While a lot of spotlight was on the release of Xiaomiâ€™s Mi Mix 2, the company made an announcement of another smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi Note 3. This phone also has top level features and Xiaomi has placed a lot of premium on the camera setup on this new phone, above everything else. First, the basic specs and features will be explained before covering the optics function of this phone.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 has a 5.5-inch display and it is full HD at 1080x1920pixels screen resolution and pixel density of 403ppi. It is not exactly a bezel-free display as most people would have imagined; however, Xiaomi insists that the screen size is quite large enough and the bezels are indeed much narrower on this phone. The body of the phone has been built around an aluminum frame with the back panel being of glass.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC powers the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 and the CPU clocks a speed of 2.2GHz, very decent, by any standards. And a massive 6GB RAM coupled with 64GB internal memory storage makes this phone comparable to any top draw device among smartphones.
There is a 128GB variant also on offer. The microSD card option is not present in this smartphone from Xiaomi. The battery is also quite powerful at 3500mAh. The phone comes with all the connectivity options and sensors to match with the rest of the competition.
Now talking about the imaging department, Xiaomi has gone in for a dual camera setup in the rear of the Mi Note 3. There are two 12MP cameras with different functions. One has a f/1.8 aperture wide-angle lens and 4-axis optical image stabilization support.
The other 12MP sensor in the back has a telephote lens and its aperture is f/2.6. The other significant features include 2x optical zoom, PDAF and there is the 4K video recording facility as well. The front camera for selfies has a higher 16MP sensor.
As far as the pricing and other details are concerned, the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 will be sold at roughly Rs.25, 000 in China for the 6GB/64GB variant. The 6GB/128GB will be sold at roughly Rs. 28, 300. Now there is a third, blue colored variant with the same 128GB which will cost the highest, the equivalent of Rs. 29, 400.
September 15 is when the sale of the phones is likely to begin, though pre-orders are already being accepted. The schedule for an Indian launch is yet to be made public.