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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.

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From RM 485.00 #xiaomi #redmi5plus Manufacturer: Xiaomi [Brand new imported set, unsealed box] Warranty Labelling / Inspection purposes Model: Redmi 5 Plus Network: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE 2G bands GSM 850/900/1800/1900 — SIM 1 & SIM 2 CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA 3G bands HSDPA 800/900/1900 /2100 4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) Speed HSPA, LTE, GPRS, EDGE Dimensions: 158.5×75.5×8.1 mm (6.24×2.97×0.32 in) Weight: 180 g SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Display type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Size: 5.99 inches 92.6 cm2 (~77.4% screen-to-body ratio) Resolution: 2160 × 1080 FHD (~403 ppi pixel density) OS: MIUI 9 (Global ROM) Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 CPU: cta-core ARM Cortex A53 Up to 2.0 GHz GPU: Adreno 506 RAM: 3 GB / 4 GB Memory: 32 GB / 64 GB Card slot: No Primary camera: 12 MP (f/2.2, 1.25 μm), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash Features: geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama Video: 1080p@30fps, 720p@30fps, Secondary camera: 5 MP WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n, DLNA, hotspot 2.4 WiFi / WIFI Direct / WiFi Display Bluetooth: 4.2, Bluetooth HID GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS USB: microUSB 2.0 Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass, ambient light sensor, hall sensor Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh 5V / 2A Color: Gold What's in the box 1 x Phone 1 x Power adapter 1 x USB cable 1 x SIM needle 1 x User manual *ALL GOODS SOLD ARE NOT REFUNDABLE!!!* WARRANTY TERMS & CONDITIONS 1 YEAR LABOUR SERVICE FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASED AGAINST ALL MANUFACTURING DEFECTS EXCLUDING ANY DAMAGE CAUSED BY UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTIES OR WATER/LIQUID DAMAGE. 3 MONTHS WARRANTY COVERED FOR LCD DISPLAY, TOUCH SCREEN, KEYPAD, TRACK PAD AND TOUCH PAD. 3 MONTHS WARRANTY COVERED FOR CAMERA, BATTERY, EARPHONE AND AC TRAVEL CHARGER.

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