Redmi Note 3 is a powerful handset that houses the Snapdragon 650 hexa core chipset. This dual SIM handset with 4G LTE (VoLTE support) is available for ₹9,999 with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage and ₹11,999 for 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Read the review to know if it is worth the price.

Unboxing

Inside the box you will find the handset, user manual, warranty card, SAR information – 1.256W/Kg Max (10mm distance), SIM tray ejector pin, travel charger 5V/2A and data cable. Earphone is not included. The unit I got from Mi.com was ‘Made in China’.

Redmi Note 3 Design

The Redmi Note 3 is available in 3 different color options. I bought the Gold colored handset with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. Build quality and finishing is very good. Handset is using a metal body matte Gold color, darker shades on top and bottom and shiny gold border on the front. Handset is comfortable to hold and feels good too.

Redmi Note 3 review and unboxing

Weight with battery is 165 grams and dimensions are 76.03 x 149.97 x 8.49 (mm). Power button and volume rocker is on the right. Secondary microphone, audio jack and IR port is on the top. SIM tray is on the left side and on the bottom side there is primary microphone and micro USB port.

Redmi Note 3 audio jack and IR blaster

This is a dual SIM handset SIM 1 is a micro SIM slot and SIM 2 is hybrid slot. 4G with VoLTE is supported (on both SIM slots).

Redmi Note 3 dual SIM (hybrid - 4G + VoLTE support)

There is LED notification (you can choose from selected colors) and following sensors – Accelerometer, light, proximity, Gyro, Magnetic and Hall.

Display

The Redmi Note 3 sports a 5.5 inch sunlight display supporting 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. Viewing angles, touch response and color reproduction are very good. There is no mentioned about the display protection, I did try a pin scratch test – there were no scratches, screen is scratch resistant to some extent, but on a safer side better to use a screen guard.

Redmi Note 3 review and hands on

Memory, Storage and OS

The handset that I bought came with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. On the first boot you will get between 900MB to 1GB of free RAM and around 11GB of free internal storage space (ROM). OTG is supported. When you install a new app it will get installed on the internal storage space.

Note 3 is running MIUI 7 based on Android Lollipop (64 Bit) 5.1.1.

Performance

This smartphone houses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. It makes use of 2x 1.8GHz cortex A72 cores and 4x 1.4GHz cortex A53 cores. This coupled with Adreno 510 GPU. The end result is pretty impressive (check benchmark). Handset does heat up with heavy usage but the battery temperature is well under control. Max temp I encountered was 43 degrees when using the camera under direct sunlight.

Benchmark

  • Quadrant – 26892.
  • Antutu (64 bit) – 1st time 70036, 2nd time 72014.
  • Nenamark 2 – 60.1fps
  • Internal storage Speed – Read (158MB/s), Write (84MB/s)
  • Multi Touch – 10 Point.

Gaming

I tried Asphalt 8 (latest version). It played really well in high visual quality mode. Gaming was smooth and handset did heat up after 19 minutes to 41 degrees.

Redmi Note 3 Camera

There is 16MP AF camera on the rear with dual tone LED flash and a 5MP front facing camera. Both the cameras come with f/2.0 aperture. Camera quality is above average. For best results change picture quality to high and try shooting in HDR mode when possible.

Redmi Note 3 16MP camera and finger print sensor

The hardware can play 4K videos however there is no 4K recording option, the max you can record is in FHD resolution. However you can use 3rd party apps to record 4K. I guess 4K recording consumes a lot of space and probably will heat up the system even more, may be that is the reason why 4K recording option is missing.

Rear Camera Sample

Front Camera Sample

Redmi Note 3 FHD video Sample

Others

Sound is loud and clear, no issues with in-call sound that is also pretty good. 4G, WiFi, GPS, IR and Bluetooth worked without any issues.

The touch ID based finger print scanner works well, very fast and accurate. You can unlock the phone using FP sensor by simply placing the finger on the sensor and hold for few seconds (there is no need to press any button).

