Action and immediate reaction. Xiaomi couldn’t bear the thought of arch-rival Meizu hogging the domestic ultra-low-cost spotlight for more than a day, hitting back at the m3s with an “s” phone of its own.
This one’s called Redmi 3s, and compared to the original Redmi 3, it’s largely superior. No longer decorated with fancy patterns on its back, the 5-incher is still made of premium metal, and measures a remarkably slim 8.5mm in depth considering it also packs a massive 4,100 mAh battery.
The biggest upgrade comes in the form of a top center, rear-positioned circular fingerprint reader, while the jury’s out on whether the new Snapdragon 430 processor beats the old 616. It probably does in terms of graphics performance, courtesy of an Adreno 505 GPU, but its eight CPU cores are capped off at only 1.4 GHz clock speeds.
Essentially everything else stays the same, including 720p screen resolution, 13 and 5MP cameras, and unfortunately, Android 5.1 Lollipop. The starting price is unchanged as well, at CNY 700 or $105, although you can now choose to bump up the standard 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM to 3 and 32 gigs respectively for an extra 200 Yuan (30 bucks). All in all, that looks like check and mate, Meizu.