Xiaomi Redmi 3 at EU £114.23 @ dx.com
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Xiaomi Redmi 3 at EU £114.23 @ dx.com

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Found 14th Feb 2016
Pretty good price for what seems like a great phone with a huge battery life.
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Been looking at this phone for a while, i have a LG G3, think its a step up?
ironfist

Been looking at this phone for a while, i have a LG G3, think its a step … Been looking at this phone for a while, i have a LG G3, think its a step up?



No, unless you like messing with roms all the time.
submerged

No, unless you like messing with roms all the time.



Even if you like messing with the roms, you can use roms on G3 to improve its performance significantly.

This will beat G3 basically only in terms of battery. Save your money for now.
Nexusfifth

Even if you like messing with the roms, you can use roms on G3 to improve … Even if you like messing with the roms, you can use roms on G3 to improve its performance significantly.This will beat G3 basically only in terms of battery. Save your money for now.




Thanks
If you like messing with roms or not it's something you will have to do with this to make it work like you want it. Same with am MIUI devices. You will probably have to unlock bootloader (if like note 3) and install TWRP and Miui EU weekly to get rid of chinese bloat on it.

It looks a nice phone just the same.
Hi. Which variant is £114? Many are shown when entering xiaomi note 3 into the search box , some with 2gb and 3gb RAM but cant see one for £114. Am I missing something?

Edited by: "maano001" 14th Feb 2016
maano001

Hi. Which variant is £114? Many are shown when entering xiaomi note 3 … Hi. Which variant is £114? Many are shown when entering xiaomi note 3 into the search box , some with 2gb and 3gb RAM but cant see one for £114. Am I missing something?



This is not a note 3 this is just regular "small" redmi.

eud.dx.com/pro…848

you can get it for 10£ less from China but risking customs...
Nexusfifth

[quote=maano001] Hi. Which variant is £114? Many are shown when entering … [quote=maano001] Hi. Which variant is £114? Many are shown when entering xiaomi note 3 into the search box , some with 2gb and 3gb RAM but cant see one for £114. Am I missing something?


This is not a note 3 this is just regular "small" redmi.eud.dx.com/pro…848
you can get it for 10£ less from China but risking customs...[/

Thanks for clearing that up :-)
Make sure your network doesn't use LTE Band 20 as this phone doesn't support B20
maano001

This is not a note 3 this is just regular "small" … This is not a note 3 this is just regular "small" redmi.http://eud.dx.com/product/xiaomi-redmi-3-android-5-1-octa-core-smartphone-w-5-0-tft-2gb-ram-16gb-rom-silvery-white-844424848#.VsDsjyCLSVMyou can get it for 10£ less from China but risking customs...[/Thanks for clarifying :-)


"Starry metal fuselage, could not hide the colorful"
I'm sold!
submerged

If you like messing with roms or not it's something you will have to do … If you like messing with roms or not it's something you will have to do with this to make it work like you want it. Same with am MIUI devices. You will probably have to unlock bootloader (if like note 3) and install TWRP and Miui EU weekly to get rid of chinese bloat on it.It looks a nice phone just the same.



Haha no you don't.

bumbaclart

Haha no you don't.



Something changed? Had to mess with every miui device I have had. It's no big deal if your used to it. Just no good if you have no idea. Usually takes a few months before they release a global rom unless that has changed with the redmi 3?

Yes they work out of the box but usually not that well imo. I have had a redmi 2, note, note 2 and a note 3.

My mum has an out of the box redmi 3 she's over 70,to my knowledge she doesn't tinker with roms, hasn't complained?

submerged

Something changed? Had to mess with every miui device I have had. It's no … Something changed? Had to mess with every miui device I have had. It's no big deal if your used to it. Just no good if you have no idea. Usually takes a few months before they release a global rom unless that has changed with the redmi 3?Yes they work out of the box but usually not that well imo. I have had a redmi 2, note, note 2 and a note 3.


No global rom available for these yet and they come without Google play services installed. That is unless gearbest have installed a rom which includes they as they tend to but its usually a non standard custom rom of their own making.
[quote=Qrunch]My mum has an out of the box redmi 3 she's over 70,to my knowledge she doesn't tinker with roms, hasn't complained?[quote=submerged]

Must have one with a custom rom made by the store that sold it then.
No, bootloader locked on these, custom Rom from vendor not possible , I'm sure you know that, you've had enough of them!
Currently bootloader and any custom Rom not an option...
Miui contains enough security options to prevent any app you don't wish to access the Internet or any aspect of the phone.
Google installed very easily with one apk.
If you want that is...
Qrunch

No, bootloader locked on these, custom Rom from vendor not possible , I'm … No, bootloader locked on these, custom Rom from vendor not possible , I'm sure you know that, you've had enough of them! Currently bootloader and any custom Rom not an option...



