Xiaomi has just updated its Mi Note series with the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 in China, as was leaked earlier. The smartphone was launched alongside the Mi MIX 2, the second iteration of the record-breaking bezel-less smartphone that was designed by world renowned designer, Philippe Starck.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is similar to the Mi 6 in the rear camera section, but it’s a different ball game when the focus is switched to the front of the smartphone. Here is what the Mi Note 3 brings to the table.

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Specifications, Review and Highlights

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Design

Design & Display

The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 has a beautiful design consisting of a curved glass body and an aluminium frame, placing it in the class of smartphones like the Galaxy S8 in terms of design. It comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display which has 94.4% NTSC color gamut, 1500:1 contrast ratio and a 550 nits max brightness level.

It weighs 163 grammes and is just 7.6 millimetres thick. The phone uses a physical home button which is placed below its display at the front.

Storage & Processor

The Mi Note 3 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform processor that can operate at speeds up to 2.2GHz. Its graphics operations are handled by an Adreno 512 GPU.

The phone comes with a whopping RAM capacity of 6GB operating on the LPDDR4x technology. It comes in 64GB and 128GB variants of eMMC 5.1 internal storage.

Camera

The Mi Note 3 sports a 16MP camera with a 2μm pixel size at the front for taking selfies.

A dual camera setup is present at the rear consisting of a 12MP primary camera with a f/1.8 aperture, 1.25μm pixel size, 4-axis OIS and 4K video recording, and a 12MP secondary camera with a larger f/2.6 aperture to capture depth of field of objects, 1.0μm pixel size and 52mm portrait lens. There’s also a dual-tone LED flash for making your images brighter.

Battery & Connectivity

The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 packs a 3500mAh battery with fast charging tech from Qualcomm (Quick Charge 3.0). It comes with dual nano SIM slots and supports 4G LTE networks. It has a USB Type-C port and offers connectivity options like WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou and NFC.

Software & Hardware

The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 runs on the recently-released MIUI 9 which is built upon version 7.1 Nougat of the Android operating system.

It comes with a fingerprint sensor which is embedded in its home button at the front, and packs stereo speakers to provide a fulfilling audio experience.

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Full Phone Specifications

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Specs

General

Device Brand Xiaomi
Model Mi Note 3
Announced September 11, 2017
Released September 11, 2017
Status Available

Network

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G Network LTE
SIM Type Nano SIM
SIM Count Dual SIM

Data

2G GPRS Up to 32 to 48 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps
3G Up to 42.2 Mbps (HSDPA), 5.76 Mbps;(HSUPA)
4G Up to 300/50 Mbps
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps
Web Browser Yes, HTML5

Design

Type Smartphone
Dimensions 152.6 * 73.95 * 7.6 mm
Weight 163g
Build Curved glass body with aluminium frame
Colors Black & Blue.

Display

Display Type IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen
Size 5.5 inches
Resolution 1920 * 1080 pixels (Full HD)
Colors 94.4% NTSC colour gamut
Pixel Density n/a
Touch Screen Yes
Protection n/a
Features 550 nits brightness, 1500:1 contrast ratio

Camera

12MP + 12MP dual cameras
Primary:
1.25μm pixel size
f/1.8 aperture
4-axis OIS
4K video recording

Secondary:
1.0 μm pixel size
f/2.6 aperture
52mm portrait lens

1080p HD Video
  • Rear camera: dual-tone LED flash
  • Front camera: No
16MP
2μm pixel size

Software

Android OS, v7.1 (Nougat)
MIUI 9
No
Skype Yes
Whatsapp Yes
Facebook Yes
Youtube Yes

Hardware

64-bit Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform processor
Number of Processor Cores Octa-core
CPU Speed Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260
GPU Adreno 512
6GB LPDDR4x
Internal Storage 64GB / 128GB (eMMC 5.1)
Not expandable
Accelerometer, Proximity, Light, Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor

Connectivity

Bluetooth 5.0
Infrared Yes
Wi-Fi WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-fi Hotspot Yes
USB Type USB Type-C
USB On-the Go (OTG) Yes
GPS GPS/GLONASS/Beidou
NFC Yes
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging

Battery

Battery Type Li-Ion
Capacity 3500mAh (typical) / 3400mAh (minimum)
Placement Non-removable
Standby
Talk Time

Messaging

SMS Yes (threaded view)
MMS Yes
Email Yes, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
IM Yes

Media

Yes, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI, WAV, AC3, FLAC
Yes, 3GP, Mp4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 player
n/a
No
Vibration, Ringtones
MP3, WAV
Yes
Yes, 3.5mm Jack

Other Features

MP4/H.264 player
MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
Photo/video editor
Document viewer

Availability and Price of Xiaomi Mi Note 3 in China

The 64GB ROM variant of the Mi Note 3 costs 2,499 Yuan and the 128GB ROM variant comes in two colour versions: Black which costs 2,899 Yuan and Blue which costs 2,999 Yuan in China.

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