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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 – The Hidden Top Smartphone of 2016

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Review

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a phone that costs a little, but offers a lot. It isn't meant to be sold in Europe or the US, but we got one anyway and used it for a ...

As the year winds down to a slow end, it’s time to look back and revisit some of the most successful yet uncelebrated smartphones of 2016. While Samsung Galaxy S7, Apple iPhone 7, Google Pixel and HTC 10 might have stolen a heart or two, raw statistics prove that it’s not these celebrated flagship devices from renown manufacturers run the show. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is one of the uncelebrated heroes of 2016.

If you haven’t heard of Xiaomi yet, they are the current screen-to-body ratio owners with their almost bezel less Xiaomi Mi Mix. Couple this with their Mi VR and you get a rising but respectable Chinese smartphone maker who has captured the imaginations of many this year.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is the 2016 Bestseller

This impressive budget device from “The Apple of the East” offers an impressive balance between cost, hardware, and performance. The Redmi Note 3 gives you a 5.5-inch IPS screen, an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor and other premium features like a fingerprint scanner and a solid metal chassis to hold the plastic body together.

Your fingerprint scanner sits at the back, below the 13MP camera that is an amazing point-and-shoot sensor that will give you impressive photos at different light levels.

There’s an IR Blaster But no USB-C

Even though Xiaomi gave the Redmi Note 3 an IR blaster, a feature that will let you use remote apps to control your audio visual systems in the house better, the designer still stuck to regular USB, ditching USB-C that has been bundled with the Mi5.

Your 5.5-inch screen works at a decent 1920×1080 resolution and 403ppi. This is quite acceptable for a phone retailing at $160.

As of the processor, if you don’t fancy the MedaTek Helio X10, you can opt for theQualcommm Snapdragon 650 model. Both will be coupled to 16GB internal memory with 3GB RAM or 32GB internal memory with 3GB of RAM.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 gives a subtle balance of power and reliability that is welcome to budget buyers who want something presentable but aren’t willing to lose an arm and a leg. With the biggest chunk of the global smartphone market sitting here, we can easily see why the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is one of the best sellers of 2016.


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