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Xiaomi Mi Note 3: An iPhone-Busting Camera Phone for Half the Price

18 September 2017 | Reymart Jan Sarigumba

Arrived in the same month as Apple announced its latest devices, Xiaomi is fearless to go head-to-head with the tech behemoth, finding a way to steal the iPhone X’s popularity today with its top-of-the-line camera phone – the Mi Note 3.

The Xiaomi Mi Note range is known for its big-screen, phablet-like smartphones with high-end features and specifications. But all this has changed with the Mi Note 3, the current device to don the Mi Note name, which was announced a day before Apple’s much-awaited flagship phones. People may not have noticed its arrival, but it has got more megapixels than the much-talked-about iPhone X. Here is a breakdown of its features and specifications.

Not your typical affordable midranger

Instead of making it a flagship, Xiaomi created the Mi Note 3 as a midrange device with a smaller display size and a decent processor, making it more affordable. This not only makes it an economical alternative to Apple’s latest handsets but also to competing brands in China like Oppo. Just like the Mi Mix 2, the Mi Note 3 has lesser bezels and has a fingerprint sensor under its 5.5-inch display.

The iPhone-Busting Selfie Snapper

Its 5.5-inch display sports a 1920x1080 pixel resolution better than the one on the iPhone 8. This is encased in an aluminum body with glass trimmings around it. This makes the phone look visually-pleasing, similar to its predecessor, the Mi 6. Not only does it have a premium design but also it comes with powerful cameras that will give Apple a run for its money. The Mi Note 3’s rear camera has the same number of megapixels as the iPhone X but it supersedes it in the selfie department with its 16-MP resolution; 9 notches higher compared to iPhone X’s 7 MP selfie snapper. Along with 2X optical zoom 4-axis optical image stabilization, and a portrait mode, Xiaomi has developed the finest rear camera that can accurately blur out the background.

Ginormous Battery Life

Although the Mi Note 3 houses a Snapdragon 660 chipset with a 6 GB of RAM which is subpar compared to the latest Apple devices, it offers a bigger battery capacity of 3,500 mAh, larger than the iPhone X at 2,675 mAh. This provides plenty of power for most users. Not to mention, it has other features that will complement its large RAM size such as the NFC, stereo speakers, USB type-C, IR-blaster, and a 64-GB internal storage.

Price and Release Date

Although Xiaomi announced the device on September 11, they will start shipping worldwide between September 16 and 19. As for the price, the Mi Note 3 starts at around 19,604 PHP for the 64-GB variant.

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Xiaomi Redmi 4X
From HK$ 939.00 General Band Xiaomi Model Redmi 4X Style Bar Color Black,Pink,Gold Display Size 5.0 inches Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density) Multitouch Yes Network Frequency Technology: GSM/HSPA/LTE 2G:  GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz 3G: WCDMA B1/B2/B5/B8 (850/900/1900/2100MHz) 4G:  FDD-LTE: Bands B1/B3/B5/B7/B8   TD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41 Speed:  HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps Sim Type Dual SIM, dual stand-by GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS Wi-Fi Yes,   2.4/5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n System OS Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow) Chipset Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 435, Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A53 GPU Adreno 505 Language English, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, Cestina, Deutsch, Espanol, Filipino, French, Hrvatski, Italiano, Latviesu, Lietuviu, Magyar, Nederlands, Norsk, Polish, Portuguese, Romana, Slovencina, Suomi, Svenska, Vietnamese, Turkish, Greek, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Persian, Hindi, Bengali, Thai, Korean, Similified/Traditional Chinese Storage RAM 2GB  Storage 16GB   Camera Primary Camera 13 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, LED flash Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama Video 1080p@30fps Secondary  5 MP, f/2.2, 1080p Power Battery Capacity 4100mAh  battery Battery Type Non-removable  Li-ion battery Features USB microUSB v2.0 Bluetooth Yes,Ver  4.0, A2DP, LE Message SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM Browser HTML5 Sensor Fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, compass Format Supported MP3/WAV/AMR/AAC; Video:3GP,MPEG4,AVI,RMVB; Picture: JPEG/BMP/GIF; eBook: TXT, PDF, MS Office Word, PPT, Excel. ( Some formats may require additional apps support.) Body Dimensions   139.24 mm * 69.96 mm * 8.65 mm Weight  150g In the box: 1×Phone 1×Battery Charger 1× USB cable 1×User Manual

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