In the past couple of days, we have seen some information about a new variant of the Redmi 3 budget smartphone that was announced in January this year. While at that time we had no clue about the name or even the features of the new handset, recent reports from China have thrown some light about the device’s specs.
First of all, according to the latest information, it is being said that the new Redmi 3 variant will be called as the Redmi 3S. This name is possible since the updated version of the Redmi 1 was called as the 1S. As for the specs, most of the hardware is expected to be the same as the Redmi 3, however, the new Redmi 3S will most likely bring a fingerprint sensor to the device.
As for the pricing, the Redmi 3S is rumored to retail at a price tag of 799 Yuan which comes to around $122. So, you will have to shell out around $15 more than the usual pricing for the addition of a fingerprint scanner. Finally, you can expect to meet the Redmi 3S on April 6 which will be the company’s sixth anniversary. Lot’s of new products are expected to be launched on that day and the Redmi 3S could be one of them.
Thanks to yesterday’s TENAA listing, we know that the Xiaomi Redmi 3S will look exactly the same as the previous version, featuring a 4000mAh battery inside its 8.5mm body. The phone will also continue with the all metal design as the Redmi 3.
As for the specs, if it’s the same as the Redmi 3, you can expect Snapdragon 616 on board with 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera with PDAF, 5MP front shooter, dual SIM dual standby and a 5-inch 720p display. A possible upgrade on the Redmi 3S could be the screen resolution (bump it up to 1080p), but we are not yet sure of that.
There’s also a rumor going around that Xiaomi will release the Redmi 3A, as an upgrade to the Redmi 2A budget device. Pricing is expected to be cheap, around 599 Yuan which is less than $100. [source]