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Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Announced: Basically A Larger Mi 6 With Better Bokeh Camera

by Joe 55

Xiaomi had a busy event today, releasing not one but three new products at the Mi Mix 2 launch in Beijing, China. The third product announced at the event was none other than the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (after Mi Notebook Pro and Mi Mix 2). The company seems to have a taken a different strategy for the Mi Note series this year as it ditches the dual curved display design and markets the phone as a larger version of the Xiaomi Mi 6. So, instead of the Mi 6 Plus, you get the Mi Note 3.

mi note 3

The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 comes with 7 series aluminum frame with matte texture and four glass body with curved edges. The phone is nearly identical to the Mi 6 in terms of its basic design, including the rear camera placement. Plus, you get the phone in a beautiful blue color as well.

Coming to the specs, the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 comes with the upper mid-range Snapdragon 660 chipset with 6GB + 64GB /128GB memory options. There’s a 5.5-inch 1080p display on board. The 12MP camera module is the same as the Mi 6, but the algorithms have been improved to provide better bokeh tracking. Mi 6’s portrait focus wasn’t very accurate, so it would be interesting to see how the new algorithms improve the tracking. On the front, the phone features a large 16 million 2μm sensor for noise free selfies. You can check out a few bokeh samples down below. There’s a large 3500mAh battery as well.

Other features of the Mi Note 3 include NFC, IR port, under-glass fingerprint, stereo speakers, USB Type-C, improved face unlock, and AI beautify algorithm.

mi note 3 specs overview

You get all this for a starting price tag of 2499 Yuan (~$384) (6+64), with other variants costing 2899 ($445) (6+128 — BLACK) and 2999 ($460) (6+128 — BLUE). The phone will go on sale tomorrow.

mi note 3 variants n price

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  • Albino

    384 is too expensive IMO.

  • MaxPower

    Always waiting they do they right thing and they always keep disappointing me.
    I was hoping for global LTE and a 5.7″+ display and they freaking decide to make a smaller phone without global LTE.

    Let’s try again next year.
    I guess I’ll settle with the OP5 for now.

    • princetom

      Same dissapointment here and mix 2 too is a huge blunder

    • balcobomber25

      The more I try to understand Xiaomi, the more my head hurts. The Mi Note 2 had support for most major global LTE bands. The Redmi Note 3 Pro had support for many of them. The Mi Note 3 has no support. The Redmi Note 4 had minimal support.

      It’s like one step forward, three steps backwards with them. Huawei is looking better and better each day to me.

      • Lucien

        Hi Balco, do you know if the Mi Note 3 has the band 20? I checked on kimovil website and haven’t seen the 4G LTE B20 800 MHz listed. If the Mi Note 3 has the band 20 I will be interested in buying it only if its price do not exceed the price asked on resellers websites for the base model of the MI6 Black version. That being said, I am worried about the camera performances because of the comments posted here or on Gsmarena. I am not a power user so the SD660 will be more than enough for all of my needs. Taking into account the specs of the Mi Note 3, what would be your fair price for it on resellers websites? I mean that I don’t want to exceed a certain amount to buy it.

        • balcobomber25

          From what I have seen it is: 1, 3, 5, 7 and 8 plus the CDMA bands for China (38-41).

          Right now if you buy it from a reseller you are going to get ripped off and pay hundreds more than it is worth. I wouldn’t pay anything more than $500 from a reseller for it, which you won’t see for a few weeks.

          • Lucien

            You are right, the Mi Note 3 is currently advertised on some resellers websites around 400€. It is almost 100$+ added to the retail price of the phone in China. I do have the money to get the Mi Note 3 but I honestly don’t know which phone I should buy. The lowest price I have seen for the base version of the MI6 was 321€ so why should I spend more for the Mi Note 3? If Meizu decide to increase their supply for the M6 Note I will get one and wait for a few months before getting the MI NOTE 3. Have a great day!

