What do you get when you learn from your mistakes? Improvement. What do you get when you put Snapdragon 650 inside a phone? you get a roaring dragon of a phone. Snapdragon has never really been true to its name when it comes to mid range processors but this time they have learned from their mistakes and made a beast of a processor.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is an all metal uni-body phone. So obviously, it’s build quality is very good.
Although under my practical pressure test it did get bent a little. You can see that in the review video below.
It also comes with infrared blaster, fingerprint scanner as some special hardware features.
Redmi Note 3 dons a 1080p IPS LCD display. It comes with lot of settings to set its brightness/contrast/tint according to your liking.
It has very good viewing angles and if you want the screen to be sunlight readable you need to turn the automatic brightness off. As it keeps the display a little dim naturally to save battery life.
It also has some sort of protective glass on top to protect it from shattering and scratches.
Its brightness slider is very fickle if you turned it all the way to the minimum the screen will become completely black.
And If the automatic brightness is on then even when you turn it all the way to the maximum the screen will still look DIM. That’s why i would suggest you to keep the Automatic Brightness off.
The 16MP rear facing camera of this phone is a white washer. It doesn’t matter what conditions you take the photo in, it will make you glow like a CFL.
It’s called ‘over-exposure’. It can be fixed by dialing the white balance down a bit. But it will make the photo look unnatural and ‘full of black patches’.
Second thing is that it captures overly saturated colours. It never captures real or natural or warm colours.
One very good thing about its camera is that it captures extremely detailed images in almost all lighting conditions, except for extremely bad light.
Same story for the front 5MP snapper it captures overly bright photos but most people are going to like this instead of despising it. Because that’s how people are.
Both the cameras can shoot full HD videos. You can also shoot time-lapse and slow mo videos. Slow motion video is limited to 720p resolution.
The best multimedia feature of Redmi Note 3 is that it is future ready at least in the video playback department as it can play 4K resolution video without a hitch in its default player.
It is probably the most affordable phone at least in India currently that can play Raw 4K video natively.
Its music quality is also good, speaker quality is loud and clear.
Music quality in earphones is also very good with lots of settings to personalize it according to your pleasure.
Redmi Note 3 runs on Android 5.1 or MiUi. It is a heavily customized Android OS as you all are probably familiar with it already.
Because of combination of 2GB RAM and powerful chip-set the OS remains lag/stutter free most of the time even when the internal memory is full.
It comes with total of 11GB internal memory out of 16GB. Out of 2GB RAM you will get around 1GB of RAM free when nothing is running in the background.
It also supports USB OTG. And it has a tricky Micro SD card slot.
Currently the performance of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is unparalleled in the price range it is available.
And it is going to stay that way unless someone launches a phone with the same or high-end Snapdragon or Mediatek chip-set in the same price range.
Current mid range processor like Mediatek 6752, 6795 or even the upcoming Helio P10 can not beat it.
The reason is none of those chip-sets have Cortex A72 in them. P10 and P20 will probably be able to beat it in some GPU specific tasks but that’s about it.
The processor structure of Snapdragon 650 is dual core Cortex A57 coupled with Quad-core Cortex A53. Adreno 510GPU.
The only place this chip-set is a little weak is the GPU department although the powerful CPU makes up for it a lot, but hey, you can’t have everything now, can you?
You can see that in the 3DMark Slingshot test result which is mainly a GPU benchmark.
In the benchmarks this phone performed like a last year’s high end phone. Believe me that’s a compliment. Just Antutu’s score alone can tell you that.
In the Vellamo it topped the chart in two out of three tests even beat the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Its gaming performance is also like its benchmarks performance. And the best part of all it stays fairy cool all the time. Hardly ever go over 45° Celsius.
It even took revenge for its older brother Snapdragon 615 by slaying/playing GTA San Andreas smoothly at maximum settings. As you can see in the video below.
Redmi Note 3 is a well connected phone it has everything from 4G to GPS. AGPS, GLONASS, WiFi Direct, Dual-Band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 everything is present.
It also comes with a well hated hybrid/’either or’ SIM/Micro SD card slot. In which you can either use a Nano SIM or a Micro SD card.
Its WiFi because of dual-bands is very fast. It downloads everything very fast. Almost utilizes all of the broadband’s bandwidth.
Since battery of Redmi Note 3 is big both physically and in capacity. You can naturally expect very good battery life out of it.
I can assure you that if used conservatively it will give you at least 10 hours or a day of battery life easily.
On heavy use you can expect somewhere around 6-7 hours.
It also comes with a lot of battery saving options which you can utilize to extend the battery even more.
Since i have started reviewing smartphones. I have never seen a mid range Snapdragon chip-set more powerful than a mid range Mediatek Chip-set.
This time though, tables have been completely flipped not just turned.
Now, i can finally recommend a mid range Snapdragon phone over any Mediatek phone if it has this very same chip-set inside.
As for this phone for 10,000 Indian National Rupees, i don’t think you will find a better phone for a long time.
So just buy it and save money till the next great budget phone launches.