Xiaomi Redmi 3S Comes With a Metal Unibody & Huge Battery

While the smartphone world went gaga over the OnePlus 3, Xiaomi went and did what it does best: announce a cheap and attractive smartphone with the new Redmi 3S.

The phone doesn’t feel like it lies in the sub-$150 price bracket, thanks in part to its metal unibody frame and a fingerprint scanner on the back. It is 8.5mm thin and weighs 144 grams.

The display is a large 5.5” panel with a mediocre 720p HD resolution. It starts to show its price advantage through its software though, running Android 5.1 Lollipop MIUI and showing the reason in full force why Lollipop just won’t fade away.

Under the hood, you get an octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor, which is slightly underclocked compared to the preceding Snapdragon 616. It’ll be accompanied by either 2 or 3 GB RAM, or either 16 or 32 GB of expandable storage. The storage could be expanded via the second SIM slot.

xiaomi redmi 3s

The camera on the back is a 13 MP f/2.0 shooter with phase-detection autofocus with LED Flash. There is a 5 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture on the front. Connectivity includes LTE, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS with GLONASS.

The battery capacity is set at 4100 mAh. Prices are set at $106 for the model with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage, or $136 for the 3 GB RAM and 32 GB capacity model. It goes on sale starting from tomorrow.

Considering even AliExpress has stopped shipping Xiaomi phones to Pakistan, we can only hope that it makes its way to our country at some point because frankly, the bang for buck offered by this phone as well as assurance of quality because of the Xiaomi brand is hard to find in the market.

Here are the full specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S:

Xiaomi Redmi 3S Specifications:

  • CPU: 1.4 Ghz quad-core + 1.1 Ghz quad-core
  • GPU: Adreno 505
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
  • OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop with MIUI
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Dual-SIM
  • Display:
    • 5” with 720p (720 x 1280) resolution
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 2/3 GB
    • Internal: 16/32 GB
    • Card slot: yes, up to 128 GB
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 13 MP, f/2.0, phase-detection autofocus, LED Flash, 1080p video
    • Secondary: 5 MP, f/2.2
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS with GLONASS
  • Battery: 4100 mAh
  • Price: $106 (2 GB, 16 GB), $136 (3 GB, 32 GB)

Talal is the Editor in Chief at ProPakistani.


  • Ishtiaq

    Kyuin readers k zakhmon pe namak chirak rahe ho Xiaomi k new models ki news deke.

    • Asif Khan PTI

      Sahee baat hai yar

      • Bilal Iqbal

        Dil cheer dia zalim. ;)

    • AbdulB1

      xiaomi is banned according to pta…

      • Ishtiaq

        Abdul tum se aisey jawab ki umeed na thi. Grow up!

        • AbdulB1

          Lol. Man you think I’m joking? Just search on internet xiaomi is banned in Pakistan and PTA have said that. If you aren’t sure call or email PTA.

          • Ishtiaq

            Jani yeh bachy bachy ko pata hai.. Isi liye kaha tum jaise expert se aisy jawab ki umeed na thi. Chalou ab is baray main ziada roshni KMQ hi daalay ga. Waisay bhi us ke bohat sary competitors market main utray huwey hain like FQM, KWM, MQM, MKQ. Etc.

  • Usama

    Announce tu aise Kar Rahe hau jaise yaha Har daukan Mai avaliable hai.

    • I am a user of Xiaomi Mi 4 and bought from a shop at Hall Road Lahore. :-)

      • Idiosyncratic

        such? price

        • I bought for Rs. 23000 a few months ago.

      • Ishtiaq

        Aap tou shehzada Gulfam hain, aap tou poori shop bhi khareed saktay hain huzoor. Per auron ka kia jo original price pe hi lena chahtay hain.

  • Asif Khan PTI

    Jo koi lana bhi chahta hai to PTA k paet me dard hojata hai. Koi poochnay wala nahee PTA ko? Kab aaega wo wqt jab XiaomI aaega. Kisi chinese website shyd Cheezmall nay sab model jama kraewe hai but Majal hai k PTA approval de. So bad for Pakistani. Abto Aliexpress nay b band kerdia dena

    • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

      Bhai jaan its all Xiaomi’s Fault. Xiaomi is not adopting GSMA standards of smartphone manufacturing. GSMA standard is that manufacturere must have to use separate IMEI’s for every sim port in Mobile. All dual sim sets available in Pakistan have 2 IMEI numbers while Xiaomi is using single IMEI for dual sim phones which is clear voilation of International GSMA standards which makes Xioami phones untraceable upto some extent, this is why this brand is banned in Pak by Ministry of Internal Affairs on the request of security agencies, So there is nothing in the hands of PTA. This is the reason of banning Xioami which will never be told by ProPakistani here due to unknown reasons, istead they will keep posting these kind of meaningless articles and newses

      • wajid

        Xiaomi was accused of stealing data from the user’s handsets and transmitting it to their servers back in China. Xiaomi released a MIUI update that made cloud messaging optional. Now, no private data is sent to Xiaomi servers if the cloud messaging service is turned off. so there is no reason to block ban Xiaomi except to encourage local brands like qmobile

        • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

          There must have been a reason behind ban by Govt, otherwise all chinese brands are being granted type approvals like Alcatel etc so why not Xiaomi? Is Xiaomi left only Qmobile competitor in the world? Why don’t they bring Meizu, Oukitel, LeTV etc to compete Qmobile?

