Xiaomi Redmi 3 vs Redmi Note 3 – Take Your Pick

Xiaomi is the leader in the budget smartphone category, and the company has tasted huge success with the Xiaomi Mi4 series. The Chinese smartphone maker launched the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 a few months ago, and this is the first Xiaomi phone to get an all-metal body and a fingerprint sensor. Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 was released just a few days ago and is an entry-level smartphone with great design and specs.

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Both the Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi 3 look great, but they do come with quite a lot of differences under the hood. Let’s find out.

Design and Display

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 looks premium in its metal avatar. Of course, it does not get any special pattern and just gets a metal matte finish on the back, but the result is a subtly stylish phone. On the other hand, the Redmi 3 gets a full metal body and shape similar to the Redmi Note 3, but it also gets an interesting pattern at the back that can be a love-it-or-hate-it factor.

Coming to the display, the Redmi 3 features a 5-inch HD screen, while the Redmi Note 3 comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD screen.

Processor and Memory

The Xiaomi Redmi 3 gets an octa-core Snapdragon 616 SoC clocked at a maximum of 1.5GHz chipset, and also gets Adreno 405 GPU. There’s 2GB of RAM in it with 16GB internal expandable memory.

The Redmi Note 3 flaunts a 64-bit MediaTek Helio X10 clocked at 2.0GHz. You can choose between 3GB/4GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of internal storage. Both the phones run MIUI 7 based on Android Lollipop.

Just a few days ago, Xiaomi launched the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro, which comes with a 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor and Adreno 510 GPU.

Camera and Battery

The Redmi 3 comes with a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash, and PDAF. There is a front 5MP camera for selfies. The phone gets its power from a 4,100mAh battery.

Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 3 also gets a 13MP camera with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and dual-tone dual LED flash. Though the Snapdragon-version gets a 16MP rear camera with PDAF and f/2.0 aperture. The Redmi Note 3 flaunts a 4,000mAh battery.

Extras and Price.

There isn’t much to talk about, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with a fingerprint sensor at the back. The Redmi 3 does not get a fingerprint sensor, but given its price, its okay.

The Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek version) costs around $178 for the 2GB/16GB version, while the 3GB/32GB variant sells for around $209. The price for the Snapdragon-version is not known yet. The cheaper Redmi 3 costs $106.

Verdict

You cannot really compare the Redmi 3 and the Redmi Note 3, as both fall into different price segments. So if your budget is around $100, close your eyes and pick the Redmi 3. But if you can stretch your budget up to $210, then you won’t get a better deal than the Redmi Note 3.

What’s your pick?