Many of Xiaomi’s Redmi smartphones have been extremely popular in India, and the company just launched the Redmi 3 in China. It follows the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime that released in August as a slightly improved variant of the Redmi 2. The Redmi 3 will also launch in India at some point and that might cause some buyers a dilemma. We’re looking at the Xiaomi Redmi 3 vs Redmi 2 Prime that may help you decide whether to wait or to buy now.
Processors The Xiaomi Redmi 3 has a Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor (four cores at 1.5GHz and four at 1.2GHz), and Adreno 405 graphics. The Redmi 2 Prime is equipped with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor and Adreno 306 graphics.
Display The Redmi 3 has a 5-inch IPS LCD display with HD resolution of 1280 x 720 resulting in 294 ppi. The Redmi 2 Prime has a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with resolution of 1280 x 720 and 312 ppi.
RAM and Storage There’s 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage for the Redmi 3, and this is expandable via microSD to 128GB (using 2nd SIM slot). The Redmi 2 Prime also has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, but this time expandable to 32GB.
Camera set-up The Redmi 3 has a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, and 1080p video capture. It also has a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. The Redmi 2 Prime has an 8-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus, LED flash, and 1080p video recording capability, as well as a 2-megapixel front-facing snapper.
Battery The Redmi 3 has a nicely sizeable 4100 mAh battery although it’s non-removable. The Redmi 2 Prime has a removable 2200 mAh battery
Connectivity Both of these smartphones support 4G LTE, 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot, GPS, and microUSB 2.0. The Redmi 3 has Bluetooth 4.1 while the Redmi 2 Prime has Bluetooth 4.0.
Operating System The Redmi 3 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with Xiaomi’s MIUI 7.0 while the Redmi 2 Prime launched on Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Dimensions and Weight The Redmi 3 measures 139.3mm x 69.6mm x 8.5mm and weighs 144g. The Redmi 2 Prime measures 134mm x 67mm x 9mm and weighs in at 134g.
Price While the Xiaomi Redmi 3 has already released in China it has not yet been launched for India so pricing is not confirmed. As a guide we can tell you that in China the phone is priced at CNY 699 and that equates to around Rs. 7,200. Pricing often varies by market so that’s merely an indication. The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime launched in India at Rs. 6,999 the same price as the regular Redmi 2 when it first went on sale.
We’re not focusing on features and designs here. However, we will point out that the new Redmi 3 has a unibody metal magnesium alloy build that makes it look very appealing, and they are both dual SIM handsets. Looking through the above specs suggests it’s a no-brainer choice, and we’d recommend waiting for the arrival of the Xiaomi Redmi 3 rather than buying the Redmi 2 Prime now.
If there were a large price different between them it might be a different story, but the final price of the Redmi 3 could end up being very close to that of the Redmi 2 Prime or even the same. Therefore if you can possibly wait, all the best specs belong to the Redmi 3 although the Redmi 2 Prime does benefit from a removable battery. After perusing this Xiaomi Redmi 3 vs Redmi 2 Prime comparison we’d like to know your decision, so do let us know with your comments.