Back in 2015, I wrote a ‘critic’s review’ of the Redmi 2 Prime, which turned out to be surprisingly positive. Xiaomi, the Apple of China, has repeatedly proven that good quality doesn’t come at a high price. The Redmi 2 Prime and the Redmi Note 3 are really good smartphones for sub-$200. Yesterday, Xiaomi launched the Redmi 3S, and it has one neat feature enclosed in its all metal body.
The Redmi 3S is a successor to the very popular Redmi 2 Prime. The 3S packs in an upgraded processor and even comes in a 'Prime' variant with 3 gigs of RAM. I’ll keep it simple; here are the specs:
Camera and display:
Did you notice the battery capacity? Yes, 4100 mAh!
The iPhone 6S (4.7") has a 1750 mAh battery and the Galaxy S7 (5.1") has a 3000 mAh battery. Also note that the Galaxy S7 has a quad-HD super AMOLED display. The dirt-cheap Redmi 3S has a whopping 4100 mAh battery that, well, lasts for at least two days.
The battery is makes the phone so special. While the rest of the players in the smartphone industry are trying to make their phones thinner and faster, Xiaomi sees tremendous opportunity to make a phone with a groundbreaking 2-day battery. The Redmi 3S’s battery is even larger than it’s cousin Redmi Note 3’s battery. And when you pack in such a high capacity battery into a 5” phone with a 720p display, you get a massive 15 hours of screen-on time. The best flagships barely manage 3-4 hours of screen-on time, and even phablets can't compete.
In addition to the battery, Xiaomi has provided a fingerprint scanner. Again, for a sub-$200 phone to have a (supposedly) really quick fingerprint scanner only makes the it greater value for money. The fingerprint scanner, in addition to the 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage only comes with the slightly costlier Rs. 8999 Redmi 3S Prime, but I find the upgrade completely worth it.
What Xiaomi did with the Redmi 3S is take the best of the Redmi Note 3, add a 4100 mAh battery and top it up with an attractive prize tag. This phone is made for the low-budget buyer who wants good specs at a reasonable price. This is a great starter phone for students or for the elderly (Xiaomi’s MIUI has a ‘Lite Mode’ specifically for the elderly), and can be a great ‘secondary’ phone - especially with it’s long battery life.
The phone will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart and Mi.com on August 9th at 12 PM (IST).
Redmi 3S: Rs. 6999
Redmi 3S Prime: Rs. 8999
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