Xiaomi launches its latest flagship, the Redmi Note 3

With the news that Xiaomi is set to arrive in South Africa shortly under the Mobiles In Africa (MIA) group, there’s plenty of reason to be excited about the rising Chinese company’s products.
In an effort to bridge the gap with soaring rival Huawei, Xiaomi has unveiled its latest flagship phone – the Redmi Note 3.
The Redmi Note 3, which will retail for an expected $140 USD, was launched yesterday by Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s chairman. The device will arrive sporting a new metallic body, with an upgraded battery and a fingerprint sensor.
The Chinese giant has further introduced a far more mundane addition with the launch of the Redmi Note 3; a consistent packaging design language, which its competitor, Huawei, has been praised for in recent times.
The budget-end Redmi Note 3 bring with it an impressive set of specifications for its price point; notably including a 720p display with a 267 ppi pixel density, a 13MP primary camera alongside a 5MP primary camera, and will include 8GBs of internal storage and 1-2GBs of RAM depending on the territory where it is sold.
Further, the Redmi Note 3 will include an Octa-core 1.7Ghz Cortex A7 processor, and will carry a large 3,100mAh battery.
Available in silver, dark grey and gold, the Redmi Note 3 brings a far more premium feel as opposed to its forebears, and measures in at 8.65mm – just slightly larger than the previous Redmi Note 2.
Lee Jun specificed that with the Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi had made a renewed commiment to achieving a premium design that retains an affordable price tag.
Suprisingly, the Redmi Note 3 will debut sporting Android 5.1 Lollipop, as opposed to the latest version, Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
What’re your thoughts on the Redmi Note 3? Should we hope for its launch in South Africa following the likes of the Redmi 2 and Mi 4? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!