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Xiaomi Launched Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime in India

Redmi 3S
Xiaomi Launched Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime in India
Xiaomi has launched two Made in India devices today (3rd Aug 2016), Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime. The first Mi phone to be manufactured in India was a Redmi device — Redmi 2 Prime. The company claims that till today over 7 per cent of Xiaomi’s smartphones that are currently sold in India are made in India.

Redmi 3S has been launched in India at Rs 6,999, while Redmi 3S Prime will cost Rs 8,999. The smartphone is a new addition to Xiaomi’s budget Redmi series. Redmi 3S Prime will start selling on Mi.com and Flipkart with no pre-registrations from August 9 at 12 noon onwards, and Redmi 3S will be available starting August 16.


At first glance, the Redmi 3S looks like a shrunken down version of the Redmi Note 3. The phone sports a metallic unibody design that imparts it a premium look and feel. The volume rocker and power button are placed on the right, while the hybrid dual-sim card tray is on the left. The front panel is largely dominated by a 5-inch HD display, and has three capacitive keys at the bottom edge. The top edge houses a notification LED, earpiece and the usual array of sensors. As for the rear panel, it's home to a 13MP primary camera with LED flash, as well as a fingerprint sensor. The top edge has an IR blaster and a 3.5mm audio jack, while the bottom is where the microUSB port is.


Xiaomi Redmi 3S is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor paired with 3GB of RAM. The device has 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD cards. That said, the phone has a hybrid dual-sim slot, so users will have to choose between dual-sim functionality and expandable storage.

Although we used the Redmi 3S for only a limited amount of time, we experienced the device getting a bit hot after moderate usage. Other than that, the Redmi 3S handled everything from app switching to light gaming without any issues.


Xiaomi Redmi 3S runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system topped with the company's MIUI 7.5 layer. The UI makes things a tad slow but otherwise offers a largely smooth experience. The interface itself is pretty clean and user friendly too. However, there is no app drawer and all apps are placed on multiple homescreens.


Xiaomi Redmi 3S is equipped with a 13MP rear camera with dual LED flash and a 5MP front camera for selfies. During our limited time usage, the camera worked fine in normal lighting conditions and managed to produce decent looking shots.

However, low-light images turned out to be disappointing. Colour reproduction was not that accurate and autofocus too, was slow. The camera also takes quite some time to process the images after they are clicked, which we found to be quite a bother.

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