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Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime (SIM Free)
One of the few major Chinese brands to break out of their local market and find favour in the West, Xiaomi have rewritten expectations on the price and performance of mid-tier smartphones.
Available in this Prime version with an included fingerprint sensor, there is also a cheaper model with slightly less storage and RAM. The Redmi 3S Prime marries efficient processing and a large battery for an excellent lifespan.
A sleekly machined aluminium body, touch buttons and PDAF enabled 13MP camera show off decent features at a low price.
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime from Clove Technology is delivered SIM Free and factory unlocked. Just pop in your SIM card for voice & data connectivity.
This is EU stock, certified for use on all EU & UK networks. For LTE support outside of Europe, please check compatibility from the specifications with your local network provider.
Reasons to buy the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
- 5" High Definition screen
- 1.4 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor
- 32 GB storage / 3GB RAM / micro SD compatible
- 13 MP main camera Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF)
- 5 MP f/2.2 selfie camera
- Fingerprint Sensor
- Intuitive MIUI 8 interface built on Android 6.0
- Infrared blaster with MI Universal Remote App
- Dual SIM
Colour and memory variants
Clove Technology supply the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime in Gold, and Grey, colours with a 32GB storage / 3GB RAM configuration.
Different configurations may be available in other regions.
- Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime (SIM Free & Unlocked)
- 2 pin EU mains charger
- USB cable
- SIM tool
If you're looking for modern features and a low price tag then the Redmi 3S Prime from Xiaomi is a great choice.
The 5" HD screen and seamless aluminium frame let the phone sit comfortably next to competitors' devices which may cost more than twice the price.
The bright display is perfect for streaming videos, browsing the web and playing games. There is also a built-in universal remote control thanks to the Infrared blaster, enhanced audio for music lovers and high-end wireless connectivity options.
Xiaomi's Redmi 3S Prime is manufactured with a sleek aluminium frame and thin 8.5mm profile.
Despite a huge 4,100 mAh battery, the phone is still only 144 grams in weight. New high density battery cell technology allows for the increase in capacity without compromising space.
The Redmi 3S Prime's glass goes right to the edge of the thin bezels, cutting a slick form. Xiaomi have also introduced touch sensitive buttons onto the bottom bezel, increasing the usable space of the screen interface.
A standard micro USB port sits on the base of the phone. Power and volume buttons are on the right edge, with a 3.5mm audio jack and Infrared blaster on the top.
On the rear of the phone the camera sits flush with no bump and there are 120 precision drilled holes for the speaker. Just above these is an almost imperceptible 1mm fulcrum that stops the phone from sliding on slick surfaces.
This version of the Redmi 3S Prime is powered by a Qualcomm 430 Snapdragon processor and 3GB of RAM. The added 1GB of RAM on the Prime version goes a long way to increasing speed.
As a 1.4GHz Octa(8)Core system, this is a fairly middle of the road processor. It is, however, still capable of offering a great compromise between performance, efficiency and and affordability.
This is really key to the appeal of the 3S Prime. The phone is still more than able to handle anything the average smartphone user is likely to do. By utilising a lower power processor, the battery life is also further extended.
Having a decent camera can increase a phone's desirability several notches. Xiaomi know this and ensure that even their budget devices can take excellent images.
The 13MP main camera has a fairly high resolution and is coupled with more impressive technology to improve picture quality.
A 5-element lens with ƒ/2.0 aperture is designed to let in a generous amount of light. Modern Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) is also provided for high speed focussing - perfect for taking detailed images without spending forever lining them up.
Other features include a two-tone LED flash, enhancements for taking pictures in low light, HDR, Panorama, Burst and Real-time filters.
At 5 megapixels, the selfie camera is a good resolution and benefits from a large ƒ/2.0 aperture for increased light capture.
12 real time filters enable you to personalise pictures before taking them, plus there are a bunch of additional after effects available too.
The 4,100 mAh battery installed in the Redmi 3S Prime delivers an incredible lifespan. This is around 30-40% larger than other leading Android brands with similar screen sizes and processors. Even heavy users should see them getting well into a second day.
