Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime Octa core - Snapdragon 430 4100mAh 5.0" 3GB / 32GB OTA - Official Global version - Xiaomi Official Store £117 @ Ali Express - HotUKDeals
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Since the price in the other deal has gone up this looks like the next best thing.

Comes with a global ROM so should receive OTA updates and seems to be compatible with all UK 4G networks (thanks to posters in the other thread for this).

Cashback available at Topcashback at 8% or Quidco at 8.4%

... price updated to reflect compulsory warranty, however to get around this (if you want), you need to select USA as the shipping country and add to basket then when you view basket change shipping country back to the UK.

Possible cases and screen protector (please double check yourself) are: Case1, Case2, Case3, Case4, SP.
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#1
coming up £116.06 for the gold version
#2
it's £117.80 for the grey

Edited By: spacemaniac on Jan 08, 2017 14:47
1 Like #3
Hi ,
I never bought anything from this site , is it safe and if any import charges ?
Regards
2 Likes #4
Llyllyll
... updated to reflect compulsory warranty.
Think previous threads suggested workaround for optionally avoiding the otherwise compulsory warranty is to initially indicate shipping is to be to US, than change to UK later. Sure somebody else will be able to provide more detail.
#5
Good price. I purchased this phone through the Laptops Direct deal that was shown here earlier in the week. One thing that confused me with this phone was that on setting it up you can select English language but when it came to selecting your country it did not have United Kingdom as an option.
1 Like #6
hatot
Hi , I never bought anything from this site , is it safe and if any import charges ? Regards
Probably no more risk than compared to other sites based in similar foreign location. You could consider paying by credit card in an attempt to secure £100+ Section 75 protection, but that involves divulging cc details (edit: PayPal ref removed). Import charges of VAT + £10-£15 admin fee will always be present but if you avoid selecting shipping by any big-brand couriers such as DHL / UPS then the chances of being obliged to pay the charges will be minimised.

Edited By: AndyRoyd on Jan 08, 2017 19:01: edit out PayPal
#7
Appreciate it, thanks.
[helper] 2 Likes #8
AndyRoyd
Llyllyll
... updated to reflect compulsory warranty.
Think previous threads suggested workaround for optionally avoiding the otherwise compulsory warranty is to initially indicate shipping is to be to US, than change to UK later. Sure somebody else will be able to provide more detail.
Worked for me.....select US as the shipping country and add to basket. When you view basket change shipping country back to UK

Edited By: gari189 on Jan 08, 2017 16:26: Clarity
#9
bearcat
Good price. I purchased this phone through the Laptops Direct deal that was shown here earlier in the week. One thing that confused me with this phone was that on setting it up you can select English language but when it came to selecting your country it did not have United Kingdom as an option.


​UK is never there. I always choose India. Don't know why.
2 Likes #10
AndyRoyd
hatot
Hi , I never bought anything from this site , is it safe and if any import charges ? Regards
Probably no more risk than compared to other sites based in similar foreign location. You could consider paying by credit card in an attempt to secure £100+ Section 75 protection, but that involves divulging cc details, so some buyers will prefer PayPal with its alternative purchase protection benefits. Import charges of VAT + £10-£15 admin fee will always be present but if you avoid selecting shipping by any big-brand couriers such as DHL / UPS then the chances of being obliged to pay the charges will be minimised.


​As far as I'm aware, Aliexpress don't accept PayPal. Also, it's worth noting that, regardless of this stores name, there is no 'official' Xiaomi store on aliexpress.
#11
badboyofrock
AndyRoyd
hatot
Hi , I never bought anything from this site , is it safe and if any import charges ? Regards
Probably no more risk than compared to other sites based in similar foreign location. You could consider paying by credit card in an attempt to secure £100+ Section 75 protection, but that involves divulging cc details, so some buyers will prefer PayPal with its alternative purchase protection benefits. Import charges of VAT + £10-£15 admin fee will always be present but if you avoid selecting shipping by any big-brand couriers such as DHL / UPS then the chances of being obliged to pay the charges will be minimised.
​As far as I'm aware, Aliexpress don't accept PayPal. Also, it's worth noting that, regardless of this stores name, there is no 'official' Xiaomi store on aliexpress.
My bad; was thinking of Gearbest !
1 Like #12
So, other than the half inch increase in screen size, are there any differences between this and the Redmi Note 3 Prime Pro?

EDIT-Google suggests the answer here is : yes, plenty!

Edited By: ludwig352 on Jan 08, 2017 19:34
2 Likes #13
ludwig352
So, other than the half inch increase in screen size, are there any differences between this and the Redmi Note 3 Prime Pro?
EDIT-Google suggests the answer here is : yes, plenty!

