The Xiaomi Redmi 3S is the latest device pertaining to the 3rd gen Redmis and it was already overshadowed by the imminent launching of the Redmi 4,which was announced recently by the Chinese based tech company.
However, even if internet critics described the Xiaomi Redmi 3S as already obsolete, making for an useless addition to the series, I beg to differ, as the Xiaomi Redmi 3S plays and wins the hearts, minds and wallets of users all over the world in the best bang for the buck category.
The Xiaomi Redmi 3S follows on the beaten path by its predecessors, boasting a high end full metal jacket chassis and a lots of goodies under the hood, everything at an unbeatable price. Just like its Pro version, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S comes with a 5 inches wide display, complemented by a cool aluminum chassis, a finger print sensor on the back panel and a 13 megapixels main shooter, with a big 4100 battery on top of everything to keep the lights on. Ladies and gents, in my humble opinion, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S is a winner by any metrics, especially considering that it offers Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 8 user interface.
What makes it different from the vanilla Redmi 3 you may ask? Well, consider this: unlike its predecessors which were known for using a type of ersatz octa-core architecture for their SoC, i.e. two CPU clusters by 4 cores, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S runs on a true blue Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 system on chip, which is the real deal, i.e. 8 CPUs, working in tandem with an Adreno 505 GPU, which is able to handle the latest graphic applications and will definitely improve the overall user experience.
The “old” Redmi 2 was universally acclaimed as the best smartphone in the world in its niche, i.e. devices sold for under $100 and I bet that the Xiaomi Redmi 3S will do just the same next year.
To begin with, in terms of size and weight, standing at 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 millimeters and weighing 144 grams, the 3S is virtually identical with its Pro sibling. Considering its entry level pricing, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S is as premium as it gets in its class, boasting a beautifully designed aluminum chassis, unibody of course, showing off its curvy edges and an awesome matte finish. The only thing missing compared to the 3 Pro is the diamond pattern on the rear.
Truth be told, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S is a rarity these days for a 5 incher, being almost perfectly designed and shaped, offering excellent pocketability without compromising in terms of screen real estate. The metal/matte finish combo works great for boosting the grip, whilst the smartphone feels perfect in hand and in your pocket.
The Xiaomi Redmi 3S comes with a 5 inches wide screen of HD 720p resolution, which translates into 294 pixels per inch density. That’s almost Retina grade, which means it’s more than enough for sharp texts and crisp images, not to mention that a 720p doesn’t stress the GPU as much as a full HD 1080p, which means a boost in performance.
Despite lacking a Gorilla Glass coating and no mention whatsoever of any scratch resistance treatment, the display is above average quality wise, just make sure you don’t drop your smartphone too often. In terms of battery life, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S is powered by a beefy 4100 mAh power plant which comes with an outstanding 104 hours of endurance rating, meaning you can use it hard for at least a couple of days on a single charge and up to four days if you’re not pecking at it constantly.
The good news keep on coming, as the Xiaomi Redmi 3S is LTE compatible, together with 3 band GSM and quad band 3G connectivity. There’s also Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi Direct, GPS with Beidou and Glonass, Bluetooth 4.1, a micro USB 2.0 port and even an FM radio.
As I already told you, this baby runs on a QSD 430 SoC complemented by a more than decent 3 GB of RAM and the new Adreno 505 GPU, which is a significant improvement in all respects over the Redmi 2. The chipset is a great match for the 720p screen, offering a fluid Android experience and being able to run any type of 720p content with ease.
The camera is the same 13 MP variety you can find on the Redmi 3, slightly improved with a new phase detection system for more accurate/faster auto-focus. Bottom line, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S is the perfect droid for budget conscious consumers, offering an excellent 5” screen, an impeccable build quality, amazing battery life, solid hardware/performance and a very capable camera for a very low price tag, ~120 euros.