Vastal Impex, recently introduced the Xiaomi Redmi 3s to the Nepali market. Being the geeks we are, we couldn’t stop ourselves from getting our hands-on the device. Coming it at just under Rs. 20,000/- let’s see what Xiaomi’s new budget device the Redmi 3s has to offer.
The phone is completely made up of metal except for the top and bottom at the back, which are made up of plastic for the radios to pass through. With the phone having a 5 inch display, the phone sports a fairly small form-factor and is quite easy to operate with one hand. With the weight of 144 gm and having thickness of 8.5mm, the phone is on the bulkier side. The touch capacitive buttons of the front don’t light up and the fingerprint sensor is place quite conveniently at the back where your index finger can reach easily. All the physical buttons rest on the right which might be a problem if you are a left-handed user.
When I saw the specifications of the phone I was disappointed when I found out the device has a 720p display but the it was pretty good to my surprise. The color tone is a bit on the warmer side to my liking but you can always change it inside the settings. The display is also very bright so I faced no problems seeing the display even under direct sunlight. The pixel density of the screen is 294 ppi. Using VR on this device was not the most pleasant experience as there is some noticeable pixelation.
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The phone runs on MIUI 7 out of the box but it is being upgraded to MIUI 8, the latest offering from Xiaomi, as I’m typing this article. Being a stock android user for the longest time, MIUI seemed very pretentious to me at first but the more I used it the more I started liking it. The UI offers some great customization options too. Best of all I found a cool Batman theme in the theme store too! You can also change the page transition and other little stuff from the home screen.
The Xiaomi Redmi 3s sports a 13 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front camera. When there is sufficient light, the rear camera produces great quality pictures. The images are sharp and the color reproduction is great. All this quality vanishes when you click pictures indoors. The camera tends to overexpose the images indoor and can’t find focus properly. The video quality is decent but nothing too impressive. The front camera produces nice selfies that are good enough for social media uploads.
The Xiaomi Redmi 3s sports a giant 4100 mAh battery which can power the phone for 2 whole days with no problems. Even with an entire day of YouTubing and Minecrafting I got more than 7 hours of screen on time and I believe the regular MIUI updates are just making it better. The included charger juices up the device from 0 to 100 in under 3 hours.
The phone sports an IR blaster and a fingerprint scanner. The phone comes equipped with the Mi Remote app. The IR blaster controlled my LG Smart TV smoothly. The fingerprint scanner on the Xiaomi Redmi 3s is not the best though. It takes a solid second to recognize the fingerprint and there were times when the scanner didn’t even scan my fingerprints properly. You can register up 5 fingerprints.
The Xiaomi Redmi 3s is priced at Rs.19,999/- here in Nepal which, like mention in the previous article, is quite overpriced. The device itself is not bad. The performance is smooth but it does tend to heat up quite a bit at the back. If you don’t mind spending a few extra bucks this is the phone to go for
I am also planning to put up a video review on MoMo Tech Nepal so stay tuned to the YouTube channel!