Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

 05-08-2016

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Price : 8,999

Key Features of Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

  • 13 MP Primary Camera
  • 5 MP Secondary Camera
  • 4100mAh Li-lon Battery
  • 1.4GHz Processor

Internal Memory

32GB

Key Features

139.3 x 69.9 x 8.5 mm | 144 grams | Android 6.0 Marshmallow | 5 inch, 1280x720 | Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 | 2GB RAM, 16GB/128GB | 4100 mAh | 3G/4G | BT/WiFi | 13MP, 5MP | Dual SIM

Design & Build

Beneath that hood lies some very decent hardware. Yes, there will be some who will be disappointed at the fact that the Redmi 3S Prime’s 5.0-inch display is a 720p HD one and not a full HD affair, but for its screen size, it is decent enough and presents no viewing problems, although some might like their displays to be more eye popping and bright. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and comes with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of storage, which is expandable using a microSD card. It has a 5.0-megapixel camera at the front and a 13.0-megapixel one at the back and on the connectivity front, comes with 4G support, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and an infra-red port, the last of which means that you can use the phone to control your televisions and air conditioners as well. It runs Android Marshmallow and has Xiaomi’s user-friendly MIUI 7 on top of it and is expected to get updated to MIUI 8 shortly. And in what seems to be a considering engineering achievement, Xiaomi has squeezed a 4100 mAh battery into that uber compact frame!

Display

When it comes to appearance, the Redmi 3S Prime seems to be cut from the same cloth as the very successful Redmi Note 3. In fact,on first glance, it very much looks like a slightly shrunk version of that device. We got the golden version of the phone and it is definitely a very eye catching when you consider its price point. The first thing that is likely to strike you when you see the Redmi 3S Prime is just how compact it is – it packs in a 5.0-inch display but at 139.3 mm in length and a mere 8.5 mm thin, it will fit most palms with a degree of ease. The front is all about the 5.0-inch display, which has three touch buttons beneath it, while the volume rocker and the power/display keys are on the right. The left side has SIM tray slot, and the base houses the micro USB port, while right on top comes the 3.5 mm audio jack, accompanied by an infra red port. The sides of the phone curve out to meet the solid metal back, which has the 13.0-megapixel camera and spherical fingerprint sensor. At 144 grammes, it feels reassuringly solid to hold. No, it will not stop traffic with its appearance, but it is a solid, well-crafted device.

Battery

And while the device is a consistent performer on most fronts, we must confess that it is that large battery that is the star of the Redmi 3S Prime show. Perhaps the slightly lower resolution display helps but we were able to get more than two days of battery life on a single charge time and again on the device. Yes, we have seen the likes of the Asus ZenFone Maxx turning in a similar performance but it was nowhere near as sleekly designed as this phone is. And well, we must confess that in terms of performance too, the 3S Prime ticks most boxes. The display is decent for Web browsing and reading and while the processor and RAM combination were able to handle all routine tasks that we threw at them with a degree of ease. Yes, the odd lag and frame drop did creep in when we were pushing the phone into HD gaming territory but if all you are looking for is gaming of the casual type with the odd dose of HD thrown in, then this phone will more than meet your requirements. The 13.0-megapixel camera is a trifle below what we have come to expect from Xiaomi – it is good enough in terms of detail, although colours seem a trifle oversaturated. We would also have preferred a louder speaker - the one on the 3S is adequate rather than special. The fingerprint sensor works very smoothly.

Verdict

At its price of Rs 8,999, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime is easily one of the best value for money devices in the market, and pretty much unmatched when it comes to battery life. Those looking for an alternative could consider the new Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus, which comes with a 5.0-inch full HD display, 3 GB RAM, 16 GB of storage and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor. It has a relatively smaller battery and no fingerprint sensor but on the other hand, comes with very good front facing speakers, and costs Rs 8,499. Another challenger for the Redmi 3S Prime is Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 3, whose 2 GB RAM and 16 GB version is available for Rs 9,999, and packs in a full HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, while still having a very large battery.

Specifications of Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

GENERAL FEATURES
Brand Xiaomi
Model Name Redmi 3S Prime
Model Number Redmi 3S Prime
Series Redmi 3S Prime
Touch Screen Yes
Handset Color Dark Grey, Silver, Gold
Launch Date 2016-08-04
SIM Type Dual
SIM Size Nano SIM And MircoSIM
Design
Weight(gm) 144g
Dimension(MM) 69.6 x 139.3 x 8.5
Display
Display Size(Inch) 5
Resolution 1280 x 720
Pixel Density 294 ppi
Display Type Touch Screen
Touch Screen Type IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen
Display Color 16M Colors
Hardware
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430
Processor 2 1.4GHz, ,
GPU Adreno 505
RAM 3 GB
Internal Memory 32GB
Expandable Storage 128GB, MicroSD
Camera
Primary Camera 13
Primary Camera Features Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/smile Detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 5
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2, 1080p
Flash LED Flash
Video Recording Yes
Video Recording Resolution 1080p@30fps
HD Recording Yes
Full HD Recording Yes
Platform
Operating System Android,v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Multimedia
Music Player Yes
FM Radio Yes
FM Recording Yes
Audio Jack Yes
Video Player Yes
Network
Network Type GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G Band GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G Band HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Band LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
VOIP Support Yes
Connectivity
Bluetooth Yes ,v4.1
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Hotspot Yes
Map Support Yes
EDGE Yes
Internet Connectivity Yes
GPRS Yes
USB Connectivity Yes
GPS Support Yes
Micro USB Port v2.0
USB Tethering Yes
Battery
Battery 4100mAh ,Li-lon
Removable Battery Non-removable
Other Features
Document Viewer Yes
Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Pushmail Yes

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