This phone was my most recommended phone of 2016 for budget seekers. No doubt, it has great specs and a really friendly pricetag. But should you still get it? Here's my short review.
Let's say you still get this today, these are the things that will be good and bad.
Design: You'll have one of the better built phones out there. The small form factor makes it super easy to hold on to, even if you have rather small palms. The entire body is not made of metal, but it's coated with a layer of it. So wherever you touch, you'll feel a solid metallic finish. The top and bottom portions of the back are plastic, to let radio signals in. But the frame is solid aluminum.
Display: The display is a 5 inch 720p LCD panel. What's good is that you'll have a very high brightness output compared to other devices in similar price range. So outdoor visibility is a bit better on this little guy. It also has Xiaomi's sunlight display™ technology, so it actively changes specific area brightnesson the panel, depending on the amount of light falling over it. It's a good display with balanced colors, and it won't let you down in your everyday usage.
Performance: With the Snapdragon 430 and 3 gigs of RAM, the 3s prime glides through pretty much everything. Even though the CPUis a mid range offering from Qualcomm, I didn't notice any major lags or stutters even during heavy gaming. It does get slightly hot to the touch over extended sessions, but it's nothing to be concerned about. The metal coated back easily dissipates heat and the phone cools down quickly. So yeah, this phone will handle moderate or even heavy usage just fine. No sweat there.
Battery: The phone has a pretty big 4100 mAh battery unit in it. It's impressive considering the size of the phone. I mean, it is pretty thick, but doesn't feel all that heavy despite the big battery. The usage time as expected, is great. You'll easily get through a day if moderate usage and might be down to about 20\% at night on heavy usage. As long as you charge it once a day, you won't have any problems. Speaking of charging, the microUSBport does a decent job of pumpingcurrent through the phone and charges it up over about 90 minutes. That's not bad at all, if you ask me.
Okay, now let's get to the stuff you WON'T enjoy.
Camera: The camera on the 3s prime is pretty poor. The rear camera is okay under bright light, but totally goes grainy in indoor lightings. The front camera was quite disappointingin my usage. Even though it's a pretty large 5 mp sensor, images were quite grainy and smudgy. I'm guessing it's a software problem, as image processingaffects photo quality significantly. It's been quite a while and I haven't heard of any camera fixing updates rolling out. Looks like you'll be stuck with a below average camera as of now.
Interface: I've mentionedthis several times before, MIUIisnt everyone's cup of tea. They hold back on pretty much all of the Google's useful features and give you with a pretty heavy UI. Though MIUI has come a long way since before, it still isn't the cleanest. If you aren't bothered about it, good for you. But I suggest you put on a custom launcher and clean up that desktop at least.
To wrap up, I still think that the Redmi 3s prime is a great device. You're getting a lot for your money here. If you can somehow overlook the disappointing camera and the ugly UI, it's still a viable choice, even at this point of time.