Along with the new Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi also announced the new Mi Note 3. The device looks something similar that you’d be thinking that this could be the Mi 6 until that you’d realize that it’s not. You’ll notice that while it resembles the Mi 6, the Mi Note 3 is just bigger but you’ll also know later on that the Mi Note 3 has been underpowered to give way to the Mi 6.
As we’ve mentioned that it’s bigger than the Mi 6, it’s not that surprising as the Mi Note 3 comes with a slightly larger 5.5-inch screen with a full-HD resolution. You’ll also expect a Corning Gorilla Glass protective panel up front with 2.5D arc on four sides giving the impression of a curved screen but actually it is not.
Power and Performance:
The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, a seemingly departure from the high-grade and high-power choice of hardware in the past, there could be reasons that only Xiaomi knew about, but as we’ve what we’ve seen recently, the company had been struggling with Mi 6 supply to cater customers and that change of hardware could at least swing out from the current situation and selecting other alternatives seems the best way to resolve it. Despite a mid-tier powerhouse, the Mi Note 3 still ships with 6GB of RAM as standard and a choice between 64GB or a 128GB storage is available for users.
Imaging with the new AI Beautify mode:
For Photography, The Mi Note 3 retains the main dual-camera module from the Mi 6 with a combination of two 12 Megapixel sensors. One of which features an f/1.8 Aperture and 4-Axis OIS plus another 12 Megapixel telephoto sensor with an aperture of f/2.6. They include a Phase Detection AF, 2x Optical Zoom and supported by a dual-tone LED Flash. While the main cameras understandably takes superb photo and video qualities, Xiaomi’s main attraction on the Mi Note 3 is its new Adaptable AI Beautify mode which is primarily optimized for the 16 Megapixel front-facing camera on the unit. The new feature basically lets users take the most photo realistic Selfies while keeping the subject in focus and at its best.
Other features that’s included in the Mi Note 3 is the fingerprint sensor that comes embedded on the Home button. It has 2 SIM slots that supports LTE connectivity and then high speed Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and USB-C for data transfer and quick charging through a compatible charger. With the Mi Note 3, Xiaomi also includes NFC, which isn’t found on most lower-end devices from the company and it surely is a must have feature if one uses Google Pay.
With this variant of the Mi Note series, Xiaomi also downgraded the battery on the unit that only clocks at 3500 mAh and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. Running the show will be the new version of MIUI presumably at it already rolled out to existing devices the MIUI 9.0 based on Android 7.0 (Nougat). Like it seems to be the case though it’s hard to tell when, it should also support future versions of MIUI based on Android 8.0 (Oreo) at least.
A Quick thought of it:
The new Xiaomi Mi Note 3, packs a lot of features from the company’s flagship the Mi 6 with a larger display in full-HD but the choice of chipset for the Mi Note 3 seems a let down for a few given that the Mi Note series sits besides the regular Mi series of phones as the company’s flagship. Besides these major differences, we could presumably say that everything else about the Mi 6 are also inside the Mi Note 3, if you’d ask us if that’s a bad thing, not totally as the Snapdragon 660 chipset can already stand pretty easily and handles every task that one could throw at it anytime.
Mobile photography enthusiasts that wants a solid smartphone device as a daily driver should never regret when settling for the Mi Note 3 as it packs a punch plus the new AI-assisted Beautify feature looks to put the handset as a Xiaomi debutante for a Selfie-centric device.
Price and Availability:
If anyone wants to get their hands on the new Mi Note 3, the handset is already available for sale in China today. Xiaomi didn’t say that it will offer the new Mi Note 3 outside of China but given the wide support for wireless bands, it should work fine on other selected regions as well but for now it seems Xiaomi has a greater focus on its home country. The handsets prices starts at RMB 2,499 or around $385 for the 64GB variant and RMB 2,899 roughly $445 for the 128GB version and these are all for the Black color only. There’s also a special Blue color version of the handset and is only available for the 128GB variant with a price of RMB 2,999 and that’s around $460.