Xiaomi MI Note 3 – Specifications and Features

September 2017, was a hectic month for Xiaomi due to the release of three new products were released by them – Xiaomi MI Mix 2, Xiaomi Mi Note 3, and Xiaomi Notebook Pro. Xiaomi Note 3 was called an enhanced version of Xiaomi 6. Xiaomi 6 has been reviewed and appreciated for its photography and appearance, especially in terms of photographing. According to statistics, the photos taken by Xiaomi 6 were compared with the photos taken by Huawei and the iPhone’s leading model, and 63% of the users chose the photos taken by Xiaomi.


Talking about the camera quality of Xiaomi Note 3, DXOmark reviewed its picture quality and rated it with a top-notch score of 90 points. The advantages of Xiaomi Note 3 in-camera photo performance are pointed out, with fast and accurate auto-focus capability, good auto-exposure accuracy, good zoom function, and good simulation effects. The disadvantage is that the image details are easily lost in the low light environment, the high light source shooting has obvious noise, and sometimes there is a significant color shift phenomenon.


In the dynamic video section, the image color exposure and white balance performance are decent. Talking about the camera configuration of Xiaomi Note 3, the main camera’s dual lens is 16 MP, using a wide-angle and telephoto combination, the main camera wide-angle lens, with F1.8 aperture, 27mm wide-angle, 4-axis optical shock support. The rear camera lens is 12 MP with 2x optical zoom.

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The appearance of Xiaomi Note 3 is almost same as that of Xiaomi 6, with a 5.50-inch display, 1080×1920 pixels resolution, 6GB RAM and Storage capacity up to 64GB. The main difference between Xiaomi 6 and Xiaomi Note 3 is the front camera that is upgraded to 16 MP in Note 3. While taking performance into consideration, Xiaomi 6 uses Snapdragon 835 processor, while Note 3 uses Snapdragon 660 processor. Xiaomi Note 3 supports dual SIM dual standby, NFC, 3500mAh battery, QC 3.0 fast charge and USB Type-C specifications based charger.

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In addition, Xiaomi Note 3 is still the best smartphone in Xiaomi’s history. At present, most high-end mobile phones have cameras that are eminent but Xiaomi Note 3 is smooth. Xiaomi first applied the face unlocking to the Note 3, but instead of unlocking the real hardware-level face recognition, it uses the front camera to recognize the face, unlock the software, and light the screen to proceed. The side of Xiaomi Note 3 uses the same 7-series aluminum metal frame as that of the iPhone 7 Plus, which is lighter than the Xiaomi 6 stainless steel frame and harder than the 6 Series aluminum.   Although, similar when compared to Xiaomi 6 in terms of design and configuration, Xiaomi Note 3 is bigger and lighter than Xiaomi 6. This is due to the use of the 7 series aluminum metal frame in the Note 3. The 7 Series aluminum alloy has an ultra-lightweight and a hard material, but the cost is higher, and it is also the first smart phone that Xiaomi uses this material. A detailed insight of model specification is listed below.

Features –

BODY Dimensions 152.6 x 74 x 7.6 mm (6.01 x 2.91 x 0.30 in)
Weight 163 g (5.75 OZ)
Build Front/back glass & aluminum frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)


DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.5 inches, 83.4 cm2 (~73.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~401 PPI density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4


PLATFORM OS Android 7.1 (Nougat)
Chipset Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660
CPU Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz KRYO 260 & 4×1.8 GHz KRYO 260)
GPU Adreno 512


MEMORY Card Slot No
Internal 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM


CAMERA Primary Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 27mm, 4-axis OIS) + 12 MP (f/2.6, 52mm), 2x optical zoom, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 720p@120fps
Secondary 16 MP (2.0 µm)


While arbitrating the overall features of this model, the conclusion is in favor of Xiaomi Note 3. Its features like integrated camera, battery life, work design, and price, make it a steal deal, especially for photography freaks. If you have high requirements for mobile phone life and are particular about the camera, Xiaomi Note 3 really is an excellent choice for you.

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