Xiaomi Redmi 3 Specs, Price is 699 CNY, 1,799 INR or Php 5,000 : Has Large 4,100 mAh Battery

I haven't received official word from the Chinese electronics company regarding it -- but it's more than obvious that Xiaomi has already decided to mellow down its operations in the Philippines. I mean, just take a look at their once very active official Facebook page.

I'm not sure if it's because of diminishing sales in this territory or if it's due to a new direction by the company. But whatever the case may be, as a technology blogger and as a Xiaomi fan myself, I hope that they won't let go of our market altogether.

Xiaomi Redmi 3

If there's one new product from Xiaomi that I'm currently wishing for them to bring here, it's definitely the 2016 entry-level Redmi 3, which has just been launched in India and China.

Xiaomi Redmi 3

There are three things that I particularly love this cool handset.

First, it's very affordable. It has an SRP of 699 Chinese Yen or 1,799 Indian Rupees, which is only around Php 5,000 with current conversion! Talk about budget-friendly.

Xiaomi Redmi 3
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Second, for an entry-level model, it looks very attractive -- flaunting a real metal frame with distinct diamond matrix pattern at the back. It's just refreshing to see a smartphone in this price bracket with such luxurious construction.

Xiaomi Redmi 3

And third, it has an unusually large 4,100 mAh battery pack delivering up to two days of uptime on a full charge and with regular use! This is a budget Android smartphone that you won't have to charge in the middle of the day in the office just to make sure it would still have enough juice on your way home in the evening. Ain't that cool?

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Specs

Aside from those three reasons, I also appreciate the fact that Xiaomi Redmi 3 is equipped with above average technical specifications for a handset in its price echelon. The device sports a 5-inch HD IPS display, 13 MegaPixel autofocus rear cam with f/2.0 aperture for enhanced low light performance, 5 MegaPixel selfie shooter in front with f/2.2 aperture, Full HD video recorder, optional Dual SIM capability, and 4G LTE Cat4 support.

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Antutu Benchmark Score

At its heart, it runs its MIUI-flavored Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system with a 64-Bit Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 chipset, has 2GB of RAM for multitasking, and 16GB of ROM that you can easily beef up using the hybrid secondary nanoSIM slot that also supports microSD card memory expansion. If you ask me, this is already a great set of innards for a very affordable 2016 entry-level Android smartphone by an international player.

Xiaomi Redmi 3

The Redmi 3 has yet to be formally announced by Xiaomi Philippines so we can only speculate as to when they'll bring it here and for how much they will sell it. What I know for sure, though, is that there are already a handful of grey market sellers that are now offering this model for Php 7,000 to Php 8,000; It's not as a low as the converted amount of its SRP in China and India but for Pinoys who really want to get hold of this amazing release, at least, there's that option. The only way we can get it for around Php 5,000 to Php 6,000 is if Xiaomi officially brings it here. So I guess there's really a reason for hardcore Xiaomi fans in Pinas to keep their fingers crossed for a local launch.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Xiaomi Redmi 3
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Entry Level
Dimensions139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm
Weight 144 grams
Available Colors Gold, Dark Gray, Silver, Classic Gold
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop with MIUI
Display 5.0 inches (~71.1% screen-to-body ratio), 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density), IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor 64-Bit Octa Core = Quad Core 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 + Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Adreno 405 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8939v2 Snapdragon 616 chipset
Internal Storage 16 GB of ROM, expandable via hybrid nanoSIM slot that doubles as a microSD card slot supporting up to 128GB
Camera Main: 13 MegaPixels, 4208 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, f/2.0 aperture, LED flash
Front: 5 MegaPixels, f/2.2 aperture
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main and front cameras
Audio and Video Playback DivX, Xvid, MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC, MP4, H.264
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSPA+; LTE Cat4
GPS Yes, with GLONASS, BDS, and A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity
Network 2G GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 and SIM 2, 3G HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100, 4G LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
SIM Card Type Dual SIM = microSIM + hybrid nanoSIM
Battery Non-removable 4,100 mAh battery
Uptime Two Days of Regular Use
Value-Added Features MIUI, Large Battery, Metal Shell
Announcement January 2016
Availability January 2016 in China and India, TBA in the Philippines
Price Official: 699 CNY, 1,799 INR
Price Guesstimate (Philippines): Php 5,000 to Php 6,000