Xiaomi is the leading smartphone seller in China and it sits comfortably among the top five smartphone sellers across the globe.
One major reason the company has caught an eye in the recent past is because of its magnificently designed smartphones that pack great specs and features, yet their prices are very affordable. If anything, this has been the trademark of many Chinese OEMs as they look to get better of their western counterparts as well as other household names from the same region, for instance, Samsung and Huawei, just to name but a few.
In the latest development, Xiaomi has unveiled a phablet sized handset dubbed the Xiaomi Redmi Pro. This handset doesn’t just come with a great design, top-notch specs sheet as well as an amazing battery unit, but it also happens to be the company’s first to feature a dual-lens camera setup. The new Redmi Pro packs a 13MP snapper on the back. The IMX258 sensor is made by Sony, but interestingly, the lens is paired with a Samsung-made 5MP lens to ensure that the camera gives out DSLR-quality images.
Apparently, the Xiaomi Redmi Pro will allow users to easily pick the focus point of their choice once the photos are taken. The phone will also be able to come in with effects meant to better the images produced from the default settings.
Besides being the first Xiaomi smartphone to come with a dual-lens camera setup, the new Xiaomi Redmi Pro also happens to be the first Xiaomi handset to pack an OLED display screen. This is huge news for lovers of this brand, especially given that the many players are slowly moving from LCD panels to OLED panels, something that OnePlus and ASUS have already done.
As for the rest of the specs details, the Xiaomi Redmi Pro has a 5.5-inch OLED screen with 1080p resolution, meaning it is a Full HD panel. Under the hood, the phablet packs a MediaTek Helio X25 SoC, which is a deca-core processor that is paired with a decent RAM of up to 4GB for the high-end model. The base model will also make use of the Helio X20 SoC as opposed to the X25 used on the high-end variant.
Speaking of variants, the Xiaomi Redmi Pro has three storage options. The base model has 32GB and 3GB RAM and it will cost $224. The mid-range variant packs a storage of 64GB, but keeps the same 3GB RAM. For this, you will have to pay $254. As for the high-end variant, Xiaomi went for a 128GB storage option and paired it with 4GB RAM. This phone is priced at just $299. All these three storage options can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 128GB. To keep the phone alive, there is a huge 4050mAh battery unit, which is recharged via a USB Type-C connector. You also get a fingerprint scanner on the phone, which is a rare feature for phones priced at $300.
The Xiaomi Redmi Pro will start selling in China as from August 6, but there is no word on when it will start selling in other markets. Don’t expect the phone to come to the U.S., unless you ship it from China or other supported markets.