A variant of the Xiaomi Redmi 3 has been spotted on Chinese certification website TENAA which includes a fingerprint reader.
In terms of hardware, it’s identical to the exisiting Redmi 3 in every way other than the addition of a fingerprint sensor and a smaller battery (3,000 mAh versus the original 4,100 mAh). According to the renders, the scanner is placed on the rear of the device just below the camera sensor. It’s placement appears to mimic that of the Honor 5X and other similar devices such as the LG Nexus 5X.
Internal hardware for the Redmi 3 is very impressive considering its bargain price-point. With a 1.5 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 616 CPU, 5-inch 720p screen and 2GB RAM, it still beggars belief that the handset retails for only £129.99 from some retailers.
Quite why they’re planning to release this variant remains to be seen, though the upgrade would put the handset more in line with the Redmi Note 3, which already includes such a sensor.
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