Xiaomi, the Chinese giant, has recently launched a new smartphone in its Redmi Series, i.e., the Redmi Note 3. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Hexa-Core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz. It has 5.5-inch FHD display with 1920×1080 pixels as its resolution. The device is available in two variants in the Indian Market, i.e., 2GB RAM with 16 GB storage and 3GB RAM with 32 GB internal Storage. And the storage on both the variants can be expanded up to 32 GB using an external Micro SD card slot.
The device sports 16MP rear camera with Dual Tone LED flash and 5 MP Selfie Shooter. It is powered by a 4050mAh Li-Ion battery and runs on Android Lollipop 5.1. The device comes with Fingerprint sensors which can unlock your device in 0.3 seconds. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, FM Radio, 2G/3G/4G Network are the connectivity features available on the device. If you are purchasing the device, then here are few tips and tricks that can help you in exploring your device with ease.
You can also check the Tips & Tricks of the other Xiaomi Devices which we have covered on PhoneRadar earlier.
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SIM card insertion is the very first thing that you do when you purchase a new device. The device comes with a non-removable battery hence the SIM card slot is available on the left Edge. To insert a SIM on your device you need to push the SIM ejector pin into the hole and the SIM card tray pops out. Now, insert the SIM cards on the respective ports and put back the tray and boot your device. You have successfully inserted SIM card on your device and it will be ready for use in some time.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a dual SIM smartphone supporting dual standby. The device supports both the Nano-SIM and Micro SIM card with 4G connectivity. The device comes with a hybrid SIM card slot where you can either insert the Nano-SIM card or the Micro SIM card on your device.
Sharing of the data network on any device can be done using the tethering mode on your device. To share the Data network on Redmi Note 3, open the settings and tap on more in Wireless & Network. In the new window, tap on Tethering & portable hotspot and toggle the button adjacent to Portable Wi-Fi hotspot to enable that on your device.
The screenshot is used to store the data on your screen in the form of an image which may be either in .jpeg or .png format. To capture a screenshot on your device, you need to press the power button along with the volume down button at the same time. The screenshot is thus captured and saved to the gallery on your device. For a quick access, you can open that from the notification panel on your device.
Android updates help in fixing the minute bugs on your smartphone and thus help in increasing the performance of your device. To check for Android Updates on your device, open the Settings and tap on system updates option which is at the bottom of the screen. The device checks for updates, and if there is no new update, then a message stating No Update available is displayed on the screen. The device comes with a 1.1 GB of update out of the box which helps in fixing the bugs and improve the overall performance of your device.
External Apps with apk can be installed by enabling the Unknown sources option on your device. To install an app with an external apk, open the settings and tap on Aditional Settings. in the new window, tap on privacy and head over to the device administration section. Now tap on the Unknown sources option and click on the OK button to enable that on your device.
The Quick Settings in the Notification Panel cannot be customized on your device.
Power saving mode helps in improving the battery life of the device during the low battery conditions. To use this on your Redmi Note 3, open the setting and tap on Additional Settings and click on battery option. In the new window, tap on power and click on Battery Saver, now toggle the off button to enable that on your device.
Acceleration, Rotation vector, gravity, gyroscope, Light Sensor, Linear Acceleration, Magnetic Field, Orientation, Proximity, Rotation Vector , signification Motion, Step Counter and Step Detector are the sensors available on the device and helps in automating the device.
Yes, the device comes with LED notification lights which are to enabled if you want to use them on your device. To use them on your device, open the Settings and tap on additional settings. In the new window, tap on Notification Lights, you will find five options, pulse notification light, light up when charging, notification light color, calls light color, Message light colour. Now toggle the off button adjacent to each of the option to enable that on your device.
Screen pinning feature is available on the devices with Android lollipop on it. Though the device comes with Android Lollipop 5.1.1, there is no screen pinning feature available on the device.
The device comes with Calender, Weather, Music, Mi Store, Gallery, Themes, FM Radio, few basic tools like Mi Account, Recorder, scanner, calculator and all the google related apps pre-installed on your device.
No there is no such option available on the device using which you can move apps from internal to external storage on your device.
The device comes with few bloatware applications like Facebook, Twitter, Skype, WPS Office, Fleksy and Swift Keyboard pre-installed on your device.
Yes the bloatware applications can be removed by uninstalling them from your device. To uninstall an application on your device, you need to press the app firmly until the uninstall button appears on the screen. Now, tap on the uninstall button and click on the ok button in the pop-up to remove the app from your device.
