Quick Review of Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

The Good
  • Very impressive battery life
  • Handy form factor and good build quality
  • Rear and front cameras take good pictures compared to others
  • Snappy performance, thanks to the 3GB RAM and Marshmallow based MIUI
  • Features like fingerprint scanner and IR blaster are huge plus
The Bad
  • Usability of either Dual SIMs or a Single SIM with a MicroSD card (Hybrid slot) can disappoint some

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Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime Full Features & Specifications

Launched in: August 2016
Note: Scores are assigned in comparison to similarly priced products
Model Name: Redmi 3S Prime
Display   4 /10
Screen Size 5 inch
Screen Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels
Screen Type LCD
Pixel Density 294 PPI
Bezel Less No
Chipset   7 /10
Brand Qualcomm
Processor Speed 1.4GHz
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 6 /10
Processor Type Octa-Core
RAM 3GB 10 /10
Graphics Adreno 505
Camera   7 /10
Rear Camera Resolution 13MP
Dual Rear Camera No
Front Camera Resolution 5MP
Dual Selfie Camera No
Camera Details Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, HDR, Panorama
Video Recording Resolution Full HD Video Recording (1080p)
Camera Features Autofocus, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), LED Flash
General Specifications
Operating System Android
OS Version Android 6.0 Marshmallow
OS Detail MIUI 7
Device Type Touchscreen
USB Connector Type Micro USB
Features Fingerprint Scanner, GPS, FM Radio
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Magnetometer, Ambient Light, Gyroscope
Dimensions (mm) 139.30 x 69.60 x 8.50
Weight 144 grams
Connectivity 4G LTE (India Compatible), 3G, 2G, WiFi, Bluetooth, VoLTE (Works with Jio)
Headphone Jack Type 3.5mm
Color Gold, Silver, Gray
Build Material Metal Unibody
Device Warranty 1 Year
Warranty Details Brand Warranty of 1 Year Available for Mobile and 6 Months for Accessories
Body SAR 0.43W/kg
Head SAR 0.62W/kg
In The Box Device, Charger & Cable Separate, SIM Ejector Tool, User Manual
Storage   9 /10
Internal Storage 32GB
Approx. User Available Storage 25.75GB
Card Slot Yes
Maximum Card Slot Capacity 128GB
OTG Support Yes
Communication
SIM Card Slots Dual
Network Type GSM
SIM Card Type Micro SIM, Nano SIM
SIM 1 Details 4G, 3G, 2G, Micro SIM
SIM 2 Details 4G, 3G, 2G, Nano SIM
Hybrid SIM (microSD + SIM) Yes
2G Bands GSM 900 / 1800
3G Bands HSDPA 900 / 2100
4G Bands LTE band 3(1800), 5(850), 40(2300)
Battery   10 /10
Battery Capacity 4100mAh
Battery Type Lithium-ion (Li-ion)
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes

Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime Features

Xiaomi's Redmi 2 and the Redmi 2 Prime has been a huge hit in the Indian market and one of the major reason seems to be Xiaomi's pricing strategy. The features and specs then offered with the two phones were an absolute value for money for the price it was offered at. Following the similar trend, Xiaomi this year is back with the two devices Xiaomi Redmi 3S and the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime. Again these phones offer great value for money and have a price difference of Rs. 2000, however the extra amount is totally worth it as the expensive Redmi 3s Prime features a fingerprint scanner and an extra GB of RAM.


Display and Design

Even the display size of the device is rarely found these days at 5 inch, it is great for one hand usage. The resolution of the display is 1280x720 pixels (HD) which gives it a pixel density of 294PPI which does sound sharp enough and on the display we do not get any sort of protection. The phone looks good and well build to not make any creaking sound and has a similar design to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.


Hardware and Features

On the inside, Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core chipset that is clocked at 1.4Ghz and paired along is 3GB of RAM. The device should perform well, thanks to the decent processor and ample 3GB of RAM for an excellent multitasking experience. The phone also features an IR blaster which acts as a remote to most of the home appliances and a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the device which is fast and quite accurate while unlocking the device.


Camera and Battery

The Redmi 3S Prime has got a 13MP sensor on the rear that is capable of recording Full HD (1080p) videos whereas on the front lies a 5MP shooter. The rear sensor also features Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and there is an LED Flash provided to help take pictures in low light conditions. The battery of the device is yet another excellent feature to have but the charging time is quite more despite being said to have fast charging. Thanks to the massive 4100mAh battery unit sealed inside the device, the Redmi 3S Prime delivers an impressive battery backup.


