25, Sep 2017

First Xiaomi Mi Note 3 teardown surfaces, reveals three-stage internal design

If you are curious to know what lies inside the recently launched Xiaomi Mi Note 3 and how it works, a complete teardown of the smartphone has just surfaced online for you. The teardown reveals the usual three-stage assembly design of Xiaomi phones. The smartphone was launched this month in China featuring a 5.2-inch FHD display, 6GB RAM, 64GB and 128GB storage, Snapdragon SoC 660, and dual 12MP rear cameras.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 was launched earlier this month along with the second-generation of bezel-less Mi MIX. Now, a few days later, the smartphone has been subjected to a complete teardown. However, the teardown doesn't throw up any surprises as it revealed the same three-layer assembling design as found in any other smartphone these days. Since the internals are arranged in a familiar manner dissembling them is seemingly less cumbersome.

The process begins with the removal of the SIM tray which lies at the left edge of the handset. Then, to loosen up the rear side, some heating is required. A 2-minute warming with the heat gun does the trick. Then, it is required a suction pipe and any pick like tools to pry open the back cover of the Mi Note 3.

Once the rear is undressed, the internals of the device become clearly visible, exposing the three-stage design structure. Now the plastic cover on the motherboard needs to be taken out. This is done by first removing as many as 9 screws and a graphic sticker there.

Post the removal of plastic cover, the metal plates are visible underneath of which rest most of the chips and camera. The plates can be taken out by removing all the connectors. Ultimately, the entire motherboard is also extracted in the process.

The whole internal hardware parts are dissembled one by one and the images showcase them in full glory. The displayed hardware parts include a dual 12MP camera, 16MP selfie camera, 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 660 SoC, and 3,500mAh battery - pretty much everything that the device is made up of.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 3, successor to the Xiaomi Mi Note 2, was launched on September 11 this year in China with an initial price tag of 2,499 Yuan (Approx. Rs.24, 600). Amongst other things, the smartphone comes with a 5.2-inch FHD display, 64GB and 128GB internal storage, Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 9 slapped on top, 4G LTE and Bluetooth 5.0 support.

Most notably, the camera module is armed with "Adaptable AI Beauty" feature that makes use of separate algorithms to beautify the images of both men and women. The fingerprint scanner is front-mounted protected under a layer of glass.

As of now, there is no news if the Mi Note 3 will move to India. Chances are, however, slim given that its predecessor never made its way to the country. Therefore, the teardown of the device might not elicit much of an interest from our audience, but in any case, the tech-savvy people won't miss taking a peek inside of the phone. If you are one of them, here are all the images of the Mi Note 3 teardown process.

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