China's Xiaomi officially announced its first phablet, the Redmi Note. The device has a 5.5-inch 720p display and is up for pre-order in two versions - one with a 1.4GHz MT6592 octa-core CPU, 1GB RAM, and 8GB storage which costs $130, and one with a spec bump to 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM, and 16GB storage which will cost $160. The graphics unit is a Mali-450 which isn't fit for wildly ambitious 3D gaming, but it'll do the job.
The prices that we mentioned are Chinese, of course, but online stores like Xiaomi World already have the Redmi Note for international pre-order at about $100 more, which is still a really good. The phablet will launch on March 26 in China.
In addition, the Redmi Note features a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera. The battery capacity comes in at 3200mAh, while the connectivity options are Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. The phablet has two SIM-slots and supports TD-SCDMA/HSPA/GSM/EDGE networks.