you not going for the MI5 in black color? It is the best color to
            chose and it looks amazing. Huawei P9, Meizu Pro 6? So sad that Xiaomi did not put a 3500mah battery inside the MI5. And like you said the design especially the front could have been better and who cares about the samsung inspired design for the back of the phone. A bigger battery would have been better for the money paid.

    • Yusuf

      A shop named eternal team on aliexpress is selling the MI4S in black color at 260€ shipping included. Only problem is that I do not trust aliexpress. Would prefer a deal at 250€ DHL included!

    • Yusuf

      Hi Balco, I went to IBG website and have seen that a MI4S with 16gb rom (3gb ram) is sold at $260. I didn’t know about that version and for the moment it is only available in white color. Considering that it has the Micro SD slot to expand the storage it might be a better bet if it is of course released in Black color.

    • Yusuf

      Hi Balco, good news the MI4S is priced at $289 on Ibuygou website. Maybe the other resellers will follow that path. Is it a fair price to you?

      • balcobomber25

        Not even close. Especially since I can buy the Mi4 for around $135 and the Mi4c for around $190. That is the biggest problem with the Mi4s, it is only a slight upgrade to the Mi4c but it costs $100 more. It should be priced around $220.

      • balcobomber25

        Not even close. Especially since I can buy the Mi4 for around $135 and the Mi4c for around $190. That is the biggest problem with the Mi4s, it is only a slight upgrade to the Mi4c but it costs $100 more. It should be priced around $220.

        • Yusuf

          Yeah you are definitely right, if it had an upgraded cpu and camera it would have justified the $289 price tag. So I am left with the MI4C Prime, Note 3 Pro and Redmi 3 Pro, I think I am gonna buy the Redmi 3 Pro if I could find it around 150€. Too tired to look after the perfect phone in the market. In my mind, Note 3 Pro is a the best value for the money but a bit wider for me.

        • Yusuf

          Yeah you are definitely right, if it had an upgraded cpu and camera it would have justified the $289 price tag. So I am left with the MI4C Prime, Note 3 Pro and Redmi 3 Pro, I think I am gonna buy the Redmi 3 Pro if I could find it around 150€. Too tired to look after the perfect phone in the market. In my mind, Note 3 Pro is a the best value for the money but a bit wider for me.

  • Plamen

    Hey Linus, I was wondering if you can help to tip the scales here – I might soon change my phone (mi2s atm) and I’m split between gettin a Mi4 or this one. Although the Redmi 3 Pro wouldn’t be a huge upgrade to the mi2s compared with the Mi4, I still kind of cling to the Pro one. I know that Mi4 has a way better cam and SoC, but it is still a 32bit one… I dunno. The rational choice is Mi4, but still… What would you get considering that you can get them at almost the same price now?

    • balcobomber25

      Have you considered the Mi4c and Mi4s? Both of those are upgrades to the Mi4. The Mi4 was an excellent phone and for $135 (lowest I can find it online) it is still a steal.

      • Yusuf

        There is also the MI4S sold with 16gb rom and of course there is still the sd card slot to expand the storage. The phone is sold at $260 by IBG shop and the only color they have right now is the white one. Maybe the black version will be available soon. What do you think Balco?

      • Plamen

        Yeah, I also thought about Mi4C, but I don’t know if the camera is as good as the one on Mi4. We have a Mi4 in our household and I know the quality of the cam, but I never held a Mi4C, so I don’t really know…

        • balcobomber25

          I would say the Mi4 is better but it’s not a huge difference. The Mi4c has a very good camera. Xiaomi really optimized it well.

          • Plamen

            Yeah, later I checked and Mi4c has a Sony cam too. Well, so I guess it will be between Mi4 and Mi4c apparently… But if only they had the Pro’s battery capacity.. 😀

          • Steve B

            Doesn’t Xiaomi use batches of cameras, so you could end up with Samsung or Sony? From comparisons I’ve seen there is a tiny difference, Sony tends to have a bit more pop and contrast.

  • Carlos

    $199 RATS

  • VMortens

    I agree about the lack of backlit capacitive button, but 720pscreen only is not this much of a difference.
    Prices are not very friendly right now – I would wait.

  • VMortens

    I agree about the lack of backlit capacitive button, but 720pscreen only is not this much of a difference.
    Prices are not very friendly right now – I would wait.

  • VMortens

    I agree about the lack of backlit capacitive button, but 720pscreen only is not this much of a difference.
    Prices are not very friendly right now – I would wait.

  • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz

    Nice review. I’m pleased that once again the great battery life of this phone was confirmed. Redmi Note 3 Pro is having awesome battery too.

  • Victor Ksl

    Linus, where we can see the advantages of 3GB RAM if not in UI and gaming performance ?

  • Sunny Soon

    hello Linus, does redmi 3 pro has lite mode? My friend is looking for a phone for his father. I want to recommend redmi 3 pro. but I just realized maybe not all mi phones has lite mode. can’t find it in my mi4c. Thanks!

  • Magic Carpet

    If you like to have root access on your phones, STAY AWAY from this one.

    Xiaomi’s copying skills are so formidable, they even copied Apple’s restrictive policies. Rooting requires unlocking the bootloader. Unlocking bootloader is a bureaucratic, ridiculous process which involves you filling a form, verifying your phone number (which sometimes just doesn’t work) and begging Xiaomi for unlocking permission (in Chinese). The process may take upwards of two weeks and they may reject your application. For some who have gained approval, the process may not work.

    If you have a global miui ROM, even that will not work.

    You’d be better off with an alternative that isn’t as restrictive.

  • AndrTech

    It is with 2GB RAM, 13MP camera, 5.0-inch HD display, right? When compare to the Maya from Bluboo also with 2GB RAM, 13MP camera and HD display, and Maya is cheaper, will you love to choose this device?

  • Naveed Bin Afzal

    Hi… you take this pic in which Background is blur…. how did you blur background using Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro camera???

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro – Full phone specifications-smtechportal

  • Hey I want to know how to change the china rom to global rom? Because i was dizzy to using it. I tried to go to recovery mode but its chinese language and i dont understand even a little. The official global rom supported miui 8

  • Agnes Stewart

    Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro for the price more expensive than Uhans H5000 and has a smaller battery capacity. Price Uhans H5000 just $ 119.99!

    • Den List

      Therefore, I now want to buy Uhans H5000, higher capacity battery, lower price, and the quality is not worse