No Gorilla Glass or Dragontrail protection on Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, fans worry

redmi-note-3-gorilla-glass

It’s probably got to do with keeping prices down, but Xiaomi’s decision to leave out branded toughened glass protection such as Dragontrail has some fans worried, especially since its biggest competitor — the LeTV Le 1s — offers Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

However, the Note 3 is certainly not the first mass-market, mid-range phone to come to India without branded glass protection. For example, the Lenovo K3 Note — the second-biggest selling smartphone last year, also did not have any branded protection, but offered an unspecified variety of hardened glass on its display.

The Redmi Note 3 is not the first phone from Xiaomi to not feature any branded protection either. While the company’s earlier models — such as the Mi3, Mi4 and Note 1 did offer Corning solutions such as GG or Concor, later models have skipped it to save money.

Omitting branded glass protection can help reduce the manufacturing cost of a handset by about Rs 350-400, which makes a huge difference when you are squeezed tight for margins.

The Note 3, for example, has been made available in India for Rs 11,999 — a price which is almost certainly below the cost of producing, shipping and selling the device in India at present. Of course, Xiaomi may be able to recover its losses after a couple of months if demand for the model continues to remain strong as the cost of production inevitably falls after the first couple of months.

So, from the consumer’s perspective, should one worry about the lack of branded hardened glass on the device?

The answer is not as clear cut as no reviewer — whether from the media, blogs or user community — actually tries to drop these phones to see how much abuse they can take. As a result, it becomes really difficult to measure the benefit of having Gorilla Glass or other layering on the display.

However, what one can go by is previous experience with models like Lenovo K3 Note, which came with an in-house variety of hardened glass. Going by user feedback, there are not that many people who have complained of increased fragility of the model.

At the same time, we have also heard horror stories of how phones that cost Rs 14,000 have ended up with cracked screens simply when they toppled over on their sides on a glass desk.

If you want to be sure, there are only two options: First is, of course, to go for a model like Le 1s, which has proper protection, or secondly, to take your chances with the Redmi device and then buy something like the Kohinshitsu tempered glass protector for Rs 300. To be extra sure, you will also need to buy a phone-cover that properly covers the front part.

Even if your phone has Dragontrail or Gorilla Glass, it would still be required to buy a decent phone case which covers both the edges and the display of the phone to actually protect it in case of a fall.

As for the other option of going for the LeTV model, remember that the Redmi phone has more advanced LTE and a bigger battery. Though the more-advanced LTE may not give any benefit at present in India, the extra-battery power should help you use your phone for a couple more hours than otherwise. On the downside, availability is going to be an issue with the Xiaomi model, while the other one is available off-the-shelf on Amazon.
[socialpoll id=”2339973″]



