Xiaomi Redmi Notes 3 vs Redmi Notes 3 Pro, the technical comparison of GizChina.it

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs Redmi Note 3 Pro

Lo Xiaomi Note 3 Redmire was launched last November but Xiaomi decided to launch poco time after a new variant, that is Redmire Xiaomi Note Pro 3. The latter device is characterized by the chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, based on four Cortex-A53 cores matched with two A72 cores, resulting, therefore, significantly more performing thanHelio X10 installed on the Notes 3 classic.

In today's technical comparison we will highlight and test the few differences between the two variants, underlining the improvements of the Pro edition.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs Redmi Note 3 Pro

Il Notes redmi 3 Pro with 2GB RAM 16GB of storage is available a 143,58 €, while the variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage it's available at about 160,40 €. The Redmi Note 3instead, it is available at approximately 139 € in the variant with 3GB RAM e 32GB of storage.

Xiaomi Redmi Notes 3 vs Redmi Notes 3 Pro, the technical comparison of GizChina.it


With the exception of the processor and the rear camera, the two devices share the same technical specifications, since both mount the same IPS Full HD panel da 5.5 inches of diagonal. Present then the exact same metal shell, a rear fingerprint scanner, a battery from 4050 mAh and connectivity dual SIM to networks LTE 4G. To report that on both missing the 20 LTE band ad 800 MHz. The RAM amounts to 2 or 3 GB depending on the variant, as well as the storage, which may be of 16 or 32 GB on both models.

One of the differences between the two devices is the rear camera. On the Notes 3 we find a sensor Samsung S5K3M2 with focal opening f2.2 and resolution from 13 Mega-pixel. On Notes 3 Proinstead, we find a sensor Samsung S5K3P3 with focal opening f2.0 and resolution of 16 Mega-pixel. Both are sensors ISOCELL with rapid focus PDAF and produced by Samsung. The two devices, however, boast the same front camera from 5 Mega-pixel OV5670 produced by OmniVision and a double Led Flash rear bitonal.

Another important difference consists precisely in the processor, which passes fromocta-core A53 Mediatek Helio X10 to 2.0 GHz, all 'hexa-core Snapdragon 650. The latter is based on four Cortex-A53 cores at 1.2 GHz matched with two A72 cores to 1.8 GHz, While 'Helio X10 boasts eight cores Cortex-A53 2.0 GHz. Also there GPU change, passing from Rogue Power VR G6200 a 700MHz all 'Adreno 510. Also different LTE modem, which on Mediatek supports networks LTE 4G di 4 category up to 150 Mbpswhile on the Snapdragon adds support to carrier aggregation MIMO 2 × 2, thus guaranteeing access to category 6 up to 300 Mbps. The modem of QualcommIt also supports the Volta to make calls under the network 4G.

Another small substantial difference consists in the possibility of expanding the internal memory on the Notes redmi 3 Pro. The slot for the SIMs., in fact, allows you to use two SIMs, a dwarf and a microphone, Or a Micro SIM and a micro SD card. A significant possibility that unfortunately lacks on the Redmi Note 3 classic, since the latter offers only two SIM slots in micro format.

Finally, we also find a small difference in the release Android installed, still firm to Android 5.0 on the device with SoC Mediatek and updated to Android Lollipop 5.1 on the issue with Qualcomm chipset.

Present the support to Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 on Note 3 Prowhile on the variant Mediatek we do not find fast charging technologies.

Nothing to report, however, on the front connectivity and connectors, since both devices are united by the Bluetooth 4.1, a door IRDA, GPS, WiFi b / g / n / ac Dual-Band at 5GHz and the same bands WCDMA ed LTE, even if it continues to be missing 20 band ad 800MHz on both devices.

Design, construction and display

There is well poco to say about the design and construction of the two devices, given that Xiaomi he practically used the same metal body. Weight and dimensions are therefore identical, as are the two display, although a small difference has emerged in terms of brightness, especially going to set the brightness to the minimum, where the Note 3 Pro manages to get the best by returning a lower brightness. This is perhaps due to a different calibration of the sensor and the brightness level, since going to check the components, the panels installed are belonging to the same lot.

Performance and heat

The aspect that differentiates the two devices most certainly concerns the performance offered by the Qualcomm processor that, due to the presence of a cluster of two Cortex-A72 cores in addition to the remaining ones four A53 cores to 1.2GHz, can guarantee performance in single core really of high level, higher even than the Snapdragon 810 in certain situations.

The benchmarks highlight really remarkable differences: in fact, they go from around 900 points in single core su GeekBench to the next 1500 of the Note 3 Pro, while Antutu pass by 50000 points about to almost 75000 points.

In practical use, however, all this difference does not appear so marked. Surely the level of fluidity on Redmi Notes 3 pro è significantly higher compared to the younger brother in most cases, as well as the reactivity system and the opening and loading times of applications and games. Same goes for web browsing with the stock browser, which turns out to be better on the new one Note 3 Pro.

