Xiaomi of China has launched today two new affordable smartphones in India – the Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime. The difference between the two devices is of RAM and internal storage capacity only. Fingerprint sensor is available on Redmi 3S Prime only. Rest of the features are same. The Redmi 3S comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage whereas the 3S Prime has 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The internal storage of both the phones can be extended upto 128GB via microSD card.
The Redmi 3S is priced Rs. 6,999 whereas the 3S Prime has a price tag of Rs. 8,999. Both the devices will be initially available exclusively on Mi.com and Flipkart with no pre-registrations. Redmi 3S Prime will be available starting 9 August from 12 Noon onwards, and Redmi 3S will be available starting 16 August.
Both the phones – Redmi 3S and 3S Prime – features a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display and runs MIUI 7 based on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). These phones are powered by Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, 64-bit processor with Adreno 505 GPU.These are packed with massive 4100mAh battery.
Both the phones are equipped with 13MP rear camera with PDAF, LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture and has 1080p video recording capability. These two phones also house 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture and 1080p video recording feature.
The other highlight of 3S Prime variant is that it incorporates a fingerprint sensor on the back, as shown above, with ultra-fast phone unlocking. Both the devices supports 4G LTE and VoLTE out of the box, covering all India LTE bands – Bands 3, 5 and 40.
The Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime are made in India under ‘Make in India’ initiative of the company. Xiaomi started manufacturing in India a year ago with Redmi 2 Prime. To date, over 75% of Xiaomi’s smartphones that are currently sold in India are made in India as claimed by the company.
Commenting on the launh, Hugo Barra, Vice President, Xiaomi said: “I am thrilled to be introducing a Redmi device today and once again change the game in the sub-10k smartphone industry in India. Redmi 3S packs a punch with a large 4100 mAh battery that easily powers through two days of usage on a single charge, and is the first smartphone in India powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor. Coupled with an amazing 13MP camera built into a premium metal finish body, we believe that Mi fans will love Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime for their amazing features at simply incredible prices.”
Key features of Redmi 3S and 3S Prime:
- 4100mAh battery
- 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
- Premium metal body
- 13MP rear camera with PDAF, 5MP front camera
- 5-inch HD display with 1280×720 pixels, dual SIM (Nano- and Micro-SIM)
- LTE and VoLTE support
- 2GB RAM + 16GB Flash on Redmi 3S and 3GB + 32GB on 3S Prime and extendable to 128GB
- IR blaster
- Rear fingerprint sensor on Redmi 3S Prime
- Available in Dark Grey, Silver and Gold