Had them both - technically there might be differences but practically they're pretty much identical day to day. Apart from the note is bigger and didn't fit in my hand - I much prefer the 3s at 5".
#14
hatot
Hi ,
I never bought anything from this site , is it safe and if any import charges ?
Regards


Should be fine as long as you choose slow delivery method.

Currently Waiting for my Meizu M5 note.
1 Like #15
bearcat
Good price. I purchased this phone through the Laptops Direct deal that was shown here earlier in the week. One thing that confused me with this phone was that on setting it up you can select English language but when it came to selecting your country it did not have United Kingdom as an option.


​these imports do not have UK in the region setup menu, but if you choose the Falkland Islands as location but time zone as GMT it will have British formatting.

Edited By: Oggie on Jan 08, 2017 22:02: bad grammar lol
#16
Very tempted by this as be an upgrade on my LG G2, does anyone know where to buy phone cases from for this phone please?
#17
I have this phone and it is fantastic .. that said I got it about 4 months ago for 127 ... surprised 117 is so hot
1 Like #18
mrfun1981
Very tempted by this as be an upgrade on my LG G2, does anyone know where to buy phone cases from for this phone please?

There're loads to choose from on AliExpress (see OP for updated details).



Edited By: Llyllyll on Jan 09, 2017 19:18: Updated OP
#19
Looks good for my mom. Wonder if it beats her S4
#20
I still dont understand why people baulk at paying an extra £8 for insurance; you really want to wait 4-6 months for a repair/replacement like I had to a few years ago?? (Umi - and the replacement broke almost as soon as I took it out of the box).

The store isnt "Officially" Official, but it is the store the MI forums direct you to; I have bought more than a few things from there without issue. Standard delivery is 2-8 weeks, with 3-4 being the usual wait; and I've not paid import duty on any order yet. A week of this (if not more) is delays at Chinese customs.

Make sure you order a screen protector for it, as the screens arent as tough as some; I always go for the plate glass, as I dont like the films.

However, NOW is possibly not a good time top be ordering, Chinese New Year is in under 3 weeks, and the customs warehouses are already bulging with stuff people have ordered to avoid the 2 week postal shut down.

I certainly wouldnt leave ordering another week.
#21
I ordered these, case and screen protector, make sure you choose the Pro SE as the cases and screen protectors are 3mm bigger, and it does make a difference.

Screen Protector

Case
#22
AndyRoyd
hatot
Hi , I never bought anything from this site , is it safe and if any import charges ? Regards
Probably no more risk than compared to other sites based in similar foreign location. You could consider paying by credit card in an attempt to secure £100+ Section 75 protection, but that involves divulging cc details (edit: PayPal ref removed). Import charges of VAT + £10-£15 admin fee will always be present but if you avoid selecting shipping by any big-brand couriers such as DHL / UPS then the chances of being obliged to pay the charges will be minimised.


​Ordered from AliExpress couple of months ago same phone. Opted for dhl and paid 2.50 in custom. As far as I know there is no official international rom, so would recommend to get one that is sealed and then sort it yourself (rom, etc.).
#23
Great deal and was about to push the button as a replacement for my slightly battered Moto X 2014 but noticed the screen resolution is 720x1280. Damn. Such a good deal otherwise!

Seems you need to step up to the Prime 4 to get a 1080p 5" screen. Also the seller on Aliexpress confusingly calls the Xiaomi 4 it a 'Pro' rather than Prime? https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Original-Xiaomi-Redmi-4-Prime-Mobile-Phone-3GB-RAM-32GB-ROM-Snapdragon-625-Octa-Core-CPU/2178148_32763245357.html

Don't want to derail this thread but anyone got any comments on the above phone? Cheers.

Edited By: DealHunter2645 on Jan 09, 2017 11:31: Edited to point to the 'official' Xiaomi store li
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#26
little_green
This one has extra ram


I guess that's why it's more expensive than the other one. Looks good. What about NFC?
1 Like #27

Depends on your requirements, but this has more RAM, more ROM, a fingerprint sensor and one or two other additions (can't really check atm as I'm out and about).

In response to another post, IMO 1080p is not so important for a 5" screen but that's the beauty of choice.
#28
sazzopardi1971
little_green
This one has extra ram
I guess that's why it's more expensive than the other one. Looks good. What about NFC?

No NFC unfortunately, otherwise it'd be perfect.
#29
badboyofrock
bearcat
Good price. I purchased this phone through the Laptops Direct deal that was shown here earlier in the week. One thing that confused me with this phone was that on setting it up you can select English language but when it came to selecting your country it did not have United Kingdom as an option.


