A new budget smartphone by Xiaomi has arrived, featuring competitive specs and a metal body.
Who says a budget smartphone needs to be made of plastic? Not Xiaomi, which has just released the beautiful, metal Redmi 3 in China. This gadget sports a number of improvements from the Redmi 2, such as an alleged 80% boost in talk time and fast charging capacity to suit its enormous 4,100mAh battery. The device features a 5-inch display with HD 1,280x720p resolution, 16 GB storage (expandable to 128 GB via microSD), a 13-megapixel camera, and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. Under the hood, the device runs on 2 GB of RAM thanks to its eight-core Snapdragon processor.
Xiaomi is bringing the heat to the budget smartphone market with the new Redmi device, hot on the heels of steep competition from Huawei in late 2015. With constant improvements in manufacturing, low-end smartphones are getting better and better, and competitors are always vying for the top spot in this lucrative budget market. Based on this device's specs, it is likely to do very well, although the smartphone is currently only available in China. Once the gadget sees a global release, however, it is likely that US users will be limited to 3G connectivity on the phone. The Redmi 3 is currently selling for 699 yuan, or approximately $105. Xiaomi has not yet announced an international release date.
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