Just when you thought the upcoming Redmi Note 2 Pro couldn’t possibly get any more fetching, Xiaomi revealed the metallic mid-ranger is actually called Redmi Note 3, which signaled extra enhancements besides a build quality upgrade and added fingerprint sensor.
A second Tenaa visit confirmed a 3GB RAM/32GB ROM variant, obviously set to cost a bit more than the standard 2/16 gig model. But as it turns out, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is hardly as expensive as you probably imagine by now, starting at a measly $140 or so.
That’s in China, of course, in local currency, as far as the “entry-level” configuration is concerned. For silky smooth multitasking and a digital hoarder’s paradise, you’ll be asked to pay the equivalent of $170, which still sounds mind-blowingly cheap.
Especially when you consider the Redmi Note 3 accommodates a massive 4,000 mAh battery, compared to the 3,000 mAh cell inside the Note 2. All while only gaining 4 grams in weight and around half a millimeter in waistline.
We’ve no idea how Xiaomi’s engineers pulled off such an amazing feat, also slapping a circular fingerprint recognition mechanism on the 5.5-incher’s rear that apparently takes 0.3 seconds to unlock the device. Under the hood, you have an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 chip ticking, and the large display delivers Full HD resolution.
Coated in silver, gold or gray, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 will actually go on sale in three days’ time, further sporting 13 and 5MP cameras, 4G LTE connectivity, dual SIM slots, and Android Lollipop-based MIUI 7 on the software side of things. Talk about a Black Friday bargain!