Xiaomi has launched their latest budget level smartphone in India, the Redmi 3s which is the successor to the popular Redmi 2 smartphone which was launched some time back. The Redmi 3s smartphone. The device sports a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1080 pixels. The device has tasted decent success in China as it was launched some time back. The Redmi 3s is priced competitively at Rs. 6,999 for the 2GB RAM variant and the higher 3GB RAM variant is priced at Rs. 8,999.
For the price, Xiaomi offers full metal body along with a fingerprint sensor and an impressive 13MP camera with a crazy 4100mAh battery giving it quite an advantage over its competitors in a similar price range like the Coolpad Note 3, Swipe Elite Plus, Lenovo Vibe K5 etc. If you are considering a smartphone be it as a primary device or as a secondary device the Remi 3s stands tall in the list and let us see why by clearing some of the most common doubts which you might be having.
Specifications of Xiaomi Redmi 3s:
- Display: 5-inch HD IPS LCD display with resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels
- Processor: Snapdragon 430 SoC with Adreno 505 GPU
- RAM and Storage: 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage and 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage expandable up to 128GB using microSD card
- Camera: 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front facing camera
- OS: Android v6.0 Marshmallow
- Battery: 4100mAh
- Connectivity: 4G LTE, 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth v4.1 and GPS
How good is the Build quality and design of Redmi 3s?
Xiaomi has taken care of both the aspects quite well, with the metal body giving the device good solid build quality and the design also is quite ergonomic with rounded edges and the smaller 5-inch display also makes it easy for single handed usage. It is slightly heavy at 144 grams but with a 4100mAh battery I think it can be accepted.
How is the Display in Redmi 3s?
The device comes with a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display which has a pixel density of 294 ppi and the screen to body ratio of 71.1% which not that great with large bezels on the top and bottom of the display. The display has good color reproduction and viewing angles are also good. Visibility in outdoor conditions is decent.
How is the performance of Redmi 3s?
The device is powered by an Octa-core 64-bit 1.4GHz processor with Adreno 505 GPU. The device performs surprisingly well and works like a charm in day to day usage. Multitasking was quite decent with regular Facebook, WhatsApp, Youtube etc. We have used the 3GB RAM variant which is the higher end one with the Fingerprint sensor.
What are the variants based on RAM and Storage?
It comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage and the other variant is a 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage with Fingerprint sensor which is absent in the 2GB RAM variant.
How is the Fingerprint sensor in Redmi 3s?
The 3GB RAM variant comes with a fingerprint sensor which is absent in the 2GB RAM variant. It was quite accurate in recognizing and also quite fast. Had no issues for the time I have used the device.
What is the amount of Storage available on first boot in Redmi 3s?
It comes with 9GB free storage out of the 16GB and 24GB out of the 32GB on first boot.
What is the battery capacity of Redmi 3s?
It comes with a massive 4100mAh battery
Does the Redmi 3s support Fast charging?
Yes, it supports fast charging
What are the camera specifications of Redmi 3s?
It comes with a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front facing camera. The rear camera supports Full HD recording @30 fps and it comes with PDAF and f/2.0 aperture.
Does the Redmi 3s have microSD card slot and Dual SIM?
Yes, it does come with Dual SIM option but it is Hybrid, the second SIM slot also acts as the slot for microSD card.
What is the Android OS version in Redmi 3s?
It comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box with MIUI 7.5 on top and is expected to receive the MIUI 8 update in the near future.
Are the function keys backlit?
No, the keys are not backlit
Does the device come with LED notification light?
Yes, it comes with multicolor LED notification light
How good is Gaming in Redmi 3s?
Some of the high end games were showing frame drops but overall most of the games were quite handled quite well by the device, the 3GB RAM variant device is much more refined than the 2GB variant. If you ask me do not expect high end gaming performance from a budget smartphone.
Does it come with an IR Blaster?
Yes, it has an IR blaster on the top of the device
Does the Redmi 3s support 4G VoLTE?
Yes, it supports 4G VoLTE
Does it comes with USB OTG support?
Yes, it comes with USB OTG support
How is the heating problem in Redmi 3s?
There was not much of a heating problem in the device even with multitasking
When will the Xiaomi Redmi 3s be available for purchase in India?
The Sale of Redmi 3s starts from August 9th onwards exclusively on Flipkart and MI official site.
- Good design with metal body
- Fingerprint sensor (for 3GB variant)
- 3GB RAM
- Snapdragon 430 SoC
- 4100mAh battery
- 4G LTE support
- Lack of Fingerprint sensor in the 2GB RAM variant
- Only HD resolution display
- Hybrid SIM slot
The Xiaomi Redmi 3s is quite an interesting device for the price range, with the company offering two variants with price difference and also a major difference of not having Fingerprint sensor in the lower end 2GB RAM variant gives the users an option to choose from. The build and design are quite good with a metal body at this price range being a luxury. This is a great device to consider buying and it gets my thumbs up from all aspects.