Xiaomi has just updated its Mi Note series with the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 in China, as was leaked earlier. The smartphone was launched alongside the Mi MIX 2, the second iteration of the record-breaking bezel-less smartphone that was designed by world renowned designer, Philippe Starck.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is similar to the Mi 6 in the rear camera section, but it’s a different ball game when the focus is switched to the front of the smartphone. Here is what the Mi Note 3 brings to the table.
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Specifications, Review and Highlights
Design & Display
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 has a beautiful design consisting of a curved glass body and an aluminium frame, placing it in the class of smartphones like the Galaxy S8 in terms of design. It comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display which has 94.4% NTSC color gamut, 1500:1 contrast ratio and a 550 nits max brightness level.
It weighs 163 grammes and is just 7.6 millimetres thick. The phone uses a physical home button which is placed below its display at the front.
Storage & Processor
The Mi Note 3 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform processor that can operate at speeds up to 2.2GHz. Its graphics operations are handled by an Adreno 512 GPU.
The phone comes with a whopping RAM capacity of 6GB operating on the LPDDR4x technology. It comes in 64GB and 128GB variants of eMMC 5.1 internal storage.
The Mi Note 3 sports a 16MP camera with a 2μm pixel size at the front for taking selfies.
A dual camera setup is present at the rear consisting of a 12MP primary camera with a f/1.8 aperture, 1.25μm pixel size, 4-axis OIS and 4K video recording, and a 12MP secondary camera with a larger f/2.6 aperture to capture depth of field of objects, 1.0μm pixel size and 52mm portrait lens. There’s also a dual-tone LED flash for making your images brighter.
Battery & Connectivity
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 packs a 3500mAh battery with fast charging tech from Qualcomm (Quick Charge 3.0). It comes with dual nano SIM slots and supports 4G LTE networks. It has a USB Type-C port and offers connectivity options like WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou and NFC.
Software & Hardware
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 runs on the recently-released MIUI 9 which is built upon version 7.1 Nougat of the Android operating system.
It comes with a fingerprint sensor which is embedded in its home button at the front, and packs stereo speakers to provide a fulfilling audio experience.
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Full Phone Specifications
|Model||Mi Note 3|
|Announced||September 11, 2017|
|Released||September 11, 2017|
|2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz|
|SIM Type||Nano SIM|
|SIM Count||Dual SIM|
|2G||GPRS Up to 32 to 48 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps|
|3G||Up to 42.2 Mbps (HSDPA), 5.76 Mbps;(HSUPA)|
|4G||Up to 300/50 Mbps|
|Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps|
|Web Browser||Yes, HTML5|
|Dimensions||152.6 * 73.95 * 7.6 mm|
|Build||Curved glass body with aluminium frame|
|Colors||Black & Blue.|
|Display Type||IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen|
|Resolution||1920 * 1080 pixels (Full HD)|
|Colors||94.4% NTSC colour gamut|
|Features||550 nits brightness, 1500:1 contrast ratio|
|12MP + 12MP dual cameras|
1.25μm pixel size
4K video recording
|1080p HD Video|
|2μm pixel size|
|Android OS, v7.1 (Nougat)|
|64-bit Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform processor|
|Number of Processor Cores||Octa-core|
|CPU Speed||Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260|
|Internal Storage||64GB / 128GB (eMMC 5.1)|
|Accelerometer, Proximity, Light, Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor|
|Wi-Fi||WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Wi-Fi Direct|
|USB Type||USB Type-C|
|USB On-the Go (OTG)||Yes|
|Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging|
|Capacity||3500mAh (typical) / 3400mAh (minimum)|
|SMS||Yes (threaded view)|
|Yes, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP|
|Yes, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI, WAV, AC3, FLAC|
|Yes, 3GP, Mp4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 player|
|Yes, 3.5mm Jack|
Availability and Price of Xiaomi Mi Note 3 in China
The 64GB ROM variant of the Mi Note 3 costs 2,499 Yuan and the 128GB ROM variant comes in two colour versions – Black which costs 2,899 Yuan and Blue which costs 2,999 Yuan in China.