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
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!
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.
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.
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.
|Model Name||Redmi 3S Prime|
|Model Number||Redmi 3S Prime|
|Series||Redmi 3S Prime|
|Handset Color||Dark Grey, Silver, Gold|
|SIM Size||Nano SIM And MircoSIM|
|Dimension(MM)||69.6 x 139.3 x 8.5|
|Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Pixel Density||294 ppi|
|Display Type||Touch Screen|
|Touch Screen Type||IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen|
|Display Color||16M Colors|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430|
|Processor||2 1.4GHz, ,|
|Expandable Storage||128GB, MicroSD|
|Primary Camera Features||Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/smile Detection, HDR, Panorama|
|Secondary Camera Features||f/2.2, 1080p|
|Video Recording Resolution||1080p@30fps|
|Full HD Recording||Yes|
|Operating System||Android,v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)|
|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)|
|Micro USB Port||v2.0|
|Sensors||Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|