The device comes in two variants of storage i.e., 16 GB and 32 GB. We have the 32GB variant with and around 23.47 GB of free Space is available for the end user.
The device comes with 3GB of RAM and out of which around 1.3 GB of free RAM is available when no apps are running on the device. To check the RAM on your device, you need to open the recent or the overview window and clear the RAM on your device.
Yes, the device does support the USB OTG drive where you can easily transfer the data from device to drive and vice-versa.
The radio wave exposure guidelines employ a unit of measurement known as Specific Absorption Rate(SAR). The SAR limit recommended by the International Commission on non-ionizing radiation protection is 2 W/Kg averaged over 10g tissue. The Head SAR value of the device is 1.6 W/Kg and the body SAR value of the device is 1.256 W/Kg.
We have tested the device with various benchmarking scores available on the PlayStore and here are their respective scores.
Antutu benchmark score: 74412
Vellamo Multicore score: 2664
Vellamo Metal score: 2599
Chrome Browser Score: 5121
Geekbench Single-core score: 1510
Geekbench Multi-core score: 3521
Quadrant Standard score: 28410
The device comes with Android Lollipop 5.1 out of the box. There is no information of the device getting the Android Marshmallow update but the brand has mentioned that the device may get the update soon. You can also check that list of the devices that may get the Android M update by the end of the year.
Redmi Note has a 5.5-inch FHD display and you cannot operate the whole screen using on hand. So to use this device using a single hand you need to enable the One-handed mode on your device. To use this on your device, open the settings and tap on Additional settings. In the new window, tap on One-Handed mode and toggle the off button adjacent to Ask Before entering One-handed mode to enable the that on your device. This window also come with different screen size options, i.e., 4.5-inch, 4.0-inch and 3.0-inch you need to tap on any of the options depending up on your choice. Now to enter the One-handed mode you need to swipe your finger from home button to back button. A pop-up stating Enter One-handed Mode is displayed on your device, now click on the ok button to continue and the One Handed mode is activated on your device. You need to tap on the darkened area to exit the One-handed Mode on your device.
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 comes with plenty of the theme options online. To use them on your device, you need to open the themes application and tap on the theme that you want to use. And then you need to download the theme on your device and click on the Apply button which is available at the bottom of the screen.
Note: The themes can be downloaded on your device if you have connected your device with the Mi Account.
Redmi Note 3 comes with a Fingerprint scanner on its back panel which unlocks your device in less than 0.3 Seconds. To add a fingerprint on your device, open the settings and tap on Lock Screen & Fingerprint reader. In the new window, tap on Screen lock & Fingerprint in the Screen Lock section and enter the password if you have set earlier on your device. Now in the fingerprint option, tap on Add fingerprint and enter the password confirm your pin. Now you need to place your finger on the fingerprint reader so that it can scan on your device. Once the fingerprint is scanned, You’re ready to rock message is displayed. Now click on the OK button and you have successfully added fingerprint on your device. At max you can add 5 fingerprints on your device.
Child Mode application is used to lock the applications which you don’t want your children to open when you give your phone for them to use. To use this on your device, open the settings and tap on child mode and toggle the button adjacent to the child mode to enable that on your device. Once you enable you need to set the password for your device. Once you set the password select the apps that you want them to appear on the screen and rest of the applications will be hidden in child mode.
If you want to share huge amount of the data from one smartphone to another smartphone then Mi Mover is the best Data transfer application. This application is same as that of the Share it Application where the Data can be transferred by created a hotspot between the two devices. This option is applicable for all the other devices including the Xiaomi devices. To use this on your device, open the settings and tap on Additional Settings. In the new window, head over to the bottom of the screen and tap on Mi Mover. You will find two options, I’m a recipient and I’m a sender, Tap on any of the option depending up on your usage and click on the files to transfer. Before you select the files you need to pair the devices by scanning the QR generated by the device. Once the devices are paired then you can easily share the data on your device.
Lite Mode is same as that of the Easy Mode available on the Samsung devices. To use this on your device, open the settings and tap on Lite Mode option which is just above the Child Mode option. Now, toggle the off button adjacent to the Lite Mode to enable that on your device. When you enable it on your device. A pop-up stating reboot phone appears on the screen. Now tap on the OK button to apply the lite mode on your device.
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