If you’re looking for a premium looking mid-range device, it looks like the Redmi Note 3 is heading for Malaysia very soon. It has just gotten the SIRIM green light with the model number “2015116”. This is Xiaomi’s first metal-clad smartphone and it’s also their first to feature a fingerprint scanner.
The Redmi Note 3 was announced shortly after the Redmi Note 2 was released in Malaysia. There are 2 variants available, with the base model getting 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Meanwhile, the higher spec model offers 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The front gets the same 5.5″ Full HD display and it also runs on a MediaTek Helio X10 processor.
For photography, the cameras are carried over from its predecessor with a 13MP main camera and a front-facing 5MP unit. The battery isn’t removable but it gets a generous 4,000mAh capacity built-in. Like most Xiaomi smartphones, this is a dual-SIM device with 4G LTE but unfortunately, it lacks a microSD expansion slot.
In China, the Redmi Note 3 is priced from 899 CNY (about RM569) to 1099 CNY (about RM695). For those who can’t wait, a couple of retailers are selling grey import units from RM699. So far we have no visibility of its local launch but we reckon it is likely to be after Chinese New Year.
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