Xiaomi unveiled the long-rumoured Redmi Note 3 in India Thursday, confirming the price and availability of the handset. The Chinese smartphone-maker launched two variants of the budget premium smartphone, defying rumours of it launching with just 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
The base model of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 with 16GB storage and 2GB RAM costs Rs 9,999, while the higher-storage model is priced Rs 11,999. Both variants will be available in three colours — silver, gold and grey — on Amazon India and Xiaomi's official online store, Mi.com, at 2 p.m. March 9.
Registrations for the first sale next week are open on both Mi.com and Amazon.in. Xiaomi has also said the Redmi Note 3 would be released on other e-commerce sites, including Flipkart and Snapdeal, at a later time.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3's price tag makes it a strong contender against the likes of Lenovo K4 Note, Huawei Honor 5X and LeEco Le 1s. For the price, it offers a 5.5-inch Full-HD display, 16MP primary camera with PDAF, dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, 0.1 second AF, dual ISP and a 5MP front snapper with the same f/2.0 aperture. The Redmi Note 3 is powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core SoC, Adreno 510 GPU and a 4,050mAh battery.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 flaunts a metal unibody with a fingerprint scanner, which is the first time the company has launched both features in a single device. The dual-SIM smartphone is 8.65mm thick and weighs 164g.
The handset runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with MIUI 7 OS on top of it.