​UK is never there. I always choose India. Don't know why.


​I selected India too, after doing a Google search and one of the things I found said as the phone was aimed at the Indian market select India as it had extra settings or apps to other countries. It didn't state what these extras were.
#30
WileE2014
I ordered these, case and screen protector, make sure you choose the Pro SE as the cases and screen protectors are 3mm bigger, and it does make a difference.

Screen Protector

Case


​The hole on the back of the case in the wrong place for the Redmi 3S as it's shown in the center towards the top of the case but the camera and flash are in the left corner. The finger print scanner is in the middle towards the top.
#31
WileE2014
I ordered these, case and screen protector, make sure you choose the Pro SE as the cases and screen protectors are 3mm bigger, and it does make a difference.Screen ProtectorCase
The phone in this deal is the smaller 5.0" Redmi 3S, not the larger 5.5" RN3 Pro SE.

OP, in your deal description 'Case3' is a RN3 Pro SE case which won't fit the phone in the deal.
1 Like #32
dreadzone101
WileE2014
I ordered these, case and screen protector, make sure you choose the Pro SE as the cases and screen protectors are 3mm bigger, and it does make a difference.Screen ProtectorCase
The phone in this deal is the smaller 5.0" Redmi 3S, not the larger 5.5" RN3 Pro SE.
OP, in your deal description 'Case3' is a RN3 Pro SE case which won't fit the phone in the deal.

Thanks, didn't check it myself before posting the link. Have now updated OP with new case and SP links.
[helper] 1 Like #33
Gentle_Giant

Make sure you order a screen protector for it, as the screens arent as tough as some; I always go for the plate glass, as I dont like the films.
Colgrigson posted the link below in another thread - judging by that vid screen looks pretty tough
colgrigson
1 Like #34
mrfun1981
Very tempted by this as be an upgrade on my LG G2, does anyone know where to buy phone cases from for this phone please?
I've just ordered this case https://www.aliexpress.com/item/For-xiaomi-redmi-3-pro-case-xiaomi-redmi-3-pro-cover-luxury-flip-leather-case-For/32704649513.html?spm=2114.30010308.0.0.EMVwqu
#35
bearcat
mrfun1981
Very tempted by this as be an upgrade on my LG G2, does anyone know where to buy phone cases from for this phone please?
I've just ordered this case https://www.aliexpress.com/item/For-xiaomi-redmi-3-pro-case-xiaomi-redmi-3-pro-cover-luxury-flip-leather-case-For/32704649513.html?spm=2114.30010308.0.0.EMVwqu

Would you add this to the case list in the OP please.
#36
DealHunter2645
Great deal and was about to push the button as a replacement for my slightly battered Moto X 2014 but noticed the screen resolution is 720x1280. Damn. Such a good deal otherwise!
Seems you need to step up to the Prime 4 to get a 1080p 5" screen. Also the seller on Aliexpress confusingly calls the Xiaomi 4 it a 'Pro' rather than Prime? https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Original-Xiaomi-Redmi-4-Prime-Mobile-Phone-3GB-RAM-32GB-ROM-Snapdragon-625-Octa-Core-CPU/2178148_32763245357.html
Don't want to derail this thread but anyone got any comments on the above phone? Cheers.
At the moment, the Redmi 4 does not have an option for Band20 4G. If that isn't an issue for you then it is a better phone than the 3s although I don't think 1080 screens are worth worrying about too much on a 5 " screen

Edited By: colgrigson on Jan 10, 2017 11:39
#37
giftedhuman
AndyRoyd
hatot
Hi , I never bought anything from this site , is it safe and if any import charges ? Regards
Probably no more risk than compared to other sites based in similar foreign location. You could consider paying by credit card in an attempt to secure £100+ Section 75 protection, but that involves divulging cc details (edit: PayPal ref removed). Import charges of VAT + £10-£15 admin fee will always be present but if you avoid selecting shipping by any big-brand couriers such as DHL / UPS then the chances of being obliged to pay the charges will be minimised.


​Ordered from AliExpress couple of months ago same phone. Opted for dhl and paid 2.50 in custom. As far as I know there is no official international rom, so would recommend to get one that is sealed and then sort it yourself (rom, etc.).


​Global Rom is on the MIUI website.
[helper]#38
This one (same phone different seller) is back on offer at £113 for the global grey so £4 cheaper....


Edited By: gari189 on Jan 10, 2017 21:54
#39
Arrived today, 10 days after order

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