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Hardly 3 months have passed since the launch of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and its Pro version is already available. The whole smartphone world agreed on Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 offering an invincible performance within its price range. You can’t buy more smartphone for this amount of money. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro now offers a new camera sensor with a higher resolution (16MP), the possibility to expand the memory with micro- SD (128GB) and a notably stronger processor. This is the review of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro, a comparison to the normal version will follow in a few weeks.
Design and build quality
We got the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro in “dark-grey” as well as in “grey”. The difference here lies not in the colour grey, but rather in the colour of the front side, which is black in the “dark-grey” version. The Redmi Note 3 Pro usually is assessed at 300-400€ because of its metal casing and the very clear appearing processing. The black front side in the “dark-grey” version seems to be so fine that it is assessed even higher.
The curved metal rear guarantees an extremely pleasing position your hands. The high-quality feel is also great. The bezel is kept low with 3mm. The weight of 162g feels great. Both buttons on the right exterior side have an excellent feedback and are perfectly welded into the aluminium. The SIM slot either provides room for one micro-SIM and one nano-SIM or one micro-SIM and one micro-SD with up to 128GB. Xiaomi just fulfils the users’ wishes.
The fingerprint identity sensor is attached to the rear side and you can easily use it with your index finger. The sensor is one of the most precise ones on the market (95% precision!) and the display can be woken up from stand-by within 0.4 seconds. You can’t find any big gaps or sharp edges on this smartphone. The workmanship is almost perfect and no other manufacturer achieves this accuracy within the same price range. Xiaomi doesn’t economize on sensor keys. The usual 3 buttons beneath the display are illuminated and the notification LED shines in different colours.
A 5.5-inch smartphone is big, but because of its conical form it doesn’t matter. In addition, from time to time you forget you’re not having a high-end device in your hands.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro offers a 5.5-inch display with a 1920*1080 pixels resolution, corresponding to a pixel density of a sharp 401ppi. Single visible pixels don’t exist and Xiaomi provides several settings for optimization. The reading mode drastically reduces the blue light ratio. The automatic contrast adjusts the display according to the brightness of the surroundings. You can choose standard, cold and warm as colour representation. Having activated standard colour adjustment, automatic contrast and automatic brightness, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro generates an excellent picture. All contents are sharp, bright, rich in contrast and well readable outside. There are also nice viewing angles. The brightness with 450cd/m² is about average.
The display can register up to 10 contacts at the same time; it is extremely precise and perfect for fast typing users. Every insertion is put to practise immediately and accurately. The Redmi Note 3 Pro is not protected from scratches by Corning Gorilla Glass. Nevertheless, a special hardened glass is used, which makes the Redmi Note 3 Pro scratch-resistant and also resistant to fingerprints. Your finger runs smoothly over the display.
Operating system (MIUI V7)
Our testing device runs with MIUI V.71.9.0 Stable on Android 5.1.1. basis. The Android 6 Marshmallow update will be available after the MI5’s release. Xiaomi doesn’t give an exact date, but the Marshmallow update is guaranteed. We will find out whether the performance improves again. In principle, the basis used for MIUI doesn’t matter since the system is strongly adapted and several practical functions are available that lack the standard Android. Noticeable improvements concerning the system performance are expected to occur only with new MIUI versions (change from MIUI V7 to MIUI V8). Since Xiaomi recently blocks the bootloader for safety reasons, the installation of custom ROMs is much more complicated, if not impossible. We recommend using the official ROM. The installation of the Playstore is perfectly manageable even for inexperienced users. The only disadvantage is the fact that the original firmware allows you to choose only between English and Chinese in the language settings. You can order your language in a shop that advertises multi-language.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 PRO – performance
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro is the first smartphone on the market with the new Snapdragon 650 Hexa-Core middle range CPU. The processor’s performance is impressing, not only in comparison to a Helio X10 (Standard Redmi Note 3). Two modern Cortex-A72 cores (1.8GHz) are responsible for the power and are supported by four Cortex-A53 cores (1.4GHz). The big difference in contrast to the media centre Helio X10 version is the Adreno 510 GPU, which involves twice as much power concerning 3D games. The Redmi Note 3 Pro achieves excellent results in the gaming tests as well. Asphalt 8 and NOVA3 run extremely smooth with highest graphic settings. Only while playing Modern Combat 5 there were slight problems. After 30 minutes of gaming, the phone has warmed up to no more than 40°C, a great result.
In daily use the phone works extremely smooth. All animations work to the point. Whether scrolling or wiping, there aren’t any unclear transitions. The memory with 8GB/s is extremely fast; it doesn’t matter whether it is a 2GB or 3GB RAM, and multitasking is clearly the Note 3 Pro’s area of responsibility. In principle, users who like to use several apps simultaneously should choose the 3GB RAM version. It has an improved ability for multitasking. In terms of internal memory, you can choose between 16GB or 32GB depending on the version, in the Pro version you can expand the memory with a micro-SD card to 128GB.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro’s good performance is appreciated in the respective benchmarks. Thus, this middle range processor gets real close to a Snapdragon 808 and doubles almost all the results of the Helio X10. In the Antutu benchmark the phone achieves 76000 points. The energy efficiency notably improves; the device never gets hot, but only warm.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro houses a 16 MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera with an f2.0 aperture. Unfortunately, the camera is one of the phone’s weakest spots. The reason is that the Redmi Note 3 Pro can keep up in all other categories in higher price ranges. In comparison to other phones up to 300€ the Redmi Note 3 Pro’s camera is one of the best ones available. A plus is that in the pictures there is an accurate colour representation and they are very detailed. A slight image noise, especially in the background, is present in almost every image, although the quality of images taken in bad lighting conditions is significantly better, compared to the Redmi Note 3. The shutter time is low and the autofocus works fast and without any problems.
The Redmi Note 3 Pro doesn’t support 4K video recording, but the hardware does. Considering the fact, that the Mi4C’s 4K recording capability was added later, there’s a good chance in this case as well. The front camera is well suited for occasional selfies and video-telephony. Xiaomi has improved the camera compared to the standard version, although it’s not perfect. The camera remains the weak spot.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro supports the following network frequencies:
2G: GSM: B2/3/8
3G: WCDMA: B1/2/5/8; TD-SCDMA: B34/39
4G: FDD-LTE: B1/3/7 TDD-LTE: B38/39/40/41
The reception is remarkably good and the Xiaomi switches so smooth between 3G and 4G that you don’t even notice. The voice quality is outstanding, only the earpiece is a bit muted depending on the position.
The internal speaker is not a masterpiece and the positioning on the rear isn’t ideal. If you connect Xiaomi’s own earphones to the audio jack, you get a loud and clear sound.
The dual-band WIFI module stands out due to a wide range and high throughput. Apart from the standard sensors (direction, proximity and brightness sensor) the Redmi Note 3 Pro offers a gyroscope sensor, an infrared sensor and an e-compass. OTG is supported as well and all sensors were working perfectly during the test. The same applies for the used Bluetooth 4.1 module. Unfortunately, NFC is not supported.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro, just like the standard version, provides a 4000mAh battery. With Qualcomm quick-charge 1.0 it takes about 3 hours to fully charge the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro. It is still a good result considering the big battery. On all of the 7 testing-days I could easily get through the day even with my intensive use. I used the phone at a mid display brightness and achieved a DOT (display-on time) of 7-8 hours without 3D games. An average user’s phone can last three days without any problems.
* Incl. VAT and, if applicable, delivery costs – subject to interim changes.