Hot on the heels of the bezel-less Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi has launched the Mi Note 3 at an event in China. A sequel to last year’s Mi Note 2, the Note 3 comes with a dual camera setup at the rear that allows for optical zoom, a 5.5-inch Full HD display and fairly powerful internals for the price.Design wise, the Mi Note 3 comes with a 4-sided curved glass body with a mirror-like effect. The frame is made out of aluminum. During the launch event, Xiaomi pointed out that the smartphone is smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus despite having the same display size.Talking about the display, the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 comes with a 5.5-inch display IPS LCD display with 550 Nits of maximum brightness. For a mid-range phone, the Mi Note 3 comes with fairly beefy specifications. The Mi Note 3 is powered by the 14nm octa-core Snadpragon 660 processor paired with 6GB of RAM and a sizeable 3,500mAh battery.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 comes with the same dual camera modules as found on the flagship Mi 6 – two 12MP cameras with 4 axis optical image stabilisation. As with the Mi 6, one of the sensors is a wide-angle lens while the other is a telephoto lens that allows for 2X optical zoom.The Mi Note 3 also allows you to take images with depth of field effects. The dual camera setup sits flush with the body – there is no unsightly camera bump. On the front, there is a 16 MP front camera with a pixel size of 2um and AI based beautify features.
The Mi Note 3 also comes with an AI based facial recognition feature that allows you to unlock the smartphone with just a glance. Xiaomi claims that face unlock is as fast as a fingerprint scan and can be used when you hand is wet, in winters while using gloves and so on.
Price and availability
The Mi Note 3 has starts at RMB 2499 (roughly Rs 24,499) for the black colour variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal of storage. There are two other configurations on offer – a black colour variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for RMB 2899 (Rs 28,420) and a blue colour variant for RMB 2999 (Rs 29,400).The smartphone goes on sale tomorrow in China. There is no information as of now regarding Indian release. As the Mi Note 2 never made it to the country, chances are that the Note 3 will also not make it to Indian shores. Xiaomi recently launched the Mi A1 in India which marks the return of Google’s Android One project. It is Xiaomi’s first smartphone to run on a stock version of Android and goes on sale tomorrow for Rs 14,999.
|Sim Size:||Nano SIM|
|Release Date:||September, 2017|
|Dimensions:||152.6 x 74 x 7.6 mm|
|Type:||Color IPS screen, 16M colors|
|Touch:||Yes, with Multitouch|
|Size:||5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels|
|PPI:||~ 401 PPI|
|Internal:||128 GB inbuilt|
|VoLTE:||Yes (Supports Reliance Jio)|
|Wifi:||Yes, with wifi-hotspot|
|GPS:||Yes, with A-GPS Support|
|Sensors:||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Fingerprint|
|3.5mm Headphone Jack:||Yes|
|Camera:||Yes, 12 MP + 12 MP Dual Camera with autofocus|
|Features:||Face detection, Geo tagging, Panorama, Touch to focus|
|Video Recording:||Yes, 2160p @ 30fps|
|Front Camera:||Yes, 16 MP with Autofocus|
|OS:||Android, v7.1 (Nougat)|
|CPU:||2.2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm MSM8956 Plus Snapdragon 660 Processor|
|Browser:||Yes, supports HTML|
|Supports:||MMS, Instant Messaging|
|Email:||Yes, with Push Mail|
|Music:||MP3, WAV, eAAC+|
|Size:||3500 mAh, Li-ion Battery|