Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is no doubt a good device with impressive specifications, but how long can consumers wait to grab it? The device is currently available only through flash sales and this marketing strategy can turn out to be a frustrating experience if you are one of those who tried to book it a few times but failed.
The Redmi Note 3 was unveiled in India earlier this month and was put up on a flash sale March 9, before two more such sales March 16 and March 23. It is priced at Rs. 9,999 (around $137) for the 16GB variant and Rs 11,999 (around $168) for the 32GB model, and is available in gold, silver and dark grey colours.
The device sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1,080x1,920 pixels (403 ppi pixel density) and comes in two models -- 16GB internal storage with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage with 3GB RAM. Under the hood, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, an 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.
Whether it is an artificial scarcity or not is something mobile phone manufacturers has to answer but handsets put up on flash sale are sold out in a few seconds, and it can be a frustrating experience. Xiaomi fans, who have failed to buy the Redmi Note 3, could have run out of patience after the third flash sale and could be looking for other alternatives.
Here are top five alternatives of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 consumers can buy:
Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
The device looks good with a plastic build and has features like fingerprint sensor and NFC. It is an impressive handset sporting a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a 1,080x1920 pixels (401 ppi pixel density) and comes with a price tag of Rs 11,999.
Under the hood, the device has a Mediatek MT6753 processor clocking at 1.3 GHz, Android 5.1 Lollipop with Vibe UI 3.0, a 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB), a 3GB RAM, a 13MP main camera with f/2.2 aperture, a 5MP front-snapper and a non-removable Li-Po 3,300mAh battery.
LeEco Le 1S
LeEco Le 1s is a stylish device with an ultra-slim bezels and a fingerprint scanner. Priced at Rs 10,999, it sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS In Cell display with a 1,080x1,920 pixels (403 ppi pixel density), powered by a Mediatek Helio X10 processor clocking at 2.2GHz and run Android 5.1 Lollipop based eUi OS. It comes packed with a 32GB internal storage, a 3GB RAM, a 13MP main camera with ISOCELL 5P Lens, 5MP front-snapper with f/2.0 aperture, and a 3,000mAh battery with fast charging technology.
Asus Zenfone Max
The USP of Asus Zenfone Max is its mammoth battery with talk time of up to 38 hours (3G) and stand-by time of up to 914 hours (3G). It is reasonably priced at Rs. 9,999 and sports a 5.5-inch IPS 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, an 8/16 GB, internal memory (expandable up to 64GB), a 2GB RAM, a 13MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture, a 5MP front-snapper with f/2.0 aperture, and a non-removable Li-Po 5,000mAh battery.
Moto G Turbo Edition
Moto G Turbo Edition is an upgraded version of the popular Moto G (3rd Gen) with a price tag of Rs 12,499. It sports a 5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720x1,280 pixels (294 ppi pixel density), powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor clocking at 1.5 GHz and run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (upgradable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow).
The device also has a 16GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB via microSD card), a 2GB RAM, a 13MP main camera with f/2.0, a 5MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a non-removable Li-Ion 2,470mAh battery.
Huawei Honor 5X
Huawei Honor 5X has a metallic design with fingerprint scanner and priced at Rs 12,999. It sports a 5.5-inch Full-HD display with 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi pixel density), powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor clocking at 1.5 GHz, house an Adreno 405 GPU and run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop based EMUI 3.1.
The device also has a 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card), a 3GB RAM, a 13MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture, a 5MP front-snapper and a 3,000mAh battery equipped with Quick Charge 3.0 technology.