The speaker vents are on the rear side, if you place the handset on the bed for example, it surely is going to block the sound. There is small extended part below the speaker vent on the dark shade (bottom), now that helps when you place the handset on a flat surface, it will not block the sound.

Battery

Redmi Note 3 is packed with a 4050 mAh non-removable battery. Battery backup is very good you can expect about 5 to 6 hours of continuous moderate to heavy usage. I am getting over one and a half day of mixed usage, easily.

Redmi Note 3 back panel

Battery Performance

  • Running Benchmark app – 22 minutes / battery % dropped by 6 / battery temp = 39 degrees.
  • Played Asphalt 8 – for 19 minutes / battery dropped by 6% / battery temp = 41 degrees.
  • 4K video playback with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) – for 36 minutes / battery dropped by 10% / battery temp was 38 degrees.
  • Handset charging (wall charge) – it took 2 hours 12 minutes to charge battery from 18% to 100%. Battery temperature reached to 41 degrees when charging.

Verdict

For the price, the Redmi Note 3 is definitely the most powerful handset available in the Indian markets, for now. It’s a VFM smartphone with above average camera quality and very good battery backup. You can either buy the 2GB RAM version or the 3GB RAM version based on your usage. If you are heavy gaming user better opt for 3GB/32GB version.

Redmi Note 3 is definitely a very good buy for ₹9,999.

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Published by Gogi Rana

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  1. I have redmi note3 purchased jan 2017. Speaker sound is too low during calls. Camera quality is just average. Just worth 10 to 12k no more. Not a premium phone. Im using as a 4g hot spot device.

    1. Low ringer. Low earpiece sound. Low camera pixels. . Need better in 2017 i think. RN3 is old hat now

  2. Dear Gogi, Confused between Samsung J7 Prime, Gionee S7s and Redmi Note 3 Pls help!!!

    Samsung got better camera, gionee got gorilla glass but specs wise Redmi note 3 seems better.

  3. Hey guys !!. I dropped my redmi note 3. And its screen got CRACKED from the upper-left side to the centre(as I wasn’t using any tempered glass).Can anyone suggest what should I do??

    1. This is the worst thing I don’t like about this phone I replaced my phone’s screen 2 times and spend 5000 on it now I am selling phone on olx and buying le eco le 2 with gorilla glass 3 protection as I am rough user the screen will again crack.

      1. Always use a screen guard and silicon case combo. Gorilla glass will also crack easily. Fyi,redmi uses dragon-trail glass.

    1. Hello Ankit.
      U should go for 32+3GB variant as it uses hybrid sim and I think 16 GB will not be enough for heavy game users of note 3.And 2 sims are a necessity. So ho for the prime version.

  4. Sir, please help me. I got the delivery of Redmi Note 3 16GB version yesterday from Flipkart. But I am getting a strange rattling sound from the upper back portion of the phone(the camera area) whenever I am placing my phone on the table or even on the bed. The sound is coming from inside,and sounds like something is loosened/broken inside that area. I updated the system, checked if the sim tray is fit perfectly. But got no solution. I requested for a replacement. But I found bad flipkart replacement reviews like,they used to make rubbish reasons for not making the replacement. And I am just afraid if they refuse to replace 🙁

    1. It could be loose buttons, check with flipkart if the issue is genuine they will replace.

  5. Mera redmi note 3 full day se Jada nehi de rahi he !!!!
    4-5 minute use se 1% gir raha he !!
    Too Kay a thik he ???

    1. please update your view after using it, any issues,, how to increase the ringer sound?

  6. Hello gogi sir please help me ….
    Mera redmi note 3 ka notification light on nehi ho rahi he!!!
    Only charging k time on ho rahi he . call ya message ya emails aane par light on nehi ho rahi he! Kya karu????

