Redmi Turbo 3 Hands-On: Equipped with Snapdragon 8s Gen3, A Powerful Flagship Phone

April 12, 2024

On April 10, Redmi officially released the Redmi Turbo 3. According to Wang Teng, Redmi’s general manager, the K series continues its expansion towards the high end. Meanwhile, the new Turbo series emerges as a performance flagship catering to a broader spectrum of young users.

Redmi Turbo 3

Before the unveiling of Redmi Turbo 3, Redmi introduced two products: Note 11T and Note 12 Turbo. Both garnered consumer favor and recognition for their stellar performance at competitive prices. The Redmi Turbo 3 inherits the successful experiences of its predecessors, both in product definition and technological advancements. It serves as a continuation of their essence.

In terms of core configuration, the Redmi Turbo 3 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chip. It also features up to 16GB+1TB of storage, along with enhancements like the Fury Engine 3.0 and a 4800mm² Ice Circulation Cold Pump. Curious about your Redmi Turbo 3 experience? Next, Gizcoupon will bring you the hands-on experience of this new product.

Redmi Turbo 3

Design and Display

Upon receiving the Redmi Turbo 3, I immediately noticed its sleek and lightweight build. It boasts numerous features, and its thin and light design exceeded my expectations for a mobile phone. The body size of the Redmi Turbo 3 measures 160.574.47.8mm, with a weight of only 179g. This places it on par with the latest trend of thin and light phones. It’s remarkable to see a high-performance mobile phone weighing less than 180g, a concept that was once difficult to envision. Moving on to the design, the Redmi Turbo 3 maintains the trendy small vertical edge design. However, the mid-frame edges have been rounded for a better hand feel.

Redmi Turbo 3

In terms of details, the middle frame remains plastic, as expected. However, it’s reinforced with high-strength aluminum alloy, making it 8% stronger than the previous generation. Additionally, the four corners are reinforced with metal, enhancing its durability.

Redmi Turbo 3

Regarding color options, the Redmi Turbo 3 offers three choices: Black Crystal, Green Blade, and Ice Titanium. I opted for the “Ice Titanium” color, inspired by titanium metal. As for the look and feel, the “Ice Titanium” color scheme exudes a light and golden hue, resembling a blend of titanium and gold. Despite its plastic construction, it maintains a metallic sheen, elevating its overall design. Delving into details, the Redmi Turbo 3 features a double-ring arrangement for its camera modules. One side of the camera hosts a ring-fill light, flanked by two LED lamp beads.

Redmi Turbo 3

The right side of the middle frame integrates the volume and power buttons. It was evident to me upon seeing the power button’s shape that the Turbo3 employs an on-screen fingerprint sensor, albeit short-focus. Given its price point, it’s important not to set overly high expectations. The top of the middle frame contains openings for infrared, speakers, and microphones. However, the design of the 3.5mm headphone jack in the Note 12 Turbo is not carried forward. Moving to the bottom, it integrates speakers, SIM card slots, charging, and microphone ports. Returning to the front, the Redmi Turbo 3 introduces an extremely high screen-to-body ratio design.

Redmi Turbo 3

Redmi Turbo 3

When discussing the design aesthetics of a full-screen device, the first step is to remove the “intrusive” and rough screen bracket. The presence or absence of the screen bracket marks a significant difference in the elegance of the front of the full-screen device once the screen lights up. Thanks to the elimination of the screen bracket and further optimization of the assembly process, Redmi Turbo 3 achieves a 1.35mm upper border, 1.3mm left and right borders, and only a 2.27mm chin. After the screen lights up, the borders are remarkably slim, giving a very refined appearance.

Redmi Turbo 3

Redmi Turbo 3 features a 1.5K Chinese screen measuring 6.67 inches. It boasts a resolution of 2712*1220, a PPI of 446, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 2160Hz instantaneous touch sampling rate. Additionally, it supports a self-developed wet hand touch algorithm. Transitioning to its standout feature, this screen boasts a peak brightness of 2400nit, surpassing others in its category. This ensures ample brightness for users. Moving on to software enhancements, Redmi Turbo 3 is equipped with super-dynamic display technology. This technology enhances HDR/Dolby video to be 8 times brighter based on actual brightness. Furthermore, the screen supports a 100% P3 color gamut display, 12-bit color depth, and JNCD≈0.33. It also offers multiple screens of the same color, enhancing the viewing experience.

