Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is finally coming to India after months of wait. The device, which was first released in China last year, was unveiled in the country on Thursday, March 3, amid much anticipation. It will be up for grabs via a flash sale on March 9 on Amazon India and Mi.com.
The device is reasonably priced at Rs 9,999 for the 16GB variant and Rs 11,999 for the 32GB model. With impressive specifications and looks, it has the potential to beat sub-Rs 10,000 smartphones like Lenovo K3 Note, Meizu M2 Note, Moto G (3rd Gen), Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550K and others currently available in the market.
Let's take a look at what these budget smartphones costing Rs 10,000 have to offer:
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
The 16GB internal storage variant of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is priced at Rs 9,999. It sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1,080x1,920 pixels (403 ppi pixel density) and features a fingerprint censor. Under the hood, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, 2GB RAM MIUI 7.0 based Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, a 16MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture, a 5MP secondary camera with f/2.0, and a non-removable Li-Po 4,000mAh battery.
Lenovo K3 Note
Launched in March last year, the device is priced at Rs 9,999 and it was one of the most popular devices at the time of its release. It has a 5.5-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen with 1,080x1,920 pixels (401 ppi pixel density), a Mediatek MT6752 processor clocking at 1.7 GHz, Android 5.0 Lollipop with Vibe UI, a 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 32 GB), a 2GB RAM, a 13MP main camera, a 5MP front-snapper and a 3,000mAh battery.
Meizu M2 Note
It is one of the best budget smartphones currently available in Indian market. Priced at Rs 9,999, Meizu M2 sports a 5.5-inch full HD IGZO capacitive touchscreen with 1,080x1,920 pixels (403 ppi pixel density). Under the hood, it has a Mediatek MT6753 processor, a Flyme 4.5 based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, a 16/32GB internal memory (expandable up to 128 GB), a 2GB RAM, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front-snapper and a non-removable 3,100mAh battery.
Moto G (3rd Gen)
Released in July 2015, Motorola's Moto G (3rd Gen) is priced at Rs 9,990 for the 8GB variant. It has a 5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720x1,280 pixels (294 ppi pixel density a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocking at 1.2 GHz, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, an 8GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB), a 1GB RAM, a 13MP main camera, a 5MP secondary snapper and a 2,470mAh battery.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550K
The device was launched in September 2015 and is priced at Rs 9,999. It sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720x1,280 pixels (267 ppi pixel density). Under the hood, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocking at 1.2 GHz, Android 5.0 Lollipop with Ausus ZenUI, a 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB), 2GB RAM, 13MP main camera, 5Mp front-snapper and a 3,000mAh battery.
Verdict: Devices like the Redmi Note 3, K3 Note and M2 Note share similar screen size and resolution, but Xiaomi's device scores more than its competitors in other aspects. The Redmi Note 3 doesn't have microSD card slot and is not sure if it will get Android Marshmallow update, but with superior processor, camera and battery, it can beat other Rs 10,000 devices currently available in the Indian market.