          • AbdulB1

            xiaomi sells in india with gsma standards according to indian law but not in pakistan why?

            • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

              Ask to Xiaomi why not in Pakistan. I did import a Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Prime from aliexpress a dual sim set with single IMEI and PTA didnt provide me type approval for custom clearance. Their is something wrong ib Xiaomi I beleive

              • Fayez Najeeb

                It’s better just ask anyone coming from Far East to get a Xiaomi phone for you :)

                • AbdulB1

                  Yes that’s looks the only way.

                • AbdulB1

                  I bought my redmi note 3g from China. Like that too.

              • AbdulB1

                I think they are blocking manufacturer from just imei.

              • AbdulB1

                There is only thing then I’m sure Samsung Pakistan is paying rishwat to PTA officials.

                • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

                  Again a sensless analysis. Xiaomi is banned by Ministry of interiors not by PTA. Are you saying Samsung is paying Rishwat to General Raheel so that Security agencies asked MoI to put ban on Xiaomi. I think so

                  • AbdulB1

                    FYI Ministry isn’t run by the army. That khuaja guy is the defense minister.

                    • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

                      Security agencies are under Interior Ministry not Defence ministry. Correct you knowledge bro

                    • AbdulB1

                      Ministry of interior is also run by a person whose wife and children are US nationals. That shows the interior picture of our govt. If they don’t even want to keep their wives and kids Pakistani then what else could someone expect from them?

                    • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

                      Whose children is in Pak? Any political leader?

                    • AbdulB1

                      Pakistani is Pakistani and foreign national is always foreign.

                    • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

                      Imran khan, Nawaz Sharif or Asif Zardari, every one’s childrens are foreign national and settled.

                    • AbdulB1

                      irony of this nation……………

                  • AbdulB1

                    Jo Parliament me aik aurat ko tractor trolley kah raha tha… wohi ap Kay Pakistan ka defence minister hai.

                    • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

                      Uska en sab se kya talluq? Ministry of Interior Ch Nisar k pass hai. And even giving vote to PTI in last 2 elections I think its all PTI’s fault that he said tractor trolly to their women. Because it all started by our PTI persons who called other politicians with funny names in jalsas infront of thousands of People. When you call some one Deisel and Noora they will not spare your weak sides and call them Tractor Trolly irrespect of the place. A wrong action is wrong no matter where, in Jalsa or Parliment.

                    • AbdulB1

                      Phir y you dragged army cheif into all this?

                    • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

                      There is something called sarcasm

        • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

          Bhaijan Its for call tracing not mobile tracing

      • Ishtiaq

        Tou yeh jo shab-o-roz mobile snatching hoti hai jin k proper imei number hotay hain. Tou woh kounsa trace kar k ghar bhej detey hain wapis? Aaj tak maine tou nahi suna kisi ka phone wapis mila ho imei se. Tou jab dosray developed countries walon ko problem nahi xiaomi se tou PTA ko kiun pait main maroor uth rahay hain?

        • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

          You again read and comment it wrong. You can accuse Securiry Agencies not PTA, who can just obey Ministry’s orders.

    • Fayez Najeeb

      Hahaha Cheesemall ki fake ID hai aur comment daikhou “Kisi chinese website shyd Cheezmall nay” :D

  • Aamir Liaquat

    Aam khaye ga aam? (un writers k liye jo Pakistniyo ka dil jalanay k liye aesay handsets launch honay ki news detay hain)

    • Ishtiaq

      Aamir Liaquat beta koi aam khaye na khaye tu chabuk zaroor khaye ga apni harkaton ki waja se.

      • KMQ

        wow! chabuk yeh new aaya hai Market main.. :)

        • Ishtiaq

          Hahaha. Lol KMQ yar tu meri class zaror lena.. Lol

  • KMQ

    Just ek simple sa sawal, for example lets assume ke Xiaomi aa bhi jata hia Pakistan main officially. Can any one comment what could be the expected price for a set with this range? I mean sare taxes wagera mila kar kitne kar pao parega yeh?

    • Zohaib Jahan

      Hehe $106 sy $180 price ho jati ya is sy b zayda :D
      Govt logic: But people will buy on this price also! Bohat paisa hai awam k pas b

      • AbdulB1

        not paisa but majboori

      • KMQ

        Matlab almost double price, wah rey TAXES wah!!!

  • Why you posted about mobile phones which we can’t buy or which are not available in Pakistan. Only post about gadgets which we can buy in Pakistan, because we can read about all this stuff on other websites and blogs.

  • AbdulB1

    Please dont post such articles about banned brands in Pakistan like xiaomi. Many folks mistakenly purchase it and customs wala never gives them their phones due to ban on xiaomi by pta.

  • Wasi

    The article should be focused towards the localization rather than an imitation of international blogs.

  • Shahzaad Butt

    i have Redmi 3S 32GB, fit phone hai yaar