In 2016, Xiaomi was seriously overclocked, releasing new models every month. But in all this diversity inexperienced user to understand it is very difficult. After the third generation Redmi series came out about a dozen devices with minimal differences in name and design. One of them – a smartphone Xiaomi Redmi 3S, released in June 2016. Buy the device can be as low as 120 dollars (with memory sizes 2/16 GB). 3/32 GB version will cost $ 150. Prices are current at the time of the review.
The device was the update provided by a pair of months earlier models without the letters S in the title. He got a little more optimized performance and a slightly updated design. The device is better than its predecessor, if they have any significant innovation, it is worth buying Xiaomi Redmi 3S? All this will help to figure out our review of the smartphone.
For a beginner differences between smartphones Xiaomei Redmen 3rd generation seem to be insignificant. Nevertheless, there is a difference in performance, although all vehicles are consistent with not even a budget, but closer to the middle class.
The main design difference from its predecessor was the back panel Xiaomi Redmi 3S. The smartphone still clad in aluminum body (according to some sources – magnesium alloy, that is, duralumin).
But he lost the rear mesh texture. Smartphone Dimensions – 139 x 69.6 mm, thickness – 8.5 mm, and weight – 144 g This is less than most state employees by 5 “, and a small thickness, taking into account the capacity of the battery in general strikes.
The rear panel has camera with flash (in the corner), fingerprint sensor ring (3 in Redmi it was not), the speaker mesh and logo. On the front – touch buttons, speaker, camera lens and light / proximity sensors.
Boca slightly rounded, right – the volume buttons and the power, the left – for the card tray (open pin). Above – a microphone, IR diode and the headset jack at the bottom – the microphone and MicroUSB.
The difference from the previous model of the smartphone has become the processor. In Xiaomi Redmi 3S Qualcomm Snapdragon set 430. It is equipped with eight cores (Snapdragon 616 as in the model without S), but with a reduced frequency of 1.4 GHz. But the updated schedule, here established core Adreno 505 (instead of 405), which is almost twice as powerful (with a similar power consumption). By optimizing the chip is gaining about 40 thousand points in the AnTuTu, at the same time, a little more economical than the Snapdragon 616.
With everyday tasks performance deficiency does not occur, the game goes on medium settings. Switch tasks quickly flown to the desktop does not. Against the background of Helio P10 MTK chipset it looks equivalent, but has a more gentle battery consumption.
RAM from your smartphone 2 or 3 GB, it refers to the generation of DDR3. At the start of freely 900/1800 MB, depending on the version. For storage meets eMMC chip on the 16 GB (available 10) or 32 GB (about 26 available). The memory card slot is present, it is aligned with the socket of the second SIM cards. Supports drives up to 256 GB, but only in the FAT file system, exFAT licensing Chinese saved. The same goes for USB flash drives, connected via OTG.
The capacity of the battery of the smartphone is 4100 mAh, which is a lot for a slim smartphone with 5 “. If you only occasionally calls – charge will last for about a week, if you actively use the device for 2 hours a day – it will stretch up to 4 days. Watch the video from the memory can be up to 15 -20 hours (depending on the quality of video and backlight), with YouTube -. 13 hours the same holds battery in web browsing mode.
Complete memory (flat Chinese plug) at 2 amp does not support fast charging. With it up to 100% Xiaomi Redmi 3S charge for 3 hours. If you buy an adapter with support QuickCharge 2 – time is reduced to 2 hours.
The Xiaomi Redmi 3S set the matrix Samsung S5K3L2, with a resolution of 13 megapixels, autofocus and phase. The same sensor is used in the Samsung Galaxy A9, but there optical aperture – f / 1.9, and in the review of the hero – f / 2. This is due to the fact that the module itself is not going to force Korean companies and Chinese Sunny and O-Film.
For its class the camera is good, we can say that the smartphone takes a little bit better than the Redmi Note 3 Pro with 16 MP.
However, Samsung devices background with 13 megapixel photo quality a little bit worse in the evening. The reason – the noise reduction mechanism, which at Xiaomi Redmi ideal has never been.
Video is written in FullHD with 30 FPS, stereo separation is felt. The HD resolution are available to shoot in Slow-Mo, and express video recording.
Front camera – 5 megapixel OmniVision does not differ from other smartphones frontalok Xiaomei and Maisie, 2015-2016. Selfies are obtained quite tolerable, but the texture of the skin a little zamyleny. Amused recognition function of sex and age, but there is no practical benefit from it.
