Things to know before you buy the Xiaomi Mi Note 3

Here is my final look of the Xiaomi Mi Note 3, a midranger Smartphone with Flagship looks, features and build quality. Is it really worth buying?

Pros:

  1. Identical look to the Xiaomi Mi 6 – The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 bares the same Glass Design and materials of the Mi 6, it also is rated Splash Proof.
  2. Blisteringly fast Performance – The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and Adreno 512 delivers superb performance, both multitasking and gaming experience is smooth and comparable even the more expensive Chipsets in the market.
  3. The same 1080p screen of the Xiaomi Mi 6 – the Mi Note 3 has the same 1080p IPS Panel but is slightly bigger at 5.5 inches. Screen quality is great.
  4. Can Shoot 4K with OIS – Optical Image Stabilization is present even in 1080p @ 30fps.
  5. Front Touch ID is super quick – the performance of the Fingerprint ID is accurate, reliable and instantaneous.
  6. Superb Connectivity – Dual Band Performance is strong, stable and has great range. Same performance with 4G LTE.
  7. NFC support – NFC is available with Android Beam Support
  8. 14 hours battery life – Battery life is superb (3500mAh). On pure gaming, it can manage up to 3 hours.

Cons:

  1. Goodbye 3.5mm Audio Jack – If you ever want to plug in a pair of headphones, then you have to bring the adapter with you.
  2. No 1080p @ 60fps – Video mode is only 4K and 1080p @ 30fps
  3. Audio from built in mics isn’t good – an issue that most Xiaomi Smartphones have
  4. Chinese ROM – my version only, no Android 8.0 Oreo update yet and Chinese ROM have a lot of Bloatwares.
SpecsXiaomi Mi Note 3
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 660 2.2GHz Octa Core
GPU: Adreno 510
MemoryRAM: 6 GB
ROM: 64 GB
Display5.5 inch IPS
1920 x 1080p
OSMIUI 8.0 (Android 7.1.1)
Chinese ROM
Rear CameraDual 12 mp
Front Camera16 mp
Special FeaturesFingerprint Scanner
NetworkDual Band WiFi
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
4G FDD LTE 850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0
Dual Band WiFi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz)
PositioningGPS/A-GPS/GLONASS/Beidou
SensorsAmbient Light, Accelerometer, E-Compass, Gravity, Gyroscope, Hall, Proximity
IO2x Nano SIM
1x USB Type C
Dimensions152.6 x 73.9 x 7.6
Weight: 163g
Battery3500mAh

Great Mid-ranger but you do have to pay a premium

The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is by far a superb Mid-End Smartphone, but it is not cheap. But I think $350 is a great price for this Phone, considering you get a lot of features and blistering fast performance

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (6+64gb)$359

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (6+64gb)

Snapdragon 660, 6 GB RAM and 64 GB Storage version
Valid until April 15, 2018

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