Redmi Turbo 3

For eye protection, Redmi Turbo 3 adopts Xiaomi Qingshan eye protection solution, offering support for 16000-level automatic brightness adjustment, and 1920Hz PWM dimming, and has obtained certifications including Rheinland Hardware Low Blue Light, Rheinland Rhythm Friendly, Rheinland Flicker-free, as well as the China “Visual Health Friendly S++” certification issued by the Quality Certification Center.

Redmi Turbo 3


Qualcomm released the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chip last month. Then, Xiaomi Civi4 Pro showcased the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 in its debut. Following suit, Redmi Turbo 3 became the second phone to sport the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chip. Thanks to its flagship-standard heat dissipation stack and Fury Engine 3.0 optimization, Redmi Turbo 3 maximizes the chip’s performance. Furthermore, Redmi Turbo 3 offers four storage configurations: 12GB+256GB, 12GB+512GB, 16GB+512GB, and 16GB+1TGB, featuring LPDDR5X and UFS4.0 storage specs. It also boasts a 0809X-axis linear motor, multi-function NFC, IP64, Wi-Fi 6 enhanced version, and BT5.4.

Redmi Turbo 3

Moreover, Redmi Turbo 3’s 90W, 5000mAh charging configuration charges 50% in just 12 minutes and reaches 100% in 35 minutes. The Snapdragon 8s Gen3, fabricated on TSMC’s 4nm process, comprises a CPU consisting of 1 X4 core at 3GHz, 4 A720 cores at 2.8GHz, and 3 A520 cores at 2GHz. It’s paired with an Adreno 735 GPU. In contrast, the Snapdragon 8 Gen3, also on TSMC’s 4nm process, features a CPU comprising 1 X4 core at 3.3GHz, 3 A720 cores at 3.15GHz, 2 A720 cores at 2.96GHz, and 2 A520 cores at 2.26GHz, coupled with an Adreno 750 GPU.

Redmi Turbo 3

The significant disparity between Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 lies in the former lacking a large core. Nonetheless, it shares the CPU architecture of the third-generation Snapdragon 8 flagship platform and the GPU architecture of the second-generation Snapdragon 8 flagship platform.

This positions the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chip as a high-performance option with an eye on affordability, making it more cost-effective than the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The application of the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chip in performance-centric mobile phone products is undeniably strategic.

During testing, Redmi Turbo 3, equipped with Snapdragon 8s Gen 3, underwent benchmark tests via software like AnTuTu and Geekbench.

In Geekbench5, Redmi Turbo 3 achieved 1488 points in single-core and 4714 points in multi-core, surpassing some Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones in single-core performance.

Redmi Turbo 3

In the subsequent Geekbench6 test, Redmi Turbo 3 scored 1995 in single-core and 5349 in multi-core, closely matching Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile phones.

Redmi Turbo 3

The AnTuTu benchmark, Redmi Turbo 3 scored over 1.62 million, comparable to Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones, but lower than Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 phones which scored around 2 million.

Based on the running score data, the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3, equipped with Redmi Turbo 3, only differs by one “S” from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Still, there’s a performance gap. However, let’s be straightforward, the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 is already very close to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 level. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, it’s quite remarkable to achieve this performance level at this price.

Redmi Turbo 3

In the 3D Mark test, Redmi Turbo 3 scored 11,729 points and 70.20fps. During 20 rounds of heavy stress testing, it reached 76.8% stability, showcasing outstanding performance.

Moving on to game performance, let’s delve into it.

For instance, let’s take the most representative game, “Genshin Impact”. We’ll crank up the settings to the highest image quality and 60 frames per second. Choosing the bustling Xumi City scene, we engage in monster battles, activating the phone’s aggressive mode for 30 minutes of testing.

The outcome reads as follows:

Over the 30-minute test, Redmi Turbo 3 maintained an average frame rate of 59.71fps with an average power consumption of 5.4W. During gameplay, the highest body temperature reached approximately 42°C, concentrated around the camera area.

From a gaming perspective, Redmi Turbo 3 effortlessly handles “Genshin Impact” at its highest quality setting. Even in demanding scenes like Xumi City, the frame rate remains largely stable. Additionally, throughout the test, the frame rate stayed consistently close to 60 frames per second. Occasional fluctuations occurred during combat, but they were barely perceptible to the naked eye.

