Review: Just Go And Buy The Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
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You read that right. The new Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime is many things, but the one thing it is not, is a cheap phone. And yet, at Rs 8,999, the Redmi 3S Prime belies its price. It is the type of phone that will make you wonder why you'd even consider spending Rs 50,000 or more on an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy. It is the type of phone which will make you cringe at the very thought of buying a local Micromax for the same price or a good deal more. And I can say this with some authority as I have been using the phone for the last week or so.

Imagine, it is a rather diminutive phone which has a rather compact 5-inch screen with a HD 720p resolution, which looks almost as nice as the one on the iPhone 6S. Yeah, there are differences, but most people will not care, and that's what matters. It also has a full metal body, which looks sturdy and is so cleverly designed that the rear swoops upwards on the sides enabling great ergonomics. Because of this, the phone feels more compact in the palm of my hand than an iPhone 6S, which actually has a smaller 4.7-inch screen.

But the plaudits don't end here. If you're a stickler for battery life, the Redmi 3S Prime is going to be your best friend. It crams in a gargantuan 4,100mAh battery. If that number doesn't mean anything to you, then don't worry. What you should care about is that this size is more than twice as much as the iPhone 6S, and in when you start showing the phone, it shows.

With all Google apps, heavy use of WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Messenger, Instagram and music streaming services like Apple Music and Soundcloud, I consistently managed to have the phone run on a single charge of in-excess of 48 hours. Even with games like Dead Trigger 2, I didn't notice much of drop of in the battery life. This is its secret weapon, because despite having such a massive battery, the phone remains very very compact. The only downside of having such a massive battery is that it takes it a long time to charge which is a fair enough trade-off.

The camera is also quite decent on this phone. The rear snapper is a 13-megapixel shooter which takes crisp photos in day light and even in night time, if you use the HDR mode and are able to keep the phone steady, it will deliver usable results. Don't expect the moon, out here, but certainly you're not going to get a dud of a camera. The front camera too is centered at 5-megapixels, which is a standard resolution, but the key is that for selfie addicts it gets the job done, at least in day time.

The phone also comes with goodies that you'll generally not get with phones at this price. You get a rear mounted fingerprint scanner which is as good as phones like the Nexus 6P and there's also an IR blaster, which comes in handy if you want control things like your TV, set-top-box or even AC.

Sweet right! So the processor is a dud right? No.

This becomes the first phone which comes with brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, which is an 8-core processor tied with a powerful GPU and supports 64-bit apps. Guess what? There's also 3GB RAM and 32GB of memory, which are the kind of specs that you'll not imagine of a phone that costs so less.

In usage too, the phone gets the job done. It is a robust for getting work done, some gaming and also even heavy duty multitasking. It is a vastly faster than any other phone at its price point. In fact, you could argue, in terms of performance, it has the potential to obliterate any phone at the same price, because it packs vastly superior hardware.

It is the type of phone you really don't need to muck around about; you should just go and buy it when it goes on sale on August 9. Be it as a first smartphone or even if you own an iPhone worth Rs 50,000, because common, Rs 8,999, is just about peanuts in-front of that kind of money, and it will last three times more in terms of battery life.

Even if Rs 8,999 is too steep, then perhaps, you can look at the Redmi 3S which has lesser RAM and memory and lacks the fingerprint scanner. It truly is a 'paisa-vasool' deal, in typical Xiaomi style.


(This article has been contributed by Sahil Mohan Gupta)