Talk about budget smartphones and Xiaomi always come up in the discussion. There’s no way you can choose a budget smartphone without considering a Xiaomi device. The Chinese brand offers various devices in the affordable segment of the smartphone market, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is the best example of a budget smartphone.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Packed with good looks and powerful specs, the Redmi Note 3 is known for its value-for-money offering. The device puts costlier phones to shame with its performance and has been an inspiration for other smartphone companies. It was the first phone by Xiaomi to sport an all-metal body, and since then, the company hasn’t looked back.

The Xiaomi Redmi 3s and Redmi 3x smartphones were launched recently, and both the devices offer almost the same specs. It can be tough for buyers to choose between the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs. Redmi 3x vs. Redmi 3s. So let us compare the specs and features of these smartphones and see which one is the best buy here.

Xiaomi Redmi 3s vs. Redmi 3x vs. Redmi Note 3

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Xiaomi Redmi 3s / Redmi 3x

Before we start off with the comparison, you should now that the Redmi 3s and Redmi 3x are the same devices with different names. It’s just that the Redmi 3x is the variant that will be exclusively sold by telecom operator China Unicom, while the Redmi 3s is intended to be an unlocked version.

Display and Battery

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 carries a 5.5 inches Full HD screen, while the Redmi 3s and Redmi 3x come with 5 inch HD displays. The Redmi Note 3 features a 4000mAh battery, while the Redmi 3s/3x offers a slightly larger 4100mAh battery.

Processor and Memory

The Redmi 3s/3x is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor, while the Redmi Note 3 comes with a Snapdragon 650 six-core processor. The Chinese variant of the Redmi Note 3 features an octa-core Helio X10 processor. All the three devices offer 2/3GB RAM and 16/32GB internal storage expandable via microSD.


In India, the Redmi Note 3 comes with a 16 MP, f/2.0 rear camera with dual-tone dual LED flash and PDAF. But in China, the Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi 3x/3s come with 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. No major difference here.

Extras: All these phones come with a fingerprint scanner and all-metal body.

Price and Verdict

The Redmi Note 3 starts at INR 9,999 ($149), while the Redmi 3s/3x is priced at CNY 899 ($136). So yes, there’s not much difference in the pricing. But the Redmi Note 3 offers a faster processor and larger display with a better resolution.