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[Reviews] Redmi 3 Real World Usage (4G network) plus Components Reviews

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This post was edited by Clayton@ at 11:08, Feb-14-2016

Hi Guys,

I will be updating this thread as I used my new Redmi 3, providing more realistic daily statistics as opposed to benchmarks that most reviewers have been doing all the time.

Naturally, benchmarks simply generalized the product expectations and now of course, we are going to have a reality check to see whether do benchmarks really work in daily life scenario?


1. Battery Charge Time
Based on my usage, battery charge time from 20% to 100% using the stock charger (5v,2A) takes exactly 2hrs and 35mins. Pretty impressive considering the charge capacity of Redmi 3, 4100mAh.


2. How much can a battery usage of 100% to 20% do?
Based on my usage, we can see that the phone can run for at least 1 day. The testing was done on a running network of 4G carrier, wifi, watching videos, games, constant pushing & syncing of mails, web surfing and of course mobile data. So we can see that such intense usage still yield such good results. Overall screen time of 8hrs30mins along with wifi running for more than 11hrs leave me speechless.
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3. What type of screen does Redmi 3 use? Why is screen usage so low?
As shown below, Redmi 3 actually uses an LCD Screen by BOE company. In terms of energy efficiency, it is shown that BOE screens are a beast. Not only that, coupled by just a 720p screen, screen usage provide us an impressive Screen On Time.
Screenshot_2016-02-05-17-14-54_com.mediatek.factorymode.png


4. What type of camera does Redmi 3 use?
Redmi 3 uses a Samsung ISOCELL camera, S5K3L8 as shown above. So what is the S5K3L8 about?
Based on the information obtained on Samsung site, this was what I got.

Specifications
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Production Status: Sample

Product Type: Sensor Only
Application: Mobile phone,  Tablet
Resolution: 4208x3120 (13M)

Pixel Size(um): 1.12

Pixel Type: ISOCELL
Optical Format(inch): 1/3.06
Frame Rate(fps): 30

Package: Wafer,  Die


More details: http://www.samsung.com/semicondu ... e-cis/S5K3L8?ia=217


As for the front facing camera, it is using an Omni Version OV5670 series.

Features                                                                        
  • 1.12 µm x 1.12 µm pixel
  • 5MP at 30 fps
  • Programmable controls for:
    - Frame rate
    - Mirror and flip
    - Cropping
    - Windowing
  • Supports images sizes:
    - 5MP (2592x1944)
    - Quad HD (2560x1440)
    - 1080p (1920x1080)
    - 720p (1280x720)
    - VGA (640x480), and more.
  • 2k bits of embedded one-time programmable (OTP) memory for customer use
  • Ultra low power mode (ULPM)

  • Support for output formats:
    - 10-bit RGB RAW
  • Interleave row HDR output
  • Two-wire serial bus control (SCCB)
  • MIPI serial output interface (1- or 2-lane)
  • 2x binning support
  • Image quality control:
    - Defect pixel correction
    - Automatic black level calibration
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
More details: http://www.ovt.com/products/sensor.php?id=150

5. Did you know the engineering mode for Redmi 3 is different from other models?
It was a surprise upon entering the engineering mode as I did not expect it to have changed from the likes of Redmi Note 2/3.
Screenshot_2016-02-05-17-15-04_com.mediatek.factorymode.png
In order to access the engineering mode, we do so by keying some unique code on the dialer screen.
They are
*#*#64663#*#* or *#*#66#*#* . Alternatively, one can enter it via Settings>About Phone>Tapping on Kernel Version[A display stating "Entering CIT Info" will appear, just continue to tap 3 times].

So what can be done in engineering mode? Caution, engineering mode should not be messed around as some settings can affect the phone usage hence only visit it if neccessary. In engineering mode, one can do ample of things from testing lcd, backlight, wlan, battery and etc.

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This is very good news. And for how much time the battery is discharged if occasionally use the phone during the day up to 20% ?

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Clayton@ Still testing it out ;) will try to get some stats to get the median.  22:30, Feb-03-2016
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Updates coming soon on gameplay and gpu.

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nice info! thanks!

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