Even in gaming emerges a certain superiority of the Adreno GPU 510, which manages to reproduce in a manner very fluid all recent titles without lag and clashes, thus maintaining a decidedly higher framerate than the counterpart adopted on the Helium X10.

On the thermal front it should be noted that under long stress the Note 3 Pro it tends to heat up poco more than Notes 3 classic, one difference of about 5 degrees in the back part of the body, however, that does not affect the performance even with intense and prolonged uses, a sign of how Qualcomm have worked well with these new chipsets, but also how the Snapdragon 650 is thermally more inefficient than the Helium X10, which maintains lower temperatures.

Reception and autonomy

Moving on to the autonomy front, we find the same battery from 4050 mAh on both devices but, nevertheless, the Notes redmi 3 Pro manages to give greater autonomy, given that with equal use it is able to offer from 30 to 60 more minutes active screen with two SIMs inserted.

A notable difference, almost certainly due to the best energy efficiency of the Snapdragon 650 which, in addition to the best performances, also allows to minimize consumption, especially during stand-by and daily use activities. With two SIMs active, abundant use of the 4G LTE networks and several email accounts in push, on Notes 3 with Mediatek chipsets you can reach them 5 hours and a half of screen, while with the Note 3 Pro it comes up to almost 6 hours and a half. Absent on both fast charging, even if on Note 3 Pro seems to be simply disabled via software, according to what is reported in the community.

Nothing to report for the reception of both WiFi and 3G / 4G, since I found the same goodness of the signal and the same speed data transmission. The only strong point of the Note 3 Pro it is certainly the ability of the installed modem to support the 4G LTE networks di 6 category to 300 Mbps, double compared to the younger brother, even if there are few Italian areas that support these speeds. The presence of technology is also excellent Volta, a novelty that will be used more and more over the next few months.


Going to the photographic department immediately catches the eye, at least on paper, the second big difference between the two devices, since you switch from a rear camera to 13 Mega-pixel in the well 16 Mega-pixel. In practice, the difference is there but it is minimal and is emphasized more than for the definition for color rendering.

In conditions with good brightness the new sensor manages to get the best and to give back more defined shots e Detailed, while the brightness decreases, yes they reduce to a minimum, since both sensors seem to struggle in low light. However, the sensor installed on the Notes redmi 3 Pro manages to capture more light at night, thanks to the focal opening f2.0.

Good handling of HDR on both, although, depending on the conditions, the Qualcomm variant seems to saturate the shots more.

The colors are more natural on the smooth 3 Note, although much depends on the shooting conditions. A little better than the macros on the Notes redmi 3 Pro, cosím come il white balance, which on Notes 3 Mediatek it sometimes turns out to be a bit too aggressive, falsifying the color rendering, especially in conditions poco optimal.

Bad, however, the management of night shots with flash from both devices. On the variant Mediatek the flash illuminates poco the scene, while on Pro, I noticed that in some shots the flash tends to distort or burn the colors.

Identical, however, the front cameras, which return more than good shots.

To report that the camera application on the Redmire Xiaomi Note Pro 3 has some additional options already seen on the We are 4C but absent on the 2 and 3 Notes, a sign that perhaps these options are available only thanks toISP of the SoC Qualcomm.


Both devices mount the last one MIUI 7.3 stable Chinese and global. The only significant difference between the two devices is the Android version installed, stopping at Android 5.0 on Mediatek and updated to the most recent 5.1 on Qualcomm, waiting for Android MarshMallow that will arrive - hopefully - in the coming months on both devices.

However, there are very few software differences between the two devices and consist only in some options and additional menus on one or the other device, differences due, almost certainly, to the features offered by the different chipsets, which, in the case of Qualcomm, allows developers greater openness and possibilities in software development.


Two devices with many points in common, especially in terms of design, since they share the same body and also a good part of the components hardware. The differences are found only in terms of performance, autonomy and partly also in the camera, even if in this area the new sensor from 16 Mega-pixel it does not offer particularly relevant improvements.

Il SoC Snapdragon 650 it has proven itself lending and park in consumption, especially in everyday use and on standby, also the GPU it turned out to be much better performing than the now dated solution installed on the Mediatek Helio X10, given the fluidity guaranteed in the main games.

Autonomy also improved, as well as the new one Note 3 Pro allows you to have almost one 20% in more duration for the same use. Finally, another strong point of the new edition is certainly the possibility of expand the internal memory via micro SD, in addition to support for 4G LTE networks of the 6 category up to 300 Mbps and from Volta.

Given the price difference now minimal, I strongly recommend taking the variant Pro, also in the cut from 16GB, since it is possible to expand the internal memory through micro SD and that, for the same price of the 32GB not Pro, offers better performance despite a Gigabyte di RAM in less. Furthermore, thanks to the SoC Qualcomm, the device is getting broad support from the various community platforms di developers, thus proving to be suitable for modding lovers.

Il Notes redmi 3 Pro with 2GB RAM 16GB of storage is available a 143,58 €, while the variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage it's available at about 160,40 €. The Redmi Note 3instead, it is available at approximately 139 € in the variant with 3GB RAM e 32GB of storage.

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