Regarding gaming experience, Redmi Turbo 3 supports “Genshin Impact’s” 1.5K game super score, accessible through the GameTurbo menu. Enabling it enhances character details and overall game clarity. As demonstrated in the image below, activating the 1.5K game super score alongside native image quality sharpens character edges and enriches details, elevating the high-definition gaming experience. Turning on the 1.5K game super score and native image quality.

Continuing, we also briefly tested Redmi Turbo 3’s performance in the mobile game “Justice Online”. Compared to “Genshin Impact,” “Justice Online” demands higher performance. Redmi Turbo 3’s overall performance meets expectations, maintaining frame rates above 50fps in most scenes. Occasional lags and frame drops occur but are brief and don’t significantly impact the experience.


In the imaging department, the Redmi Turbo 3 features a 50-megapixel main camera paired with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. The main camera boasts a Sony Lightyu LYT-600 sensor with the largest f/1.59 aperture available in its price range. Along with a 1/1.95″ size and support for 4in1 integration, resulting in 1.6μm pixels. It also includes OIS optical image stabilization and supports 2X In-sensor Zoom for optical-quality zooming.

The ultra-wide angle lens is equipped with an IMX355 sensor, featuring an f/2.2 aperture and a 1/4″ size. In terms of algorithms, the Redmi Turbo 3 benefits from Xiaomi’s imaging expertise, enabling lightning-fast burst shooting at 30 frames per second.

From a specification standpoint, the camera setup of the Redmi Turbo 3 aligns well with its product category. The standout feature is undoubtedly the 50-megapixel main camera. While the IMX355 ultra-wide angle lens meets expectations for its price range, it doesn’t stand out. However, it’s a relief that it’s not a lower-quality lens.

The main camera to the 2X sample, the author is thrilled with the outstanding capture experience provided by the Redmi Turbo 3. Its shutter response is lightning-fast, and the filming speed is exceptionally high. In just a matter of seconds, photos can be taken, surpassing many flagship phones. This advantage ensures that the Redmi Turbo 3 maintains excellent shooting rates across various sports scenes, significantly enhancing the overall photography experience.

Moving on to the 2X sample, the ultra-wide angle parameters may be average, but with sufficient light, the resulting photos are satisfactory in both look and feel. They suffice for daily posting on WeChat Moments.

AI Functions

Snapdragon 8s Gen3 shines in AI capabilities, harnessing Hexagon NPU, Kryo CPU, and Adreno GPU for optimal performance. This platform supports running complex generative AI models on-device, boasting model parameters of up to 10 billion.

Building upon this foundation, Redmi Turbo 3 introduces a suite of AI features, notably AI air gestures. With its upgraded AON front camera, the device achieves 24-hour intelligent perception, enabling actions like adjusting media volume by waving up and down, navigating short video pages, and controlling music playback with gestures.

Accessing these features is simple; within System Settings, navigate to More Settings and select Active Visual Perception. The current system firmware only supports the sensing lock screen function.

Furthermore, Redmi Turbo 3 offers extensive testing of the Xiaoai Big Model, unlocking flagship AIGC capabilities such as text creation, article summarization, and role-playing. Additionally, it boasts intelligent image editing features like Magic Elimination Pro.

Magic Elimination Pro simplifies photo editing tasks. For instance, removing unwanted passersby from your photos is effortless; just select the AI elimination option, mark the person to be removed, and let the system do the rest. The result rivals professional editing, requiring only simple finger gestures. Another intriguing feature is AI image enlargement, which can yield surprising effects in some photos, adding an element of excitement to the editing process.


Redmi Turbo 3, resembling a tiny steel cannon, boasts ultimate performance. Powered by Snapdragon 8s Gen3, it matches the prowess of flagship phones in both benchmark scores and gaming performance.

Adding to its allure is its remarkable thinness and lightness, a refreshing deviation from the bulkiness commonly associated with performance-oriented mobile devices. Weighing a mere 179g, it stands out in the realm of high-performance smartphones. What’s more, Redmi Turbo 3 exudes a sense of refinement rarely found in its category, particularly evident in its sleek front design.

The camera experience can only be deemed satisfactory compared to its outstanding performance in other areas. Hence, if you’re seeking a product that blends outstanding refinement with a slim and lightweight profile, without compromising on performance or succumbing to performance anxiety, then Redmi Turbo 3 emerges as a highly suitable choice.

Read Also: Redmi Turbo 3 Released: Snapdragon 8s Gen3, Starting at 1999 Yuan

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