The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has come up with yet another large sized flagship device – the Mi Note 3. If we go deep into the specs sheet, we can easily say the Mi Note 3 is the 5.5 inch version of recently released Mi 6.

Rumors suggested that the company would release a Mi 6 Plus and Mi Note 3 as separate devices but apparently Xiaomi just had too many large sized flagships to deal with – Mi Mix 2, Mi Note 3 and Mi 6 Plus. There’s also the factor that the Mi 5s Plus proved to be a better device than the Mi Note 2, which resembled the Galaxy Note 7 but the curved screen just didn’t cut it.

Features

Well, here comes another brand claim by Xiaomi that the Mi Note 3 incorporates smaller bezels than all iPhones so far. It comes with a 4-sided 3D curved glass body with a mirror effect supported by a 7 series aluminum frame. On the front you get a 5.5 inch Full HD display with under glass fingerprint scanner and stereo speakers on the front.

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The phone comes with a Snapdragon 660 chipset. The processor is built using a 14nm process and comes with Qualcomm’s custom Kryo cores which should ensure performance that is equal to last year’s flagship processors. Company justified the use of Snapdragon 660 by saying that the Snapdragon 835 used in Mi 6 was hard to get and limited the phone’s availability. Moreover, you also get a gigantic 6GB of RAM and internal storage options ranging from 64GB to 128GB.

On the camera front, we find the same dual camera setup found on the Mi 6 so despite a weaker processor, you should get better camera performance thanks to software optimizations. The Mi Note 3 packs two 12MP camera on the back – one comes with wide angle while the other comes with a 2x optical zoom telephoto mode. You can shoot beautiful with the built-in Portrait Mode as well. The camera can shoot at videos at 4K 30fps and slow motion at 720p.

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On the front, you get a 16MP shooter, also capable of Portrait Mode. Xiaomi is also proud of its Adaptable AI Beautify which can improve the selfies based on the gender of a person and smoothen the skin or change the facial structure on the go.

The Mi Note 3 comes with a 3,500mAh battery which should do better than most phones thanks to Xiaomi’s MIUI optimizations but should be less than what the Mi Note 2 offered. You do however get Quick Charge 3.0 using the sole USB Type-C port.

Price and Availability

As announced by Xiaomi, the Mi Note 3 will initially be made available in China with price tags of RMB 2,499 (Rs. 40,000) for the 6GB + 64GB black model and RMB 2,899 (Rs. 47,000) for 6GB + 128GB black variant. Whereas, the most expensive Mi Note 3, with blue color and 6GB+128GB storage and RAM combo, can be bought for RMB 2,999 (Rs. 48,000).

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Specifications

OS Android 7.1 Nougat based MIUI 9
Supported Networks 2G, 3G, 4G
Dual SIM Support Yes
CPU 4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260
GPU Adreno 512
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Display 5.5″ IPS LCD display with Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution
Design Dual Glass With 7 Series Aluminium Frame
Fingerprint scanner
Dimensions 152.6 x 74 x 7.6 mm
Weight 163 grams
RAM 6 GB
Internal Storage 64/128 GB
Card slot No
Connectivity NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
Primary Camera Dual 12 MP f/1.8, OIS 4-axis & f/2.6, 2x optical zoom, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash. 4K and Slow motion video options
Secondary Camera 16 MP
Battery 3,500 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0
Colours Blue, Black
Price 64 GB (Rs. 40,000), 128 GB (Rs. 47,000), 128 GB Blue (Rs. 48,000)