Xiaomi Redmi 3s vs Redmi 3, the comparison of GizChina.it


After having already seen numerous other born in the series Redmi such as Notes 3 and Note 3 Pro, we see today two other variants of this glorious series targati Xiaomi.

Here is ours match between Xiaomi Redmire 3 e Xiaomi Redmire 3. Two end devices medium-low similar, but fundamentally different: who will win? Let's find out together!


Xiaomi Redmi 3S vs Redmi 3, the comparison of GizChina.it

Xiaomi Redmi 3S vs Redmi 3 - Design, display and build quality


Observing these devices from the front you can see how the two are identical, so much so that it is difficult to recognize them. We both have a display IPS da 5 inch diagonal with resolution HD 1280 x 720 pixels and a density equal to PPI 294.

While mounting apparently identical displays, a slight difference between the two is appreciable. In fact, the Redmi 3s has a panel brighter and brighter compared to his younger brother redmi 3. Overall, we need to highlight how they are two excellent units for the price range to which they are proposed in the market, and that they are really pleasant in the vision of any type of content.


On the other hand, i colors on redmi 3 turn out to be slightly colder, especially on clear screens, especially white ones.

Above the display we find a camera on both devices 5 mega-pixels, the ear capsule and the brightness and proximity sensors.


On the other hand, we have the classic 3 keys soft-touch not backlit.


On the right-hand edge we find in a completely specular way the key Power and volume balance.


On the left side there is only the slot on both sides dual Micro SIM shared with the slot micro SD, with which you sacrifice however the use in dual SIM.


On the upper edge, once again identical, is a present the infrared sensor for the I-Remote and according to microphone for the suppression of environmental noise.


On the lower one we see the main microphone and the door Micro USB for charging and data transfer.


But it is later that the main aesthetic differences between these two devices are noticed.

Sul Redmi 3s, in fact, we have a smooth shell in magnesium alloy, on which the reader offingerprints. We are talking about a sensor really reliable and fast, which never created me any kind of problem.


Sul redmi 3 this sensor fails, in favor of a particular diamond texture which makes the device cheaper than it is. Looking on the bright side, however, it gives a grip top to that offered by Redmi 3s.

However, theergonomics è optimal on both, an aspect certainly favored by the small size and rounded edges.


Always on the back of both we have the camera from 13 mega-pixels inserted in the plastic band for the antennas in the upper part andspeaker of system in the lower one.


Xiaomi Redmi 3S vs Redmi 3 - Hardware and Performance

On board the two we find hardware belonging to different generations, but not so different in substance. On Redmi 3s in fact, the most recent is installed Snapdragon 430while on redmi 3 we find the most "old" and tested Snapdragon 616.

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
    • Snapdragon 430: 4 x 1.4 GHz A53 + 4 x 1.1 GHz A53
    • GPU Adreno 505
    • 2 / 3 GB RAM L single channel 800 MHz
  • Xiaomi Redmire 3
    • Snapdragon 616: 4 x 1.5 GHz A53 + 4 x 1.2 GHz A53
    • GPU Adreno 405
    • 2 GB RAM L single channel 800 MHz


In terms of performance the two devices do not differ much. There gaming part è good on both. However with heavy games like Real Racing 3, L 'Adreno 505 he proves to get away with it meglio of the Adreno 405, with a higher frame rate and details.

In everyday use however, there are no tangible differences: both are always very fluid and fulfilling in the user experience.

Xiaomi Redmi 3S vs Redmi 3 - Photographic compartment

As we have just said, the camera is a 13 mega-pixels with opening f / 2.0 and focus PDAF.

There is no real winner in this area: the Redmi 3s take better shots in the situation daytime, while redmi 3 he gets slightly better than notte. The fact is that these differences are not so clear and appreciated by everyone. Here are the shots, judge for yourself!

Xiaomi Redmi 3S

Xiaomi Redmire 3

Finally, the internal camera from 5 mega-pixels guarantees excellent shots on both devices.

Xiaomi Redmi 3S vs Redmi 3 - 1080p video test

Xiaomi Redmi 3S vs Xiaomi Redmi 3 - Audio

Both, as already seen, present a speaker of system back, position certainly uncomfortable if they rest on an absorbing surface. No need for the little pin placed to solve this problem.

L'audio It results to be very high, but not of excellent quality. In fact, few frequencies are reproduced, with a sound poco clean and almost non-existent bass. Well instead theaudio in capsule, accomplice the good reception general of the devices, even if, at maximum volume, up Redmi 3s I noticed the croaking tendency slightly.


Xiaomi Redmi 3S vs Xiaomi Redmi 3 - Connectivity

La reception è good on both devices, with signal many times higher than terminals with a decidedly higher price.

The Xiaomi Redmi 3s he gets slightly better in this, proving to be more fast in change of cell and better holding the signal. As for connectivity, it must be remembered that both devices are lacking area of band 20. However, even under Wind I was able to occasionally connect to 4G a Roma.

Regarding connectivity WI-Fi, both have support 802.11 b / g / n. The connection to wireless networks is fast and with a good range, even if at a low speed.

Speaking of satellite navigation, on the other hand, I almost feel like failing them both, despite being equipped with GPS /A-GPS / GLONASS / Beidou. Using Maps, the Redmi 3s turned out to be slow ed inaccurate, often failing to lock onto satellites. The redmi 3 behaves a little meglio, being usable but still always very slow to find ours position. Since in these days we often talk about Pokèmon GO, with both the game results unusable. It should be noted, however, that most likely it is a software problemso we hope it will be resolved soon.

Xiaomi Redmi 3S vs Redmi 3 - Software

Although virtually identical in the interface, the software has a tangible difference. In fact, even if on both we find the MIUI 7.5 Stable, its Redmi 3s this turns out to be on a base Android 6.0.1 Marshmallowwhile on redmi 3 are Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

We did not notice any difference, however, in terms of options and settings.


Xiaomi Redmi 3S vs Xiaomi Redmi 3 - Autonomy

Both devices are equipped with a well battery 4100 mAh. A dimension of all respect, and that many of us would expect to guarantee a considerable duration.

L'autonomy è good, guaranteeing both to close the day, but slightly subdued. We attest to the around 6 hours of screen on both, though Redmi 3s it guarantees us around one 5% plus daily.

The times of recharge for both devices they attest to the 2 hours about with the battery charger supplied in packaging from 5V 2A.


Xiaomi Redmi 3S vs Xiaomi Redmi 3 - Conclusions

Two devices that, as you have surely understood, have many points in common, but then why prefer one compared to the other?

An unequivocal and equal answer for all surely is not possible to give. Both have similar prices, a discrete autonomy and they behave well in almost everything. However the Xiaomi redmi 3S It seems to have that more gear that could shift the balance needle in its favor.

Il fingerprint reader, a GPU more performing and a software more updated they are certainly points on which to reflect in the choice of a possible purchase.

I was pleasantly impressed by both devices that I do not struggle to insert in my pink best buy. Difficult to find devices with such high rapporto qualità / prezzo also in the Asian market, often saturated with similar proposals among the various producers.

Be it Xiaomi Redmire 3 that it Xiaomi Redmi 3S are available for purchase on TopResellerStore:

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 2 / 16 GB: 149 €
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S 2 / 16 GB: 159 €
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S 3 / 32 GB: 189 €