Connectivity and Storage

Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime is a 4G LTE enabled device and also supports VoLTE. Even though it is a Dual SIM device, only the first SIM supports VoLTE and the second slot is Hybrid, meaning it will either accept the second SIM or you can use the slot to expand storage on the phone to up to 128GB via a microSD card.


Alternatives

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus 3GB

Samsung Galaxy J3

Coolpad Note 3 Plus


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Redmi 3S Prime


1.Does this Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime work with Reliance Jio Network?

Ans: Yes, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime supports VoLTE and will work on Reliance Jio Network.


2.Will this support my Nano SIM card?

Ans: Yes, the Redmi 3S Prime has a Micro SIM slot and a Nano SIM slot.


3.Does the phone have a Hybrid SIM slot?

Ans: Yes, the phone has a Hybrid SIM slot. So you will have to choose between a MicroSD card and a SIM card for the second slot.


4.What type or charging connector do I need?

Ans: The Redmi 3S uses a MicroUSB connector and will work well with your existing MicroUSB cables.


5.What is the internal storage size available to install apps?

Ans: The phone has 25.75GB of User Available Internal storage to install apps.


6.Will this get further software updates of Android?

Ans: Xiaomi is known to update the UI on their phones very often. The phone will receive an update to MIUI but it is unsure if it will get an Android Update.


7.How is the camera performance for this phone?

Ans: The phone has a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera on the front. The image quality is good at this price.


8.Does it support OTG?

Ans: Yes, the Redmi 3S Prime supports USB OTG. However, there are no OTG cables in the box and you'll have to buy one separately.


9.Does both SIM card support 4G?

Ans: Yes both SIM slots on the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime support 4G.


10.Is the battery removable?

Ans: No the battery on the phone is non-removable.


11. How much time does Redmi 3s Prime take to charge?

Ans:  The Redmi 3s Prime requires 2 hour 2 minute to charge from 0 to 100%. 


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Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime Ratings

User Reviews for Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime (Total: 26)
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By Jaideep Jain on September 11, 2017 | Verified Owner
Decent mobile for a budget of 10,000. Value for money.
The Good
  • Great battery life
  • Decent camera
  • Additional features like one handed mode & three tap screenshot
  • Decent storage space
The Bad
  • Hybrid sim slot
  • Sound quality is not so good
  • Display is not gorilla glass
  • No earphones are given with the mobile
  • Non removable battery
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By Abhishek Kumar on September 6, 2017 | Verified Owner
It is an amazing phone with an extra GB of RAM but the phone's design and user interface seems similar to the previous MI phones.
The Good
  • Amazing Battery Life
  • Easy multitasking
The Bad
  • Type-C charger
  • Hybrid Slim Slot
  • Average Camera
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By Pranav Malhotra on August 10, 2017 | Verified Owner
Not something really great about this phone but just the price. The phone comes with the same MIUI as older Mi phones so nothing new. The battery is too good and last enough for even two days. Overall performance is good but expect new changes and modifications.
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By mitrajit dasMD on August 9, 2017 | Verified Owner
There is only one word to describe "Redmi 3s Prime" - The beast. (Believe that) :D
The Good
  • * Build quality = 5/5
  • * MIUI = 5/5 (customizeyour device,exactly the way you want )
  • * Display quality =5/5
  • * Camera performance = 5/5 ( under 10k this is the best you can get. Ultra fast focusing impressed me a lot and also the sharpness , along with light balancing. if you have the idea about clicking pictures then you will not be disappointed , I'm confident about this.
  • Low light performance is "OK OK" type but it's a budget oriented superclass premium quality device with a very good camera.
The Bad
  • * No Cons
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By Shivam Sharma on July 17, 2017
Nice phone for a low budget. Specifications are good for a phone with such low price. The only issue after sometime is that it has a restart problem. Also it hangs after few months.
The Good
  • Good battery
  • Features
  • User Interface
The Bad
  • Hangs and restarts suddenly
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By Tripti Kapoor on July 15, 2017 | Verified Owner
I recently gifted my mom this beautiful piece of phone and she is really happy with the device and its absolutely amazing performance. She is in love with the long battery life and fast processing due to its octa-core processor. The customisable MIUI is an icing on the cake. Just that, it charges really slow.
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