Xiaomi today announced a new variant of Redimi Note 3 in China, which is similar to its predecessor, the Redmi Note 3, but with a couple of enhancements. The Redmi Note 3 was launched back in November, the company’s first smartphone to feature a fingerprint sensor and a full-metal body. The new Redmi Note 3 will retail for RMB 999 ($151), will go on sale starting Sunday in China in Dark Grey, Champagne Gold, and Silver colours.

The new Redmi Note 3 differs from the original Note 3 in two ways. One, Instead of MediaTek Helio chipset, it gets a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 with a 64-bit 1.8GHz hexacore CPU, Adreno 510 GPU, integrated X8 LTE with Cat 7 speeds and support for VoLTE. The other change is the switch from a 13-megapixel camera on the back to 16-megapixels with f2.0 aperture and phase detection autofocus.

Other specifications remain the same, which includes a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 2GB RAM on the 16GB model and 3GB on the 32GB model, and 4,050mAh battery. It runs MIUI 7 based on Android Lollipop, measures 150x76x8.65mm and weighs 164 grams.

The price of the 32GB variant is yet to be announced. The great news for Indians is that the smartphone will be arriving soon to the Indian market as well. However, there’s no word on the pricing and availability yet.


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