The year 2016 has been a busy one for Xiaomi in India. The company has launched a slew of smartphones ranging from flagships to entry-level smartphones. The recent ones to arrive are the Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime.
Both the devices have been priced around Rs. 10,000 and the Redmi 3S is the upgrade to last year's Redmi 2 Prime. However, both the smartphones look like the miniatures of the Redmi Note 3. We, at GizBot, have already covered the first impressions of the elder sibling, the Redmi 3S Prime.
To recall, the Redmi 3S Prime comes with a smaller 5-inch 720p display and a newer octa-core Snapdragon chipset. There is 3GB of RAM along with 32GB of on-board storage. The smartphone has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera.
Battery capacity on this device is of 4,100mAh. On the software front, the device runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on top of MIUI 7.5. We all know about the MIUI, it is a heavily customized version of Android and comes with several tweaks which are not present in stock Android.
In this guide, we will guide you through the essential tips-and-tricks of the newly launched Redmi 3S Prime. Read on to know more:
Enable Reading Mode to Reduce Strain to Your Eyes
'Reading Mode' is also known as 'Night Mode'. Google is apparently adding a night mode in Android N Nougat, however, Xiaomi has this for ages. You can set between the strength of the reading mode depending on your liking and you can choose some apps which automatically use reading mode. The Reading mode can be found under device settings.
Set a Group for Service and Promotional Messages
Xiaomi's MIUI allows you to group between service and promotional messages. You need to manually enable it in device's settings by heading over to Settings>Apps> Messaging> Enable 'Notifications Group' and 'Check SMS for OTP'.
A dedicated Child Mode
The MIUI even has a child mode which keeps your safe from your children. A 'Child Mode' basically is kind of creating a guest user and allows you to choose apps individually for keeping the device safe from your child. The Child Mode is under Settings.
An In-Built Cleaner, Virus Scanner
The Redmi 3S Prime comes with an integrated cleaner and virus scanner. Cleaner allows you to clean your smartphone which cleans cache and junk files, if any. Virus Scanner scans for always scans your device to keep it clear from the virus. Both these settings can be found under Settings> Security.
Lock Apps with Fingerprint scanner
In Android, if you want to lock an application, you need to download third-party apps such as Applock, etc. However, in Redmi 3S Prime, you can lock the apps within the MIUI itself and you can unlock them with the fingerprint scanner, which is a really brilliant addition. You can find the 'App Lock' under Settings> Additional Settings> Privacy> Privacy Protection> App Lock> Choose between apps.
Quickly Change the Lockscreen Wallpaper
In MIUI 7, you can change the wallpaper within the lock screen itself. The Wallpaper Carousel comes enabled by default and you need an internet connection to change between the wallpapers. There is a button on top right of the lock screen. By pressing it, you can change the wallpapers.
Use Mi Remote App to Control Devices Nearby
The Redmi 3S Prime comes with support for IR Blaster. Also, the MIUI has an inbuilt app called 'Mi Remote' with which you can control the devices which are connected to the smartphone. The Mi Remote can be found on the home screen.
Customize Notification LED
The Redmi 3S Prime has a LED Notification and with the MIUI 7, you can customize the notification light settings. The Notification light settings can be found under Settings> Additional Settings> Notification light.
Activate Launcher Gestures
As we all know that the MIUI 7 doesn't come with an app drawer and all the apps are spread through the home screen. The MIUI launcher comes with some gesture controls such as Two Finger, Three Finger Pinch. Two-Finger pinch opens the basic settings of the drawer and the Three-Finger pinch brings the number of screens of the launcher where you can add and delete the screens.
Switch Between Battery Profiles to Save the Battery Life
The Redmi 3S Prime comes with support for Battery profiles change. With this, you can change the profile of the battery of your liking. That said, the handset has default profiles- 'Marathon' and 'Sleep'. Alternatively, you can create your own profile. You can customize the battery settings from 'Settings>Advanced Settings> Battery'