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Xiaomi Redmi Pro launched - Everything you need to know
Xiaomi is well known for their range of affordable smartphones and tablets, and the company continues to grow their device portfolio with some great options. After much anticipation, Xiaomi has finally taken the wraps off their latest smartphone offering at a launch event in Beijing earlier today. Here’s everything we know about the Xiaomi Redmi Pro!
The Redmi Pro features a full metal unibody construction with a brushed metal finish, and up front is a 2.5D glass that covers the 5.5-inch Full HD OLED display. The change to OLED, from the usually standard in this price range IPS LCD, is a nice touch, and should provide a more vivid and pleasing viewing experience.
While some Xiaomi smartphones, like the Redmi Note 3, have featured fingerprint scanners on the back, it has now been moved to the front, embedded into the physical home button below the display. This is to make way for the dual camera setup that the device now boasts, which is also certainly a first for an affordable smartphone.
Speaking of the cameras, the setup includes a 13 MP primary camera, which is coupled with a 5 MP shooter that captures depth information. The primary camera also comes with a dedicated depth of field image sensor and supports Dynamic depth of field, which Xiaomi says will allow for a DSLR-like bokeh effect. This type of setup isn’t new of course, having been a staple with previous HTC flagships, but this is a first when it comes to the affordable smartphone category, and we can certainly expect some good things from this camera.
There are three variants of the Redmi Pro that will be available. While the 32 GB and 64 GB iterations will feature 3 GB of RAM, the high-end model, with 128 GB of storage, will come with 4 GB of RAM. There is also a difference in the processing package, with the 64 GB and 128 GB iterations being powered by the MediaTek Helio X25 64-bit deca-core processor, while the base 32 GB version comes with the MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core processor.
Other hardware includes a USB Type-C port, dual SIM support, expandable storage which uses the second SIM slot, and a large 4,050 mAh battery, that should allow for a lot of battery life. The device will also come with fast charging capabilities. On the software, side, the Redmi Pro will be running the latest MIUI 8 OS, based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, out of the box.
As far as the pricing goes, the base model of the Redmi Pro will cost RMB 1499 (~$225), while the 64 GB and 128 GB iterations, with the Helio X25 processor, will be priced at RMB 1699 (~$255) and RMB 1999 (~$300) respectively.
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