While companies like Apple are actually reducing the battery capacity across the board for its flagship smartphones (and in the process, maintaining the status quo with respects to battery life), we’re happy to see that other manufactures are willing to give customers more when it comes to runtimes.
One such company is Chinese smartphone OEM Xiaomi, which recently took the wraps of its Redmi 3. The most impressive feature about the Redmi 3 is that it seems to be mostly battery — inside, you’ll find a massive 4100mAh lithium-ion power source with quick charging support. For comparison, the previous generation Redmi 2 came with a 2200mAh battery.
But Xiaomi doesn’t stop there; it also has managed to pack in an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, microSD slot (which can support up to an additional 128GB), a 5-inch 720p display, 13MP rear camera and 5MP selfie camera. The Redmi 3 also features an aluminum unibody design that is available in gold, silver, and gray (the Redmi 2 came with a plastic body) and is dual-SIM capable, however, you give up use of the microSD slot to gain this capability.
The fact that Xiaomi was able to cram some pretty impressive specs along with that big ‘ol battery into a 5-ounce unibody chassis is laudable, but the real jaw dropper has to be the price — the Redmi 3 is priced at just 699 yuan, or around $105. “How do they do it!!??” With smartphones like Xiaomi’s Redmi 3, we can easily see why previously well-entrenched OEMs like HTC are running for cover and pursuing other markets amidst troubled waters in smartphoneland.
We should also point out that while 4100mAh is definitely an insanely large battery for a 5-inch smartphone, it has nothing on the Oukitel K10000 which sports a 15-day 10,000mAh battery.