Xiaomi is known to release a number of smartphones in a year. The company now has all the segments covered, right from the super low end (Redmi 2A) to the top (Mi Note/ Mi 5). From the previous reports, we came to know that the company was all set to release a few variants of the Redmi 3 model, but now, thanks to their TENAA certification, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from each of the devices.
So, there are four major variants of the Redmi 3 that have been certified now, namely 2015810, 2015817, 2015818, and 2015819. From the naming scheme, we can see that the 2015810 is a bit different than the other three models. And the difference is justified because it’s probably the new Redmi 3A variant, that will rule the super cheap low-end segment taking over from Redmi 2A. The other three are basically variants of the Redmi 3S, with only minor differences.
But before we move on to the differences, let’s see what they all have in common. All the four models are powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and feature 13MP rear and 5MP front cameras. So, the difference is basically in the RAM/ ROM variants and battery on board. Although the Redmi 3A is said to feature an octa-core chip, it probably won’t be Snapdragon 616. But we will have to wait for an official announcement to confirm this.
So, the Redmi 3A, namely 2015810 comes with 2GB of RAM, 16GB ROM and a 4000mAh battery. Like the image suggests, it won’t feature a fingerprint sensor. Also, it lacks the plaid design seen on the other models (as well as the existing Redmi 3 version). The phone support dual SIM cards.
Coming to the Redmi 3S variants, all three feature plaid design at the back with a metal body and a rear placed fingerprint sensor. The 2015817 model has 2GB / 3GB RAM variants but comes with just a 3000mAh battery. On the other hand, the 2015818 comes with the same specs (2GB RAM only), but with a larger 4000mAh battery. Finally, 2015819 model features all the specs as the earlier version (again only 2GB RAM) but adds support for full network connectivity (supports all three carriers in China).
Considering the minute differences in the four devices, they could be priced progressively with a difference of around 100 Yuan. This is what the company has traditionally practiced, so it might continue with the same pricing strategy for the 3A and 3S variants as well. So, the 2015810 (Redmi 3A), 2915817/818/819 variants could be priced at 599 Yuan ($92), 699 Yuan (108), 799 Yuan ($123) and 899 Yuan ($138) respectively. Actually, if we look closely, there are five variants. The 2015817 model also comes with 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM version. It could be priced under 899 Yuan ($138) with the trade-off being a smaller 3000mAh battery.
So, which one of these five versions will you choose?