Just as promised, Xiaomi took to the airwaves, or, rather, the stage in Beijing, to announce its next value-for-money champ, dubbed simply the Redmi Pro. What's Pro about it? Well, the handset will ship with a dual camera setup that will let you arrange better depth-of-field pics, or refocus the image after you have taken the shot.
The camera duo consists of two sensors - one the 13 MP Sony IMX258 for the actual still image, and the other a 5 MP Samsung affair that soaks in the depth of field information for post processing. Xiaomi even posted some camera samples taken with the new Redmi Pro to demonstrate the abilities of its first handset with dual shooters on the back.
Depth of field shenanigans aside, the phone is also a pretty great value for its $225 starting price in China. It carries a 5.5" 1080p AMOLED display, a 2.3 GHz decacore Helio X20/X25 chipset, 3/4GB RAM, and 32/64/128 GB of internal storage. All of this is wrapped in a svelte brushed aluminum chassis that is available in several colors, and comes with a finger scanner embedded in the home key.
On the connectivity front, the outliers are a modern USB-C port, and an infrared sensor at the top. If all these aren't convincing for you just yet, we'll just mention that the Redmi Pro also sports a giant 4050 mAh battery in a relatively slim 8.15mm body, so two-day battery life should be standard, as usual with the latest Xiaomi handsets.
The Redmi Pro starts shipping next week, on August 6th, and in China it will cost the equivalent of $225 for the 3 GB/32 GB version with Helio X20, $255 for the 3 GB/64 GB one, and $299 for the generous 4 GB/128 GB king of the value-for-money offerings, whose Mali T880 graphics are pumped to 850 MHz for a good measure. Expect these prices to rise 20-30% when the Redmi Pro gets abroad, though that's still a pretty fine deal for what the phone offers, what do you think?