Xiaomi Redmi 3S Design, Antutu, MIUI8 OS, Camera, Battery Review


Xiaomi has released Xiaomi Redmi 3s after Meizu announced Meizu M3S, when we see Xiaomi Redmi 3s, it proves it ‘s not the upgraded version of Xiaomi Redmi 3 changing in its hardware, but also improving in its design, Xiaomi Redmi 3s cancelled the texture design of Redmi 3. And it has used Snapdragon 430 mid-range processor instead of mediatek. In addition, it has added fingerprint ID function. So what’s difference between Xiaomi Redmi 3s and Xiaomi redmi 3? How can Xiaomi Redmi 3s attract more users?


Although Xiaomi Redmi 3s upgrades a little, it still has some outstanding features like long battery life. First, Xiaomi Redmi 3s uses 4100mAh battery with only 139.3×69.6×8.5mm dimension and 144g weight. So Xiaomi Redmi 3s with 5inch 720p screen will have more power saving, adding MIUI 8, the power consumption function has been highly improved. It’s said it can be used in 2 or 3 days according to Xiaomi official under normal use.

Besides the fingerprint ID, Xiaomi Redmi 3s and Xiaomi Redmi 3 has difference in its processor. Snapdragon 430 is the highest chipset in Snapdragon 400 series. Its CPU architecture is same as Snadpragon 616 made of 8 unit A53 Core.  In main frequency, Xiaomi Redmi 3s uses Snapdragon 430 4×1.5GHz + 4×1.2GHz, but Redmi 3 with Snapdragon 616 4×1.4GHz + 4×1.1GHz. In GPU, Snapdragon 430 has Adreno 505 model, Snapdragon 616 has Adreno 405 model. So Redmi 3s has improved in its GPU, rather than CPU. Let’s see Xiaomi Redmi 3s Antutu test.


Antutu Test Resut

From the result, although Redmi 3S CPU has not improved, the overall antutu test score, 42,060 is higher than that of Redmi 3 with 35,000. So Redmi 3s can compare with Meizu M3 Note. Redmi 3s sells only at 699 yuan, but its performance belongs to the middle or high-end level.

Design and Craftsmanship



Redmi 3s as the upgraded version of Redmi 3, has been improved in its details to some extent, such as no texture on the back. But the overall design keeps same as Redmi 3 like metal body, and 5inch screen. Redmi 3s has three colors, silver, grey, golden. You can see we test the gold version.


Xiaomi Redmi 3s comes with 5inch 720p screen for eye protection mode and color temperature mode. The black bezel control well within our range. On the back, there are back camera on top left, fingerprint at top middle. It uses metal body to keep the good grip feeling.  We can clearly see the polycarbonate serging on the edge of the screen about its side with metallic spraying design. The reason using this kind of design is for considering cost and beauty, and screen protection. In addition, Xiaomi official claims it adopts  higher energy density of battery, 4100 mah battery to make the whole thickness in 8.5mm, 0.9mm narrower than Redmi 2.


On the top, it has 3.5mm earphone jack, microphone and IR sensor, at the bottom, it has MicroUSB charge and USB port with 5V/2A, it can also support QC3.0 quick charge. What’s more, Redmi 3s uses three card slots, users can choose one Micro SIM card, one Nano SIM card to realize dual standby dual SIM card. or one Micro SIM card and one TF card to expand up to 128GB. Therefore, Xiaomi Redmi 3s with 5inch metal body brings us more exquisite design than Meizu M3S with 2.5D glass screen.




Xiaomi Redmi 3s takes MIUI 8 OS test version that we got. It will take one month to upgrade to MIUI 8, because it’s possible to use MIUI 7 for one month in REDMI 3S. MIUI 8 has improved in its UI for more bright color to show the youth and vigor. The dynamic effect of OS has been redesigned for example, when dialing number, the number will pop up from the keyboard. MIUI 8 has also improved the mobile reading experience to optimize the type of fonts. It has brought some practical functions such as new album, floating ball,  long screenshot,etc. It has improved its performance compared with MIUI 8 to run apps more smooth and save more power for OS.



Xiaomi Redmi 3s has same pixels as Redmi 3 in camera. Redmi 3s uses 13MP back camera, F2.0 aperture, and 5MP front camera F2.2 aperture, the main camera supports PDAF focus, fastest 0.1s for focus. In software, Redmi 3s has scene mode, manual mode, etc to improve the entertainment of camera. Below are some samples you can enjoy.


Whether enlarging the phone, taking photos indoors, or at night, Redmi 3s can meet your daily needs, but the noise dots still show a little, which need to be improved, but in view of white balance and image color, xiaomi redmi 3s can surpass most high-end smartphones with the similar price.



Xiaomi Redmi 3s has made up the shortcoming of Redmi 3 such as fingerprint, texture back, battery, etc, if you use the phone a lot, we highly recommend this Xiaomi redmi 3s with 4100mAh battery.  But in the near future, more and more users will choose Redmi 3s rather than Redmi 3. Of course, if you play large games a lot, you can choose other high-end smartphone to satisfy. You can enjoy coupon code: 2GBxiaomi  to catch Redmi 3s at $139.89.



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