Xiaomi working on new smartphone in Redmi series could be existing variants of the Redmi 3. with Fingerprint scanner TENAA listing of two of these models, namely the 2015810 and 2015817.
TENAA reveals that 2015817 model comes with an 8.5mm body and 3000mAh battery, while the 2015810 model features a larger 4000mAh battery inside a same sized body. Both feature 5-inch displays. it looks like the new variants add a fingerprint sensor to the Redmi 3.
5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display
Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 64-bit processor with Adreno 405 GPU
2GB LPDDR3 RAM, 16GB internal storage,
MIUI 7 based on Android Lollipop
13MP rear camera
5MP front-facing camera
4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS
3000mAh /4000mAh Battery
All the four models are powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and feature 13MP rear and 5MP front cameras. Although the Redmi 3A is said to feature an octa-core chip, it probably won’t be Snapdragon 616. But we will have to wait for an official announcement to confirm this.
Redmi 3A, namely 2015810 comes with 2GB of RAM, 16GB ROM and a 4000mAh battery. L Also, it lacks the plaid design seen on the other models (as well as the existing Redmi 3 version). The phone support dual SIM cards.
Coming to the Redmi 3S variants, all three feature plaid design at the back with a metal body and a rear placed fingerprint sensor. The 2015817 model has 2GB / 3GB RAM variants but comes with just a 3000mAh battery. On the other hand, the 2015818 comes with the same specs (2GB RAM only), but with a larger 4000mAh battery. Finally, 2015819 model features all the specs as the earlier version (again only 2GB RAM) but adds support for full network connectivity (supports all three carriers in China).
Considering the minute differences in the four devices, they could be priced progressively with a difference of around 100 Yuan. This is what the company has traditionally practiced, so it might continue with the same pricing strategy for the 3A and 3S variants as well. So, the 2015810 (Redmi 3A), 2915817/818/819 variants could be priced at 599 Yuan ($92), 699 Yuan (108), 799 Yuan ($123) and 899 Yuan ($138) respectively. Actually, if we look closely, there are five variants. The 2015817 model also comes with 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM version. It could be priced under 899 Yuan ($138) with the trade-off being a smaller 3000mAh battery.