Major mobile phone manufacturers have released several smartphones in the last six months. Chinese technology giant Xiaomi, which shot to fame in just a few years, has released a total of five handsets -- the Mi 5, Redmi Note 3, Mi Max, Redmi 3s and Redmi 3X – in the first half of the year.
However, the Redmi 3s and Redmi 3X are available only in China, while the rest are available in global markets, including India. It is reported that there are possibilities of the Redmi 3s being released outside China but the Redmi 3X is said to be exlusively made for home country.
Here are details of Xiaomi smartphones released in the first half of 2016:
Redmi Note 3: It was released in February this year. The device comes in two variants – a 16GB internal memory and 2GB RAM model priced at Rs. 9,999, and a 32GB internal memory and 3GB RAM variant with a price tag of Rs. 11,999. It sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1,080x1,920 pixels (403 ppi pixel density), powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, and runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. It also has a 16MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture, a 5MP front-snapper with f/2.0 aperture, and a 4,000mAh battery.
Mi 5: It was released in April this year and available in three variants -- a 32GB storage and 3GB RAM model at 1999 Yuan (Rs 24,999 / around $300), a 64GB internal memory and 3GB RAM model priced at 2,299 Yuan (around $351), and a 128GB storage and 4GB RAM variant at 2,699 Yuan (around $413).
The device features a 5.15-inch full HD screen with 1,920x1,080 pixel (428 ppi pixel density), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, an Android 6.0 Marshmallow based MIUI v7.0, and a , and a 3,000mAh with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology. It mounts a 16MP Sony IMX298 main camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1/2.8" sensor size and 1.12 µm pixel size, and a 4MP front-snapper with f/2.0 aperture, 1/3" sensor size and 2µm pixel size.
Redmi 3s: The device comes in two variants -- a 16GB model priced at 699 Yuan (around Rs. 7,100 / $106) and a 32GB version with a price tag of 899 Yuan (around Rs. 9,100 / $136). It sports a 5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720x1,280 pixels (294 ppi pixel density), and houses a 4,100mAh battery. Under the hood, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, an Android 5.1 Lollipop, a 16/32GB internal memory expandable up to 256GB via microSD card, a 2/3GB RAM, a 13MP rear camera with an aperture of f/2.0, LED flash and phase detection auto focus, and a 5MP with f/2.2 aperture.
Redmi 3X: It is almost identical to the Redmi 3s in terms of specifications. It is a little heavier (though negligible), slight difference in dimension, and comes in two variants – 16GB storage and 2GB RAM model, and 32GB internal memory and 3GB RAM variant. It is exclusive to the network carrier China Unicom for ¥899 (around $136/€121/Rs. 9,177). It shares other specifications with the Redmi 3s.
Xiaomi Mi Max: Priced at Rs. 14,999, the device sports a 6.44-inch display with 1,080x1,920 pixels (342 ppi pixel density), powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow based MIUI 8. It features a 32GB internal storage (expandable up to 256GB via microSD card), a 3GB RAM, a 16MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash, a 5MP front-snapper with f/2.0 aperture, and a 4,850mAh battery.