Xiaomi Announces A Killer Budget Smartphone In India

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Xiaomi has added another budget warrior to its Redmi line-up. Dubbed as the Redmi 3S, the smartphone promises to offer rich experience at an affordable price. It flaunts a metal unibody design, which is generally reserved for relatively expensive handsets.

The Redmi 3S comes with a 5-inch HD IPS screen. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 chipset. It may not win you over with its gaming performance, but should be more than enough to handle everyday tasks. The phone comes with 2 GB RAM and 15 GB internal storage. The company will also roll-out a Prime version, which will feature 3 GB RAM and 32 GB RAM. Both variants will feature a hybrid SIM. You can either use it to expand the storage or add a secondary SIM card.


The handset offers a 13-megapixel camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto-Focus). For self-obsessed monsters, there is a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. Both the cameras can shoot Full HD videos at 30 fps. The phone supports 4G LTE in India. It packs in 4000 (min) mAh battery. The Prime version will sport a fingerprint sensor, while the regular one settles for good-old password.

The Xiaomi Redmi 3S is pegged at Rs 7000. The Prime variant with better specs and a fingerprint sensor will retail for Rs 9000. Unless, Xiaomi screws-up the software royally, the Redmi 3S is likely to dominate the budget smartphone space.

Chandrakant 'CK' Isi

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