About 1 month and a half away from the publication of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review and now just under a month from the official presentation of the highly anticipated Xiaomi Mi 5, we propose today the review of a further model of the Chinese company, or the Redmire Xiaomi Note Pro 3.
The Redmi Note 3 Pro is, as the name suggests, an updated version of the previous model, which, announced in a surprise last 14 January, is equipped with the processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 instead of MediaTek Helio X10 and some other "increased" specifications, on which, of course, we will place more emphasis in the course of this review.
Considering the price more or less in line with the previous model and the improved specifications we can then consider this Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro the real best buy of this 2016 start? Find out in the review!
Xiaomi Redmi Notes 3 Pro, the review of GizChina.it
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro - Technical specifications
- Display IPS LCD da 5.5 inches diagonal with resolution Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels with pixel density of PPI 401;
- shell unibody in aluminum and magnesium alloy;
- dimensions of 150 x 76 x 8.7 mm for a weight of 164 grams;
- processor Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 with ARMv8 architecture at 64-bit: 2 x Cortex-A72 @ 1.8 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A53 @ 1.2 GHz;
- GPU Qualcomm Adreno 510 from 700 MHz;
- 2 / 3 GB of RAM LPDDR3 single channel from 933 MHz;
- 16 / 32 GB of internal memory with the possibility of expansion via micro SD;
- rear camera by 16 mega-pixels with PDAF autofocus and dual tone dual LED flash;
- front camera by 5 mega-pixels;
- fingerprint reader rear;
- dual stand-by dual SIM support (probably Full Active on Full Netcom version) - (missing 800 MHz band);
- 802.11 Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band, Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct;
- Bluetooth 4.1, IR port, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS;
- battery by 4000 mAh;
- OS Android Lollipop 5.1.1 with interface MIUI 7.1.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro - Sales package
The sales box of the Redmire Xiaomi Note Pro 3 is identical to that of the previous model, or a white cardboard box with the name of the device and a rendered image of the same.
Inside, in addition to the smartphone, we find the following accessories:
- Wall power supply with 2A output;
- micro USB cable - USB;
- user manual in Chinese language;
- extractor for the SIM slot.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro - Design and materials
The design, the materials used and the arrangement of keys and inputs do not change. From the "external" observation of the Redmi Note 3 Pro there are no differences compared to the predecessor.
The device is in fact characterized by a body made entirely of magnesium alloy and aluminum, although the thickness is a bit 'reduced and, therefore, more "cheap" than other devices equipped with metal body.
However, as already stressed for the "twin" device, at a constructive level we are still facing a very nice and premium-looking device.
The dimensions of the device are of 150 x 76 x 8.65 mm thick for a weight, battery from 4050 mAh including non-removable, approx 164 grams.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro - Display
Also confirmed the display and in fact on the Redmi Note 3 Pro we find an IPS panel with diagonal from 5.5 inches and resolution FullHD 1920 x 1080 pixels (with density equal to PPI 403).
La color reproduction results to be optimal, as well as the level of the maximum brightness, which, however, is not perfectly managed by the appropriate sensor, a bit '"lazy" in the adjustments and slightly "tending to rise".
The glass to protect the display is an average oleophobic Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Also on the Pro version of the Redmi Note 3 we find a small LED notification RGB (with colors that can be managed in the settings) and 3 softouch keys, external to the display and backlit.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro - Cameras
As anticipated in the introduction, on the new Redmi Note 3 Pro we find a novelty in the photographic sector. The device, in fact, is characterized by a rear camera from 16 mega-pixels with autofocus PDAF (phase detection), aperture f / 2.0, dedicated ISP processor, double Flash LED e 5 lenses.
The front camera, on the other hand, is characterized by a sensor 5 mega-pixels with opening f / 2.0.
The quality level of the shots made appeared immediately higher than that obtainable with the Redmi Note 3. The photos taken with the new "Pro" version, in fact, are well defined and sharp, especially in macro mode.
Autofocus does not turn out to be particularly fast, as is definitely the shot.
Also good is the LED flash, which, like on the "younger brother", uniformly illuminates the portrait object, while slightly distorting the colors.
