Xiaomi Redmi 3S  Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  
Xiaomi Redmi 3SXiaomi Redmi Note 3 (3GB RAM, 32GB)
magic score90.590.4
PriceRs. 6,999 onwardsRs. 10,999 onwards
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Launch Date (India)Aug, 2016Mar, 2016
Smartphone OSAndroid 6.0, Expected upgrade to 7.0Android 5.1, Expected upgrade to 7.0
Screen Size5 inches5.5 inches
Screen Resolution720x1280 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch)1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Display FeaturesIPS LCD, Reading ModeIPS LCD, Sunlight Display, Reading Mode, Night Mode
Processor1.4 GHz1.8 GHz
Processor TypeOcta CoreHexa Core
Processor NameQualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430Qualcomm Snapdragon 650
GPUAdreno 505Adreno 510
Camera13.0 MP16.0 MP
Internal Memory16 GB32 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GBup to 32 GB
Thickness8.5 mm8.65 mm
Weight144 gm164 gm
Battery Capacity4100 mAh4050 mAh
Battery Standby (3G)N/A264 hrs
Other Battery ParametersGaming: up to 15 hrs, Music Playback Time: up to 121 hrs, Reading Time: up to 39 hrs, Video Playback Time: up to 17 hrsMusic Playback Time: 60 hrs
Fingerprint sensorYes
Editor's Note [Positives]
  • Compact, smart looking, premium design with a metal build - very similar to the Redmi Note 3, but more easy to handle (because of the smaller size)
  • Excellent ergonomics, with the curves on the back making the phone very comfortable to hold
  • Light-weight with an excellent weight distribution, despite the large battery it holds inside
  • Nice, vibrant, and bright display, with excellent touch-responsiveness, and good viewing angles
  • MIUI is a one of the better Android skins around
  • Good speed/performance (though multi-tasking performance is a notch below the Redmi 3s Prime because of lesser RAM)
  • Excellent battery life - easily lasts a day and a half in regular use
  • Fast, accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Good audio quality
  • Premium metal design, with amazing attention to detail
  • Top-notch build quality
  • Brilliant in-hand feel, with edges that curve perfectly
  • Good display with vivid colors, wide viewing angles, and good sunlight visibility
  • MIUI is one of the better interfaces built over Android, and has a lot of useful functionality, but is still simple to use
  • Top-level, power packed performance with best-in-class hardware - and 3GB of RAM results in very good multi-tasking performance too
  • Excellent battery life - this phone is an absolute road-runner
  • Excellent, responsive fingerprint scanner
  • Good call quality
Editor's Note [Negatives]
  • Camera is decent, and almost at par with the more expensive Redmi Note 3, but still could have been better, especially with low light performance
  • Loudspeaker volume could have been better
  • Camera is pretty decent, but could have been better
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