Xiaomi today released its first smartphone for 2016: the Redmi 3. The budget handset from the company packs in some impressive specs that was previously unheard of in a phone that costs just a wee bit more than $100.  Compared to its predecessor, the Redmi 3 is a huge upgrade in almost every way imaginable. If you are wondering what these upgrades and differences are, check out the long list below.

All-metal construction with a new design (vs. a plastic body) The Redmi 3 packs in a larger 5-inch display compared to the 4.7-inch display found on the Redmi 2. The resoluton of the display, however, remains the same at 720p Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 616 chipset on the Redmi 3 is significantly faster and in a different league than the Snapdragon 410 chipset found on the Redmi 2

Octa-core chipset with a mix of high and low-power consuming Cortex A53 cores Adreno  405 GPU

2GB RAM (twice as much as Redmi 2) 16GB storage (double the storage of Redmi 2) Hybrid Dual SIM (a downgrade from the dual SIM functionality found on Redmi 2)

One micro + nanoSIM card slot You can either use two SIM cards or one SIM card and a microSD card at any given time

13MP camera with F/2.0 aperture (vs. 8MP with F/2.2 aperture on Redmi 2)

Phase Detection Auto Focus

5MP front camera (up from 2MP) Redmi 3 comes with a 4100mAh battery, nearly double of Redmi 2’s 2200mAh removable battery Quick Charge 2.0 (faster than Quick Charge 1.0) MIUI 7

Based on Android 5.1 Lollipop

The Redmi 3 is a major upgrade in almost every way compared to the Redmi 2. The all-metal construction handset, the Snapdragon 616 chipset and a 4100mAh battery are particularly noteworthy, since these features are usually found in smartphones that generally cost over $200. What do you think about the Redmi 3? Will you be upgrading to it from a Redmi 2? ➤ Redmi 3 specs