2016 is like the year of Smartphone lovers, and most importantly budget range phones are offering pretty well.
If we are talking about low-range and high-quality products, then one name always came through our mind nowadays, yes its “Xiaomi“.
Xiaomi has taken a different approach for the Indian market this year as it launched three smartphones catering to three different price segments, form factor as well as consumer needs.
After a slow start in first quarter, Xiaomi has launched its fourth segment phones on 9 August, i.e., “Redmi 3s and Redmi 3s Prime”. It is a Budget phone with price tag of 8999 INR.
Xiaomi has begun its first sale on August 9 for Prime version, and I am lucky to grab this on the first day. I got the device on August 12 and after use of 10 days, i am ready to review “Redmi 3s Prime.”
- Long Battery Life.
- Full Metal Body.
- Compatible to Gaming without any lag.
- 3GB, 32GB Enhance its Performance.
- Fast Fingerprint sensor.
- Hybrid Sim Slot.
- Low-light Camera issue.
- Slightly heat issue around Camera.
Redmi 3s Prime deliver in a decent packing, the box is probably similar to Note 3. Box contains one device on the top, one sim eject pin, manual, a data cable and a 2A/5V wall adapter. So folks, this time again there is no earphone, better luck next time.
If you are familiar with Redmi Note 3, then you should not really worry about design because it is almost similar. So it’s like a younger brother of Redmi Note 3. But there are subtle changes made on the Redmi 3s Prime.
At the front, a glass panel covers the entire face of the smartphone including the display and capacitive navigation buttons. A raised chrome lining surrounds the front which should help in reducing damage when the smartphone is kept facing down.
At the back, there is the only significant difference between this and the Redmi Note 3 is the placement of the primary camera at the back. It is placed on the top left corner along with the LED flash (the camera on the Redmi Note 3 is more centrally placed), while the fingerprint scanner sits in the center, with the loudspeaker below.
The device consists volume and power keys on the right side, while Hybrid sim slot at the left. On the top, there is a 3.5 jack with IR blaster and secondary Mic. There is a MicroUSB Slot and a microphone exist at the bottom side.
A 720p display can be criticized in today’s market, but in this price range, it works. The display measures at 5-inches and utilises an IPS LCD panel with a 1280×720 HD resolution; this means a pixel density of 294 PPI. The resolution might not sound that impressive, but the PPI is high enough to qualify as a Retina display.
Sunlight readability was a lot better than many a smartphone selling at a similar or slightly higher price. Sharpness and colors are appealing, and even viewing angles are quite good.
The phone runs on an octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC from Qualcomm, making it the first device in the country to run on this chip. It is clocked at 1.4GHz and is coupled with the new Adreno 505 GPU. It is a good update from the previous versions, but it isn’t a powerhouse, so to speak.
The processor can, however, handle more casual games and everyday tasks with ease. Everyday usage and even multitasking were a no biggie since it packs in 3-gigs of RAM which was enough to open 10-12 apps at the same time.
It doesn’t heat up that much either, considering it has eight cores, the only one or two times we noticed a considerable amount of heating was when we kept the screen on full brightness and played games for about 2-3 hours straight. Another instance was when we recorded a long, Full HD video with the rear camera.
Redmi 3s Prime is packed with 13MP Primary and 5MP Secondary Camera. If we talk about rear one, then it featured with f/2.0 aperture lens, phase detection autofocus, and a LED flash.
In this range, we can’t expect the camera to be like DSLR quality So according to price camera delivers many high benefits at outside and in light conditions. But as all the mid range phone lags at low-light it also falls short and present some lousy and dull pictures.
Even the front 5MP camera produced average pictures and didn’t offer a very crisp output. To be very honest the smartphone is quite affordable and for that, the cameras are not bad at all.
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The battery is the most important USP of this phone, one continuous testing it lasts around one and a half day which is quite promising for an under the 10k phone.
The phone has a 4100mAh battery, slightly bigger than the Redmi Note 3, and it lasts much longer than the latter. According to me, it supports quick charging as well so in about 2 hours you go from 0-80 percent.
The company has clearly mentioned that this battery will go on for two days of light usage and up to one full day of heavy usage.The claims are correct and we were impressed by the battery performance of the handset.
Xiaomi Redmi 3 Prime has got everything you’re looking for in an affordable phone right now. The compact size, accompanied with powerful hardware and quality snappers that’ll keep you happy. You also get a long battery life as a bonus, and who doesn’t like a phone that lasts long?
This is what makes it a complete phone under Rs 10,000. And, if your budget is even lower, you can get a Xiaomi Redmi 3S that comes with 2GB RAM and lacks a fingerprint sensor for Rs 6,999.
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Hi, This is Ajay Pandey. I am a Blogger, Tech Geek, Crypto-Investor, an Entrepreneur and an Intellectual Person. Technology is my passion and am trying to deliver my knowledge to this field. In Academics, I have Done Engineering and MBA (Marketing).