  7. I’m confused between redmi note 3 and moto g4 plus. Rdm3 struggles in low light where moto g4 plus has good camera but heats up even use of 10 odd mins. Is there any way we can reduce the heating issue of moto g4 plus n utilize the greatness of the camera? Or I should look for sumthing else.. Pls advice

      1. yes, camera is not good, heats a lot while netsurfing even for 5 minutes, it has low network signal problem, battery backup is also not up to the mark as it is 4050mAh. Although it is FULL HD but screen is dull. My Samsung J7 was HD but was more brighter screen, far better battery backup, no heating issue, very good camera quality. Now I m missing badly J7 which I sold out and bought RN3 32gb Gold…. And the last but not the least, touch response is also not up to the mark in RN3 …. Oh God, why I bought this phone… Now I am thinking to sale out this phone and will buy Samsung J7 2016 edition…. Gogi ji, any suggestion????

  8. Hi sir Snapdragon 650 chipset supported 1080p full Hd 120fps video capture but there is not available redmi Note 3 how to enable fast motion and slow motion it is possible please give me tips or any third party apps is work

  9. 1 week of redmi note 3 usage review

    First thing Sd 650 and Sd 652 not much difference may be milli second speed in app launch. Gaming performance both version of sd running in same clock speed so it’s going to be same performance.

    Redmi running on miui rom it’s the most optimised android rom with hell lot of features which company directly supporting and providing updates. Don’t go behind eui, oxygen or flyme. Miui team i know working from the day i got android phone few years back. They only in to customise android rom along with cyanogen. Experienced and skilled people’s work for miui customise and optimise android rom. You mostly don’t need other custom roms , rooting, recovery nothing.

    Redmi build quality is very good… I’m using without any case or scratch guard screen is scratch resistant up to my believe.

    Battery, Battery, Battery backup is very most important thing in current multimedia and gaming smartphone world. Redmi with hexacore still not compromising performance it gives outstanding backup. From my experience of using most of the flagship devices. It easily last 3 days for normal user. Like me guys it stands 1.5 days for sure.

    Still built with aluminium uni body no heating issues. It supports quick charging but you need to use the quick charger. See how fast it’s charging with quick charger.

    Speaker output is average.

    Headphone output is just mind blowing i never come across in any device so far. Even i used lenovo vibe x3 that sucks in front of this device output. I’m using ath m50x i didn’t did any changes in equaliser or sound enhancer. Just plugged in headphone and used default music player. You Never needed poweramp or any other third party music apps on this device. This is where miui team shines. All songs amplified with equal audio output. Crisp and clear i ever heard before. Outstanding headphone output.

    Don’t see a single advantage of single usb c charger port as well as it’s used as a headset jack. Technology wants to make people slaves to use them. If your battery going to die you want to listen or watch video using headphone how it’s possible. Will you carry the converter everywhere to use your premium headphones. What a joke. Flop testing.

    Camera you can’t compare anywhere near to samsung or lg phones but surely leeco won’t be superior camera. Display again don’t compare with branded flagship devices they are legend. Don’t expect those clarity vibrant on any of this devices.

    Don’t worry about android updates how much the current android version running on the phone optimised that is only matters.

    Upgrading android versions for name sake slow downs performance only no benefits. How many accepting kitkat fluency not there in lollipop or marshmallow.

    And that’s it. I just wait to aware you all before blindly go. It’s up to you all to decide.

    1. very good review, and all true, after using RN3 i find it value for money, no complaints, but dont compare with a 45k phone. can compare with any leeco, lenovo, or one plus.

  10. Hello Gogi,

    I’m on roaming and mobile data is not working, how to enable it on roaming. Data is working on another handset.
    I’ve already activated international roaming.
    Tried manual network and manual APN but that too not working.
    Plz help.

    1. Go to settings then mobile network settings then to international roaming then on international data roaming it will then work

  11. This handset will not be updated to Android N surely…There’s no chance of it because this handset belongs to a chinese manufacturer.They should have launch it with Marshmallow out of the box then it might get Android N update….

  12. Gogi sir when is next sale for redmi note 3.
    I want to buy one. I dont play games. Should i buy 2gb versionRN3 or meizu m3 note. I just want a good battery backup and good looking phone with above average camera.

