Xiaomi’s Redmi Note line of smartphones are known for their big screens and small price tags. That latest model is no exception… but the new Redmi Note 3 also has a few special features to help set it apart from the older Redmi Note 2.

The new model has a MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core 64-bit processor, a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a 4,000 mAH battery, and a metal body. It’s also the first Xiaomi phone to feature a fingerprint scanner.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 will be available in China soon for RMB 899 (about $141) and up.

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An entry-level model has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Xiaomi will also offer a model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for RMB 1099 (about $172).

Both versions are dual SIM phones with support for 4G LTE networks. They also feature 802.11ac WiFi, 13MP rear cameras, and 5MP front-facing cameras, and both run MIUI 7, which is the latest version of Xiaomi’s custom version of Google Android.

The Redmi Note 3 does not have a microSD card slot, has a lower screen resolution than some other big-screened phones, and the MIUI user interface might not be much of a selling point in the West. But it’s hard to complain about the price… and these phone aren’t currently marketed at customers in the West. Xiaomi phones don’t currently support high-speed mobile networks in the US… although there are signs that this could change in the not too distant future.

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9 replies on “Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a $140 smartphone with a fingerprint sensor and a big battery”

  1. Same screen resolution as an iphone, same ram, fingerprint scanner, all metal body, bigger battery, pretty much all the same specs…1/6th the price. I’ll be using this phone in Asia.

  2. Dammit, 32 GB of storage is not enough for me, I’m often in transit with no data/wifi.

    1. Yes, but xiaomi never put band20 LTE on their phones so no 4G on some carriers here. Also this is a mediatek processor so unlikely to get cyanogen anytime in the near future.

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