Chinese smartphone-maker Xiaomi is reportedly planning to launch new generation Redmi series budget smartphone in India next month.
Xiaomi is expected to host an event to launch the Redmi 3S in India in the first week of August, The Indian Express reported. However, it is yet to be ascertained, which Redmi 3S variant will be made available in the country. It comes in —2GB RAM+16GB storage and 3GB RAM+32GB storage configurations.
Xiaomi has not made any official comments with regard to the Redmi 3S series launch in India. But, the company kicked off a new promotional campaign on July 28, inviting fans to share stories about their Redmi phones, hinting Xiaomi might indeed announce a new product soon in the country.
For the uninitiated, the Redmi 3S is an advanced version of the Redmi 3 series, which got launched in January 2016. The key difference between the two is that the former comes with the fingerprint sensor (on the rear panel), Qualcomm's new 64-bit class Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC (System-on-Chip) and Adreno 505 graphics engine, whereas the latter houses Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor, Adreno 405 GPU and it lacks biometric security feature.
Rest of the specifications remains same in both the devices. The Redmi 3S sports a full metal body with 5.0-inch HD screen and features 2GB/3GB RAM, 16GB/32GB inbuilt memory, a 13MP primary camera, 5MP snapper on the front and a 4100mAh battery.
Once released, the feature-rich Redmi 3S is certain to give a stiff fight to Moto G4 series, Lenovo K5 Plus, Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro, the Galaxy J5 (2016) and many domestic branded phones.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Key features of Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Redmi 3:
|Models||Redmi 3S||Redmi 3|
|Display||5.0-inch HD (1280x720p) screen
||5.0-inch HD (1280x720p) screen
|OS||Android OS MIUI v7.0||Android OS MIUI v7.0|
|Processor||64-bit class Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 quad-core (1.4GHz ARM Cortex A53 x 8) CPU||64-bit class Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-core (1.5Ghz ARM Cortex A53 x 4 + 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A53 x 4) CPU|
|GPU||Adreno 505||Adreno 405|
|Storage||16GB (eMMC v5.0)/32GB (eMMC v5.1), expandable up to 128GB||16 GB, expandable up to 128GB|
|Battery||4100 mAh||4100 mAh|
|Add-ons||Fingerprint sensor, full-metal body, smart Dual-SIM (micro+ nano/microSD card) slots, Bluetooth v4.1, micro-USB 2.0, GPS/GLONASS, A-GPS||Full-metal body, Dual-SIM (micro+ nano/microSD card) slots, Bluetooth v4.1, micro-USB 2.0, GPS/GLONASS, A-GPS|
|Dimensions||139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm||139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm|