Hot on the heels of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi has launched the Mi Note 3 at an event in China. A sequel to last year's Mi Note 2, the Note 3 comes with a dual camera setup at the rear, a 5.5-inch display and fairly powerful internals for the price.
Design wise, the Mi Note 3 comes with a 4-sided curved glass body with a mirror-like effect. The frame is made out of aluminum. During the launch event, Xiaomi pointed out that the smartphone is smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus despite having the same display size.
Talking about the display, the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 comes with a 5.5-inch display IPS LCD display with 550 Nits of maximum brightness. For a mid-range phone, the Mi Note 3 comes with fairly beefy specifications. The smartphone Note 3 is powered by the 14nm octa-core Snadpragon 660 processor paired with 6GB of RAM and a 3,500mAh battery.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 comes with the same dual camera modules as found on the flagship Mi 6 - two 12MP cameras with 4 axis optical image stabilisation. As with the Mi 6, one of the sensors is a wide-angle lens while the other is a telephoto lens that allows for 2X optical zoom.
The Mi Note 3 also allows you to take images with depth of field effects. The dual camera setup sits flush with the body - there is no unsightly camera bump. On the front, there is a 16 MP front camera with a pixel size of 2um and AI based beautify features.
The Mi Note 3 also comes with an AI based facial recognition feature that allows you to unlock the smartphone with just a glance. Xiaomi claims that face unlock is as fast as a fingerprint scan and can be used when you hand is wet, in winters while using gloves and so on.
The Mi Note 3 has starts at RMB 2499 (roughly Rs 24,499) for the black colour variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal of storage. There are two other configurations on offer - a black colour variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for RMB 2899 (Rs 28,420) and a blue colour variant for RMB 2999 (Rs 29,400).
The smartphone goes on sale tomorrow in China. There is no information as of now regarding Indian release.