Xiaomi announced today that they will be bringing the recently announced Redmi Note 3 to India, which is sort of a surprise considering it runs on the Mediatek Helio X10, and it would have been the first Xiaomi device with Mediatek processor ever since Ericsson sued Xiaomi in India last year. As it turns out, Xiaomi will be bringing the Qualcomm Snapdragon variant of Redmi Note 3 to India, which has just been made official in China.
The new Redmi Note 3 will run the 1.8GHz Snapdragon 650 (previously known as Snapdragon 618) with X8 LTE (cat 7) and VoLTE support. Rest of the things almost remain the same. The SD version has got a slight bump in primary camera which is now 16MP (as against 13MP) while the secondary camera stays at 5MP. While the Helio X10 version is priced at RMB 899, the Snapdragon 650 variant of Redmi Note 3 is priced at RMB 999 ($150/Rs 10,170), which is just a RMB 100 premium.
Other specifications include 4050mAh battery, QuickCharge 2.0 support, 2GB or 3GB RAM depending upon 16GB or 32GB ROM. The GPU is the Adreno 510 and OS is MIUI 7 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The 16MP camera has a pretty large f/2.0 aperture. Being a VoLTE enabled smartphone, it can support 4G HD voice calls, something we expect is needed to use Reliance Jio as and when it rolls out later this year in India.
The Redmi Note 3 is also the first Xiaomi device to sport a fingerprint scanner and metallic body. The 5.5-inch FHD display supports reading mode in which the display will switch to an ambient level optimized for reading by reducing the blue light.
We expect Xiaomi to launch the Redmi Note 3 by end of February this year. The company has called for 100 ‘Explorers’ to test drive the device before they officially launch the phone to the general public. As with other Redmi devices, the Redmi Note 3 might also be locally manufactured at their Sri City manufacturing plant in Vizag, India which they started in association with Foxconn.
Edit: Title updated to include ‘Pro’, although the website doesn’t explicitly mention the name, the URL has Pro in it, so we are going by that while we wait for Xiaomi to officially clarify.
Update: Xiaomi confirms that it’s indeed just Redmi Note 3. Changes rolled back!