Just shortly after the Redmi Note 2 was announced in Malaysia, Xiaomi had introduced a newer yet upmarket successor, the Redmi Note 3. Released after their epic Single’s Day sales, the Redmi Note 3 has a more premium unibody metal design, upgraded specs, a fingerprint scanner and also the largest battery for a Xiaomi smartphone.
If you can’t wait for Xiaomi Malaysia to bring it here officially, the folks at DirectD has started offering imported units under RM1,000.
Available in two variants, the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage base model is going for RM859, and they have both Silver and Gold colour in stock. If you need something with more grunt, the higher spec 3GB RAM with 32GB of storage version in Silver only is available at RM999.
The rest of the specs are almost identical with the current Redmi Note 2. The front display is a 5.5incher that does Full HD resolution while processing is handled by MediaTek’s Octa-Core Helio X10 processor. The cameras appear to be unchanged with a 13MP PDAF camera at the rear while the front gets a 5MP shooter. While the battery isn’t removable this time, the Redmi Note 3 gets a huge 4,000mAh capacity battery while still maintaining a slender 8.65mm profile.
It also gets 4G LTE support with dual-SIM but sadly there’s no microSD expansion slot with the Redmi Note 3. Also new for Xiaomi is a fingerprint scanner at the back which unlocks instantly on a single tap. Out of the box, it runs on MIUI 7 that’s based on Android Lollipop.
As a reference, the Redmi Note 3 in China is going for 899 CNY (about RM596) for the lower spec unit and 1,099 CNY (about RM728) for the high-spec version. If the extra premium of about RM260-270 for an import set is reasonable to you, you now have the option to get one today. Otherwise, you could settle for the Redmi Note 2 which is now available with special bundles during its Christmas sale.
If you’re interested, head over to DirectD’s Redmi Note 3 page.
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