Xiaomi Redmi 3 vs Redmi 3s : Which one should you buy

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Redmi 3 or Redmi 3S detail

Xiaomi launched Redmi 3 this year in January (32GB version was launched in March), and now they have just launched Redmi 3S. Usually “S” means the upgraded version for most of the company, and Xiaomi also launched upgraded version of Mi 4 as Mi 4S. However, it is not applicable for all the models. Xiaomi has now released Redmi 3S which is a downgraded variant of Redmi 3, but it’s still worth to buy, and we will tell you the reason.

Xiaomi Redmi 3 vs Redmi 3S Tech Specs

Similarity in both models

Dimension : 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight : 144 grams

Display : 5.o inches IPS Display

Resolution : 1280 x 720 pixels

RAM + ROM : 2GB + 16GB or 3GB + 32GB

MicroSD : Yes, up to 128GB

OS : MIUI 7 (based on Android Lollipop 5.1)

Primary Camera : 13 MP, LED Flash, f/2.0 Aperture

Secondary Camera : 5 MP, f/2.2 Aperture

Battery : 4100 mAh

Differences between both models


Redmi 3 : Octa-core Snapdragon 616 (4 X 1.5 GHz + 4 X 1.2 GHz), Adreno 405 GPU

Redmi 3s : Octa-core Snapdragon 430 (4 X 1.4 GHz + 4 X 1.1 GHz)

Finger Print Scanner

Redmi 3 : Yes, only with 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM model

Redmi 3S : Yes, Both 16GB and 32GB


Price for both the model remains the same (Redmi 3 and Redmi 3S)

2GB RAM + 16GB ROM : 699 Chinese Yuan (around $106)

3GB RAM + 32GB ROM : 899 Chinese Yuan (around $136)

Which one should I buy / Conclusion

Both the models come with enough power to perform any tasks. There are no major differences between these 2 models. The only difference we have found is the Processor (16GB version Redmi 3 lacks Finger Print Scanner as well).

Buy Redmi 3 if…

If you are going to buy a 32GB version, buy Redmi 3 ( not Redmi 3s). Redmi 3 has everything you can get in Redmi 3s + you get a more powerful processor for the same price that you would pay for Redmi 3s. You will probably pay little more if Xiaomi doesn’t sell device officially in your country, this is because third party sellers sell at a little higher price.

Redmi 3 (32GB Version) Best Deal : $159.99

Buy Redmi 3 or Redmi 3S if…

If you don’t care about fingerprint scanner, you should buy Redmi 3, because it features little better processor. However, if you really want a fingerprint scanner, go for Redmi 3S without giving a second thought.

Redmi 3 (16GB Version) Best Deal : $129.99

Note : Redmi 3 is also known as Hongmi 3, and Redmi 3S is also known as Hongmi 3S