Compare Xiaomi Redmi 3 and Redmi 3S

Chinese mobile maker Xiaomi has been on a rage of releasing new Redmi smartphone models in this year of 2016. Neat, premium looking, packed with good features and with capable specs all these various Xiaomi Redmi phones, namely the Redmi 3, the Redmi Note 3, Redmi Note 3 Pro and Redmi 3S are all very attractive as well as affordable.

The Xiaomi Redmi 3S smartphone was launched in the month of June in the Chinese mobile market, where is it available in two variants based on RAM and inbuilt storage capacity. The Redmi 3S’s 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of onboard storage version has been priced at CNY 699 (which is approximately Rs. 7,000), while the 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of memory variant has been priced at CNY 899 (that is approximately Rs. 9,000). Now, Xiaomi is said to be all braced up to bring in the new Redmi 3S smartphone in India very soon.

Thus, here we are going to look at the latest Xiaomi Redmi 3S that comes empowered with new Snapdragon 430 processor, MIUI 8 OS, massive 4100 mAh battery and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 tech and compare it against the Xiaomi Redmi 3. So, take a look at this comparison before you decide to take your pick between these two Xiaomi Redmi smartphone models, once the Redmi 3S hits the Indian shore.

Design & Display

The Xiaomi Redmi 3S uses the same design of the Redmi 3, and in terms of looks and design the two smartphone models do not have any noticeable difference.

The Redmi Note 3S comes with a 5-inch large display that is really remarkable. It is crisp, vibrant and beautiful with great viewing angles. The screen comes with a high definition resolution of 1080 pixel and is of more superior quality than other Redmi phones. The Redmi 3S is also very comfortable and good to operate in one hand which is really practical in terms of everyday use.

Both the Redmi 3S and the Redmi 3 come with premium all metal unibody construction. While the regular Xiaomi redmi 3 doesn’t get a fingerprint scanner, the Redmi 3 advanced version gets the fingerprint reader and is no different than that of the new Xiaomi Redmi 3S. The Redmi 3 gets a grid texture which is really admirable which also offering a great grip. In terms of design thus, both the phones are pretty much alike with very subtle differences.

Hardware, Software & Battery

The most notable difference among these smartphone models is the processor. The Redmi 3 model gets powered by a Snapdragon 616 chipset which reportedly has some issues, but the Redmi 3S comes powered with a Snapdragon 430 which is far better. The Redmi 3S’ Snapdragon 430 chipset has been clocked at 1.1GHz, while for graphics there is Adreno 505 GPU. The smartphone gets the support of expandable storage through microSD card to up to 128 GB. The Redmi 3S is a dual SIM mobile handset with a Micro SIM as well as a Nano SIM with a hybrid SIM slot that can be used as a SIM slot as well as a microSD card slot.

Apart from the Snapdragon 430, the Redmi 3S also comes empowered with the MIUI 8 Operating System based on the Android Marshmallow which makes it a far better performer than the Redmi 3 that runs on MIUI 7 based on Android Lollipop. The MIUI 8 comes with great apps management which forbids the unnecessary applications from launching. This ensures that the phone is not slowed down by the unnecessary apps launching and running in the background. So, you can get a smoother and lag free performance in the Redmi 3S than the Redmi 3.

The Redmi 3S’ latest MIUI 8 OS gets automatically updated as well. There are also some added new features in the UI like a screen locking wallpaper, a new UI interface, memo, fonts, photo checking, calculator, recorder, remote control, different account login, Floating ball, long screenshot and many more to offer an overall better smartphone experience.

Another great feature of the new Xiaomi Redmi 3S is its massive 4,100 mAh battery pack which offers superb backup and can be operated for well over a day’s time even if you are heavy user. However, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 also draws its juice from a non-removable 4,100 mAh battery pack, so you don’t have to compromise in this department in either of the handsets. Both the devices get fast charge technology.


The Xiaomi Redmi 3S gets the same cameras as that of the Redmi 3. The device gets a 13 MP rear camera with PDAF or phase detection autofocus and large F2.0 aperture that is same as the Redmi 3. However, the 3S gets the dual ISP function as well for great picture quality. Although both the devices offer good quality pictures during both day time and night, the handsets take a bit of time to take photos. HDR mode, LED flash and1080p video recording are both common features in the rear cameras of both the handsets. Both the Redmi 3S and the Redmi 3 also come with a 5 MP front facing selfie camera along with 1080p video recording.


To put it in a nutshell, the new Xiaomi Redmi 3S is not much different from the Xiaomi Redmi 3 and they have a lot of things similar, but the real difference lies in the new processor and UI. If you wish to get the detailed specifications about both these models, then you can run a comparison check by going to any Gadget Comparison Site. Mobile comparison Site like will show every single detail of these two handsets side by side for you to check and compare.

The new Xiaomi Redmi 3S offers the advantage of the new Snapdragon 430 chipset along with Quick Charge 3.0 technology as well as Dual ISP function. Then, there’s also the more intuitive MIUI 8.0 OS, which really make the Xiaomi Redmi 3S a newer, better and worthier choice over the regular Xiaomi Redmi 3 smartphone.