Xiaomi Mi Note 3 with 6GB RAM & dual cameras launched in China

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.

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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 BrandXiaomi
ModelMi Note 3
AnnouncedSeptember 11, 2017
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2017
StatusAvailable

Network

2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G NetworkLTE
SIM TypeNano SIM
SIM CountDual SIM

Data

2GGPRS Up to 32 to 48 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps
3GUp to 42.2 Mbps (HSDPA), 5.76 Mbps;(HSUPA)
4GUp to 300/50 Mbps
SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps
Web BrowserYes, HTML5

Design

TypeSmartphone
Dimensions152.6 * 73.95 * 7.6 mm
Weight163g
BuildCurved glass body with aluminium frame
ColorsBlack & Blue.

Display

Display TypeIPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen
Size5.5 inches
Resolution1920 * 1080 pixels (Full HD)
Colors94.4% NTSC colour gamut
Pixel Densityn/a
Touch ScreenYes
Protectionn/a
Features550 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
SkypeYes
WhatsappYes
FacebookYes
YoutubeYes

Hardware

64-bit Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform processor
Number of Processor CoresOcta-core
CPU SpeedQuad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260
GPUAdreno 512
6GB LPDDR4x
Internal Storage64GB / 128GB (eMMC 5.1)
Not expandable
Accelerometer, Proximity, Light, Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor

Connectivity

Bluetooth 5.0
InfraredYes
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-fi HotspotYes
USB TypeUSB Type-C
USB On-the Go (OTG)Yes
GPSGPS/GLONASS/Beidou
NFCYes
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging

Battery

Battery TypeLi-Ion
Capacity3500mAh (typical) / 3400mAh (minimum)
PlacementNon-removable
Standby
Talk Time

Messaging

SMSYes (threaded view)
MMSYes
EmailYes, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
IMYes

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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