xiaomi It has made a good hold in the Indian market. redmi note 3 ,review) And me max ,reviewAfter the success of this company, with the intention of increasing its share in the smartphone market, now this company has introduced smartphones priced below Rs 10,000. We are talking xiaomi redmi 3s And xiaomi redmi 3s prime Of. Both the phones come with the label ‘Made in India’. Since its entry into the Indian market, Xiaomi’s identity has been to offer phones with great specifications at an affordable price. The company has also tried to capitalize on this hit formula again through new handsets.
Both the variants of the Redmi 3S come equipped with a full-metal body and come with a bigger battery. We got a chance to review the Redmi 3S Prime which comes with more RAM, more storage and fingerprint sensor. Is the Redmi 3S Prime a profitable deal, or is this handset just a variant of the Redmi Note 3. Let us tell you in detail about this through review.
look and design
When we looked at the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, it at first glance appeared to be a mini variant of the Redmi 3. Most of the phones of Xiaomi are now looking alike in appearance. The company is trying to maintain consistency in its product portfolio through this. A few years back, Samsung adopted the same strategy with its Galaxy smartphones. We have never been a fan of this gameplan.
The front panel of the Redmi 3S Prime is almost identical to that of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, but the sensors are placed above the display. You’ll find capacitive Home, Back and Recent buttons. These are present at the bottom of the display. The sensor and the front camera are on either side of the earpiece. To a large extent, this phone looks inspired by Xiaomi Mi Max, which is equipped with a 6.44-inch display. However, the thickness of the Redmi 3S Prime is 8.5mm while the premium Mi Max comes with a thickness of 7.55mm.
There is an LED flash on the rear panel along with the primary camera. Both are given a place on the top right. The fingerprint sensor is present on the back panel in the middle. The rear panel has a thin line running from top to bottom. We also got to see this in Redmi Note 3 and Mi Max.
The speaker grille is at the bottom of the phone. The volume and power buttons are given on the right side, while the hybrid SIM slot is given on the right side.
It has an infrared emitter and 3.5mm audio jack at the top. At the bottom is the standard Micro-USB port and a microphone. Redmi 3S Prime is a metal body phone. It gives a feeling of being premium in its price. Its weight is 144 grams. This weight is too much for a budget device. But the curved edge makes it easy to hold. The reason for the high weight is the big battery present in the smartphone.
The main difference between Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime is the fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint sensor on the back of the handset is easy to reach with one hand. During the review, we did not face any problem in unlocking this device. The 5-inch screen makes this phone easy to use with one hand, which is what we did during our review. We found that typing was very easy.
The Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime comes with a power adapter, a SIM ejector tool and an instruction manual. Unlike the Redmi Note 3, you will not get earphones with the Redmi 3S Prime. This will frustrate many users.
Specifications and software
Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor has been used in Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime. Four cores give a clock speed of 1.1 GHz and the remaining four cores are 1.4 GHz. Adreno 505 GPU is integrated for graphics. Apart from the fingerprint sensor, the difference between Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime is storage and RAM. The Redmi 3S handset comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage. At the same time, Redmi 3S Prime has 3 GB RAM and inbuilt storage is 32 GB.
During the launch, Xiaomi India claimed that the Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime are the first smartphones to be sold in India with the new Snapdragon 430 chipset. MicroSD cards up to 128 GB can be used in both models.
The handset flaunts a 5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. The screen of the review unit given to us was vibrant. The Sunlight Display hardware feature of Xiaomi that was part of the Redmi Note 3 is not present in this smartphone. Had this feature been present, it would have been easier to read on the screen of this handset in sunlight. The brightness level of the Redmi 3S Prime is decent and colors never looked too saturated. Viewing angles are good. The display was quite sharp on most occasions and produced accurate colors.
In terms of connectivity, the Redmi 3S Prime (Redmi 3S) features Voice over LTE, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS and Micro-USB. Redmi 3S Prime supports all LTE bands used in India. Xiaomi has said that if two SIM cards are used simultaneously in the handset, the primary SIM card will support 4G and the second SIM will support only 3G.
Another feature worth noting is the 4100mAh battery of the Redmi 3S Prime. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus, f/2.0 aperture, HDR mode, 1080p video recording and LED flash. You will get a 5 megapixel front camera. It is also possible to record videos of 1080 pixels resolution.
The smartphone will run on MIUI 7.5 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. This OS is the updated version of the device that comes with the Redmi Note 3. Sadly, you won’t find many features like Android Marshmallow’s Now on Tap. It is expected that the company will release these features with the next update.
During the review, we found that the Redmi 3S Prime is easy to use with one hand. The company plans to upgrade the Redmi 3S Prime to MIUI 8.
The Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime serves as a benchmark in its price range. We did not face any problem while multitasking on this handset. There was no frame rate drop even when playing games like Dead Trigger.
Apps loaded fast and the screen responded with every touch. We just faced one problem. The handset occasionally restarted during the benchmark test. The same happened with the Redmi Note 3 as well. It did not get hot while charging the phone. However, the phone did get a bit hot while using the camera app. But not so much that there is a problem in using the phone. We also did not face any problem in talking on the phone for a long time.
We tried using the fingerprint scanner of the Redmi 3S Prime even with wet hands. The scanner did its job well. We were also captivated by the handset’s ability to rapidly detect fingerprints through its fingerprint scanner.
The sound quality coming from the speaker on the rear side of the handset was good. But at high volume it becomes flat.
With the help of 3 GB RAM, you can easily do most of the work. No matter how many apps you have open at the same time, 800 MB of RAM is always available for the rest. The Redmi 3S Prime gave decent results in benchmark tests.
The camera of Xiaomi Redmi Prime took sharp pictures. There was no shortage of details in them either. The pictures inside the house in good light were quite spectacular. There wasn’t much noise in them. Photos taken in low light were a bit washed out. However, some of the drawbacks went away once the HDR mode was switched on. We also had no problem locking the focus.
It is possible to record videos of 1080 pixels resolution with the rear camera. It also has a time-lapse video feature. The Redmi 3S Prime also has a manual camera mode. Here you can change the white balance and ISO.
We were able to take good selfies with the front camera of 5 megapixels. It also has a face recognition feature which starts working as soon as the face is seen in the frame.
The 4100 mAh battery present in the Redmi 3S Prime lasted 14 hours 50 minutes in our video loop test, which is excellent. The Redmi 3S Prime has beaten the Redmi Note 3 in this case, whose battery lasted for about 12 hours in the video loop test. This is because of the low resolution display. The battery of Redmi 3S Prime easily lasted for a day despite heavy usage. At the end of the day, about 20 per cent of the power was left.
Xiaomi claims that the charger provided with it will rapidly charge the battery of the handset. We found that this charger took about 2 hours to charge the handset’s battery from zero to 100%.
We faced some issues with the software. For example, we did not receive alerts from NDTV and Gadgets 360 apps after giving all the required permissions. While this does not happen with other handsets.
The Rs 8,999 Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime brings a lot of new things to the common user. Its metal body gives a premium feel. With the help of 4100 mAh battery, users can easily use the handset for a day. The 3 GB RAM ensures that the user does not face any problem in multitasking.
As a package, this smartphone makes its presence in the price range of Rs 10,000. Many users will also like the absence of 5.5 inch display in this handset. It is easy to use with one hand. As an alternative to the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, users can buy the Asus Zenfone Max (2016) which is available for the same price. If you want a bigger screen and better performance then there is an option for you Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. However, its price is a bit high.