Xiaomi Redmi 3S vs Redmi Note 3 vs Redmi 3 Full Review


Xiaomi has released four redmi smartphones in 2016 from $120 to $200, they are Xiaomi Redmi 3, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro and Xiaomi Redmi 3s with Snapdragon 430 processor, MIUI 8 OS, and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and 4100mAh battery. So let’s discuss Xiaomi redmi 3s to compare with other Redmi smartphone. Xiaomi Redmi 3S has two version at the similar price as Redmi 3 smartphone, and Redmi 3s 3GB also sells at the similar price as Redmi Note 3 and Redmi note 3 netcom version. So it’s hard to give us a smart choice.



From up to down, Redmi 3 Advanced version, Redmi 3s, redmi 3, Redmi Note 3

Xiaomi Redmi 3S still uses Redmi 3 design, but they have no big difference. Compared with the other three Redmi smartphones, just check the pictures attached.

Redmi Note 3 has large screen which is outstanding, the other three smartphones more suitable for holding in single hand has wider viewing angle. Meanwhile, 1080p screen resolution makes its screen quality more superior, but other three 720p screen resolution Redmi smartphones also have nice screen quality.


From up to down, Redmi 3 Advanced version, Redmi 3s, redmi 3, Redmi Note 3

They all uses all metal body, only Xiaomi redmi 3 standard version didn’t use fingerprint ID function. On the back, Redmi 3 advanced version has not difference from Xiaomi redmi 3S. The redmi 3 standard version uses starring grid texture. But redmi note 3 uses the other design, they put the camera in the middle lining up with fingerprint ID module, and it also uses color temperature dual LED light. So in terms of design, it’s up to your interest. But we like the grid texture more.


From up to down, Redmi 3 Advanced version, Redmi 3s, redmi 3, Redmi Note 3


From up to down, Redmi 3 Advanced version, Redmi 3s, redmi 3, Redmi Note 3

The button on the side and card slot design of this four redmi smartphones look same.


From up to down, Redmi 3 Advanced version, Redmi 3s, redmi 3, Redmi Note 3

The top 3.5mm earphone jack and receiver, IR control of Xiaomi Redmi 3s are only different from that of Redmi note 3.



From up to down, Redmi 3 Advanced version, Redmi 3s, redmi 3, Redmi Note 3

All this four Redmi smartphone don’t use USB Type C port like Xiaomi mi5, but USB port of Redmi note 3 is on the side of the body.

Performance, Battery Life, Network

First, we compare their specs.


The most difference among them is the processor from different two chipset, mediatek and Qualcomm, let’s test the advanced version of them in their performance, battery life and Network connection.


Redmi Note 3 Standard vs Redmi note 3 netcom

From the test result, Snapdragon 616 of Redmi 3 advanced version shows some software compatibility problems, many test softwares can not be operated. Helio X10 of Redmi note 3 has also revealed this kind of problem, but Snapdragon 430 of Redmi 3s can test all score softwares.

Then whether CPU or GPU test scores, Snapdragon 430 is better than Snapdragon 616 which is also the new tendency of Qualcomm this year. Snapdragon 600 series performs better than Snapdragon 800 series, now Snapdragon 430 is better than Snapdragon 600 series.


Snapdragon 616 vs Snapdragon 430 vs Helio X10


At last, we compare Snapdragon 430 with Helio X10, although its CPU and 3DMark score can’t compete with Helio X10, in GFXBench, Snapdragon 430 is over Helio X10. And its Qualcomm Adreno 505 GPU is also the best compared with others.


In game test, we uses Subway Surfers, Riptide GP2,  Need for Speed:Most Wanted and Asphalt 8 to test. Except Redmi 3s doesn’t be compatible with  Asphalt 8, others all performs well in these games.

Snapdragon 430 of Redmi 3s  can perform better than Snapdragon 616 of Redmi 3, meanwhile, it uses MIUI 8 OS. Because we install more and more apps, the smartphone runs slower, in order to reduce some apps running, MIUI 8 has also controlled well in apps management to forbid the unnecessary apps launching.


Redmi 3s not only performs well in Snapdragon 430 and MIUI 8 OS, but also uses the 4,100mAh battery, which can be used in one or two days under heavy use.

About the network connection, all support dual sim card, dual standby, netcom besides Redmi note 3 FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE.



Compared with other three smartphones, Redmi 3s has the latest MIUI 8 OS which can be updated automatically. There are some new features from MIUI 8 OS such as screen locking wallpaper, different UI interface, photo checking, memo,fonts, calculator, recorder, Floating ball, remote control, long screenshot, different account log-in, etc. You can have a try to experience these features of MIUI 8 OS.


We will compare them in camera specs, samples and experience.

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Xiaomi Redmi 3S uses 13MP back camera, PDAF focus and big F2.0 aperture which is same as Redmi 3, but Snapdragon 430 has not only added Quick charge 3.0 technology, but also Dual ISP that Snapdragon 400 series and Snapdragon 616 series don’t have. So how fast to take pictures by dual ISP and PDAF function of Redmi 3S? Check some photo samples.


Before HDR


After HDR

This 13MP CMOS camera has performed its nice picture quality in the day, but at night, it just meet the basic needs to take the pictures. Because it didn’t control glare well. And whether using it to take the photos in the day or at night, we press HDR button, we need to wait for 5 seconds. If you are professional photographer, you will find it just meets your basic needs, due to long time to make a picture, so that it will be more fuzzy. But some smartphones with Dual ISP to take night photos in HDR mode, it will take almost 10 seconds, so compared with others, Dual ISP of Snapdragon 430  still has nice combination speed in photos of HDR Mode in the evening, only a little slow in the day.



If we only have limited money like $150, we can choose these four smartphones, Xiaomi Redmi 3  Advanced version, Redmi 3S 3GB, Xiaomi Redmi note 3, and Redmi note 3 netcom. In their performance,Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro Netcom is the best one which is different from those smartphones with Snapdragon 652 and Snapdragon 650. But if you think 5.5inch screen is a little large, RAM 2GB ROM 16GB can not be large, 16MP and 13MP rear camera has no big difference, and you want to experience the new Snapdragon 430 processor with QC 3.0 and Dual ISP function and MIUI 8.0, Xiaomi Redmi 3s will be your best choice. So do you know which one you will select now? Don’t forget to use Coupon code: RedmiGBE to catch XIAOMI Redmi Note 3 Pro 3GB RAM 32GB ROM at $164.99, and use coupon code: XIAOMIERS for XIAOMI Redmi Note 3 Pro 16GB SLIVER at $139.99. And just use this coupon code: 4GSmart  to get XiaoMi Redmi 3 16GB SLIVER at $116.99, and Coupon code:  GB4Smart for XiaoMi Redmi 3 16GB GOLDEN at $115.99 and Coupon code: GBROM4G for XiaoMi Redmi 3 Pro 32GB GOLDEN at $146.99. And you can enjoy coupon code: 2GBxiaomi  to catch Redmi 3s at $139.89.



  1. The XIAOMI Redmi 3 has HD display, 2GB RAM and 13MP camera, it is all the same with latest released Bluboo Maya, but Maya’s price is much lower, it only needs $69.99. If price is concerned, which will you choose?

  2. In Xiaomi Redmi 3S Pro compared to Uhans H5000 less memory and a smaller battery capacity. In Uhans H5000 battery lasts for 7 days of normal use of the smartphone; 43 days he can be in standby mode; for 87.5 hours can be carried out on this smart phone conversations

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