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Xiaomi launches Mi Note 3 with Flagship dual cameras and Snapdragon 660

Xiaomi, in its event held today, launched the Mi Note 3, alongside the bezel-less Mi Mix 2 and the Mi Notebook Pro. Interestingly, in terms of hierarchy, the Mi Note 3 is situated above the recently launched Mi A1(Mi 5X) and below the flagship for 2017, the Mi 6. As the unique selling points to this device, Xiaomi has touted its newly developed AI-based Beautify feature facial recognition unlocking and a 4-sided curved body.

Design

In terms of design, the Mi Note 3 sports an ergonomic design that fits perfectly in the hand thanks to its 4-sided curved body made out of glass. The glass back is circumscribed by 7-Series aluminium alloy, similar to what the iPhone 7 boasts of. On the front, Xiaomi has also integrated a fingerprint sensor on the front which also doubles up as a home button. The smartphone also apprises of the under the glass fingerprint sensor, together with a stereo speaker setup.

Display and Camera

Up front, the phone boasts of a 5.5-inch Full HD display that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display on the phone is an IPS LCD panel and bears a pixel density of 403 PPI. For the shutterbugs, the Xiaomi Mi Note 3, sports a dual camera setup at the rear, similar to the Mi A1 and the Mi 6. The dual camera setup comprises of a 12-megapixel sensor which is a wide-angle lens having an aperture of f/1.8 and 4-axis optical image stabilisation. This is paired with the secondary 12-megapixel sensor which is a telephoto lens having an aperture of f/2.6. On the front, the phone also features a 16-megapixel selfie camera that is equipped with the AI-based beauty feature. The front facing camera is also capable of unlocking the phone thanks to improved facial recognition.

Performance, Battery, and Storage

Under its hood, the Mi Note 3 is powered by a Snapdragon 660 SoC clocking up to 2.2GHz. This processor configuration is coupled with 6 GB of RAM on all storage variations of the device. In terms of internal memory, the Mi Note 3 will ship in two variants – 64GB and 128GB. Unfortunately, the internal memory of this device cannot be expanded through a microSD card. To keep the smartphone up and running, the offering from Xiaomi also boasts of a hefty 3500mAh battery unit that should get you through your day with moderate use.

Connectivity

On the connectivity front, Xiaomi has included multiple 4G LTE bands so that the device doesn’t miss out on LTE connectivity, no matter the carrier you use. It also supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11c alongside Bluetooth v5.0 and a USB Type-C port located on the bottom. Similar to the Mi 6, the 3.5mm headphone jack has been dropped on the Mi Note 3.

Price

The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 was launched in China with a price tag of CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 24,500) for the 64GB storage variant, CNY 2,899 (approximately Rs. 28,300) 128GB storage variant in Black, and CNY 2,999 (approximately Rs. 29,400) for the 128GB storage variant in Blue. There is still no word on when the device will hit the Indian shores but we surely will be looking forward to it.

What are your thoughts on the Xiaomi Mi Note 3? Does it fulfill your requirements? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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