Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi has announced its latest smartphone the Redmi Note 3 in India, just a day back. The Redmi Note 3 is the company first smartphone to feature fingerprint scanner and a full metal body.
The smartphone is available in two variants differentiated by internal storage capacity and RAM. One with 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage is priced for Rs. 9,999 while the 3GB RAM with 32GB of internal memory is priced at Rs. 11,999. We got the chance to spend time with the device and here's is our first impressions.
Key Specifications of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with an all-metal unibody design and sports a 5.5 inch Full HD (1920x1080p) IPS display upfront. Under the hood, the smartphone is now powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Hexa Core SoC (previously referred to as Snapdragon 618) boasting of a two Cortex A72 cores clocked at 1.2GHz and four A53 cores at 1.8GHz.
The fingerprint sensor on Redmi Note 3 uses capacitive scanning technology for accurate, secure and fast performance, unlocking the device in just 0.3 seconds. There are number of useful fingerprint sensor features incorporated into MIUI 7, including the ability to lock apps, access hidden folders, and even take a front or rear camera selfie using just your fingerprint.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 runs on popular MIUI 7 interface and comes with some tricks that are usually unknown by many users. Here are 10 useful tips and tricks to use your smartphone effectively.
Three Finger Pinch
Like all other Xiaomi device, the Redmi Note 3 doesn't come with app drawer, as the MIUI 7 keeps all the apps and widgets directly on the home screen. Xiaomi also provided an option to add more home screens in case if you want to have a separate screen for apps and widgets.
To add another home screen, just tap and pinch three fingers on your home screen and a cool animated scree will transform all the home screen into thumbernail along with an add option to add more home screen and can also rearrange them.
Setting Up Fingerprint Scanner
As mentioned above, the Redmi Note 3 is the company's first smartphone to be equipped with a fingerprint sensor. It is placed just below the camera unit on the back of the device. Setting it up is hassle-free and is quick to recognize which finger has been used and unlocks the device in under half a second. Go to Settings >> Lock Screen & Fingerprint Reader >> Password and Fingerprint >> Add Fingerprint and follow the on screen instructions.
There are number of useful fingerprint sensor features incorporated into MIUI 7, including the ability to lock apps, access hidden folders, and even take a front or rear camera selfie using just your fingerprint.
You might be knowing that swiping from right side on lock-screen will launch the camera. But, the tricky thing is swiping from down when the camera is in use will switch to the front-facing camera.
The camera app lets you to customize and click the best images. Swiping the camera app to the left will open the presets like Panorama, timer, refocus, manual, beautify and HHT. By taping on the gear icon at the bottom of the screen will open a detailed setting of the camera app.
Switch On LED Lights
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with a built-in torch feature, and also easy to activate from the lock screen whenever required. You just need to long press the home button to switch on the LED light, and by releasing the home button will switch off the LED light after two seconds. But if the screen sleeps with LED on then you need to press the power button to switch off the torch.
Xiaomi makes the Redmi Note 3 even more secure with its Guest Mode features, that hide all your personal data. To activate the Guest Mode, go to Settings >> Additional Settings >> Privacy >> Privacy Protection and than tap of Guest Mode.
Multi-Tasking Apps Screen
The menu key of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 works in two different ways, tapping the button for a while let you move apps, and widgets, change wallpaper on home screen and lock screen. While by just tapping on the menu button will show you all the running apps icon along with system memory consumed indicator.
The smartphone also lets you see all the recently opened apps in an enlarged format. To do so, tap the menu button and when you see recently used app, just pinch and zoom out on the screen to enlarge a;; the apps
Connection Speed Indicator
We often use third party apps to check device's network speed, but Redmi Note 3 comes with connection speed indicator. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 will indicate the network speed on the status bar. To activate just go to device Settings >> Notifications >> and turn on Show Connection Speed.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with pre-installed security app which also allows to boost the battery life of the smartphone. Navigate to Security app and click on the battery icon which opens a new page with three options such as Battery Profiles, Battery Saver and Schedule Profile Switch.
Data Usage Feature
Background apps are usually one of the main reason to drains smartphone battery. But Xiaomi has come up with Data Usage feature, so that users can choose which app can consume data in the background.
To use this feature, open Security app >> Data Usage >> Restrict app data usage, now you will find all the apps that are using data in the background and you can choose the app to use data or Wi-Fi.
Xiaomi Redmi Note makes it easy to capture screenshots with its built-in screen capture feature. Just press the 'Power' and 'Volume Down' buttons simultaneous to take screenshot and the images is directly saved into the image directory. You can also take screenshot even with a shortcut menu in notification bar.