Premium design, decent overall specs, massive battery, and an economical price point. Can you truly have it all in an Android-powered package from a well-known manufacturer? Not if you insist on only buying aggressively advertised gear in the West.
But if your mobile world view is wider than Apple and Samsung, and if you’re lucky enough to live in China, it’s time to meet the Xiaomi Redmi 3. Not to be confused with the Redmi Note 3, this bad boy puts most of today’s high-profile flagships to shame when it comes to endurance, tipping the scales at a whopping 4,100 mAh in the battery department.
Xiaomi doesn’t say exactly how long the cell will last you, though the 5-inch 720p display and octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor should be relatively frugal, and give you a day, maybe two between charges.
2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage space, up to 128 gigs external, and 13 and 5MP cameras help the Redmi 3 tick its second all-important box on its way to the low-cost hall of fame. Speaking of, the gargantuan juicer and above-average feature list would mean nothing without the RMB 699 MSRP.
That converts to $107 today, and even if various taxes come to play, the Western bang for buck factor will thrill. As long as the phone makes it out of China, which seems nearly guaranteed, based on hints dropped all over social media. Hopefully, Xiaomi won’t look squarely towards India.
Last but certainly not least, the Redmi 3 is an aesthetical standout, regardless of the unavoidable iPhone comparisons, thanks to an 8.5mm profile, 144 grams figure, and especially, its unique, “gorgeous diamond-patterned metal frame.” Metal frame, mind you, not full metal build, but still.