Redmi 3S from Xiaomi – specs, details and initial review


A few days ago I purchased Xiaomi’s Redmi 3S for my father. Recently he lost an expensive phone. He wanted a phone that was not very expensive but had all the basic functions of a smartphone. He mostly uses his mobile phone for WhatsApp, for making and receiving calls and for listening to old Hindi songs. I did some research to get the right smartphone for him and I zeroed in on Xiaomi’s Redmi 3S.

I haven’t had much  trouble with my Xiaomi Mi Pad, which I have been using for the past two years. On the other hand I have had some big problem with Micromax so I didn’t even consider their mobile phones.

Redmi 3S cost me around Rs. 9000. As I mentioned above, my father wanted a decent smartphone with all the decent functions but not a very expensive phone so that in case he loses it again, it won’t pinch much. I didn’t want to spend money on known brands because one, they are overpriced, and two, of late I have noticed that they come with lots of bloatware. To make the matters worse, it is extremely difficult for a non-technical person to remove that bloatware. Xiaomi smartphones cost reasonable and they have decent specs, and the usual bloatware is missing.

Redmi 3S specs details

As mentioned above, Redmi 3S is a medium-range phone. It depends on which website or shop you buy from, but its price ranges Rs. 8000-10,000.

Its screen width is 5 inch with 1280 x 720 HD IPS display. Nice and smooth touch screen. For processing power it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor. For a layperson these terms hardly matter so the point is, the speed is fine. Maybe when it comes to playing heavy-graphic video games  there might be some problem but if you don’t plan to play lots of video games, this processor is pretty fine.

For OS it uses its own MIUI which is basically another version of Android.

These are the basic features of the Redmi 3S smartphone:

basic bird's eye view of Redmi 3S

Here is a small video presentation I have created about this mobile phone:



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