Redmi Note 4 is great, but can Xiaomi deliver the stock for flash sale?  Xiaomi seems to have yet delivered yet another winner in the form of the upgraded Redmi Note 4, launched in India today.The phone, priced at Rs 12,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant, is arguably the most value for money phone in the market today.It also launched a Rs 10,999 variant with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, which shoul...
Redmi Note 4 priced at Rs 12,999 for 4GB version, 9,999 for 2GB Redmi Note 4 has scored a small coup in the mid-range smartphone market in India by introducing the Snapdragon 625 chipset with 14 nm technology.The phone will be priced at Rs 12,999 for the 4GB version with 64 GB of internal memory.The 2 GB version will be priced at Rs 9,999 and the 3 GB variant, with only 32 GB of internal memory will be availa...
Rs 12,999 gets you Redmi Note 4 with 14 nm Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, better camera Redmi Note 4 has scored a small coup in the mid-range smartphone market in India by introducing the Snapdragon 625 chipset with 14 nm technology."This is the debut of the Snapdragon 625-enabled Note 4.. It's coming first to India, and is not available even in China," said the company.This gives the phone a key edge over rivals like Coolpad Cool1, whi...
LIVE STREAM – Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 India Launch Xiaomi is streaming the unveiling of its latest mid-range smartphone, the Redmi Note 4, via Youtube.It will not be streaming the event live on Facebook or Twitter, but only via a Youtube link. UPDATE: The phone has been priced at Rs 12,999 for the 4+64 GB version, Rs 10,999 for the 3+32 GB variant and Rs 9,999 for the 2+16 GB variant.It comes wit...
Lenovo P2 priced at Rs 17,999 for 4 GB variant, higher than expected Lenovo's latest smartphone in India, the P2, has been launched at Rs 17,999 for the 4 GB version, which is about Rs 2,000 more than the expected price.A cheaper option, at Rs 16,999, will also be available on Flipkart, but will come with only 3 GB of RAM.The pricing makes the phone less value-for-money than many expected. However, the phone has s...
At Rs 18k, Lenovo P2 is no challenger for Redmi Note 4 Lenovo is all set to kick off the 14 nm revolution in India with the launch of its P2, the successor to the no-so-hot-selling P1.The P series phones are 'upper mid range' devices priced around Rs 16,000 -- or about 25% higher than the company's K series devices.While the K series looks primarily at affordability, the P series is a blend of style and ...
CoolPad Cool 1 to be launched in India on Wednesday, price 11k expected Coolpad and its parent LeEco will launch the much-anticipated mid-range smartphone Cool 1 in India on Wednesday at a starting price of around Rs 11,000.The phone was launched in Chine in late August, and the company has taken four months to make it available in its second biggest market.However, on the positive side, the India launches could sport ch...
Will OnePlus 3 from Flipkart get warranty support from manufacturer? OnePlus 3, arguably the most successful premium phone of 2016 in India, may not get warranty support from the manufacturer if purchased from Flipkart, going by a statement by the company.The company issued a statement that seemed to suggest that Flipkart's sale of the model is not authorized by the company."We have an exclusive partnership with A...
Why Lenovo K6 Note makes little sense vs K5 Lenovo has chosen to launch the K6 Note via the offline channel in India and will unveil the official price of the model on Wednesday.Though the model would have been priced around the Rs 12,000 mark via online sales channels, it is now likely to be priced higher at around Rs 14,000-15,000 because it is being sold through the offline channel.UPDA...
Lenovo issues VoLTE update for K5, Plus and Note with Reliance Jio support Three months after Reliance Jio started giving out free connections, Lenovo -- the biggest online smartphone brand in India -- has started pushing out VoLTE update to those who bought its last generation phones - the K5, and its Note and Plus variants.Out of these, at least some Note users have already got the OTA update as early as October this year, ...
WATCH LIVE: Lenovo K6 Power launch in India at 3 PM today Flipkart and Lenovo are launching their latest mid-range smartphone, the K6 Power, in India today at 3 PM.The live stream of the even is available on Youtube (see below).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URwYoUTiOmkIt remains to be seen what specifications of the K6 Power are introduced in India.Globally, it is available in 3G and 4GB version...
Lenovo to launch K6 Power in India: But Do We Care? Lenovo, the Chinese smartphone giant that heralded the smartphone revolution in India with its ultra-affordable models like A6000, is all set to release the latest of its K series models -- the K6 Power sometime early next week.Does the phone promise anything interesting? Should you hold off on your planned purchase till you get the full picture next wee...
LeEco Le Max3 details leaked, comes with 3.9 Ah battery, SD 821 LeEco’s latest high-end handset, the Le Max3, has just passed certification in China and carries the model number Le X850.Much of the specifications of the phone are along expected lines and do not change radically from Le Max2, which is the cheapest Snapdragon 820-based phone in India. The model, which comes with a 5.7-inch quad-HD LCD display, is selli...
itel launches VoLTE phone with Iris scanner @ Rs 8,490 itel Mobile said it has launched its s flagship selfie phone, ´it1520´ at Rs 8,490 in India.it520 is equipped with wide angle 13 MP front and back cameras, Iris scanner, 4G-VoLTE connectivity and a Reliance Jio connection.The model runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow."The latest launch from itel is the perfect smartphone companion for the selfie-lovi...
Samsung Galaxy On8 is the best Diwali mobile offer from Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal? Are you wondering about buying the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, but worried about lack of 4G voice on it?Are you disappointed about the lack of big compelling deals on new mobile phones in the Diwali offers issued by Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal and so on this year?Worry not. Samsung Galaxy On8 is here.The phone is all set to go on its first sale under Fli...