Last month I finally got a new phone and I wanted to share my purchase. It’s the Redmi 3S Prime from the Chinese brand Xiaomi that was launched just this past June.
The brand’s rather hard to get stateside but, fortunately for me, my dad knew someone who was traveling in China at the time and had him pick one up for me. From what I’ve read, apparently 1 out of 4 people in China owns a Xiaomi phone placing Xiaomi above Samsung and Huawei as the biggest smartphone vendor in China. That’s huge considering China’s 1.37 billion population. Xiaomi’s also very popular in India because when the Redmi 3S was released there via flash sales in August they kept selling out within the first 10 minutes.
Xiaomi makes lots of phones at different price ranges but the Redmi, which is what I was interested in specifically, is basically their budget smartphone line that offers a great looking phone with good specs at an affordable price. With a $135 price tag you get the Redmi 3S Prime which comes with a full metal body, 5 inch HD display, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front facing camera, fingerprint scanner, 4100 mAH battery with a 2-day battery life, Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 OS, 1.4 Ghz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with Adreno 505 GPU, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB of internal storage that’s expandable up to 256 GB with microSD card, an IR blaster so you can control your tv and other home electronics with the phone, and a hybrid dual SIM card slot (that can either be used for two SIM cards or one SIM card/one microSD card).
The phone’s default language is Chinese but I went into Settings and changed it to English easily because I don’t read Chinese. It also comes with a bunch of pre-installed Chinese apps, including a Chinese language browser, Chinese/English keyboard and a Chinese app store. However, there are a bunch of tutorials online on how to install Google Play Store onto the phone and once I got past that hurdle everything else was a breeze. I downloaded and installed Google Chrome and a keyboard app from the Google Play Store and made those my new defaults and now you would never know that this phone originally had Chinese on it.
This is my first Xiaomi phone and I’m really enjoying it so far, so when the Redmi 4 launches which is supposed to be soon I may get that one too. The display and specs are supposed to be even bigger and better but for the same price.