I did not know that as only note 3 I had was locked and never bothered unlocking it. They must be just installing play services then which is simple enough from what I read. Pretty sure you will get play services installed buying from gearbest eu. May not if you got it from China.

Not saying anything bad about them, just saying to those how may not want to mess with them just in case they dont come pre installed and the standard chinese rom will not have play store.

That may change in future though as google are trying to launch it in China I think I read.
Qrunch

Miui contains enough security options to prevent any app you don't wish … Miui contains enough security options to prevent any app you don't wish to access the Internet or any aspect of the phone. Google installed very easily with one apk. If you want that is...



I like Xiaomi devices myself and this looks quite premium too, must resist.
If you like to tinker, it's actually not a good choice as the locked bootloader precludes any of that!
Best xiaomi I've ever owned, battery life is awesome
Qrunch

If you like to tinker, it's actually not a good choice as the locked … If you like to tinker, it's actually not a good choice as the locked bootloader precludes any of that! Best xiaomi I've ever owned, battery life is awesome



Can't you unlock it here? en.miui.com/thr…tml
No, the only Rom is a stable Rom, most say that can't be unlocked
I have the unlock permissions approved for xiaomi phones and redmi 3 is not currently unlock able.

To confirm I mean bootloader lock.
It's network unlocked / sim free

Out of box it's fine, as I said install Google and either use built in security to stop any apps you want from going online.
Or, root (easy to do) and use an app from Google play to get rid of them altogether.
That's not tinkering in the hard core sense...
Edited by: "Qrunch" 14th Feb 2016
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Qrunch

No, the only Rom is a stable Rom, most say that can't be unlockedI have … No, the only Rom is a stable Rom, most say that can't be unlockedI have the unlock permissions approved for xiaomi phones and redmi 3 is not currently unlock able. To confirm I mean bootloader lock. It's network unlocked / sim free Out of box it's fine, as I said install Google and either use built in security to stop any apps you want from going online. Or, root (easy to do) and use an app from Google play to get rid of them altogether. That's not tinkering in the hard core sense...



​How would you go about rooting the phone and remove the undesired apps? Just so I know once I get mine
I used root genius but there's other ways since also so it's up to you, root genius was fool proof (so ideal for me!)
Then use titanium Backup, I freeze the unwanted apps in case they caused instabilities by being absent.

Have had no problems at all.
And thanks to kunhandi on here, I've done the sd /sim hack he used for honor 7 to get dual sim and sd at same time....

If you need more info just ask, be glad to help.

My mum uses hers out of the box, she just put Google on.
Edited by: "Qrunch" 14th Feb 2016
Qrunch

If you like to tinker, it's actually not a good choice as the locked … If you like to tinker, it's actually not a good choice as the locked bootloader precludes any of that! Best xiaomi I've ever owned, battery life is awesome


Where did you buy it?
How did you install Google Play?

I'm very tempted, as it has a nice form factor and a good battery (and is not expensive).
Original Poster
Qrunch

I used root genius but there's other ways since also so it's up to you, … I used root genius but there's other ways since also so it's up to you, root genius was fool proof (so ideal for me!) Then use titanium Backup, I freeze the unwanted apps in case they caused instabilities by being absent. Have had no problems at all. And thanks to kunhandi on here, I've done the sd /sim hack he used for honor 7 to get dual sim and sd at same time.... If you need more info just ask, be glad to help. My mum uses hers out of the box, she just put Google on.



​Thanks for that, I'll save that comment for when I get it. How's the battery life for you?
Google install instructions here :
xiaomi.eu/com…06/
Redmi3 Google Installer

My battery is easily lasting a full day with no concern about needing to charge before bed. Using wifi for several hours, gps for over an hour and several calls. Not very scientific I know sorry.

Edit, sorry, forgot, bought mine from ibuygou, they aren't the cheapest but used them before, no fakes ever from these guys and it arrived on the Thursday, ordered Sunday before.
Came wrapped like a present to make it look even more "gift" like, for customs reasons.
Edited by: "Qrunch" 15th Feb 2016
I have a Redmi Note 2 and whilst I quite like the idea of trying different Rome etc, I seriously regret not spending more and buying something a bit more main stream. I have tried different roms but continue to get glitches and freezes. Not voted.
Personally I like removable batteries on my phones..
Off topic: I bought the xiaomi mi 4c for my wife, came from the European warehouse of gearbest.com with their custom rom installed on it. It worked fine but later on it started getting popups and random ads. No third party apps were installed, so I suspected it's in the rom. Google it, some Chinese phones from random vendors do come with malware injected into the roms. I think we were unlucky. Not to worry, install twrp bootloader then Cyanogen mod, there are several good guides out there. Now it's working like a charm. Yes, there is no official stable rom but the nightly version from team super something does the job. No major bugs in it and no malware as far 's I can tell. She is a happy bunny now.
Jabaltariq

I have a Redmi Note 2 and whilst I quite like the idea of trying … I have a Redmi Note 2 and whilst I quite like the idea of trying different Rome etc, I seriously regret not spending more and buying something a bit more main stream. I have tried different roms but continue to get glitches and freezes. Not voted.



