Today is a triumphant day for Xiaomi. Well, today is actually their launch event day. Previous rumours of what they are launching today has been out and about, but rumours can only tell you so much. The real deal is the main launch event; where all the rumours are either shot down or confirmed. Of course the launch event is where new models are being announced and released, so what is in Xiaomi’s sleeve this time?
Hugo Barra was especially excited that they hit a milestone of 110 million Redmi sales globally. In light of that Xiaomi is celebrating their entry-level to mid-range stable of devices with the release of a new Redmi model. This celebratory model is called the Redmi Pro, it will be the top of the line Redmi device in the market today.
The new addition to their best-selling line of smartphones is also their first dual-camera smartphone. Starting up with the top of the smartphone is a Full HD 5.5-inch OLED display overlayed with a 2.5D glass for that added sophisticated look. Underneath that display is a Helio X25 processor featuring 10-cores clocked at 2.5GHz for super snappy and smooth user experience. To make everything look good the processor is paired with a Mali-T880 GPU. For greater multi-tasking as well the Redmi pro comes with 4GB RAM. With those specs, we do expect it to be a performer in games. Of course there is the dual-cameras at the back with the main shooter being a 13-megapixel Sony sensor supported by Samsung’s 5-megapixel shooter to control depth of field. The dual-cameras are claimed to be able to perform like a DSLR and shoot DSLR like Bokeh shots. Funnily enough, they omitted the front-facing camera; probably to fit the secondary camera at the back of the device. Keeping everything juiced is a 4,050mAh battery underneath an aluminium casing with CNC chamfered edges for that extra comfort and high quality feel in your hands.
With 13-megapixels plus a 5-megapixels taking photos memory could be a real problem. That is why they have included a 128GB internal memory. The hybrid dual-SIM tray can will also carry a microSD card when you need the extra storage. The smartphone also supports VoLTE out of the box.
All this high-end goodness retails for a very reasonable RMB1,999 (MYR1,223). There are other variations as well of course that retails for RMB1,699 (MYR1,040), with Helio X25 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of strorage, and RMB1,499 (MYR917), with Helio X20 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
The Redmi Pro will be available in China through both online and offline channels surprisingly. Also for now it is only available in China. While there are no mentions on availability in other regions just yet we do expect the Redmi Pro to ship out to other countries like India, Singapore, Hong Kong, and hopefully Malaysia very soon.