Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Snapdragon) review: Dragon fire
Contacts and telephony
The dialer and the phonebook share a single app although there are two shortcuts, bringing you straight to the tab you need. The app has pleasant flat looks and it's about the same as we remember it. It uses a tabbed interface - recent with dialer on the first and the contact list on the second.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 supports voice call recording and it can do it automatically on each call if you like. You can also assign an answer gesture, pre-define quick responses upon reject, there is even support for internet calling.
There are even more call settings if you dig deeper into the menu - flip to mute the ringer, turn on/off the proximity sensor, lock automatically once slipped in a pocket, it can even mute calls from unknown numbers.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 seems to feature the same speaker as the Note 2. It scored a Good mark on our loudness test, and outed pretty much the same results on all three tests as the Note 2. Produced sound is rather pleasant and deep enough. This means missed calls are unlikely in most environments.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with a custom Gallery app, slightly updated since the MIUI 6. It defaults to your camera roll, but it also supports Albums, Cloud and People. The People sorting, once chosen, sorts all of your photos by people's faces. Everything is automatic. Here you can also create a new baby album, to put your newborn pics inside.
The integrated editor offers various effects, frames, tools (crop, mirror, straighten, rotate, fisheye, doodle) plus light adjustments that let you bring out the shadows or the highlights.
The MIUI music player is a custom app with a well laid out, easy to navigate interface. The player has cool effects, transitions and transparent elements, especially on the expandable Now Playing section. It can also display lyrics, but the files you throw in have to be properly filled out with information.
An FM radio app is also available. The Redmi Note 3 does not require a headset to use as an antenna, so you can listen FM radio without any additional accessories. FM recording is also available.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 features a separate video app, which offers a paid video service. Whether you will open your files from the Video app (Local setting) or File Explorer - it doesn't really matter.
The video player interface is very basic but there is rich video codec support. It managed to play everything we threw at it (including MKV and WMV files). The AC3 audio codec is surprisingly, supported too.
Subtitles and pop-up play are not supported by the MIUI's video player though, so you might want to look around the Play Store if you need a more capable alternative.
Audio output is mostly good
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 started off great in our audio quality test. When connected to an active external amplifier, the smartphone showed high volume levels and perfectly clean output for one of the best showings out there.
When we plugged in a pair of headphones the stereo crosstalk rose only a moderate amount - unlike the Redmi Note 2, which saw a lot of damage in that case. Volume still dropped though and we got some intermodulation distortion and frequency response deviations. The overall results are still good and a notable step forward for the Xiaomi Redmi Note line, but not quite up there with the best.
|Test||Frequency response||Noise level||Dynamic range||THD||IMD + Noise||Stereo crosstalk|
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 3||+0.04, -0.08||-96.0||92.3||0.0015||0.0076||-95.6|
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (headphones attached)||+0.48, -0.09||-95.3||92.1||0.011||0.327||-70.2|
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 2||+0.02, -0.10||-96.1||92.4||0.0084||0.012||-94.8|
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 (headphones attached)||+0.50, -0.09||-94.9||91.9||0.073||0.313||-54.0|
|Meizu m2 note||+0.08, -0.05||-93.1||92.7||0.0079||0.013||-92.4|
|Meizu m2 note (headphones attached)||+0.40, -0.62||-86.9||88.0||0.145||0.529||-50.8|
|Oppo R1x||+0.01, -0.04||-93.5||92.9||0.0010||0.400||-94.7|
|Oppo R1x (headphones attached)||+0.22, -0.03||-92.6||90.4||0.0029||1.144||-69.8|
|Motorola Moto E (2015)||+0.02 -0.06||-90.8||91.1||0.0026||0.097||-90.9|
|Motorola Moto E (2015) (headphones attached)||+0.05, -0.06||-90.2||90.7||0.0029||0.063||-51.4|
|Xiaomi Redmi 2||+0.06, -0.04||-94.8||95.9||0.026||0.016||-95.8|
|Xiaomi Redmi 2 (headphones attached)||+0.04, -0.06||-94.0||91.0||0.039||0.053||-70.0|
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 frequency response
You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.