Comparing Xiaomi’s Budget Smartphones: Mi 3, Redmi Note and Redmi 1S

Xiaomi, one of the leading mobile company from China has launched its operations in India with the launch of its flagship smartphone “Mi 3”, at an incredibly affordable pricing of Rs. 13,999. Besides Mi 3, Xiaomi announced the launch of their highly affordable smartphones, the Redmi 1S and Redmi Note, priced at Rs. 6,999 and Rs. 9,999 respectively. Both these devices would go on sale over the next few weeks. Xiaomi has exclusively partnered with Flipkart for the sale and distribution of Mi phones across India. Initially, 36 service centres across top 20 cities, including 2 exclusive Mi service centers in Delhi and Bangalore have been setup to provide after sales service. A dedicated Mi hotline (1800-103-6286) that operates 7 days a week (9:00-18:00) is setup, to offer a hassle-free customer support.

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We got to spend some time with all of these 3 devices at the Xiaomi launch event in India. The Mi 3 packs top-notch hardware and its aluminum-magnesium alloy frame housing feels premium in hand. Mi 3 is undoubtedly the best budget smartphone right now! In comparison to Mi 3, Redmi 1S is a entry-level phone while Redmi Note being a mid-range one; offering users best value for their money at a very fair pricing. Unlike Mi 3, both the Redmi phones comes with a glossy plastic removable back cover, Dual-SIM card capability, and support for expandable storage via microSD card. What’s common in all phones is, they offer USB OTG support natively, have a reinforced USB port and runs on MIUI – Xiaomi’s super intuitive and user friendly Android-based OS, offering extensive customization options for power users.

Mi 3 front

Specifications Comparison between Xiaomi Mi 3, Redmi Note and Redmi 1S –

 Mi 3Redmi NoteRedmi 1S
CPU2.3 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 8001.7 GHz Octa-core MediaTek MT65921.6 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 400
OSAndroid 4.4.2Android 4.2.2Android 4.3
GPUAdreno 330ARM Mali-450Adreno 305
Display5 inch Full HD (1920x 1080) IPS LCD at 441ppi5.5 inch IPS HD with 1280×720 resolution4.7 inch IPS HD with 1280×720 resolution
Main Camera13 MP Autofocus with dual-LED flash13 MP Autofocus camera with LED flash8 MP Autofocus camera with LED flash
Video1080p recording @ 30fps (Both cameras)1080p (1920×1080) Full HD video recording1080p video recording
Front Camera2MP5MP1.6MP
Storage16GB Internal8GB Internal8GB Internal
MicroSD slotNOExpandable upto 32GBExpandable upto 64GB
ConnectivityDual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG, NFCWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS+AGPS, USB OTG3G/2G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS+AGPS, USB OTG
Battery3050 mAh Non-removable3100mAh2000mAh removable
Dimension144 x 73.6 x 8.1 mm154 x 78.7 x 9.45 mm137 x 69 x 9.9 mm
ColorsMetallic GrayWhiteGrey, White
Price in IndiaRs. 13,999Rs. 9,999Rs. 6,999


Mi 3 will go on sale in India starting 12pm, July 22nd. Interested users can register using their Flipkart account before July 22, thereby being able to purchase the Mi3 on the sale day.

Register now to buy a Mi 3 on sale day!


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

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