Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime – FAQ

Last Updated On : Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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Xiaomi has launched their new Redmi series smartphone in India. Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime are two variants announced by Xiaomi today in India. These phones have a budget price starting from Rs.6,999 in the Indian market. These are the upgraded version of its previous version smartphones Redmi 2 and Redi 2 Prime. According to Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime are the first smartphones featuring the new Snapdragon 430 chipset.

The Redmi 3S features 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory whereas the Redmi 3S Prime has 3 GB RAM, 32 internal memory, and a fingerprint sensor, rest of the features and design are identical on both phones. I have listed some of the Frequently Asked Questions about the Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime smartphones.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How does Redmi 3S look, design and its dimensions?

Redmi 3S comes with a full metal magnesium alloy design, except the top and bottom which has a plastic finish. The dimensions are 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm. The phone comes with a non-removable battery.

What is the weight of Redmi 3S?

The weight of the smartphone is 144 gms.

What are the color variants available for Redmi 3S?

Redmi 3S Prime is available in 3 different Dark grey, Silver, and Gold.

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What processor is used in Redmi 3S?

It comes with a 1.4 GHz Octa-core Cortex-A53 processor with a 64-bit Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset. According to Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime are the first smartphones featuring the new Snapdragon 430 chipset.

What is the GPU used in Redmi 3S?

It has Adreno 505 GPU.

What is the Screen size of Redmi 3S smartphone?

It comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display. The screen resolution of Redmi 3S is 1280 x 720 pixels with a pixel density of 294 ppi.

Does the Redmi 3S Support Adaptive Brightness?

Yes, it has Adaptive Brightness feature.

Does Redmi 3S have any screen Protection?

There is no official statement about the protection of the screen.

What is the Model number of Redmi 3S?

The model number is Redmi 3S.

Does the Redmi 3S Have Dual SIM Slots?

Yes, it has dual SIM hybrid slots. You can use two SIMs or one SIM and one microSD card at a time.

What type of SIM supported in Redmi 3S?

Micro-SIM/Nano-SIM supported.

Both SIM supports 4G data?

Yes

Does Redmi 3S has VoLTE support?

Yes

Does Redmi 3S support all LTE bands in India?

Yes, it supports all India LTE bands and VoLTE out of the box.

What are the other connectivity options in Redmi 3S?

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct, hotspot, microUSB v2.0, bluetooth v4.1 and GPS

Does Redmi 3S has 3.5 mm audio jack?

Yes, it has 3.5 mm audio jack.

What is the inbuilt memory in Redmi 3S and whether it has micro SD Card support?

Redmi 3S has 16 GB internal memory and the Redmi 3S Prime has 32 GB internal memory.

There is no separate microSD slot available, but you can use the second SIM slot to insert the microSD card and the memory can be expandable up to 128GB with the microSD card.

How much RAM does Redmi 3S have?

Redmi 3S comes with 2GB RAM and the Redmi 3S Prime comes with 3 GB RAM.

What is the battery capacity of Redmi 3S?

Redmi 3S comes with a non-removable 4100 mAh battery.

Can we remove the battery on Redmi 3S?

No.

Camera feature in Redmi 3S?

Both phones bundled with a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, PDAF, 5-piece lens, f/2.0 aperture. The front camera is 5 MP with f/2.2 aperture.

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Does Redmi 3S support 4K Video recording?

No.

Can we shoot 1080p videos on Redmi 3S?

Yes, you can record 1080p full HD videos on Redmi 3S.

Can we Play Full HD 1080p Videos on Redmi 3S?

Yes.

Does Redmi 3S support OTG?

Yes.

Does Redmi 3S has the fingerprint sensor?

Yes, Redmi 3S Prime variant has the Fingerprint sensor and it is placed on the backside of the phone.

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How many Fingerprints can be registered on Redmi 3S?

You can add up to 5 fingerprint profiles.

Does Redmi 3S has IR blaster?

Yes

Can we you use Redmi 3S as Remote?

The built-in IR blaster supports appliances from thousands of brands.

Does Redmi 3S has NFC feature?

No.

Does Redmi 3S has LED Notification light?

Yes.

What are the sensors available in Redmi 3S?

Fingerprint sensor
Accelerometer sensor
Ambient sensor
Gyroscope sensor
Proximity sensor
Compass sensor

Whether the 3 navigation buttons on Redmi 3S has backlit?

No, the navigation buttons don’t have backlit.

 

What Operating System is loaded in Redmi 3S?

Redmi 3S and Prime version runs on Android Marshmallow v 6.0.1 with MIUI 7.5 on top.

Do Redmi 3S offer theme options?

Yes.

What is the price of Redmi 3S?

Redmi 3S is priced at Rs.6,999 and Redmi 3S Prime is priced at Rs.8,999 in India.

Where can I Buy Redmi 3S device?

You can buy Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime from Flipkart or Mi.com.

When Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime will be available for sale?

Redmi 3S Prime will be available for sale starting from August 9th 12 PM IST and Redmi 3S will be available for sale starting from August 16th through an open sale on Mi.com and Flipkart.

Pros for Redmi 3S:

  • Snapdragon 430 chipset
  • 4100 mAh battery
  • 4G LTE and VoLTE Support
  • 3 GB RAM Variant

Cons for Redmi 3S:

  • Hybrid SIM Slot
  • No Fingerprint sensor on 2GB Variant
  • Non-removable battery

If you have more questions, please feel free to comment. I will answer it ASAP and add it to the post.

  • Vel Murugan

    If use two sims and using inbuilt memory 16gb (3s) or 32gb (3s prime) instead of memory card, is there chance to phone get hanging up ir work slow ? Think use almost 75% of inbuilt memory.

    • HI Vel,

      Yes, there might be a chance of slowness when using 75% space. Not only Redmi 3s, every phone gets slow if the space is nearly full.

      Thanks
      Ashok

      • Tadbhavs Kumar Singh

        does the internal memory gets halved in these phones? I am asking that in maximum phones though the ibternal memory is 32GB but only we can use 16GB the rest is acquired by the Android apps.Does this phone also have the same kind of thing? Because as i am a heavy user and also this phone second sim slot can support either a nano sim or a memory card at a time??

        • Hi Tadbhavs,

          On initial boot, the prime version has 24 GB as free memory for user out of 32 GB.

          Thanks
          Ashok

  • Pritam Jha

    Can we use both slot with JIO 4G sim , if yes then please suggest how?

    • Hi Pritam,

      If you have 2 JIO SIMs, then only one will work. Because anyone SIM work on 4G and the other remains in 2G at a time. Jio works only in 4G network, so you can’t use 2 JIO SIM’s at the same time.

      Thanks
      Ashok

  • Shivam Singh

    Does Redmi 3S have 4G LTE sim slot? Wanted to know detail of both sim slot and does it support VoLTE ?

    • Hi Shivam,

      Yes, Redmi 3S has 4G LTE SIM Slot and it supports VoLTE.

      Thanks
      Ashok

  • Nasim

    where has notification led on Redmi 3s

    • The notification light is just near to the center navigation button.

  • aafreen khan

    In Xiaomi 3s prime on search key available in top of the upper tray but it can’t work

    • I think you are saying about the search box available inside the settings menu. It is working well for me, i used to search the settings menu using that box.

  • vaibhav

    I cant use both the sim simultaneously as in 1st sim shows network and 2nd shows emergency calls only what should I do

    • Hi Vaibhav,

      Just check whether you have inserted the SIM correctly. Also, make sure both SIM cards are enabled in the DUAL SIM settings. If the problem persists, contact the service center.

      Thanks
      Ashok