Earlier in the week, Xiaomi confirmed that the new Redmi Note 3 would launch in India, but there is no word on when the device will hit the stores.
Now, India Today, citing sources inside the company, has claimed Redmi Note 3 will be released by March. That means Xiaomi fans have to more than a month to get their hands on the feature-rich budget phablet.
It has to be noted that the Redmi Note 3 model coming to India is an advanced version of the original model unveiled in China last month.
The key difference between the two is the former boasts a next-gen 64-bit class Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor and a 16MP primary camera, whereas the latter houses a MediaTek Helio X10 CPU and a 13MP snapper on the back. The rest of the specifications are the same.
It is learnt that the original Redmi Note 3 model with MediaTek CPU infringes upon an Ericsson patent and hence cannot be sold in India. Its predecessors — Redmi Note 2 and Redmi Note 3G — had faced similar sanctions.
Read more on Why Redmi Note 3 (with MediaTek CPU) banned in India
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (with Snapdragon 650) is now on sale in China for ¥999 (152/€139/Rs 10,200 approximately). In India, the price of the device is expected to be in the same range, as Xiaomi's supply partner Foxconn may assemble it at the company's local plant in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
Key specifications of Redmi Note 3 (New) and Redmi Note 3 (Original):
|Models||Redmi Note 3 (New)||Redmi Note 3 (Original)|
|Display||5.5-inch full HD (1920 x1080p) screen with 178-degree angle of view
||5.5-inch full HD (1920 x1080p) screen
|OS||Android 5.1 Lollipop based MIUI 7.0||Android 5.1 Lollipop based MIUI 7.0|
|Processor||64-bit class Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Hexa-core (ARM Cortex A72 dual-core + ARM Cortex A53 quad-core)||64-bit class MediaTek (MT6795) Helio X10 Octa-core (Cortex A53) CPU|
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 510 GPU||PowerVR G6200|
|RAM||2GB/3GB dual channel LPDDR3||2GB/3GB dual channel LPDDR3|
|Storage||16GB (with 2GB RAM)/32GB (with 3GB RAM)||16GB (with 2GB RAM)/32GB (with 3GB RAM)|
|Battery||4050 mAh||4000 mAhStandby mode: up to 264 hours (3G)|
|Add-ons||Metal-body, finger-print sensor, dual-SIM slots (type: micro), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth, GPRS, A-GPS, FM Radio, micro-USB, USB OTG||Metal-body, finger-print sensor, dual-SIM slots (type: micro), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth, GPRS, A-GPS, FM Radio, micro-USB, USB OTG|
|Dimensions||150 x 76.0 x 8.65mm||150.0 × 76.0 × 8.7 mm|
|Weight||164 g||164 g|