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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Unboxing and First Impressions

by Linus 12

It seems that it hasn’t been long since Xiaomi released the Redmi Note 2 and a lot of us thought that it will lead the Redmi lineup for quite some time. This is what we are used to and this is what the company usually follows. However, Xiaomi decided to pleasantly surprise us by releasing the 3rd generation “budget Note” – the Redmi Note 3. Find out more in our unboxing and first impressions article.
Thanks to Giztop for sending Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 for a review. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: Unboxing

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We see a slight change in terms of packaging. We have already got used to seeing the recycled paper boxes that come with Xiaomi phones but this time around the company made a better looking presentation.
The contents that come with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 include the charging brick, USB cable, documentation and a SIM ejector pin.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: Design

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It wouldn’t be a Note series if we had a small display. Well, it is not big either as 5.5″ panels have already become a standard. Still, you have to keep in mind that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is not the most compact phone.
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I would say that the Redmi Note 3 has the most drastic design change in the series. It sports a great build quality and it uses all-metal unibody design, which I personally like. That means that gone are the days of a user-replacable battery and even the microSD card slot. It may be a deal breaker for some, especially for the power users.
On the bright side, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is the first Xiaomi’s phone ever to sport a fingerprint scanner, which is easy to setup, fast, accurate and works from a standby mode.
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On the front we have a 5MP selfie snapper and a customisable LED light. On the bottom, there is a usual set of capacitive buttons, which also have a nice backlight.
The buttons, which are located on the right feel nice and they are made of metal too. On the left we have a dual micro SIM card slot.
Besides the usual ports, it is really cool that Xiaomi adds the IR blaster in their budget phones lineup.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: First Impressions

Overall, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 looks and feels like a premium handset. It is well constructed, it uses mainly metal in its body and no one would ever tell you this is a cheap phone. I have to say that I love the evolution of cheap devices and the current trend – premium look and feel for a low price.
As far as UI, we have the MIUI 7 out of the box, which is built on top of Android 5.0. Hopefully, there will be an update to the 5.1 version very soon. So far the interface is nice and fast (we have a Chinese version for a review). However, the later tests will give a better conclusion.
So far the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has worked absolutely fine but I have to test every bit of it before writing (and making a video) a full review. Stay tuned to Gizmochina.
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  • littletime

    During the review a comparison with the Letv 1s x500 would be appreciated please.

    • Sure. I already compare them as I have both phones.

      • Muhammad Yasir

        @disqus_zVM1xgVozO:disqus , PLEASE test Note 3’s camera in the MOST STRICT way possible !
        leave no stone unturned !
        make sure u test EVERY aspect of cameras !

        • hi. What do you miss in my usual camera tests?

          • Lasse K

            Maybe you can compact both the le1s and the note 3, to the Le One.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            ur not diverse enough. i mean , the camera tests are more reliant on samples rather than what you write. you need to write more for the layman to notice. your writing needs to be eye-catching and descriptive enough for the layman reading it. make sure you ACTUALLY rate the camera in your concluding lines , in the camera section , like if its good , average , below average and so on …

            i like it that you’re strict with the camera quality BUT there needs to be more written material along with the samples u give … not every one is leonardo da vinci , who could see through the lines in any image !

          • Allanitomwesh

            I would like a camera showdown involving the Redmi Note 3, LeTV One S, Meizu M1 Metal, Oneplus X and Moto G 3rd Gen to find the true budget camera champ (>$250 phones)
            A “is it worth the upgrade” series of
            LeTV 1S vs LeTV 1
            Oneplus X vs Oneplus One
            Redmi Note 3 vs Redmi Note 2
            Meizu M1 Metal Vs Meizu M2 Note

          • BotondKisKovacs

            I would be really interested in the camera macro capabilities. The Redmi Note is really bad at focusing on close objects and that is something I hope has changed in this iteration.

  • Jiraya Ziane

    waiting for a full review and specially a battery test .i am just wondring if the 4000 mah is better than the huawei acend mate 2 4G wich has 3090Mah of battery

    • thanks. A spoiler: so far the battery has been amazing 🙂

  • afghanPower

    Looking forward to full review 😉
    (Honestly liked the cardboard box the redmis came in before, alas)

  • BotondKisKovacs

    That box is really disappointing. I liked the plain cardboard boxes all their products came in. They looked good and also were environment friendlier. This box now makes them look like any other company trying to sell products with flashy packaging instead quality. This is not the company image I got used to.