The battery is non removable and compatible with micro USB chargers up to 2A.
Xiaomi have also installed their own MIUI skinned version of Android 6.0.
This includes system applications such as Phone, Messages, Email and Calculator that have been thoroughly redeveloped over the the original Android apps. This improves performance as the system apps are tailored to each Xiaomi phone.
A powerful Themes engine is also available so you can personalise ther phone's look. With all of the system apps being deeply integrated with MIUI, when you change Theme, everything can get reskinned, not just the wallpapers and icon packs.
The Xiaomi phone has an Infrared blaster so you can take advantage of the Xiaomi Universal Remote application. Thousands of manufacturers, brands and applications are supported.
Several backup options are available in today's digital world Xiaomi Mi Cloud though provides a system which works across all Xiaomi devices and can be accessed independently through any web browser.
Being developed and released throughout 2016, Xiaomi are updating the MIUI to version 8 on all major devices.
New features include:
- Inline edits to lines in the Calculator app
- Built in currency, weight, distance and other mathematical / SI conversions
- Redesigned photo gallery
- Powerful photo editing suite
- On board video editing (trim / add text & music / post-production filters & effects)
- Redesigned Notes application
- Run dual accounts for many apps
- Set fingerprints and passcodes to access different user profiles
- Add shortcuts to the floating 'quick ball' for improved one-handed control
- Crop and edit (draw on) screenshots before saving
- Improved text shortcuts for speed typing
- Search for registered businesses directly in the dialler app
- Contextual prompts appear on messages and emails to complete actions
|SIM Free & Unlocked||Yes|
|Custom Skin||MIUI 8|
|Make/Model||Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 MSM8937 Octa Core|
|Other||Adreno 505 GPU|
|Capacity (Up to)||256 GB|
|Resolution||720 x 1280 (~294 ppi)|
|Other||Reading mode: reduces blue light, Colour temperature adjustment|
|Frequencies||900 / 1800 MHz|
|Frequencies||900 / 2100 MHz|
|Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps|
|Frequencies||LTE bands 3(1800), 5(850), 40(2300)|
|Functions||LE, A2DP, HID|
|Data||micro USB v.2.0|
|Power||micro USB v.2.0|
|Video Out||Yes, wireless via Miracast / Google Home|
|Hardware Buttons||Power / Volume|
|Antenna Type||GPS / GLONASS / Beidou|
|Built-in Software||Google Maps|
|Flash||Auto focus w/ LED Flash|
|Camera Lens||5-element lens, ƒ/2.0 aperture, 0.1s PDAF technology|
|Other||PDAF, HDR, Straighten, Panorama, 12 real-time filters, Burst mode, Face recognition|
|Front Facing Camera||Yes|
|Type||5MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 36 beauty filters|
|Formats||PCM / AAC / AAC / eAAC / MIDI / MP3 / AC3 / FLAC|
|Formats||MPEG- 4 / H.264 / H.263 / DivX / MPEG2 / VC1 / Soreson / VP8|
|Near Field Communication|
|Dimensions||139.3 x 69.9 x 8.5 mm|
|Software||MIUI interface & themes, Google Play, Google Apps|
|Other||Fingerprint sensor, Infrared blaster|
The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this product. Hopefully you will find the answer to your question, if not, use the contact form below and we shall answer it for you.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link: http://www.clove.co.uk/international-customers.aspx
Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?
Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with GSM networks around the world.
Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.
Is this phone brand new?
Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.
Is there any network/operator branding?
No - There is only the manufacturer’s branding.
What SIM card does this phone use?
This is a DUAL SIM phone. The phone takes 1x micro SIM and 1x nano SIM card.
Both can use data connectivity, although only one can be active for data (the other remains on GSM voice/text).
Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?
Yes – this phone supports up to 128 GB of external storage.
The SD slot takes the place of SIM 1. If you choose to use a memory card then you cannot use the dual SIM functionality.
Is this handset LTE compatible?
Yes on international LTE Bands 3(1800), 5(850) & 40(2300)
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Is this phone waterproof?