  13. My redmi note 3 32 gb not working properly I want refund my money but amazon says not refund only replacement what I do now please reply me guys please gogi brother

      1. pravin chavhan… did you get replacement, what was the fault, please update us thanks.

    1. No brother according to Amazon first they will replace one after that within 30days if you are not satisfy your product they will initiate the refund. I followed it and get back the amount.

      1. Brother can you give me a me a your phone no. I want complete information about refund please sir I want my money return

  14. kya redmi note 3 ka display mi4i ke jaisa gorgeous he ya nahi.
    (i mean color reproduction and accuracy and viewing angels)

    1. redmi note 3, display everything good like viewing angel, sunlight visibility etc but display color tint is very cooler side, personally didn’t like that

  15. Hi,Gogi,my Rn3 bought from mi.com almost 1 month now, is acting weired from day after yesterday menu button always click by it self to kill apps during operation,please help whats the reason for this.

  16. Hello Gogi Bhai/ all redmi note 3 users,

    Last week bought a new redmi note 3 32gb model, facing issue of proximity sensor, screen does not wake up when away from ear when on call, hence unable to disconnect, tried calibration of sensor, but same issue, works fine only after restarting the mobile, happens a few times in a day,miui is latest version, pls advise should I get it replaced.

    1. If you have updated all the apps / OS and facing same issue then would suggest get it replaced.

  17. Gogiji,

    Please comment whether native 3G calling is supported or not??

  18. hello sir……am bit confused between xiaomi redmi note 3 and lenovo zuk z1. Both are looking very good. Tell me sir which is best and tell me some additional features of both. Price doesn’t matter so tell me the best or other option in 15k segment.

    1. Even i would like him to reply.

      According to me if camera is your priority go for Zuk z1
      Optical image stabilization + Sony lens

      If you would like to use dual sim and need heavy memory option go for Zuk z1

      if you want to use single sim and expand 128 gb redmi note 3

      if you want complete metal body redmi note 3

      if you want ir blaster to control tv. thou it’s more of a gimmick you would actually like to use remote go for redmi note 3

  19. Gogi bro today i got an uptade(7.2.5.0) on my redmi note 3 of size 196mb but on miui,s official website the update size is 1021 mb. should i update or not

      1. No, It’s a GSM device hence, you will not be able to use CDMA sim cards. Please do not get confused with CDMA & WCDMA.

        WCDMA is a 3G frequency.

        1. Mr Harsh, it has been tested by many TT reader that it supports RCDMA REC series.

  20. if i put a sd card in the hybrid slot..show me it in the file manager application for my satisfaction…because i read some comment from other website the hybrid slot is not working properly….microsd card is not shown in the phone….
    post a video of your working….

    1. Hello Vikas. I have also 3GB 32GB segment phone. hybrid slot working very good. me installed sim with 32gb Micro SD card in this slot and both working very good. for me fully satisfaction of this cell

    2. My hybrid slot also not read the memory card, what should i do not? Can anyone help me here?

  21. On online booking it gives wrong selection of mobile. I booked Red Me Note 3 and got Mi 4. Bad experience and waste of time.

  22. maine kal hi amazon se liya. bahut jyada heat kar rha h charging ke time. aur game khelne par bhi heat ho rha hain.

  23. Redmi Note 3 has very high sar value(1.256)….Read this in many Redmi Note 3 user’s reviews.
    is it really true?

    what are the harmful effect of any”high” Sar value handset to it’s user’s health? this is an important topics which should be discussed bcoz it is directly related to our health.

    do anyone have trustworthy info. about this.

    1. unfortunately it’s not possible to have two sim cards and a memory card simultaneously. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (both variants) come with a hybrid slot. Either you put a micro and nano sim card or a nano and a memory card.

    2. Yes it’s possible search on YouTube how to put 2 sims and micro sd card in same time on redmi note 3

  24. hey mr gogi, I read your reviews very often. Please sujjest me a phone with a very good camera under 10000.

  25. Hi gogi , i just bought rmn3, but it’s not supporting mts cdma. I hardly made 2 call from from cdma with it then it’s not working . Calls from cdma automatically ends. Please help.