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Live Images of Mi Note 3 Retail Box Leaks, Confirms Snapdragon 660 Processor

by Habeeb Onawole 39

Barely 24 hours after we covered the leaked specification details of the Mi Note 3, live images of its retail box have been posted online. The pictures posted on Twitter by @mmddj_china confirm some of the specs revealed yesterday, key being the choice of processor.

The retail box is black and is sealed, so this is probably a unit shipped out to licensed retailers ahead of the launch or a unit from Xiaomi’s own store. The design isn’t fancy like that of previous Mi phones. It doesn’t even have an image of the phone on it. The only other phone we have seen with a similar retail box is the Redmi Note 5A.

The second image which shows the back of of the box is where the action is. The most important detail is the processor which is listed as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 mobile platform. Other key details mentioned include the RAM and storage which are 6GB and 128GB respectively.

The retail box also confirms that the Mi Note 3 will have a 16MP front facing camera, dual rear cameras and a glass body. It will also ditch the 3.5 mm audio jack as there is a Type-C to audio jack adapter in the box.

READ MORE: Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Wallpapers Leak Ahead Of Launch [Download]

The only specification details from yesterday not listed are the display size, battery capacity, rear camera configuration, and presence of NFC.

The Mi Note 3 launches on Monday September 11, alongside the bezel-less Mi MIX 2.

Now that you know that the Mi Note 3 is a less powerful albeit larger variant of the Mi 6, would you still buy it?

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  • Daniel McDermott

    Note 3 is really uninteresting. What made them think making a slightly larger Mi 6 deserves a whole different product name? It’s not even really note size and doesn’t come with a pen.

    Waiting for more Mix 2 leaks before tomorrow, already got my spot in the JD rush sale reserved if they check all the boxes for what I want in the new phone.

    • balcobomber25

      “Note 3 is really uninteresting. What made them think making a slightly larger Mi 6 deserves a whole different product name?”

      Because they had a Note 1 and Note 2 which both sold in the millions.

      • AbdulB1

        I wonder how much there is performance difference between the note 2 and note 3

        • balcobomber25

          Judging by the Oppo R11 which I have in my pocket that also has the SD660, in most situations the performance difference will never be noticed. There might be a few games(and very few at that) that will run better on the Note 2 but everything else will be pretty much equal.

          • AbdulB1

            Xiaomi is also trying to jack up their prices like oppo and vivo. Oppo and vivo are known for lack of updates and premium prices but no software updates.

          • balcobomber25

            No one is as good as Xiaomi with updates (except Apple) but Oppo and Vivo haven’t been bad with updates. Vivo is updating most of their current lineup and a few older models to ColorOs 3.1 which is based on Android 7.1. And my current Oppo R11 has received two funtouchOs update since I got it.

          • SnowyCat

            wait oppo r11 has funtouch? i think you flipped these 2^^ vivo has funtouch and oppo colorOS

          • balcobomber25

            Yea you are right I did mix them up haha.

          • MaxPower

            Mi Mix and now Oppo R11???
            WTF dude, you said you were not going to spend crazy money on flagship phones and I just found out you owned two of the most expensive phones of the market.

          • balcobomber25

            I didn’t pay for either one of those. The Mi Mix was just a loaner phone from a company I did some work for. I only got to use it for about 4 months then had to give it back or pay for it. The R11 was a gift from a supplier of BBK, I did some work for them last month in India.

            I have never been a big fan of OPPO, and it hasn’t really changed with the R11 but it does work in the US on LTE and I have a few meetings with that company coming up so I have to use it until then. Once my contract with this company ends I am giving the R11 to a friend in India and I am gonna start using my newest phone which I bought myself, the Nubia Z17 and Ulefone T1. (I have a problem! haha)

          • MaxPower

            How’s the Nubia? Did they improve with their ROM? Does that work on US LTE?

          • balcobomber25

            The Nubia still sitting in it’s box. I bought the Chinese version last month in Shenzen. According to the box it works on Bands: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, and 20. It should have excellent coverage on Tmobile but we’ll see. I am still in India now so I probably won’t open it till I am back in the states.

          • jimberkas

            would love to hear your thoughts on the Ulefone T1

          • balcobomber25

            I am currently in India until the end of the month and then going to China for a week so won’t even be able to unbox it until October 10th at the earliest.

          • jimberkas

            cool. sounds like fun.
            any particular reason you decided to go with the Ulefone or was it another gift? I’ve never had Ulefone but been interested

          • balcobomber25

            Purchased it on my own and mainly out of curiosity. I used a few Ulefones in the past (never owned one) and always found them to be great little budget phones. When I saw that the T1 was fully compatible with US LTE I was very excited about it. Hoping it can become my next work phone.

            As for the Nubia Z17, I also bought that one on my own. I went to a market planning to buy a Mate 9 but walked out with that one lol. That was another out of curiosity purchase. The last Nubia I owned was the Z7 which was a mixed bag.

  • nolimitsdesigns

    This is depressing. The Note 2 was an amazing device. Well matched for any big name and a direct (perhaps too direct) competitor for the ill-fated Note7. The Note 3 has been relegated to a midranger. Really Xiaomi?

    • balcobomber25

      The Mi Mix 2 is the new competitor for the Note 8. They had to change the Note 3 otherwise it would be a competitor of the Mi Mix 2.

