Yep, the Redmi 3, not the Note 3. The 5 inch, 720P update to the 4.7 inch Redmi 2/Redmi Prime. I was busy with traveling and the Samsung A3, that I couldn't give this device due time. However after returning, I was able to play around with it, and fix some minor issues that the device had, out of the box. More on that later. First up, un boxing and comparison for size. Then I'll share some photo samples between the Redmi 2, this and the iPhone 6S and the Samsung A3 for good measure. Xiaomi have taken a departure from their basic, recycled cardboard finish for the Redmi 2 (right), and have opted for an Apple like, white cardboard finish. The packaging is slightly slimmer, however has grown marginally. The Redmi 3 being launched in the Chinese market only, comes with the information in Mandarin. However it is possible to make out the information that it packs a 8 Core SnapDragon 616 processor, and a 4000 mAH battery. What had me excited the most was the battery, and the fact that the SnapDragon 616 is quite an adept processor, considering the performance of the Mi4i has been so impressive with the SnapDragon 615. Pulling the top off, I was quite surprised to see a haphazardly installed screen protector with so many bubbles. As if someone just did a shoddy job by hand, and didn't bother any more. Why waste the plastic, if it cannot be installed properly. In the hand, it feels noticeably bigger than the Redmi 2, and is bigger than the iPhone 6s as well. This device probably hits the upper limit of a device size that I can handle. At 139 mm in height, it is 1 mm greater than the iPhone 6S, and a whole 5 mm taller than the Redmi 2. It is slimmer, but only so at 8.5mm vs the 9.4 of the Redmi 2. The iPhone is obviously the slimmest at 7.1. The Redmi 2 was the ideal size in width, at 67.2 vs the 67.1 of the iPhone. This takes it slightly further at 69.6 mm. All 3 devices alongside. Note that the iPhone has a slim cover on, and the Samsung A3 is not doing a good job of focusing. The Redmi 3 and the Redmi 2. The back of the Redmi 3 is what everyone is talking about. The diamond cut pattern (to be honest) is not to everyone's liking. It's a hit or miss of sorts. Perhaps if they would've done a black finish with this, it would've been an interesting finish. The pattern catches the light well, and does give a unique appearance. Personally, I would've liked the option for a simpler linear design. Vertical lines all across the panel, would've given an impression of a slim device as well. A lot of people online point out the plastic bits at the top and the bottom. But what they fail to mention is how cheap(ish) they look on either side of the metal finish. The tiny plastic nub above the grille is to keep the speaker from being muffled on a flat surface. The 13 MP sensor sits flush, and the flash is quite bright if not two tone. Personally, I prefer the grippier, matt finish of the Redmi 2 over the Redmi 3. This does add some premium feel, but it isn't what one would really like. The bottom holds the Mic and the USB port. During my charging test with my new USB current draw measurement tool, I saw that this was pulling as much as 2.55 Amps for charging. The right side has the power and volume buttons. Similar to the Redmi 2, however the finish and response is better. The top houses the 3.5mm Jack, the Noise cancellation Mic and the Infra red blaster. I've had a great time setting up Mi Remote (a default app) and using the remote to operate my LCD TV and Home Theater. Good bye remotes! The other side houses the SIM Card tray. Similar to configurations in the market currently, you can either use the device in Dual SIM mode, or Single SIM and expandable memory mode. Some people with good crafting skills have manage to shave their SIM cards to the bare minimum and shove them in the tray along with the MicroSD card. This makes the device detect both SIM cards as well as the expandable memory. Definitely not recommended. Here's how the Redmi 2 stacks up against the Redmi 3 in the hand. As you can see, the difference is quite noticeable. Shelving the phone on the pinky, the weight of the device does make itself evident. At 144 Gms, it's 11 Gms heavier than the Redmi 2. Some of this would be attributed to the battery, which I don't mind at all. Also included in the packaging was a small Charger, SIM tray release pin, and a USB cable with documentation. The charger is a compact 2Amp unit. Definitely recommended, considering the capacity of the battery on this one. Moving on, let's talk about the device UI/Camera/performance etc.