However, a certain level of photographic noise remains in the shots taken in low light conditions.
On the other hand, the 5 mega-pixel camera with F / 2.0 aperture has been confirmed, but it has improved in performance as it tends to return more realistic colors and, above all, to burn less brightly lit parts of the shot.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro - FullHD video recording test
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro - Connectivity
On the Redmi Note 3 Pro we find the now classic support Dual SIM (1 Micro + 1 Nano) of the Redmi series of Xiaomi, with the welcome addition, however, the possibility to expand the memory with micro SD.
The second slot, in fact, is shared with the housing for thememory expansion and, therefore, can be used alternatively for a Nano SIM or for a Micro SD card.
Both SIM cards have support for 4G LTE connectivity and the VoLTE technology, ie the possibility of exploiting 3G / 4G networks even during voice calls, thus improving reception and general performance.
As on the standard version, also on the "Pro" reception is excellent and cell changes are very fast, but unfortunately, the 20 Band (800Mhz) is missing.
On the 3 Pro Note we find the Wifi in "AC" version and the connectivity compartment is completed by GPS with A-GPS and Glonass and Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy. The FM radio is also present on the device. The NFC is missing.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro - Fingerprint reader
Also this new model of the series is obviously equipped with a fingerprint reader and also in this case the sensor turns out to be of excellent quality, ensuring a reading (and, therefore, the release) immediate.
It is possible to record up to 5 fingerprints and use this security feature to unlock the device and to access the "Child Mode".
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro - Hardware and performance
Lo Xiaomi Note 3 Redmire It is moved by the processor Hexa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, a solution equipped with 2 Cortex-A72 core from 1.8Ghz e 4 Cortex A53 from 1.2Ghz. Confirmed the availability of RAM and ROM, again available in the variants of 2 / 3Gb of RAM and 16 / 32GB of internal memory, but this time, as already mentioned, with the addition of the possibility of expansion thanks to the presence of a slot MICRO SD that can be used alternatively to the second SIM.
The version we are testing is the one equipped with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. In the coming weeks we will also perform a test with the 3 / 32 GB version.
If already for the Redmi Note 3 "standard" we had reported excellent performance, on this version Pro we can detect a further improvement. Also on this device there are no imputations and / or lag and all this is evidenced also by the excellent results obtained from the 3 Pro Note in the benchmark tests.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro - Gaming
The improvement in performance is perceptible also in gaming and, in particular, on Real Racing 3 the device reproduces at best the game elements (reflected in the rear-view mirrors, clouds and airship), highlights a fluidity of the highest level (except for some almost imperceptible micro lag) and guarantees a playability close to perfection.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro - Software
More updated from the software point of view and in fact on Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro we find Android version 5.1.1 Lollipop customized with the proprietary interface MIUI 7.1.
The ROM, which runs very well on the device tested, boasts among its most interesting features the App Security, through which to manage battery, permits, use of data, etc., one Night reading mode which favors the readability of the display by setting a "yellow filter" (adjustable and applicable only for some applications), the Lite Mode and Child Mode, the latter can also be combined with the security features related to reading the fingerprint.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro - Battery
On the new Redmi Note 3 Pro we find the same battery of the previous model, that is a well unit 4000 mAh high density, thanks to which the device can also overcome the result obtained by the predecessor (except for improvements / worsening following software update).
Autonomy, in fact, exceeds the 6 hours of screen lit with heavy use with 2 SIM active and 4G / 3G data connectivity.
Also in this case the very low level of resource absorption of the device in stand-by is noteworthy.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro - Photo Gallery
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro - Conclusions
While we are waiting impatiently for the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 5 - which will also appear at the MWC in Barcelona - a new device joins the list of candidates for the best buy title of this 2016 start and does so with top-notch performance and a price that, as usual for the company, is always extremely convenient.
For the moment we have tested the version with 2GB of RAM and the results have already been very satisfying and, therefore, it is reasonable to expect even higher performance from the variant with 3GB.
The moment we write, then, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro certainly wins the best buy of its price range and, unlike what is underlined in the review of the standard version, at this time the upgrade from Redmi Note 2 could really be worth.
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