I also have a Redmi Note 2 (prime). I bought mine from the UK off ebay and it came wit MIUI 7 Hermes 5.10.22

For me, it's totally glitch free and the smoothest OS I've experienced. If you're not running that rom, give it a try.

My Xiaomi is already rooted - you can give root access to whichever apps you select - so the phone is seen as unrooted by Sky GO, Netflix etc, but rooted for other apps e.g. ES Task Manager

xiaomitips.com/gui…ng/
Edited by: "barbiegirl" 15th Feb 2016
DellB0y

Personally I like removable batteries on my phones..



I do too, and the Redmi Note 2 has one. And dual sim and microSD. The 3 is less flexible and loses this in place of a metal chassis and a fingerprint sensor. Not a good trade IMO.
If you're after battery life, I recently got Ulefone Power from GearBest - fully English ROM and a 6Amp battery that lasts a teenager more than a day...and they are HEAVY users..
The Chinese are really coming to the UK big style this year. I don't know how anyone is going to be able to justify £500-£650 for an Apple phone made in China when you can buy something as good for about 30% of the price.

Add in error 53 to the mix, I wonder if a backlash against Apple isn't starting to form...

standard.co.uk/lif…tml
Szabster

Off topic: I bought the xiaomi mi 4c for my wife, came from the European … Off topic: I bought the xiaomi mi 4c for my wife, came from the European warehouse of gearbest.com with their custom rom installed on it. It worked fine but later on it started getting popups and random ads. No third party apps were installed, so I suspected it's in the rom. Google it, some Chinese phones from random vendors do come with malware injected into the roms. I think we were unlucky. Not to worry, install twrp bootloader then Cyanogen mod, there are several good guides out there. Now it's working like a charm. Yes, there is no official stable rom but the nightly version from team super something does the job. No major bugs in it and no malware as far 's I can tell. She is a happy bunny now.



I purchased an Mi4c (well 3, actually, but that's another matter) for my daughter and it is totally clean of extraneous junk, but this is the 3Gb/32Gb international version so maybe it's only the 2Gb/16Gb which has junk in there.
Jabaltariq

I have a Redmi Note 2 and whilst I quite like the idea of trying … I have a Redmi Note 2 and whilst I quite like the idea of trying different Rome etc, I seriously regret not spending more and buying something a bit more main stream. I have tried different roms but continue to get glitches and freezes. Not voted.




What roms did you use?

I used the one on their site for the redmi note 2 and it's been great.
Very easy to do too.
barbiegirl

I do too, and the Redmi Note 2 has one. And dual sim and microSD. The 3 … I do too, and the Redmi Note 2 has one. And dual sim and microSD. The 3 is less flexible and loses this in place of a metal chassis and a fingerprint sensor. Not a good trade IMO.



Yup I was aware of this and have it on my bookmarks as a possible option to buy, as im on the market for a new phone
Hence why i was disappointed to see Jabaltariq's post just prior to mine, I'm a software developer and also a network engineer so very aware of security which is why i look at custom roms with suspicion - quite rightly
So i'll look into the one you mentioned, ta
barbiegirl

The Chinese are really coming to the UK big style this year. I don't know … The Chinese are really coming to the UK big style this year. I don't know how anyone is going to be able to justify £500-£650 for an Apple phone made in China when you can buy something as good for about 30% of the price.Add in error 53 to the mix, I wonder if a backlash against Apple isn't starting to form...http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/why-apple-has-cutprice-competition-from-the-chinese-mobile-market-a3178111.html



As a recent 'convert' I agree with this. Having said that, I think it will impact Android makers like Samsung. LG, HTC etc first as Apple users seem totally oblivious to just how royally ripped off they are getting (in fact some who DO realise seem to actually revel in it, bizarrely) so they will take longer to be converted. But it's good news for consumers once more people become aware of just how much you can get for your money by buying Chinese. The days of the 600 quid flagship (by any mainstream maker) are definitely numbered.
Edited by: "bellboys" 15th Feb 2016
this or nexus 6 64gb ?????? i have a brand new nexus 6 64gb boxed insurance claim and i dont know if i should sell it or just keep it . its pretty old now right?
Edited by: "flashjmp" 15th Feb 2016
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