The Redmi 3S is a pocket-friendly device in terms of size & price
Looks like the Chinese smart phone maker, Xiaomi is all set to be a game changer in the below Rs 10,000 segment: The Redmi 3S, comes with features that are par with pricier mid-range phones now available.
The 5-inch device features a uni-body metallic design that comes in three colour variants of gold, silver and grey. Weighing 144 grams with 8.5 mm thickness, the Redmi 3S isn’t the lightest but feels compact and sturdy to hold. Overall in terms of design, this device looks much like a smaller version of the Redmi Note 3. The HD display comes with a reading mode and colour temperature adjustment.
The main highlight is its battery life. The Redmi 4S features a 4100 mAh battery, which is a rare for the entry level segment. According to Xioami this device can give up to 2 days life with moderate use. One more plus point: Xiaomi has also added the Infra red (IR) Blaster to this device, which can convert the phone into a universal remote for electronic devices such as television, air conditioner, DVD players, projectors, etc.
The 13 mega pixels rear camera comes with 0.1 seconds ultra focus, PDAF (phase detection autofocus), HDR and HHT (hand-held twilight). The front camera is of 5 mega pixels and comes with f/2.2 aperture, face recognition and editing tools like beautify.
The Redmi 3S runs on the latest Android 6.0 with the MIUI 7 interface, which can be upgraded to the latest MIUI 8 within few weeks. It is powered by a 1.4 GHz, Octa-core, Snapdragon 430 processor with a 2 GB RAM. The device sports a hybrid slot for dual SIM or a single SIM and Micro SD card. The internal memory of 16 GB is expandable up to 128 GB. The device supports 4G and VoLTE ( Voice over LTE, the new standard for sending voice over4G data networks).
Xiaomi has also released a higher variant, the Redmi 3S Prime, with a fingerprint scanner, 3GB RAM and 32 GB memory (expandable).
The Redmi 3S and the 3S Prime are priced at Rs. 6,999 and 8,999 respectively. If you are looking for a device that’s affordable and doesn’t compromise on features then this might be worth it. Both models are available on Mi.com and Flipkart from this week.