The Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi launched its latest budget device, the Redmi Pro, and as the name suggests, it is bringing in radical changes to the flagship series.
Redmi Pro is a metallic-designed smartphone bearing a brushed aluminium body with CNC-chamfered edges. The device packs a 5.5-inch Full-HD display with a pixel density of 342 ppi, a 100 percent NTSC colour gamut and 2.5D curved glass. It?is powered by the MediaTek deca-core processors with the Helio X20 and Helio X25 chipsets paired with Mali T880 GPUs and 4GB/3GB RAM options.
The highlight feature is of course the dual camera setup, a feature that is getting increasingly common in the Chinese smartphones (see Huawei P9 and Honor 8). The dual-setup packs a 13-megapixel Sony IMX258 sensor with a 5-lens module, an f/2.0 aperture and PDAF autofocus. There is?a 5-megapixel Samsung sensor for the secondary depth-sensing camera. The dual-tone flash module sits between the two lenses. On the front, the device bears a 5-megapixel camera with an 85-degree wide-angle lens and an f/2.0 aperture.
Other significant features include the fingerprint scanner on the ceramic home button and a USB Type-C port. It also packs a generous 4,050mAh battery inside, similar to the one in the very recent Redmi 3S with fast charging via the Type-C port. The Redmi Pro also has the same IR blaster as the Redmi 3S which lets you control your TV and home appliances.
The smartphone bears a hybrid dual SIM (Nano-SIM + Micro-SIM) slot, with support for a microSD card (up to 128GB) in place of the second SIM card. Connectivity options on the Xiaomi Redmi Pro include 4G LTE – as well as VoLTE support – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Direct functionality, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.2. The dimensions of the device are 151.5×76.2×8.15 mm, and weighs 174 grams.
The handset will be available in three variants differing in terms of RAM and internal storage. The base model packs the Helio X20 processor with 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and is priced at RMB 1,499 ($225). The other two devices pack Helio X25 processor with the 3GB plus 64GB device available at RMB 1,699 (roughly $255), and 4GB plus 128GB at RMB 1,999 (roughly $300). Color options include gold, silver and dark grey.
Redmi Pro will launch in China on August 6 and is expected to arrive in markets like India, Hong Kong and Singapore shortly after.