Xiaomi Mi Pad 2
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 MIUI

As expected, Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi launched the successor to its popular Redmi Note 2 smartphone, called the Redmi Note 3 at its 24 November event held in China. The USP of the new handset is its metal body, 4000 mAh battery and fingerprint recognition technology.

Along with the Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi has launched the Mi Pad 2 and Mi Air Purifier 2, all of which are smarter variants of their predecessors. However, Xiaomi did not release the Mi 5 smartphone.

The Redmi Note 3 is a budget flagship smartphone as it offers tech specs in keeping with its ¥899 ($141, £93) price tag. The handset is available both in the 16GB and 32GB internal storage editions incorporating 2GB and 3GB RAM respectively.

Key technical specs of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

  • 5.5in display
  • Android 5.1 (Lollipop) operating system with MIUI 7 on top
  • MediaTek Helio X10 CPU
  • Dual SIM-card support
  • 13 MP rear camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • 2/3GB RAM
  • 16/32 GB internal storage
  • MicroSD card slot for expansion of internal storage
  • LTE, HSPA, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and microUSB connectivity
  • 4,000 mAh battery.

[Source: Xiaomi].

Purchasing the Redmi Note 3

Though not open for purchase yet, prospective buyers of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 can check out the company's official eStore or third party e-tailer GearBest, both of which are confirmed to open sales shortly. Like its predecessor, buyers in countries outside China and India would have to depend on third party sources to buy the smartphone.