Xiaomi has established a stronghold in the Indian smartphone market in the middle of a stiff competition between smartphones ranging below 10K.
Xiaomi has established a stronghold in the Indian smartphone market in the middle of a stiff competition between smartphones ranging below 10K. The Company has been providing the Indian customers with high-quality smartphones within an affordable price range. Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime were the company’s latest attempt to strengthen that hold on Indian market. Since debuting in India, Xiaomi has earned a reputation of providing great smartphone at affordable prices. The Company has already established its stronghold in the Indian market with the Redmi Note 3 and the Mi Max, all in the price range of Rs. 10,000.
Both the Redmi 3S models have complete metal bodies and large batteries. The Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime looks like a crossover of Redmi Note 3 and Mi Max. The front is almost identical to the Note 3, except for the sensors above the screen. At 8.5mm thick, the Redmi 3S Prime isn’t as sleek as the Mi Max, which is just 7.5mm thick. The panels in the rear have the primary camera with LED flash. The back also has a fingerprint scanner in the middle. The speaker rests at the bottom of the back. The Phone has provisions for one micro sim and a Nano-sim or MicroSD for storage. This means that the customers have to choose between an extra sim or a memory card for storage.
Both the phones have the Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. Apart from the fingerprint processor, the only difference between the two phones is the RAM and storage. The Redmi 3S consists of 2GB RAM with 16GB of inbuilt storage. The Redmi 3S Prime consists of 3GB RAM and double the storage. Both models support external MicroSD card of up to 128GB.
In terms of connectivity, both the phones support 4G, have Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth and Micro-USB. Though while using both the sim cards simultaneously on the Redmi 3S Prime, the primary sim will support 4G, while the other sim will only support 3G. The Redmi 3S Prime runs on its large 4100mAh battery. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF features(Phase detection autofocus), 1080 video recording and a LED flash. The front camera also supports 1080 video recording but is only 5-megapixel.
The device uses the MIUI 7.5, running on the Android 6.0.01 Marshmallow. Though many Marshmallow features are not available in this model. Xiaomi is expected to roll out these features in the next MIUI release.
The skin is a slightly updated version of what came with the Redmi Note 3. Unfortunately, you won’t see many Marshmallow features such as Now on Tap. The company is expected to roll these features out in the next MIUI release.