We recently had a chance to get a closer look at the camera capabilities of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, an affordable 5.5-inch smartphone with 13MP camera launched in August. Now, little more than three months later, Xiaomi has already unveiled the successor: the Redmi Note 3. In terms of specification the camera module remains unchanged - images are captured on a 13MP sensor with on-sensor phase detection - but some other aspects of the new model have been improved.

The Note 3 is Xiaomi's first smartphone with an all-metal body and the first model to feature a fingerprint scanner which allows for unlocking in just 0.3 seconds. Screen size remains unchanged at 5.5 inches, and so do the overall dimensions. The Android OS is powered by a MediaTek Helio X10 chipset, and a large 4,000 mAh battery with support for fast charging should allow for extended operation time away from a power outlet.

The Redmi Note 3 will come in two versions. A base model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage will retail for approximately $140, a higher end-version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage will set you back approximately $172. In our testing we weren't too impressed with the Note 2's camera performance but at this price point the new model might be worth consideration for mobile photographers on a very tight budget.

Alongside the Redmi Note 3 Xiaomi has also announced the Mi Pad 2 tablet with 7.9-inch display and 2048 x 1536 resolution. While screen size and pixel-count remain unchanged compared to the predecessor at 6.95mm and 360 grams the new model is thinner and lighter than before.

Inside the system is powered by an Intel Atom X5-Z8500 64-bit processor and 2GB RAM. Images can be captured with an 8MP camera at the back and a 5MP variant at the front. Power is provided by a 6190mAh battery which can be charged via a new USB Type-C connector. A 16GB model will be available for approximately $156, a 64GB version will retail for $203. 

Via: GSM Arena and Android Central