Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime Review: Reasons To Buy & Not Buy [With Video]

Xiaomi has just launched its Redmi 3s , Redmi 3s Prime smartphone in India. If you are confused about whether you should but this phone or not, then we are here to help you make an informed decision. Read on to find out Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime review with reasons to buy and reasons to not buy (with video).

Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime Review

Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime: Reasons To Buy

Here are the 12 reasons to buy the Redmi 3s Prime smartphone:

1. Design

It features all metal body with matte finish and looks very elegant. There is a shiny rim that runs along the edges on the front. Overall design and build quality of the phone is very premium.

2. Compact Size

It is a compact phone that comfortably fits in hand and is suitable for single handed operations.

3. Display

It features a 5-inch HD display with 720p resolution. The display is crisp and vibrant. Color reproduction, viewing angles and sunlight legibility are all good and video viewing experience is also great.

4. Camera

It sports a 13 mega pixel primary camera with LED flash, PDAF and f/2.0 aperture. There is also a 5 mega pixel front shooter onboard. The camera app is easy to use and comes with several manual controls. There are different filters as well which you can apply. Both front and rear cameras capture very crisp and detailed images with good color reproduction. Even the low light shots and macro shots taken with this phone are fairly good.

5. Hardware & Performance

It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor paired with Adreno 505 GPU. The Redmi 3s comes with 2GB RAM+16GB storage while Redmi 3s Prime packs 3GB of RAM+32GB of internal memory which can be expanded using microSD card. We tested the Redmi 3s Prime with 3GB RAM. Both gaming and multitasking performance of this phone are very smooth. We played a few games like Frontline Commando 2, Asphalt 8  and Mortal Combat and we did not experience any heating or lag issues.

6. Software

It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system wrapped under MIUI 7. The software is clean and responsive and is heavily customized. It comes with a lot of customization options and allows users to customise the look and feel with transition effects and themes.

7. Battery

It is backed up by a mammoth 4100mAh battery that survives for more than a day without struggling.

8. Fingerprint Sensor

It features a fingerprint scanner on the rear for additional security. The fingerprint scanner is very fast and accurate in unlocking the phone.

9. IR Blaster

It comes with an IR blaster that allows users to control the compatible home appliances.

10. Supports Two SIM Cards

It is supports two SIM cards as well as a microSD card for expandable storage.

11. Supports USB OTG

It supports USB OTG which means that you can move your multimedia files to a USB. You can also directly play movies or music without transferring them on your phone.

12. Value For Money

It is a great value for money device. The Xiaomi Redmi 3s is priced at Rs. 6,999 for the 2GB RAM+16GB storage variant and Rs. 8,999 for Redmi 3s Prime with 3GB RAM+32GB storage. Under Rs. 10,000 price range, it has a host of  impressive features to offer.

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Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime: Reasons To Not Buy

Here are the 4 reasons why you should buy the Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime smartphone:

1. Non-Removable Battery

It features a non-removable 4100mAh battery which means that you would not be able to change the battery if it gets damaged.

2. No Corning Gorilla Glass Protection

The Redmi 3s Prime doesn’t feature any screen protection like Corning Gorilla Glass. So, if you tend to accidentally drop your phone, then there are chances that the screen will be damaged. The company has however assured that the phone has a toughened glass over it for protection.

3. Resolution Could Have Been More

It lacks full HD resolution display. Although it packs a sharp and vibrant display, yet its 720p HD resolution is lower than the 1080p Full HD resolution of some of its rivals in the same price range. The display quality of this phone is great but we would have liked to see a full HD display on this phone.

4. Hybrid Dual SIM

It is a hybrid dual SIM phone which means that if you have to use two SIM cards and want to expand storage as well, then you will have to compromise with one SIM card.

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The Redmi 3s Prime is an impressive budget smarpthone that offers premium design, enormous battery, smooth performance, fast fingerprint sensor and more.

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