  • balcobomber25

    If the Note 3 is cheaper than the Mi6 and offers worldwide LTE (like the Note 2 did) then yes I would still buy it.

    It actually makes sense going with the SD660. The Mix 2 is their new phablet Flagship, using the 835 in the Note 3 would have made it a competitor to the Mix 2.

    • Lucien

      I agree with everything you wrote, if the Mi Note 3 is sold cheaper than the base model of the MI6 and has a width < 76mm I will definitely consider it. At this stage, I am deeply interested by the Meizu M6 Note and the Xiaomi Mi A1 (only if I could flash Android One with MIUI 9 in the future). I did know that Xiaomi would release the Mi Note 3. I really hope that the screen size won't exceed 5.5". Fingers crossed!

      • balcobomber25

        The Mi Note and Mi Note 2 were both 5.7” devices so I would imagine that is what the Note 3 will be. The width of those two was 77.6mm and 77.3mm respectively.

        • Lucien

          Thanks for sharing that information. I really hope that they will release a 5.5″ Mi Note 3 edition but my expectations are probably too high. IMO 5.7″ is way too big especially if you decide to use a protective case or add a tempered glass which will make the phone bigger and oblige you to use it with 2 hands most of the time. If Xiaomi decide to release a MI A1 version for the US market, would you buy it?

          • balcobomber25

            The dimensions of the Mi Note 2 are very close to that of the OnePlus 5 despite the bigger display:

            Note 2 – 156.2 x 77.3 x 7.6 mm
            OnePlus 5 – 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm

            If Xiaomi shrinks the bezels slightly the 3 could have almost the same exact footprint of a 5.5 inch device.

            As for the A1 I would not buy it. I buy Xiaomi specifically for MIUI, I have no interest in stock Android.

          • Lucien

            I deeply agree with you regarding what you said for the MI A1. I really hope that the MI NOTE 3 won’t be that expensive in comparison to the price asked for the base model of the MI6 in China. I am also interested by the Meizu M6 Note but the supply is low at this moment. Gearbest, Banggood, Ibuygou don’t have the phone in stock. It is difficult being patient. Yesterday I missed a flash sale for the RN4 on Banggood at a crazy price => 99€.

          • balcobomber25

            Judging by the launch today you will be able to get the Mi Note 3 starting for under $400 in China, and it’s also a 5.5 inch device.

    • Albino

      A 2k screen would be nice tbh.

      • balcobomber25

        It would be but I doubt it will.

        • Albino

          Me too tbh, not even the mi mix 2 might come with it.

    • SnowyCat

      i dont mind the 660, its pretty much a better 820/21 and uses the same kryo 280 setup like on the 835 (just with 14nm isntead of 10)

      the gpu is a bit worse compared to the flagship cpous but it should still run any game with ease (while i dont even game that much)

      i just hope for an oled screen and a bigger mi6 in terms of design with the mi6 camera setup..would be happy with that

    • Zero

      If the Redmi Note 5 has a SD 660 variant… Well, is over for the Mi Note 3.

      • balcobomber25

        The Redmi Note 5 is most likely going to use the SD630 seeing as the RN4 used the SD625 (and Helio X20).

        But phone sales aren’t dependent on just the processor that is in the phone. The Mi Note 3 will have better build quality, higher quality materials, better camera etc. They can both have SD660 and both sell in the millions. One isn’t dependent on the other, they are different phones for different buyers. Consumers shopping for the Mi Note 3 won’t even compare it to the RN5, they will however compare it to the Oppo R11 and Vivo X20, two phones with SD660.

  • Zero

    No… That means 3 things:
    – Redmi Note 5 would have at best SD 630 and NOT SD 660
    – Mi Note 3 would be inferior than Mi Note 2.
    – Something bad happened to the Surge S2 since it would entered by the moment Mi Mix gets launched.

    Unless the Mi Note 3 has worldwide bands BY DEFAULT like the Mi Mix 2, it would end into a real dissaster for them.

    • SnowyCat

      actually the 660 is better in everything except its gpu

      so what makes the mi note 2 better?

      • Zero

        Less throttling due the less ammount of cores and way better Floating number performance, useful on some games and emulators.

        Also camera support and DSP are better on SD 820/821.

        • SnowyCat

          No? they also have the exact same DSP…please inform yourself instead of spreading wrong informations

          there is also no “less throttling due to less cores”

          yes that means your dialer etc. wont be handled by your highend cores but thats also the good thing

  • MasterXan

    I hope the box is wrong and that the Mi Note 3 will have a SD 835 instead. I was really exciting to see what Xiaomi has in-store for this year’s Note because I find the Mi Mix servies is WAYYY too niche. Last year’s model sacrificed call quality since they were not able to put a regular ear piece due to the thin bezels. As much as I want a thin bezel phone, if basic functions are sacrificed then it’s not worth it. I was hoping the Mi Note 3 would slightly compromise style for better functionality but with this piece of news I am worried. If it has global LTE bands, that might change my mind. However, as of right now, looks like the Huawei Mate 10 pro is a real winner this year.

    • SnowyCat

      the mate 10 will also have double the porice compared to the mi note 3 most likely

      and the 660 is pretty much a better 820/821 except for the gpu

  • Sansa

    Something to clear up, only the global version of the note 2 had more network bands, however it cost 100€ more.

    • Zero

      That’t why this smartphone must have global bands by default due the processor.

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