Xiaomi launched the Redmi 3S and the Redmi 3S Prime, the successors to the Redmi 2 Prime in India today. The company had earlier launched the phone in China a few months back. This release comes in close after the India launch of the Xiaomi Mi Max which was launched earlier last month.
The Redmi 3s is a budget offering from Xiaomi and the Redmi 3s Prime looks like a shrunken down Redmi Note 3. It offers a 5-inch HD display (1280 x 720 pixels) which Hugo Barra claims is a perfect balance of size and pixel density. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor which is an octa-core processor clocked at 1.1GHz. The processor is bundled with the Adreno 505GPU for graphic tasks.
Both the phones feature a 13-megapixel camera with phase detection auto-focus at the back and a 5-megapixel front facing shooter. The phones runs on Android with Xiaomi’s MIUI customizations running on top. The manufacturer had launched 16GB and 32GB variants of the device in China. These variants were available with 2GB and 3GB of RAM respectively. In India, Xiaomi has distinguished the 32GB/3GB RAM version as the Redmi 3S Prime. While the 16GB/2GB RAM version is called the Redmi 3S.
The batteries on these phones deserve a special mention. Xiaomi has managed to cram in a 4000mAh battery and 4100mAh for 3s Prime. At the launched Hugo also displayed how efficient the phone was by showing screenshots from beta testers. Casual users have reported as high as 15 hours of screen on time which is impressive for a phone this size.
The Redmi 3s is a Dual SIM device with a hybrid SIM slot so users can choose between a 2nd SIM or MicroSD expansion. The phone supports 4G LTE connectivity as well as VoLTE on Reliance Jio network. Launched today the device is said to go on sale on 9th August with the Redmi 3S priced at Rs 6,999 and the Redmi 3S Prime priced at Rs. 8,999.