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Xiaomi Mi Note 3: An iPhone-Busting Camera Phone for Half the Price

18 September 2017 | Reymart Jan Sarigumba

Arrived in the same month as Apple announced its latest devices, Xiaomi is fearless to go head-to-head with the tech behemoth, finding a way to steal the iPhone X’s popularity today with its top-of-the-line camera phone – the Mi Note 3.

The Xiaomi Mi Note range is known for its big-screen, phablet-like smartphones with high-end features and specifications. But all this has changed with the Mi Note 3, the current device to don the Mi Note name, which was announced a day before Apple’s much-awaited flagship phones. People may not have noticed its arrival, but it has got more megapixels than the much-talked-about iPhone X. Here is a breakdown of its features and specifications.

Not your typical affordable midranger

Instead of making it a flagship, Xiaomi created the Mi Note 3 as a midrange device with a smaller display size and a decent processor, making it more affordable. This not only makes it an economical alternative to Apple’s latest handsets but also to competing brands in China like Oppo. Just like the Mi Mix 2, the Mi Note 3 has lesser bezels and has a fingerprint sensor under its 5.5-inch display.

The iPhone-Busting Selfie Snapper

Its 5.5-inch display sports a 1920x1080 pixel resolution better than the one on the iPhone 8. This is encased in an aluminum body with glass trimmings around it. This makes the phone look visually-pleasing, similar to its predecessor, the Mi 6. Not only does it have a premium design but also it comes with powerful cameras that will give Apple a run for its money. The Mi Note 3’s rear camera has the same number of megapixels as the iPhone X but it supersedes it in the selfie department with its 16-MP resolution; 9 notches higher compared to iPhone X’s 7 MP selfie snapper. Along with 2X optical zoom 4-axis optical image stabilization, and a portrait mode, Xiaomi has developed the finest rear camera that can accurately blur out the background.

Ginormous Battery Life

Although the Mi Note 3 houses a Snapdragon 660 chipset with a 6 GB of RAM which is subpar compared to the latest Apple devices, it offers a bigger battery capacity of 3,500 mAh, larger than the iPhone X at 2,675 mAh. This provides plenty of power for most users. Not to mention, it has other features that will complement its large RAM size such as the NFC, stereo speakers, USB type-C, IR-blaster, and a 64-GB internal storage.

Price and Release Date

Although Xiaomi announced the device on September 11, they will start shipping worldwide between September 16 and 19. As for the price, the Mi Note 3 starts at around 19,604 PHP for the 64-GB variant.

Xiaomi Smartphones

Xiaomi
Redmi 6
From RM 449.00 * FOR PROMO PERIOD, PLEASE REMARK COLOR UPON CHECKOUT. TQ! FOR PROMO PERIOD, PLEASE REMARK COLOR UPON CHECKOUT. TQ! * Colors Available: Gold / Grey / Pink (** Kindly Remark the color you want, if not we random color give**) Xiaomi Redmi 6 (3GB RAM/32GB ROM) Original Import Set NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE LAUNCH Announced 2018, June Status Available. Released 2018, June BODY Dimensions 147.5 x 71.5 x 8.3 mm (5.81 x 2.81 x 0.33 in) Weight 146 g (5.15 oz) SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Size 5.45 inches, 76.7 cm2 (~72.7% screen-to-body ratio) Resolution 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~295 ppi density) Multitouch Yes - MIUI 9 PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo) Chipset Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 CPU Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 GPU PowerVR GE8320 MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) Internal 32 GB, 3 GB RAM CAMERA Primary Dual: 12 MP (f/2.2, 1.25 μm) + 5 MP (f/2.2, 1.12 μm), phase detection autofocus, LED flash Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama Video 1080p@30fps Secondary 5 MP, 1080p SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Loudspeaker Yes 3.5mm jack Yes - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS Radio FM radio USB microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM Browser HTML5 - XviD/MP4/H.264 player - MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player - Photo/video editor - Document viewer BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery -China Rom
Xiaomi
Black Shark
From RM 1,699.00 NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE LAUNCH Announced 2018, April Status Available. Released 2018, April BODY Dimensions 161.6 x 75.4 x 9.3 mm (6.36 x 2.97 x 0.37 in) Weight 190 g (6.70 oz) SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Size 5.99 inches, 92.6 cm2 (~76.0% screen-to-body ratio) Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~403 ppi density) Multitouch Yes - 97% DCI-P3 coverage PLATFORM OS Android 8.0 (Oreo) Chipset Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 CPU Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) GPU Adreno 630 MEMORY Card slot No Internal 128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM CAMERA Primary Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 1.25µm) + 20 MP (f/1.8, 1.0µm), 2x optical zoom, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps Secondary 20 MP, (f/2.2, 1.0µm), 1080p SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers 3.5mm jack No - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic - 3.5 mm to USB-C headphone adapter incl. COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS Radio No USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM Browser HTML5 - Fast battery charging 9V/2A (Quick Charge 3.0) - XviD/MP4/H.265 player - MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player - Photo/video editor - Document viewer BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery Band 4G / LTE Dimension 161.6 x 75.4 x 9.3 mm (6.36 x 2.97 x 0.37 in) Processor Type Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 No of Cores Octa Core RAM 6GB | 8GB Internal Storage 64GB | 128GB Micro SD Slot No Display (inches) 5.99 inches, 92.6 cm2 (~76.0% screen-to-body ratio) Resolution (px) FULL HD+ 1080 x 2160 pixels Rear Camera DUAL 12MP + 20MP Front Camera 20MP Operating System Android 8.0 (Oreo) Sim Dual SIM Battery Capacity 4000 mAh battery

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