Xiaomi Redmi 3 Now Up For Pre-Order at $149 (No Customs/ VAT)

by Joel 6

Xiaomi just officially announced the Xiaomi Redmi 3 budget smartphone earlier today and it’s more than what we could expect from a 699 Yuan ($106) smartphone. The phone comes with mid-range specs, which are quite impressive for its segment along with a killer metal body (well, some may disagree) that puts other budget phones to shame.


So, now that the cat’s out of the bag, we can expect third-party retailers to stock up the device as the demand is definitely going to be strong. Like tradition, even Giztop has listed the Redmi 3 handset for pre-order and it’s available for a price tag of $149 at the moment. It’s a bit on the high side but then the retailer promises free shipping, and No Custom / VAT charges for most countries. Not a bad deal, considering the value that you get for this price.

In case you missed our previous article on the Xiaomi Redmi 3, here are the official specs of the device. The phone comes with the mid-range Snapdragon 616 processor with an updated X5 LTE modem. There will 2GB of RAM on board which will ensure smooth multi-tasking along with 16GB of internal storage, further expandable up to 128GB via MicroSD. The screen will be of 5-inches with 720p HD resolution.

At the back, you will find a 13MP rear camera with PDAF focusing in just 0.1 seconds. Up front, you get a 5MP front facing shooter. One of the major highlights of the device is the battery onboard. Inside the thin 8.5mm body, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 features a large 4100mAh high-density battery, which is really impressive. The company CEO says that you should easily get around 2 days of usage with this battery.

Overall body is made out of metal, which will be sturdy as well as looks good. Also, if you are a fan of the plaid design, you would be happy to know that the phone features such a pattern at the back. And for those who hate the back design (and I see that there are many), you can always go for a back cover for the device. The phone is available in three colors, silver, gray and gold.