The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (originally thought to be called the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Pro) has been unveiled in China. What can we expect from the fully fledged sequel to the superb Redmi Note 2? Get all the latest rumors about the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 release date, price, specs and features right here.
The Redmi Note 3's release date has not been officially confirmed, but it is currently available for pre-order through GeekBuying with a release date of 31 December.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 wasn't officially released in the US, and it's unlikely the Note 3 will be either. If you want to pick one up, you will have to do so online.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 price
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 price starts at 899 CNY (US$140) for the base model and 1,099 CNY (US$172) for the 3 GB RAM version.
Chinese retailer GeekBuying has the Redmi Note 3 available for pre-order with a price of US$209.99 for the 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage version and US$179.99 for the 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage version.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 features
The primary difference between the Redmi Note 3 and its predecessor is what it's made from. With its aluminum unibody design, the Note 3 is the first Xiaomi device to have a full metal body.
The Redmi Note 3 will also be the first Xiaomi device to feature a fingerprint sensor, which Xiaomi claims can be used to unlock the device in 0.3 seconds. The phone will come in a choice of silver, gold or gray colors, as seen below.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 specs
At the unveiling event in Beijing, Xiaomi announced that the Redmi Note 3 will come in two variants: one with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage and another with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.
The screen is the same as on the Redmi Note 2, at 5.5 inches and 1,080p resolution, as is the MediaTek Helio X10 processor.
Elsewhere, there's a 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front-facing camera. The battery packs some charge, at 4,000 mAh, and it only adds an extra 4 g to the Redmi Note 2's weight.
Do you think the Redmi Note 3 is enough of an improvement of the Redmi Note 2? Let us know in the comments.