(Last Updated On: September 12, 2016)
Which is the best smartphone under 10,000 in India?
A lot of people will have this question in their mind. Let me clear all your questions and doubts, the new Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime is one of the best smartphones under 10,000 right now if not the best and it is good on a lot of fronts. Don’t believe me? Read on then.
Over the time, Xiaomi has created a niche of its own in the Indian smartphone markets and they have worked really hard for this. Xiaomi has very smartly captured the sub-15k smartphone market and has been the first choice smartphone for many first time smartphone buyers. But the markets has gone aggressive in the past few months and this shows in the frequency and prices at which Xiaomi has been launching phones.
Talking about the Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime, specs of the device may not surprise you so much but then, it cost only Rs.8999 ,so there’s nothing much to complain.
Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime review: Specifications
Display – 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS
Processor– Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 ( 4 x 1.2 GHz Cortex A53 + 4 x 1.5 GHz Cortex A53) 64-bit processor with Adreno 505 GPU
2 GB/ 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM
Internal storage– 16 GB/ 32GB internal storage (Redmi 3S Prime) expandable memory up to 128 GB with micro SD.
OS-MIUI 7 based on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Hybrid Dual SIM (micro + nano / micro SD)
Camera-13 MP rear camera with PDAF, LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture, 1080p video recording
5MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording
Dimensions– 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm; Weight: 144 g
Fingerprint sensor (Redmi 3S Prime), Infrared sensor
4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS
4000mAh battery / 4100mAh
Now let’s go in detail.
Display – When cost cutting of any device is done, usually the display is first to suffer. Same is the case for the Xiaomi Redmi 3s. The brightness is good, but the color contrast is not that much. But still compared to a lot of smartphones out there the overall display quality is still very great as it’s quite sharp.
Design– Design of the Redmi 3s is similar to Redmi Note 3. There is a metallic band which runs through front side. It does feel solid in hand because of the heft caused due to the large battery.
OS– The OS in the Redmi 3s Prime is MIUI 8.0 which is based on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Now the MIUI interface have always been very clean and neat which is why I like it too and the new MIUI 8 is a great experience in itself though it still has few bugs.
Here’s a video we made showcasing MIUI 8 on the Redmi Note 3:
Performance – The Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime sets a standard for other smartphones in the same price band. We didn’t really face any lags while multitasking on this device, and there were no noticeable frame rate drops while playing highly demanding games.
Apps also loaded quickly and the screen responded to touches without much complaints. There was no heating while charging the phone or talking on calls. The phone did heat up a bit while using the camera app, but it never became too uncomfortable to use. We encountered no issues while talking for long hours on the phone.
We did try the fingerprint scanner on the Redmi 3S Prime and it worked well almost every time and the speed of fingerprint recognition was impressive.
Camera – Camera on the Redmi 3S Prime is of 13 Megapixel in rear and 5 Megapixel in front and both are average at best and not that great. Shots taken under bright conditions were very beautiful but there’s quite high noise in low light but that will be acceptable to most people given the price.
Battery – Xiaomi may have different plans and wants to sell the fact that this phone is assembled in India, or that its processor is faster than competitors, but the ultimate selling point of the Redmi 3s is its extraordinary battery life. If you weren’t impressed by the lower resolution display, you’ll be now. The phone has a 4100 mAh battery,which is slightly bigger than the Redmi Note 3, and it lasts much longer than the latter. Actually it last longer than most of the devices in the market in price range. This for me is the best thing about the device as it let me play Pokèmon Go for hours on go. (7 to be specific)
Here’s our full Xiaomi Redmi 3s prime review video for those people who are too lazy to read this complete post:
At Rs. 8,999, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime brings a lot to the table. The metal body feels premium, while the 4100mAh battery offers the user enough power to last more than a day and 3 GB of RAM makes sure that the user doesn’t face any lags.
The overall package brings a strong new contender to the sub-Rs. 10,000 price segment. The only great competition that this smartphone faces is from the lower end Redmi Note 3 itself and both of these phone are great!
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