Along with the bezel-less Mi MIX 2 smartphone, Xiaomi also launched the Mi Note 3 as the successor to last year’s Mi Note 2. Till last year, the company launched the flagship smartphones under the Mi Note series with the top-notch specifications. Xiaomi also debuted the Mi MIX smartphone along with the Mi Note 2 and both the devices are powered by the same Snapdragon 821 SoC. The Mi MIX was considered as a concept device and the sale units are very limited. Now, the second-gen Mi MIX will go on sale alongside the Mi Note 3 in China. The Mi MIX 2 will be the company’s latest flagship smartphone and the Mi Note 3 is more like a high-end device for selfie-centric consumers.
The Mi Note 3 features a metal frame with 3D curved glass on the front and rear. It runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat based MIUI 9 out of the box. It sports a 5.5-inch IPS display with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Under the hood is the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor that uses the custom Kryo 260 cores clocked up to 2.2GHz. It comes coupled with Adreno 512 GPU and offers Bluetooth 5.0 technology. The Mi Note 3 will be available in two different variants – 6GB + 64GB & 6GB + 128GB. There is no MicroSD card slot on this device to further expand the storage.
Talking about the cameras, there is a 12MP + 12MP dual camera setup on the rear. This is the same setup that was earlier seen on the Mi 6, Mi 5X, and Mi A1 smartphones. It also comes with 4-axis OIS and offers 2X optical zoom for the lossless close-up photos. However, the major upgrade can be found on the front of the device. The 5MP selfie camera from the past Mi flagship devices is now upgraded to a whopping 16MP sensor. The recently launched Redmi Note 5A also came with a 16MP front facing camera. It supports dual SIM dual standby and offers 4G LTE connectivity on any one SIM. It is backed by a 3,500mAh non-removable battery that also supports Quick Charge 3.0 using the USB Type-C port.
It even includes IR Blaster for controlling home electronics like AC and TV. The Mi Note 3 measures 152.6 x 73.95 x 7.6 mm and weighs 163 grams. Just like the Mi 6, the Mi Note 3 also lacks the 3.5mm audio jack and users have to use the UBS Type-C port for charging and also for connecting headsets. The Black color variant of the Mi Note 3 with 64GB and 128GB of internal storage is priced at 2499 Yuan (approx $383 / Rs. 24,500) and 2899 Yuan (approx $445 / Rs. 28,500) respectively. There is also a Blue color variant with 128GB of storage that costs 2999 Yuan (approx $460 / Rs. 29,500).