Alongside the Mi MIX 2, Xiaomi today unveiled a new Mi Note series device in China, the Mi Note 3. By unveiling Mi Note 3, Xiaomi became the first manufacturer that utilizes the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 14nm chipset. It’s fairly powerful SoC, which offers Octa-core configuration in a big.LITTLE architecture. Qualcomm has also blessed it with custom designed Kryo 280 cores to make it highly efficient. To remind you, Qualcomm introduced Kryo 280 core architecture with the launch of Snapdragon 820. There is Adreno 512 GPU, which is now clocked at 850 MHz. Considering all these specs, we are safe to say that Snapdragon 660 is much more powerful than its predecessor Snapdragon 653.
Coming to the Mi Note 3, it boasts a 4-sided curved glass body with an aluminium frame and also packed with stereo speakers onboard. The device seems to be placed at the higher end of the mid-range segment. Catch more details. The Mi Note 3 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 550 nits brightness and 1500:1 contrast ratio. The device will come in two variants; one with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage and the other with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It comes with a 3500mAh battery with QC 3.0 fast charging support and also has a under-glass fingerprint reader.
As for the cameras, the Mi Note 3 also using the similar dual-camera setup like Mi 6. The rear dual camera comes with a 12-megapixel sensor with a f/1.8 aperture, 2x optical zoom, 4-axis OIS and a secondary 12-megapixel sensor with a f/2.6 aperture. The front shooter features a 16-megapixel sensor and also supports AI Beautify Facial Recognition unlocking.
Other features included Dual SIM support, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Multi-function NFC, IR Blaster and USB Type-C. It will run MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1 Nougat.
The Mi Note 3 base variant with 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM has been priced at 2499 yuan, while the high-end model with 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM model is priced at 2899 yuan.