          • balcobomber25

            Most of the resellers are accepting preorders now for the M6 Note.

          • Lucien

            It is the case since the launch of the M6 Note and nothing has changed until now. Ibuygou has the Mi Note 3 in preorder at 366€ which is really interesting. If they offer a coupon of 10$ then the final price will be around 357€. It is above my initial budget but the Mi Note 3 has an amazing design (compact for a 5.5″ phone). I will wait for a few camera reviews in order to make my decision. I could live with the fact that the phone do not have the 4G LTE B20 800Mhz. I never had a flagship device until now and I would like to keep my new phone for at least 2 or 3 years. MI6 or Mi Note 3?

          • Lucien

            Hi Balco, hope you are well. Is the SD660 a bad processor? I am tempted to get the Mi Note 3 which is slightly bigger than the MI6. Some people suggest me to buy the MI6 because of its SD835 processor. Is the Mi Note 3 a bad investment? The Oneplus 5 is also tempting but I have read about its inverted display causing jelly effect. The fact that both MI6 and Mi Note 3 do not have a dedicated 3.5mm jack was a huge problem for me for a long time but I have changed my mind because I need a new phone. If you had to buy a Xiaomi phone what would you chose between MI6 and Mi Note 3? And why? I am asking that because I have never spended 360€ for a phone in my life. Thanks in advance!

          • balcobomber25

            I have been using it for a bit now in the R11, it is an awesome processor. It is more than powerful enough to handle whatever you throw at it and it’s very efficient. You will never notice that it isn’t a SD835.

          • Lucien

            Many thanks Balco, my choice is made I will go for the Mi Note 3. I will wait for a few camera reviews before ordering it on resellers websites. You are such a nice person. Peace!

          • balcobomber25

            Hate to say this lol but have you considered the Mi Note 2 as well? It is cheaper and has almost equal performance.

          • Lucien

            Well, to be honest with you I hate curved screens and the Mi Note 2 is a bit too large (almost 78mm). The 74mm width of the Mi Note 3 is perfect because I plan to use a protective case. I know that the price asked for the Mi Note 3 is probably too high for what it offers in terms of specs but I don’t know what to buy. Meizu M6 Note is a great budget phone but since it has been officialised a month ago the well known resellers don’t have it in stock yet. Maybe the Oneplus 5 is the winner taking into account that the phone has the b20 4G LTE. I need to watch some Oneplus 5 reviews and compare it with the Mi Note 3.

    • Lucien

      Hi Max, you should consider the Mi Mix 2 which seems to be a fantastic phone with an amazing design. However, I don’t know if it supports the frequencies used in your country. I don’t understand Xiaomi strategy too. They released a Redmi Note 5A then they moved on by releasing flagship phones. Where is the RN5 High End version? When they plan to release it? I do understand that European countries is not Xiaomi’s goal at the moment but they released a couple of phones with global LTE. So many people are buying Xiaomi phones without the Band 20 so it is a well known company. I don’t understand why they add the B20 to some phones then they cancel it on other phones. I don’t know maybe it is the food or the things they smoke.

      • gary Toman

        Hi, the mi mix 2 supports all bands and frequencies worldwide.

        • Lucien

          Hi, I am deeply interested by the Mi Note 3. Do you know if it has the 4G LTE Band 20 (800MHZ)? Thanks.

      • MaxPower

        The MI mix 2 is a tad expensive and plus it wouldn’t last long because I literally drop my phone at least once a day.
        I know the Note3 isn’t cheap either, but if it had Global LTE and 5.7″+ display then I would do the sacrifice of spending a little more.

        It’s almost time to upgrade my phone and there’s not much out there.

        • balcobomber25

          Personally I am waiting for the Mate 10 to launch. I actually planned on buying a Mate 9 last time in China but walked out with the Nubia (which I won’t get my hopes up for).

