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Technology Mobiles and Tabs 19 Mar 2016 Xiaomi shows off the ...

Xiaomi shows off the durability of the Redmi Note 3 and its display

Published Mar 19, 2016, 3:32 pm IST
Updated Mar 20, 2016, 1:03 pm IST
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 does not sport Gorilla Glass, but has something similarly stronger.
Xiaomi ran both the front and rear tires over the Redmi Note 3, with more than 1,000 kilos of weight, to show the display’s and phone’s rugged build.
 Xiaomi ran both the front and rear tires over the Redmi Note 3, with more than 1,000 kilos of weight, to show the display’s and phone’s rugged build.

Redmi Note 3, one of the classiest upper-midrange smartphone for the price of a budget series, arrived in India in March. The device has been aggressively priced and is a true value for money. The Redmi Note 3 is available at just Rs 9,999 (2GB RAM and 16GB storage) and Rs 11,999 (3GB RAM and 32GB storage) respectively. Although you may find other smartphones in the same price range with similar features, the Redmi Note has more to offer and is considered a true value for money.

The Redmi Note 3 offers distinguishing features such as a 4050mAh large battery, Sunlight Display, A Qualcomm 650 chipset, 16MP primary camera and a fingerprint sensor, not forgetting a unibody metal body construction. However, many complained about the Redmi Note 3 having features that were a bit disappointing. For example, the device sports a non-removable battery, a hybrid dual-SIM or storage arrangement, a missing fast charge option and a non-Gorilla Glass protection.


Well, as for the unibody, we bet there are very few people who would opt for a battery replacement or switch. Nevertheless, it is usually time for a phone replacement, sooner than battery replacement. Secondly the license for fast charge option would hit the pricing and consumers would finally bear the costs on the device.

Next on the hybrid dual SIM option, we know that customers need a dual SIM option along with storage expansion. However, this is a call from Xiaomi and their designers who have compromised on the option for having both possibilities. The issue could be either the add-in cost of the device or possibly a challenge for design and size.

Lastly, for the display—here again, Xiaomi must have settled for non-Gorilla Glass simply because the price of the Redmi Note 3 would substantially rise. Nevertheless, Xiaomi has substituted the display glass protection with another alternative, but did not compromise on the strength and quality. The display on the Redmi Note 3 is definitely strong and scratch-resistant. To prove to its fans, Xiaomi’s VP, Hugo Barra, and Product Head, Jai Mani, have created a video that shows how strong and durable the glass protection on the Redmi Note 3’s display is.

For starters, they tried scratching the device with a few everyday articles—a metal play dart and a pair of scissors. The test passed good. Next they tried scratching it with objects that would be challenging most smartphones on a daily basis—keys and coins. They also tried running the Ninebot, with Hugo riding it, over the smartphone to prove the strength of the glass. Lastly, Hugo and Jai hopped in a Honda Jazz and ran both the front and rear tires over the Redmi Note 3, with more than 1,000 kilos of weight, to show the display’s and phone’s rugged build, before dropping the phone from a height of around 4 ft.

The Redmi Note 3 survived all the tests done by Xiaomi so far. Do note that these tests are not carried out in lab conditions.

Watch the video below and check out how the Redmi Note 3 survives the torture.

There would hardly be a few hands full of people who would be unlucky to have their devices go through the same torment in real life. Though the smartphone in your pocket won’t go through the same, it is always good to know that the device is strong, robust and durable.

TIP: Turn up your volume when the video reaches 4:10.

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