Xiaomi’s new smartphone follows in the footsteps of its Mi 6 flagship, which is why we can actually call it the Mi 6 Plus. It has an identical design from the front to its back. Compared to the Mi 6, it has a larger 5.5-inch Full HD display and trades the stainless steel frame with 7-series aluminum alloy.
The processor on the Mi Note 3 is not a flagship chipset anymore, unlike its predecessor. It now has a midrange Snapdragon 660 processor paired with 6GB of memory. Battery capacity also gets a cut to just 3500mAh from 4070mAh.
Dual-camera photography comes to the Mi Note series with two 12-megapixel sensors — one with a wide-angle lens and the other with 2x optical zoom. The main sensor is fitted with 4-axis optical image stabilization to help take a steadier and clearer shot in low-light scenarios. And, like with other dual-camera phones, it can shoot portrait images with bokeh effect. For selfies, it has a 16-megapixel front-facing shooter that has a new beautify mode from Xiaomi.
The Mi Note 3 will start at CNY 2,499 (US$ 385) for the 6GB memory and 64GB storage variant and CNY 2,899 (US$ 445) if you need the larger 128GB storage. If you want the blue color model with a 6GB+128GB combo, you’ll have to shell out CNY 2,999 (US$ 460). The phone will go on sale tomorrow in China.