          • MaxPower

            The Mate 10 will probably go for over $700.
            I’ve been eyeing the mate 9 because you can buy it at Amazon with 5 payments, but still it’s a lot of money I’m not sure I want to spend that kinda money on a phone.

          • balcobomber25

            Where do you do the 5 payments thing? Is it a special program from Amazon?

          • MaxPower

            If you are a prime member they offer you the 5 payments options on their product such as Fire tablet, Alexa, Kindle…

            They added 2 Huawei phones , Mate 9 and Honor 8 probably because they come with Alexa https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/82676f14e44c92aa9ccab7802a176154615aa021cc5f8df3af5baea640e09f04.jpg

          • balcobomber25

            Interesting, I am a Prime Member, I will have to check this out.

            I have also almost completely switched over to the Prime ecosystem. I now use Prime Music instead of Google, Prime Photos in addition to Google and Prime Video instead of Netflix.

          • MaxPower

            I have to look into those services

          • balcobomber25

            Amazon was offering a special of .99 cents for 4 months of Amazon Music, so I took advantage of that and I ended up just liking it better.

          • MaxPower

            I’m on family plan and I have 6 people using my play music subscription. I’ll stay with them for that reason. I also pay $.99 or $1.99 (I can’t remember right now) for extra storage on Google. I cancelled cable last month, it reached $160 for internet and basic cable and that was the end of my patience. I have internet only for $70. I’m testing YouTube TV free for a month, but it’s missing support for the Nvidia Shield.
            I have Netflix, Hulu and Amazon video, but I have never used this last one.
            I’ll probably get rid of one between Netflix and Hulu.

          • balcobomber25

            I ended up getting rid of Hulu because there was only one or two shows I watched on it. I pay for my parents phone plans on Tmobile so I can get Netflix for free, but I have been mostly using Amazon for video mainly because I like their movie selection better and they have all the older Top Gear episodes plus the Grand Tour.

        • Lucien

          I feel you and I agree with everything you wrote above. I am deeply tempted by the Mi Note 3 but I am hesitating a bit after seeing the resellers prices around 400€ excluding shipping costs which is above the current price asked for the MI6. I mean that for 375€ you could get the OnePlus 5 equipped with SD835. It is difficult to make the right decision. Meizu has released the M6 Note a month ago and most of the well known resellers don’t have the phone in stock yet. I am lost here, I don’t know which phone I should buy.

          • Ionut Johnny

            The Mi 6 is cheaper on light in the box

          • Lucien

            Hi, I have never ordered a phone on light in the box. What would you chose between the MI6 and Mi Note 3? Thanks.

          • Ionut Johnny

            I would go for the Mi6, it’s a great phone, I own it since it was released a few months ago. It’s their true flagship phone, if the note 3 would be accessible on the normal retail price I would go for it but for now the Mi 6 is cheaper and the better deal, it’s faster than my P10.
            I pre-ordered the Mi6, after launch for 300£.

          • Lucien

            Thank you for your reply. I am really tempted to get the Mi Note 3 because it has a bigger screen and thanks to its CPU it will have a great battery life. I am just waiting for a few camera reviews to make my decision. Have you tested Google camera apk on your MI6? Apparently the results are outstanding. Peace!

          • Ionut Johnny

            Haven’t tried the camera app but I am happy with the MIUI app. My advice for you is to wait for a good deal or a few months until the market settles and you will be able to find the Note 3 on a good price. I’ll do the same for Mi Mix 2, maybe for Christmas.
            LE:
            Lighinthebox shipped my phone in a week to UK with expedited shipping, extra cost 10-12 $ can’t remember.

          • Lucien

            The Mi Note 3 is in preorder on Ibuygou website at 358€ for the black version with 64GB. The best price I have seen is 341€ on Gearbest. I need a new phone and can’t wait for a few months in order to get it a better price. Moreover, I doubt that the price will fall in the coming weeks. How is the battery life on your MI6 since the purchase date. Some users pointed on some forums that the battery is becoming weaker after 3 months of usage.

