Xiaomi’s Mi Note 3 Is A Bigger Mi 6

Dual cameras plus Snapdragon 660 on board

Along with their new bezel-less Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi has also announced another phone at their Sept 11 event today. As Xiaomi tells it, the Mi Note 3 is a 5.5-inch alternative to their previously announced Mi 6, and as such has the same aesthetic and dual cameras on the rear.

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Specifications

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display; 1920×1080 resolution
  • 64GB/128GB of storage
  • Dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, 2x Optical Lossless Zoom, 4-axis OIS
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • USB Type-C
  • Splash Resistant
  • 3500mAh battery

The new phone has the same look and dual rear cameras of the Xiaomi Mi 6, though the hardware has been tweaked a bit. The flagship Snapdragon 835 processor has been swapped out for a Snapdragon 660 processor, though what’s nice this time around is that the phone comes with 6GB of RAM as standard when you buy it.

Xiaomi is also boasting that the Mi Note 3 has facial recognition tech built in, which is fast becoming a standard feature in mid-range phones like the LG Q6. Xiaomi promises unlocking speeds similar to when you’re using a fingerprint scanner, though it’s important to remember that facial unlocks are prone to spoofing, unlike fingerprint tech.

Xiaomi has worked on the front-facing camera of the Mi Note 3, giving it AI chops that automatically detect your face’s edges which it then uses to apply the most realistic beauty effect without looking like a badly-drawn anime character.

Xiaomi is selling the Mi Note 3 at RMB 2499 (Php 19.5K) for the 6GB/64GB variant and RMB 2899 (Php 22.6K) for the 6GB/128GB variant.


John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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  1. with that kind of battery? REST in PEACE dude.. ganda sana ng chipset latest.. 660.. perfect phone to kung 5k up battery much better kung 6k+, REST IN PEACE XIAOMI, ang gaganda ng offer ng battery nio sa lumang models.. nyare sanyo hahahahahha!

    1. Well really, theres a lot that factors in not just how big the battery capacity is. If the chipset is energy efficient etc then it wont really use up that much, comparing the 660 to the 835.

    2. eto ang pinaka walang utak na comment sa lahat parang my galit kalang ata sa xiaomi eh nasa pangalan mo narin naman lols.. taba ng utak mo

  2. i think the battery can last you a day and more since SD 660 is energy efficient. it uses 10nm tech. so, battery is not an issue.

    real issue here is none. This is really a damn good phone. Wala ka ng hahanapin pa kundi pambili nito. hehehe.

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