We reported yesterday that the sequel to the Redmi 2, the Xiaomi Redmi 3, would be launched on 12th January. We had also told you about some of the hardware details of the phone, but what was not revealed at that moment was the chipset being used in the phone. Well, thanks to an analyst named Sun Changxu, we now know that it will be a Qualcomm-made chipset.

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According to a Weibo post by Changxu, the metal-clad Xiaomi Redmi 3 will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 616 SoC. It will carry a 1.7GHz octa-core chipset with the Adreno 405 GPU. Changxu also said that the Redmi 3 will actually carry a higher price tag than everybody is expecting. It seems Xiaomi wants to start losing the “budget smartphone” tag now.

In case you don’t remember, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 will sport a 5-inch HD screen and will come with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal expandable storage under the hood. There will be a 13MP shooter at the back and a 5MP snapper at the front. The phone will get its juice from a large 4000mAh battery and get Android 5.1.1 Lollipop pre-installed.

So all that’s left to know is how Xiaomi will price the phone. We guess it should be around $150. What’s your guess?


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