In China, $100 already gets you a nice metal smartphone


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Why yes, here's yet another dirt cheap Chinese smartphone from none other than Xiaomi. The Redmi 3 is the company's latest budget device that costs just 699 yuan (about $107) off contract, which is pretty good considering it comes with a metallic body, a generous 4,100 mAh battery, infrared remote feature and a secondary Nano SIM slot (can switch to 4G via software) that doubles as a microSD slot (up to 128GB). Impressively, this Android phone is just 144 grams heavy and 8.5mm thick, courtesy of the improved battery density as featured on the Mi 4i.

Of course, at this price point, you can't expect everything else to be of flagship performance: You get a 5-inch 720p display, an octa-coreSnapdragon 616 chipset (4 x 1.5GHz + 4 x 1.2GHz), 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Alas, there's no love for Quick Charge 2.0 here, just the usual 5V/2A input.

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$100 is a pretty good deal for a smartphone with a Octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 4100 Mah battery, and 5 inch phones. I'm also surprise that the phone comes with 16GB of storage instead of 8 GB, and has a microSD card slot.

The design of the phone looks pretty nice as well.
This Smartphone is probably good enough for most tasks like making calls, texting, e-mail, and basic gaming.

But, it probably slowdown once you play very intensive 3D and higher video quality games from companies like SquareEnix, Activision, and Gameloft where you sometimes need a faster phone like a Samsung Galaxy S7 to play games at the highest video quality settings.
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