          • Ionut Johnny

            Nothing wrong with the battery with my unit. My first xiaomi was a redmi note 3 pro, actually with updates I had more battery life after some time.

  • Ionut Johnny

    Good price/performance gadget, well done Xiaomi again, stereo, facial recognition, bigger battery, only downside is the 4g bands, go for Mix.

  • BetaMimetic

    Just bought the MI5S for 180E on Bangood
    Regarding the specs and camera couldn’t find better for the price

  • Zero

    Epic fail where you see… No global LTE and lesser SD at a cost higher than the SD version… seriously?

  • Guaire

    Max brightness of it is 550nit. Mi6’s was 600nit.

    Also that front camera certainly doesn’t have 2micron pixels. It would be significantly larger than Lumia 1020’s main sensor, not to mention it would be almost 4 times as large than their main camera sensor. Look at that tiny aperture, it looks smaller than Mi6’s 8MP selfie cam. Probably it has 1micron wide pixels and does 2×2 pixel binning (which means 4 pixels act like a single pixel) at low light scenes. In that case resolution will be 4MP.

  • mopsert

    LOL
    Last year’s Mi MIX and Mi Note 2 really were extraordinary. I even like the Mi 5s Plus a lot. Especially with the global MIUI 9 beta, but both, the Mi Note 3 and the Mi MIX 2 are a huge disappointment to me. I will stick to my Mi Note 2 Global version and will wait for a global MIUI 9.

    • MaxPower

      Hmmm, I didn’t think about the the Note2.
      Good call

      • balcobomber25

        You can currently find it little over $400 (for the global version), price should drop when the Mi Note 3 is available at re-sellers.

  • delorane cuesta

    why they keep on relasing smaller and smaller battery. xiaomi must not forget that they sell lots of phones in 2016 and 2017 due to large batteries.. now they gone back and shoot themselves.. u better think of survival year in 2017 and 2018 xiaomi.. your phone gonna sucks these 2 years

    • balcobomber25

      The battery is smaller but the display is also smaller and the processor is more efficient. Battery life will be pretty close to that of the Mi Note 2.

  • Sansa

    Well, on the other hand, mm2 has global bands, so… not bad.

  • What a fail.

  • Flavi

    Just waiting for a revolutionary camera phone from Xiaomi with full manual mode. I always experiment with the pro mode of my MX5 and so far it doesn’t disappoint. It appears for now perhaps I can settle for a red color Meizu Pro 7 instead of Mi Note 3. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/366da9f0bfcab2da15f635c0bc57c8181b41c716ab3116e2b6e41608ad4b661d.jpg

    • balcobomber25

      I loved the pro mode on the MX5. If Meizu would release a phone with global LTE I wouldn’t even hesitate to buy it.

      • BetaMimetic

        M6 note has

        • balcobomber25

          Doesn’t support any US LTE.

  • Dave White

    All they had to do with this one was use the SD835 and keep a battery at 4000mah and they’d have had THE phone. All I wanted was a 5.5-5.7″ phone with those specs (and the dual camera etc). I’ve so far seen nothing to best my Huawei Mate 9 Pro. Not even the OP5.

    • balcobomber25

      If they use the SD835 it is a direct competitor for the Mi Mix 2. The two would canabilize each others sales. By using the SD660 it is now a competitor instead for the Oppo R11, which is one of the most popular phones in the world.

      • Dave White

        Yea understand. Doesn’t help me in my quest to find a phone that is 2k, SD835 or equivalent, dual camera and 5.5″ with a decent battery. Or am I missing something ?

        • balcobomber25

          Huawei Mate 9 Pro is what you are missing:

          4000mAh battery
          5.5” 2k display
          Kirin 960 (beats the SD835 in several tests)

          • Dave White

            See my first post, that’s what I already have! 🙂

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