Chinese smartphone marker Xiaomi has finally introduced its latest Redmi Note smartphone in India. Named Redmi Note 3, it is the first Redmi phone to have a metal body, and the first-ever Xiaomi phone to come with a fingerprint sensor. The Redmi Note 3 features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 650 chipset and will come in two variants - 16 GB (with 2 GB of RAM) and 32 GB (with 3 GB of RAM).
With a 5.5-inch display, the 4G dual SIM handset runs Android-based OS MIUI 7 and includes a fingerprint sensor. It also has a 4,050 mAh battery and measures just 8.65 mm at its thickest point. It also has a reading mode to help prevent eye fatigue.
Armed with a 16 megapixel rear camera and 5 MP front camera, users can click selfies with the rear camera using the fingerprint sensor to shoot the image. The device also supports LTE band 5 (as well as 3, 40 and 41) to ensure customers can have the best Voice over LTE quality, an innovation that was done only for the Indian market.
The Redmi Note 3, which will compete with the likes of the Lenovo K4 Note and the LeEco Le 1s, had made a global debut in November last year.
Xiaomi has priced the 16 GB model (with 2 GB RAM) at Rs 9,999 and the 32 GB (with 3 GB RAM) variant at Rs 11,999.
Starting March 9, the Redmi Note 3 initially will be available exclusively on Amazon.in and Mi.com. People can pre-register on the two sites for the first sale from March 3 (4 PM). Later, the phone will be available on Flipkart, Snapdeal and offline partners.