Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro, Locked and Loaded



If you have any notion about the old Xiaomi Redmi 3, i.e. that it’s still one of the best smartphones out there in terms of price vs performance, you must know that the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro is even better than that.

Thing is, Chinese tech companies have a lot to catch up with the big names in the industry and once in a while they release a smartphone which is nothing short of incredible, i.e it offers a lot and costs almost nothing compared to its Western rivals.

The same recipe was used in the case of  the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro. Basically, Xiaomi took an already great smartphone, improved it a little bit in its essential points i.e. they added some additional bells and whistles (more RAM, more internal storage capacity, a fingerprint scanner) and they released it in the wild to fight with the best.

The similarities with the older gen (sans the Pro particle) include the same conservative 5 inches wide display, an IPS LCD variety of HD/720p resolution, an aluminum-made chassis (which looks uber cool), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 system on chip, a 13 megapixels main snapper and an amazingly beefy 4100 mAh battery, all these for a price of under $150, which means contract free, SIM free, no strings attached. I mean, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro is as good as it gets folks. But take a load of this:

The droid features a hybrid dual SIM / micro SD card slot, 3 GB of RAM/ 32 GB of native storage and the camera now comes with hybrid phase detect auto focus and it captures video at full HD 1080p resolution.

The old Redmi 3 was quite popular due especially to its very affordable price tag and excellent built quality, but the Pro will be a true hit, mark my words folks. Especially in China and India, which are huge emerging markets and folks can’t usually afford to buy a 700 bucks smartphone, this under $150 droid will make some waves.

In terms of design, the new Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro features the same unibody chassis made entirely of aluminum with curved edges, with a smooth and clean finish.

The display is almost Retina like in terms of pixels per inch, featuring 294 ppi, being crisp and with excellent sunlight legibility. But the best thing about the new Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro is arguably its mammoth 4100 mAh battery which comes with an endurance rating of 104 hours, which means 4 days plus or 14 hours of web browsing/12 hours of video playback.

Connectivity wise, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro offers quite a lot: seven LTE bands, quad band 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with Glonass, Beidou and even an FM radio.


Being a Xiaomi droid, the Redmi 3 Pro comes pre-loaded with Android Lollipop flavored with the company’s proprietary MIUI 7.3, an ecosystem focused on their own apps and software and away from Google, which is kind of not so popular in China, to say the least.

When it comes to performance, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro comes with the same hardware architecture as the previous generation, i.e. a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 offering 8 Cortex A53 CPUs clocked at 1.5 GHZ/1.2 GHz respectively (2×4 cores). There’s more RAM than in the regular Redmi 3, 3 gigabytes respectively while the gaming department is taken care of by an Adreno 405 GPU. All things aside, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro has enough power to run anything on 720p resolution, including high end mobile graphics and modern games.

The 13 megapixels snapper is basically the same one found in the regular Redmi 3 being equipped with a single LED flash. Talking about bells and whistles, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro’s multimedia department offers phase detection/hybrid autofocus and a fairly simple and intuitive user interface, manual and automatic settings for the camera and the whole nine yards, there’s nothing to write home about really, except that the picture/video quality is really good considering the smartphone’s price tag.

As per my final words, the question is if the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro is worth the upgrade from the basic Redmi 3. Well, if you want more RAM, a great built quality, an awesome battery and a finger print sensor, the answer is yes, the Pro is worth the stretch. If you’re out there looking for a new droid at an affordable price, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro is hard to beat.










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