Chinese handset manufacturer Xiaomi has been well-received in the market ever since it released the Mi line-up that featured powerhouse performance coupled with appealing price tags in the West. One of its latest smartphones, the Redmi Note 3, has garnered huge praises as it came with new, innovative features and a supercharged hardware specs sheet, thus earning the 'Apple of the East' huge success. Now, the company wants to capitalize on its success and releases another variant of its flagship phablet.
Xiaomi through its official forums has unveiled a new variant for the Redmi Note 3. The latest model comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chipset with a hexa-core processor. Nevertheless, it will essentially arrive with a higher price tag as compared to its MediaTek-powered variant as handsets carrying Snapdragon chipsets are usually more expensive than the competition.
Similar to the previous variants that were announced a couple of months that has past, the new Redmi Note 3 features a 5.5-inch display with a Full HD resolution. It comes with a huge whopping 4,000 mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor at the back of its metal body, which allows users to unlock the handset in a fraction of a second.
The Snapdragon variant is clocked at 1.8 GHz and features two Cortex A72 cores and four ARM Cortex A53 cores. It also supports China's 4G+ networks, thus enabling blazing fast download speeds. Furthermore, it even comes with the Sunlight Display feature that intelligently adjusts contrasts for each pixel depending on the lighting conditions. Not only that, the Snapdragon 650's ISP also delivers much better image and video capture performance.
Xiaomi will be selling the 2GB RAM/16GB variant of the new Redmi Note 3 for US$151, which makes it US$10 more expensive than the standard model. There are still no pricing announcements, however, for the 3GB/32GB model, but the price hike may still be the same.