Xiaomi has finally laid the wraps off their Redmi Pro smartphone at an event in Beijing. The Chinese internet company had been teasing the alleged smartphone prior to launch for quite some time on local social media platforms. Even, their co-founder Lei Jun was seen posing with the Redmi 3 Pro in a teaser image shared on Weibo.
As the teaser images suggested, the main talking point of the Xiaomi Redmi Pro is its dual rear camera. The budget phablet is in fact the first device from Xiaomi to come with such a camera setup. The Redmi Pro utilizes 13MP + 5MP dual cameras equipped with Sony IMX258 sensor. This is in fact the same sensor as the one found in the recently launched Gionee Marathon M6. For those unaware, a dual rear camera helps to capture images with a greater depth of field and markedly better bokeh.
Previously, we have seen such camera setup find its way onto devices like the ZTE Axon Elite, HTC One M8, Huawei Honor 6 Plus etc. Sadly, many of these devices failed to impress. So it would be interesting to see how Xiaomi has tuned its software to make full use of the power packed hardware of the Redmi Pro. Besides the dual rear camera, the Redmi Pro packs a 5MP wide angle selfie snapper upfront.
In yet another first in its segment, Xiaomi has included a 5.5 inch FHD OLED display in their Redmi Pro. The display comes covered by a 2.5D Curved Gorilla Glass and packs a 100% NTSC color gamut. That aside, the budget phablet from Xiaomi comes in two variants, packing markedly different internals. The lower specced variant of the Redmi Pro with a Helio X20 octa core chip, 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage is priced at 1499 Yuan (Rs 15,000/$224). On the other hand, there’s a much higher specced model with a Helio X25 Deca core chip, 3GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage at 1699 Yuan (Rs 17,000/$254). Those who want more storage can opt for a 128GB variant with 4GB RAM for 1999 Yuan (Rs 20,000/$299).
It’s worth noting that all the smartphones are powered by a 4050mAh battery and comes with support for Hybrid SIM and VoLTE. There’s also a Fingerprint Sensor to the front, just like the flagship Xiaomi Mi5. The Redmi Pro variants with a brushed metal unibody design runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 with MIUI 8 on top and will go on sale in China starting August 6.