T he Mi Note 3 ticks all the right boxes when it comes to smartphone capabilities. It handles productivity tasks, Full HD movies and 3D games without any stutter, while music playback through headphones is balanced with just the right amount of lows, mids and highs, and it also gives you well over a day of battery life on a single charge.

Both its cameras are best in class. You can choose between three modes of beautification when shooting selfies, while the rear cam comes with a dozen shooting options, including panorama, twilight mode, timer, fish eye, tilt shift for that miniature effect, and even manual that allows you to choose between white balance settings and ISO depending on your lighting.Of course, you can also select from 16 visual filters to create just the right mood for your snapshots.

As a plus, the Mi Note 3 packs in an IR blaster that lets you configure it as a universal remote for international brands of ACs and TVs, a fingerprint sensor that works spiffily to unlock your device, and it even has a `night’ and `reading’ mode that makes its screen’s brightness easier on the eye. Displaywise, it is capable of crisp text, good visibility in sunlight, and vibrant colours.

The Mi Note 3 packs in the highest capacity of internal storage (in this review), which can be further expanded via microSD and USB OTG to store and seamlessly transfer your music, movies and photos. And, well, all of this is housed in an 8.6mm slim metal body that’s fronted by a fullylaminated screen.

SPECS: 5.5-inch (1920x1080px) display | 1.8GHz Snapdragon 650 PRICE RATING hexa-core processor | 3GB RAM | 32GB storage, microSD, USB OTG | 16MP (dual LED flash), 5MP cameras | Dual SIM | 4000mAh battery Rs.11,999