The Xiaomi Redmi 3S set IPS display 5 “with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels Since Xiaomi -. A” lottery with screens “synonymous phrases that use arrays from 3 different companies does not surprise smartphone across LCD production Tianma, BOE and EBBG. . The first has the highest image quality, virtually perfect color reproduction and accurate color temperature. Other matrices are also good, but they have more frequent violation of the color temperature in the direction of warm colors.
If you want to select in-store device is a matrix Tianma – you need to go to “Settings”, select “About phone” to find the line with kernel version and click on it 5 times. In the menu that opens, select the first item, and the bottom to find the item «LCM Information». It is the name of the screen and its manufacturer.
Smartphone sensor supports up to 10 simultaneous touches. It is covered with a layer of oleophobic qualities “above average.” Stains remain, but they are readily wiped off.
The smartphone is equipped with two slots for SIM cards. MicroSIM slot is used only for the operator card, you can put in NanoSIM or sim card, or a USB flash drive. LTE supports Network, 3G and GSM. Traditionally Xiaomei, LTE Band 20 (800 MHz) is not available, 1.3, 7 and 38, used in Russia supported.
Wi-Fi module is a smartphone designed to work in networks of the 2.4 GHz band, with standards b, g and n. 5-GHz band (unlike Redmi Note 3) is not supported. Bluetooth version 4.1 corresponds to, stereo sound and energy savings are supported. Trehsistemnaya Navigation with GPS-enabled, the BDS, and GLONASS. Her work is not satisfactory, in open areas quickly caught more than 20 satellites. As usual for Xiaomi, it has an IR port for controlling appliances.
The sound does not belong to the strengths of the smartphone. The speaker is loud, but it plays a dry, hints at the effect of volume is not at all. The headphones achieve excellent sound quality possible, but not always. Sometimes “Zenhayzery” $ 100 can not be revealed, and “kitayschina” for $ 10 – pleases the ear. Why is it so – is unknown. Unlike Meizu phones have Xiaomi Redmi 3S has FM-radio.
Initially Xiaomi Redmi 3S comes with factory-installed with Android 5.1, with a superstructure MIUI7. In 2016, the issue of localization Xiaomei smartphones lost relevance since the company now releases firmware Global, with Russian and Ukrainian languages, as well as Google. But there was another problem: a locked boot loader, though does not kill the wrong flashing the smartphone, but also prevents obtain Root.
Powered operating system is more or less stable, although some users have observed bugs. The main of them – the unjustified charging rate. Usually it occurs due to file conflict the old and new versions of the operating system after the update over the air. Also, there are problems with the display photo caller of an incoming call. Many people are running is no problem at all.
At the time of writing Xiaomi Redmi 3S review it is already out with firmware MIUI8, on Android kernel 6. But this – Developer version with weekly updates. When will the Stable version, with monthly updates – is still unknown.
Xiaomi Redmi 3S is very similar to other smartphones of the company, to distinguish it from similar models redmi 3, you need to consider a few points. At 3S cover is smooth, there is a fingerprint scanner, 430 Snapdragon processor and memory 2/16 or 3/32 GB. In Redmi 3 – panel structure, the scanner is not present, the processor – the Snapdragon 616, the memory of 2/16 or 3/32 GB. At 3 Pro lid is smooth, has a scanner, chip – the Snapdragon 616, the memory of 3/32 GB. Model 3X – smooth, the scanner has a chip – the Snapdragon 430, memory – 2/32 GB firmware only Chinese (can be sewn by Global 3S).
Xiaomi Redmi 3S is designed for those who need a balanced smartphone with great autonomy, but not “brick”. He has all that it takes the average user, so the machine is universal. He did not “cut” to get the most out of battery, so a movie in high definition, toys in the middle graph, web surfing, photo – all it can do.
As practice has shown, it is sufficient to establish a “clean” (from the computer) and 3-4 to test the latest version of the firmware. On one of them, no glitches will not be accurate. But this nuance makes the smartphone purchase is not recommended for those who can not (do not like, do not want) to tinker with reinsertion.
Review Xiaomi Redmi 3S showed that smartphone and balanced for your money is a good option of purchase. Give him the title of “the best budget phone 2016” not only allows the situation with the firmware. If it was not a manifestation of bugs in some versions of the OS, and the lack of variation in the quality of the screen matrix – a device would be ideal in the price range of $ 100-150. And as “lottery” can significantly spoil the impression of how this model and the manufacturer as a whole.