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Xiaomi Redmi 3S First Sale in India Today: What You Need to Know

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Xiaomi Redmi 3S will be available in India for the first time via Xiaomi’s own mi.com and online retailer Flipkart starting 12 noon on Wednesday in an open sale. Priced at Rs. 6,999, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S is the more affordable variant of the Redmi 3S Prime (Review) that went on sale for the first time last week, but will also be up for purchase on Wednesday for Rs. 8,999.

The Xiaomi Redmi 3S comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, compared to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage on its more expensive sibling. The Redmi 3S Prime also comes with a built-in fingerprint scanner. The highlight of the two smartphones is the massive 4100mAh battery.

Last week, Xiaomi said it sold 90,000 units of the Redmi 3S Prime in less than eight minutes during the first open sale of the smartphone. “We did a launch sale without registration for the first time ever, as we were confident that we had a significant volume with more than 90,000 units,” Manu Kumar Jain, India Head – Xiaomi, said in an emailed statement. It’s not known how many units of the two smartphones will be up for grabs on Wednesday.

Other specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime include a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC with Adreno 505 GPU, storage expandability via microSD card (hybrid dual-SIM – nano + micro), a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, 4G connectivity with VoLTE support, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 7.5.

Xiaomi Redmi 3S

General

Release date June 2016
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 139.30 x 69.60 x 8.50
Weight (g) 144.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 4100
Removable battery No
Colours Grey, Silver, Gold
SAR value NA

Display

Screen size (inches) 5.00
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 720×1280 pixels

Hardware

Processor 1.1GHz  octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
RAM 2GB
Internal storage 16GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128

Camera

Rear camera 13-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 5-megapixel

Software

Operating System Android 6.0.1
Skin MIUI 7

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/ g/ n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.10
NFC No
Infrared Yes
USB OTG Yes
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1  
SIM Type Micro-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes

Sensors

Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No