New Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 variant announced

Thomas Wellburn
January 14, 2016

Xiaomi has today announced an updated version of the Redmi Note 3 which includes a fresh chipset plus a couple of other notable changes.

The new device is identical to the existing Redmi Note 3 aside from one significant change; MediaTek is out and Qualcomm is in. The new version replaces the Helio X10 with the Snapdragon 650 (previously known as the 618). This hexa-core CPU is only marginally slower than the Helio X10 in benchmarks but carries the additional benefit of big.LITTLE technology, which should mean better power efficiency.

The other significant change lies in the rear camera, which has gotten a megapixel bump from 13 to 16, with the added benefit of an f2.0 aperture and phase detection autofocus thrown in for good measure.

Finally, in a less exciting feature but still significant, the new Snapdragon 650 will allow enhanced X8 LTE capabilities and support for VoLTE. For those who don’t have the faintest idea what this means, it basically means that the phone is keeping up with the latest spectrum standards, giving better performance in low-reception areas and better signal indoors. That’s all you need to know.

Oher specifications remain the same, meaning you get a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 2GB RAM on the 16GB model and 3GB on the 32GB model. The battery also remains a huge 4,050mAh.

The new model is currently only scheduled for launch in China and India, with the UK seeming rather unlikely at the moment. Still, finger’s crossed.

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